Highlights from recent editions of Innovation Insider:

3-D printed hearts of hope
Jason Ayres, a family doctor in Alabama, was speechless when he held his adopted son Patrick's heart in his hands. Well, a replica of his son's heart -- an exact replica, 3-D printed before the 3-year-old boy had lifesaving open-heart surgery. Patrick's experience set the stage for an upcoming pilot study to see if 3-D printed hearts can help surgical pre-planning and ultimately improve surgical techniques and outcomes.

Q&A: Scientist on a roller coaster
According to Stephen Friend, MD, PhD, and CEO of Sage Bionetworks and Patient Engagement panelist at Boston Children’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards, real innovation occurs when scientists work just beyond their comfort zone. He says it’s akin to riding a roller coaster rather than lounging in a recliner.

When your child isn’t just rare, but probably one of a kind
In rare disease, genetic testing can raise as many questions as answers. So Hillary Savoie started her own foundation to spur research into her daughter Esme's one-of-a-kind epilepsy. No answers yet, but the science is moving forward, in Dr. Ann Poduri's zebrafish lab and beyond.

My work, my life, my innovations: Ken Mandl, MD, MPH
Ken Mandl, MD, MPH, director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health Informatics Program, uses epidemiology and informatics to drive discovery and care transformation through big data, apps and large-scale federated research networks. Mandl will be one of four panelists discussing The Future of Pediatric Precision Medicine at Boston Children’s Global Pediatric Innovation Summit + Awards 2015.

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