Posts From Tim Bonfield

The lives of six children with complex spine deformities and 21 children with hand and arm deformities have been dramatically improved thanks to the work of a surgical team from Cincinnati Children’s that traveled to India earlier this year. The › Continue Reading

Our ability to savor the sounds of our world depends on the remarkable machinery of the inner ear, where highly sensitive hair cells convert sound waves into electric pulses that the brain translates into music, spoken language, the sounds of › Continue Reading

Much like cities and towns connected by highways and streets, the neurons in our brains are connected by nerve fibers called dendrites and axons. Neurons are supported by other neural cells called astrocytes and oligodendrocytes. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are › Continue Reading

  Six children in India with complex spine deformities are standing straight and healthy today thanks to a mission trip led by surgeons from Cincinnati Children’s. The surgical team was headed by renowned spine surgeon Alvin Crawford, MD, and was › Continue Reading

In late 2010, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s became the first team to successfully convert human skin cells into fully functioning intestinal tissue. This breakthrough in stem cell science eventually may allow doctors to repair organ damage by using the patient’s › Continue Reading

Imagine taking a fantastic voyage deep into your own eye. As you get smaller and smaller, the world around you becomes surreal. This is the developing retina of a mouse, as seen under a powerful confocal microscope. The green structures › Continue Reading

The stained glass architecture of these insulin-producing cells found deep inside a mouse pancreas brings new meaning to the idea that our bodies are temples.  Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s are studying these cell groups, known as islets of Langerhans, to › Continue Reading

Smoking marijuana during pregnancy may be more dangerous than you think, according to the latest research from Cincinnati Children’s. A study led by Sudhansu K. Dey, PhD, director of the Division of Reproductive Science at Cincinnati Children’s, and his colleagues › Continue Reading

This is your brain. Actually, this is your brain’s white matter as seen using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging. White matter and grey matter are the brain’s two main components. White matter, actually pinkish white to the naked eye, › Continue Reading

Kevin Titus, business director for the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s, has headed to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to help nearly 900 American Red Cross volunteers working to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Isaac. He is working as the public affairs manager › Continue Reading

Much of what makes us human comes from a part of the brain called the telencephalon, also known as the forebrain. This region controls cognition, emotion and how we move. Inside the forebrain is an area called the amygdala, which › Continue Reading

Learning from dummies

They sweat. They bleed. They moan. They make great teachers. Patient simulator mannequins play a growing role in training medical students, residents, nurses and other staff at Cincinnati Children’s, especially in critical care. Traditionally, healthcare teaches technical skills, or algorithms › Continue Reading

From Cincinnati to Mexico to Belgium to Australia, vaccines to protect against rotavirus are significantly reducing deaths and hospitalizations from severe childhood diarrhea. Worldwide, rotavirus causes more than 453,000 deaths a year, according to the latest mortality estimates. That’s down › Continue Reading

This is the compound eye of Drosophila melanogaster , more commonly known as the fruit fly. Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s use fruit flies as models to learn about the genetic and molecular roots of vision disorders.  Although the structure of › Continue Reading

Patients at Cincinnati Children’s receive some of the best care in the country, according to the latest hospital rankings by US News and World Report. Overall, Cincinnati Children’s ranked third among all Honor Roll hospitals in the magazine’s 2012 Best › Continue Reading

As a national leader in treating kids with eosinophilic disorders and severe food allergies, Cincinnati Children’s often becomes a home away from home for families seeking our highly specialized care. Now our guests with allergies can count on finding something › Continue Reading

We know one young Reds fan who is excited that Joey Votto is staying put in Cincinnati for a while! Watch Brody’s story here and Happy Opening Day everyone! Go Reds!

(Reported by Della Heiman and Cliff Goldkind, volunteer members of the Ghana 2012 mission, organized by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s) As the team gathered at the Accra Airport Holiday Inn for one final dinner, one final speech by › Continue Reading

It takes a lot of work to schedule patients, obtain supplies and arrange the staff to run three operating rooms for a week. It takes even more work when the operating rooms are located on another continent. So when a team of 34 › Continue Reading

For Leslie Ayensu-Coker, MD, next week’s surgical mission trip to Ghana is more than a chance to help young girls with complex gynecological conditions. It’s an opportunity to bring her skills to her childhood home. Ayensu-Coker is an expert in the surgical › Continue Reading

Sarah-Ross Tolin, RN, is about to fly off for the experience of a lifetime. She’s one of a dozen registered nurses and registered certified nurse anesthetists joining a surgical mission led by the Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children’s to the West African › Continue Reading