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Division Highlights - Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology

The Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for children with asthma, allergies, immunologic disorders, and rheumatologic diseases.

Our basic and clinical research projects are designed to better understand and find more effective treatments for these diseases.

2013 Highlights

  • James Gern, MD, was inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and to the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
  • James Gern, MD, Christine Seroogy, MD, along with Yury Bochkov, PhD, Ann Palmenberg, PhD (Institute of Molecular Virology), John Yin, PhD (Biochemical Engineering) and Matt Keifer, MD (Marshfield Clinic) received a National Institutes of Health–National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) U19 Program Project grant to investigate whether farm-related microbes promote immune development, thereby limiting the severity of viral respiratory illnesses in early childhood.
  • Anna Huttenlocher, MD, was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation Council, and also received a University of Wisconsin Vilas Distinguished Research Professorship. In addition, Emily Gasteyer, an undergraduate student she mentored, received a 2013-2014 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for her project, “The Role of Lymphoid Tyrosine Phosphatase in Neutrophil Signaling and Chemotaxis.”
  • Daniel Jackson, MD, received a €30,000 international Klosterfrau Award for Research of Airway Diseases in Childhood for his project, “Evidence for a Causal Relationship between Allergic Sensitization and Rhinovirus Wheezing in Early Life.”
  • Robert Lemanske, MD, received a $1.5 million per year program project research grant from the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue evaluating genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the initiation, progression, and remission of childhood asthma. He was also elected to be the future president (2015) of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
  • Kate Swenson, NP, Theresa Guilbert, MD, MS, and Kathleen Shanovich, NP, received a $7,000 grant from the Evjue Foundation to support the Pediatric Asthma Clinic at Access Community Health Centers.
  • Judith Smith, MD, PhD, received a two-year, $400,000 award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation for her project, “Analysis of causal variants in the IL-23/IL-17 pathway in axial spondyloarthritis.” She also received a $125,000 award from the NIH-NIAID Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence and a $15,000 University of Wisconsin Graduate School Fall Competition Award supplement for her project, “The Role of the Unfolded Protein Response in Brucella Replication.” Dr. Smith was awarded the Department of Pediatrics Gerard Odell prize for Research in 2013.


Robert F. Lemanske, Jr., MD

Professor and Division Chief

James E. Gern, MD


Christopher T. Healy, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Anna Huttenlocher, MD


Daniel J. Jackson, MD

Assistant Professor

Mark H. Moss, MD

Associate Professor

Michael W. Ritter, MD

Associate Professor

Christine M. Seroogy, MD

Associate Professor

Judith A. Smith, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Grant D. Syverson, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Alex Thomas, MD


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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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