An important mission of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ID) specialists is to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases in children. In addition, they evaluate children with symptoms that are recurrent, atypical or unexplained, including HIV. They combine clinical care with work as researchers, educators, administrators, hospital epidemiologists and experts in antimicrobial stewardship, immunization programs and infection control.
Our approach utilizes a family-centered model of delivering care, and we encourage involvement of patients and their families in education about their disease. We also share responsibility for the training of medical students, residents, and fellows.
Recent divisional highlights include:
- James Conway, MD, traveled to Washington, DC, to advocate for a new, bipartisan House resolution ensuring that children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunizations through U.S. support of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
- Fellow James "Muse" Davis, MD, received a fellowship award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society for his project, "Understanding Fungal Morphogenesis and Dissemination Using In Vivo Imaging of a Larval Zebrafish Model."
- Gregory DeMuri, MD, has been invited to present an abstract entitled “Diagnostic Criteria for Acute Bacterial Sinusitis Compared with Virus Detection” at the Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, in April 2016.
- Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD, received a grant from the Wisconsin Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (funded by the Maternal Child Health Title V Block Grant and sponsored by the Waisman Center) to develop policy and tools to transition youth in the adolescent program of the UW HIV Comprehensive Care Clinic from adolescent to adult care.
- Bruce Klein, MD, is part of a team of UW-Madison researchers who have received a five-year, $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to find new sources of antibiotics to combat the rising number of deadly antibiotic-resistant infections. He also received the following grant awards:
- A two-year, $420,750 R21 award from the National Institutes of Health–National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) for "Molecular Pathogenesis and Blastomyces Adherence."
- A three-year, $500,000 grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Collaborative Health Sciences Program to study blastomycosis infection among Hmong-ancestry populations
- A three-year, $275,860 grant from the US Geological Survey for "Oral Vaccines and Delivery Methods for Controlling Disease in Bats" (with co-PI Jorge Osorio, DVM, MS, PhD)
- Stephanie Lawry, a research assistant in the laboratory of Bruce Klein, MD, received a two-year, $52,000 Predoctoral Fellowship Award from the American Heart Association for her project, "Group III Hybrid Histidine Kinases: A Novel Drug Target for the Treatment of Cardiac Fungal Infections.”