Research & Scholarship
Goals & Objectives
- To identify research/study questions pertinent to the fellow’s career objectives
- To formulate testable hypotheses appropriate to the research question
- To design appropriate experiments to test research hypotheses, along with identification and use of appropriate controls
- To analyze obtained results and apply relevant statistical principles
- To prepare documentation of scholarly work, representative of a significant contribution to the field; examples include a submitted manuscript for peer review, a new research protocol, a favorably reviewed or funded extramural grant, or a published update of a complicated trial
During the first year, fellows identify their research interests or aims, and begin work to identify a research mentor. The Division offers basic and translational research opportunities through the laboratories of Drs. Paul Sondel, Christian Capitini and Mario Otto. The UW Carbone Cancer Center and Medical Scientist Training Program are sources of investigators working in translational biology that may serve as mentors; other potential mentors may be identified through discussion with our faculty. Fellows on this track have approximately 21 months of protected bench research time.
During the first year, fellows identify their research interests or aims, and identify a research mentor. Our clinical faculty provide the bulk of research support, with other potential mentors identified from the Department of Pediatrics as appropriate. Fellows on this track have approximately 19 months of protected research time.
Fellows on this research track are also invited to pursue a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Investigation, offered through the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
Sources of Support for Current and Recent Fellows
- T-32 NIH training grant: Research Training in Hematology
- UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
- St. Baldrick’s Foundation
- Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer (MACC) fund
Abstracts & Meeting Attendance
Fellows receive travel allowance to present their work as talks and posters at regional and national meetings. Recent abstracts of our fellows include:
- Dvorak A, Fost N. Effect of the Montalvo decision on pediatric practice. American Society for Pedatric Hematology-Oncology annual meeting platform talk (submitted), New Orleans, LA, May 2012.
- Boyden M, Gosain A, Nichol P, Tirabassi M, Demuri G, Conway J, Halanski M, Hoover-Regan M, DeSantes K. Case report: an AML patient with unusual infectious complications, undergoing limb amputation on the day of bone marrow transplant. American Society for Pedatric Hematology-Oncology annual meeting poster presentation (submitted), New Orleans, LA, May 2012.
- Dvorak A, Howe E, Raca G, Laffin J, Thompson K, Desantes K, Diamond C. A Child with Three Distinct Hematologic Malignancies Spanning over Six Years. American Society for Pedatric Hematology-Oncology annual meeting poster presentation (submitted), New Orleans, LA, May 2012.
- Dvorak A, Neumann M, Diamond C. Outcomes after admission to the pediatric intensive care unit following pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Midwest Society for Pediatric Research meeting, Madison, WI, September 2011.
- Wolfe A, Downs K. Mixl1 expression identifies putative hematopoietic stem cells of the allantois and posterior vasculature. Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting platform talk, Denver, CO, April 2011.
- Wolfe A, Downs K. MixL1 Expression Identifies Putative Hematopoietic Stem Cells In the Murine Allantois. American Society of Hematology annual meeting poster presentation, Orlando, FL, December 2010.
Careers in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Recent graduates of our program have accepted the positions with these organizations:
- Indiana University Riley Children’s Cancer Center (pediatric stem cell transplantation)
- Novartis Oncology, New Jersey (clinical researcher)
- Syracuse University, New York
- University of East Tennessee
- University of Minnesota
- University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill