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Kathleen Shanovich, RN, MS, CPNP

Kathleen Shanovich, RN, MS, CPNP

Kathleen Shanovich, RN, MS, CPNP, Receives UW Advance Practice Provider Excellence Award

Posted: November 25, 2014

Kathleen Shanovich, RN, MS, CPNP, a nurse practitioner in the Division of Allergy, Immunology, & Rheumatology, was honored with a UW Health Advance Practice Provider Excellence in Clinical Practice Award. The award recognizes UW Health nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants who demonstrate outstanding clinical practice, teaching and leadership.

In her nomination, a colleague observed, “Kathleen has worked tirelessly to enrich the lives of underserved children with asthma and promote optimal care in Madison and throughout the state.... Her outstanding accomplishments, navigation of the health care system and community, teaching, and social responsibility demonstrate her commitment to clinical excellence and family-centered care.”

Congratulations, Kathleen!


Bruce Klein, MD

Bruce Klein, MD

Dr. Bruce Klein Receives NIH-NIAID R21 Award

Posted: November 25, 2014

Congratulations to Bruce Klein, MD, on his recent R21 award of $420,750 from the National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID). His two-year project, "Molecular pathogenesis and Blastomyces adherence," tackles significant unmet needs of developing better ways to treat and prevent systemic fungal infections by investigating a basic mechanism of pathogenicity - binding host tissue - in a human fungal pathogen. As invasive fungal infections are now one of the 10 leading causes of death (7th), ahead of mortality due to tuberculosis, the new basic knowledge gleaned from this study can be harnessed for better fungal disease prevention and treatment.


Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Two Toolkits From Elizabeth Cox’s Grants Now Available

Posted: November 20, 2014

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, and her research collaborators have developed two recently released HIPxChange toolkits focusing on family-centered rounds and on patient engagement in patient-centered outcomes research.

The Toolkit on Patient Partner Engagement in Research (TOPPER) provides the complete set of orientation materials originally developed for engaging patient partners (children and teens with type 1 diabetes and their parents) on Dr. Cox’s PCORI-funded study “Family-Centered Tailoring of Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management Resources.” Researchers can adapt these materials for a variety of types of patient partners.

The Family-Centered Rounds Toolkit shows how to create an effective and sustainable intervention for improving family-centered rounds. It includes a checklist and a training curriculum, and has versions geared specifically to clinicians and researchers.

Both toolkits are available as free downloads from the HIPxChange website.


Eliza Blanchette, MD

Eliza Blanchette, MD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Resident Eliza Blanchette, MD, Receives AAP Resident Research Grant

Posted: November 12, 2014

Third-year resident Eliza Blanchette, MD, was recently awarded an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Resident Research grant. Her project will identify which outcomes are most meaningful for youth who have Type 1 diabetes and their families, especially those who have limited access to care and are at risk for poor glycemic control.

Using the knowledge gained from the study, she will create a clinical assessment tool to help patients and families develop sustainable self-management behaviors.

The AAP Resident Research Grant Program offers grants of up to $2,000 to enhance residents’ research skills and experience. Dr. Blanchette’s advisor on the project is Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD.


James Gern, MD

James Gern, MD

James Gern, MD, Collaborates on Largest Grant in SMPH History

Posted: November 12, 2014

James Gern, MD, is a co-director on a new seven-year, $70 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) -- the largest grant ever received by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

The grant continues work on the Inner-City Asthma Consortium (ICAC), a nationwide clinical research network that leads research and seeks new immune-based treatments for asthma in inner-city children.

William Busse, MD, a professor in the UW Department of Medicine, is the project’s principal investigator.

Dr. Gern and Christine Sorkness, PharmD, are ICAC co-directors, providing overall scientific direction and management services for the consortium. Dr. Gern also leads the Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma (URECA) birth cohort study to identify environmental factors that promote asthma.

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Neonatology Researchers Receive $115K in Meriter Foundation Grants

Posted: November 4, 2014

Four investigators in the Department of Pediatrics’ Division of Neonatology & Newborn Nursery were recently awarded nearly $115,000 in total funding from the Meriter Foundation Research and Education Grants Program.

The awards will support four clinical research studies in 2015. The investigators and their projects are:

  • Pamela Kling, MD: Developmental Programming: Iron Deficiency and Inflammatory Obesity Mediators (IDIOM) Study ($35,000)
  • De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD: Identification of Therapeutic Targets for Hyperoxia-Induced Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in a BPD Lung Cell Model ($35,000)
  • Bikash Pattnaik, PhD: Oxytocin and Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP): Proof of Principle ($35,000)
  • Olachi J. Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, and DeAnn Pillers, MD, PhD: Identifying Fluid, Oxygen, Calories and Infection (FOCI) Multisystem Strategies to Reduce Chronic Lung Disease ($9,984)

Pamela Kling, MD

Pamela Kling, MD

De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD

De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD

Bikash Pattnaik, PhD

Bikash Pattnaik, PhD

Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD

Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD


Mei Baker, MD

Mei Baker, MD

Mei Baker, MD, Honored as a Leader in Newborn Screening

Posted: November 3, 2014

Mei Baker, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene Newborn Screening Laboratory, received the Harry Hannon Laboratory Improvement Award in Newborn Screening from the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL).

She received the award at AHPL’s Newborn Screening and Genetic Testing Symposium, held October 27-30, 2014, in Anaheim, California. It honors a person working in newborn screening worldwide who contributions have had a direct effect in improving the quality of laboratory results for the newborn screening system.

Dr. Baker’s lab was one of the first to develop and pilot Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) newborn screening. Recently, Dr. Baker also began a quality improvement effort to reduce false positives associated with cystic fibrosis screening using next-generation sequencing technology. Her work has profoundly impacted and improved the current practice of newborn screening locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

To learn more, read the article on the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene’s website.


Resident Grad Douglas Diekema, MD, Wins AAP Ethics Award

Posted: October 27, 2014

Douglas Diekema, MD, a 1989 graduate of the UW Pediatrics Residency Program, received the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence at its national meeting on October 13, 2014.

The Bartholome Award recognizes those who have significantly impacted public discussion of ethical issues in pediatric medicine. Dr. Diekema is a contributing author of the AAP’s Section on Bioethics’ case-based online modules for training residents and fellows, serves on the American Board of Pediatrics’ Ethics Committee, and is an editor of Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook.

Dr. Diekema is pediatric emergency medicine physician, director of education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital and professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.


Michelle Kelly, MD

Michelle Kelly, MD

DocTalk Connects Doctors With Health IT Entrepreneurs

Posted: October 24, 2014

Michelle Kelly, MD, is one of a number of entrepreneurs, physician-scientists and students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health who have come together to start a monthly meetup called DocTalk Madison. The group discusses important issues in healthcare from a technological perspective, searching for innovative new solutions.

Further details about the group can be found here.


Bruce Klein, MD

Bruce Klein, MD

Dr. Bruce Klein Receives Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant

Posted: October 7, 2014

Bruce Klein, MD, has received one of several grants recently awarded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The three year, $500,000 grant will enable Dr. Klein to study blastomycosis infection among Hmong-ancestry populations, which have a sharply elevated incidence of the disease. Blastomycosis is caused by a soil fungus, and the infection can lead to respiratory failure and neurological damage. The Partnership Program’s competitive Collaborative Health Sciences Program supports novel ideas and interdisciplinary approaches to research and education benefiting the health of Wisconsin residents.


Project ACE's New Logo

Winners Announced for Project ACE Logo Design Contest

Posted: October 7, 2014

Dr. Elizabeth Cox’s research team recently hosted a logo design contest for their diabetes study, Project ACE (Achieving control, Connecting resources, Empowering families).

Project ACE is a three-year collaborative study between UW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, supported by a $2 million award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The winning logo contest designs were submitted by Debbie Rudin and Dana Mortenson. Both winners received a $50 gift card. Cox’s team worked with graphic designer Matthew Becker to create a logo for Project ACE inspired by Dana’s design.


Debbie Rudin

Debbie Rudin

Dana Mortenson

Dana Mortenson

Matthew Becker

Matthew Becker

 

D.B. Sanders, MD, MS

D.B. Sanders, MD, MS

D.B. Sanders, MD, MS, Receives UW-ICTR and Gilead Sciences Awards

Posted: October 3, 2014

Congratulations to D.B. Sanders, MD, MS, on his new awards from the UW-Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (UW-ICTR) and Gilead Sciences.

As an ICTR KL2 scholar, Dr. Sanders will receive 75% protected research time + $25,000/year to support his research. Funding from the Gilead Sciences Research Scholar Program in Cystic Fibrosis will support his project, "Determinants of the microbiome in young children with cystic fibrosis" at $130,000 over 2 years. This study will investigate the roles that antibiotics and viral infections play in the development of the microbial communities (or microbiomes) that exist in the airways and GI tracts of infants with cystic fibrosis (CF).

Children with CF frequently receive antibiotics for viral infections, but it is unknown how often viral infections require treatment with antibiotics, whether antibiotics contribute to disruptions seen in the microbiomes of children with CF, or if early CF lung disease is affected by disruptions of the microbiomes. Understanding how microbiomes develop in young children with CF, and the roles that viral infections and antibiotic exposures play in this process, will improve our understanding of early CF lung disease and may lead to alternative strategies to prevent and treat CF lung disease.


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