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Christian Capitini, MD

Christian Capitini, MD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Faculty Receive St. Baldrick's Summer Fellowships to Fund Medical Students

Posted: May 22, 2015

Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, and Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, who were recently awarded a joint St. Baldrick's Summer Fellowships worth $5,000 to fund two medical students in their respective labs this summer.

Tara Gavcovich, a graduate of Duke University and current medical student at George Washington University School of Medicine, will work in Dr. Capitini's lab on the project, "Improving allogeneic bone marrow transplant for neuroblastoma," with the goal of using models of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (alloHSCT) to prevent graft-versus-host disease, while enhancing graft-versus-tumor effects against neuroblastoma.

Maureen Riegert, a graduate of University of Notre Dame and a current UW medical student, will work in Dr. Sondel's lab on the project entitled, "The Effect of Radiation on Tumor Cell Immune Susceptibility," where she will investigate the effect of radiation on the expression of immune susceptibility markers in the GD2-expressing NXS2 neuroblastoma cell line. These experiments will allow a more in-depth understanding of the potential synergy of radiation and immunotherapy.


Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD

Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD

Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD, Receives ICTR Voucher Award to Study Prevention of Mucositis in Bone Marrow Transplant

Posted: May 22, 2015

Margo Hoover-Reagan, MD, was recently awarded a $5,000 voucher from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), for her project entitled, "Topical Phenylephrine to Prevent Mucositis in Bone Marrow Transplant." This funding mechanism is designed to rapidly advance the translation of discovery into therapy. Her study represents the first clinical trial step in the development of a novel therapeutic for prevention of oral mucositis, a common short-term complication of stem cell transplantation, which causes significant distress, expense, and morbidity. This study will support pharmacokinetic studies on serum of 5 patients to establish systemic absorption of phenylephrine, in the hopes of establishing a safe and effective mucositis prevention strategy, which would lead to immense benefits in patient morbidity including decreased use of pain medication and increased ability to take oral nutrition.


David McCulley, MD

David McCulley, MD

David McCulley, MD, Selected as ICTR KL2 Scholar to Study Genetics of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernias

Posted: May 22, 2015

Congratulations to David McCulley, MD, for awarding of his UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) grant entitled, "Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Genetic Mechanisms of Pulmonary Hypoplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension," in the amount of $297,594. He has been selected as part of the KL2 Scholars Program, which provides promising young clinical and translational investigators the training, mentoring, and protected time to develop an independent research program. This program is funded by the NIH through ICTR's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). In this Mentored Career Development Award, David will examine the role of Pbx1 (Pre-B-Cell leukemia transcription factor 1) in the complex phenotype of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and in normal formation of the diaphragm as well as normal lung and pulmonary vascular development. He will use data from microarray analyses of changes in gene expression in embryonic and early postnatal lungs of Pbx-mutant mice to determine the genetic pathways affected by loss of Pbx that are critical for postnatal lung and pulmonary vascular development. Goals are to develop genetic and pharmacological approaches to treat and rescue the pulmonary hypertension phenotype of the Pbx-mutant mice, and provide insight into the cause of this lethal disease and help to design targeted therapies that improve the outcome of patients.


Endocrinology Team Members Receive Pediatric Endocrine Society's Travel Award

Posted: May 22, 2015

Congratulations to Endocrinology/Diabetes fellows Tasa Seibert, MD, Allison Pollock, MD, and Robert Strait, MD for being selected as recipients of the Pediatric Endocrine Society's Travel Award for 2015. Each received $750 to support their travel costs to the PES Annual Meeting in San Diego, California in April 2015.

Tasa Seibert, MD

Tasa Seibert, MD

Alison Pollock, MD

Alison Pollock, MD

Robert Strait, MD

Robert Strait, MD

 

Sabrina Butteris, MD

Sabrina Butteris, MD

Sabrina Butteris, MD, to Chair American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force

Posted: May 21, 2015

Sabrina Butteris, MD, was just named the next chair of the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force. She will assume her new role in October 2015.

She will succeed Steven Ludwig, MD, medical director of international medical education at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Dr. Butteris is an assistant professor (CHS) in the Department of Pediatrics and director of its residency program’s pediatric global health track.


Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Among Speakers at June 4 "Partnering With Patients" Mini Med School

Posted: May 12, 2015

Elizabeth Cox, MD, and colleagues from the UW Center for Patient Partnerships and the UW Departments of Family Medicine and Surgery, will speak at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's upcoming Mini Med School on June 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

The session, "Partnering with Patients in Health Care," will focus on how patients and healthcare professionals can partner to best navigate the healthcare system.

Speakers will share simple tools for self-advocacy, examples of how patients are making a difference at UW-Madison and in the community, and how we can learn from patients’ experiences to improve healthcare.

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.med.wisc.edu/mini-med-school/36954


Kathleen Maginot, MD, David Wargowski, MD, and Jamie Limjoco, MD

Kathleen Maginot, MD, David Wargowski, MD, and Jamie Limjoco, MD

Three Pediatrics Faculty Receive UW Health Physician Excellence Awards

Posted: May 11, 2015

Jamie Limjoco, MD, Kathleen Maginot, MD, and David Wargowski, MD, were among 10 UW Health physicians who received Physician Excellence Awards at a May 5, 2015, ceremony at the Health Sciences Learning Center.

The awards recognize those who demonstrate exceptional performance in clinical practice, education or regional services and a commitment to the mission, vision and values of UW Health.

Dr. Limjoco received a Rising Star Clinical Excellence Award, which honors outstanding clinicians and educators who have demonstrated exceptional and measurable contributions to clinical practice during their short time at UW Health. Dr. Limjoco's most significant contribution has been serving as the initial clinical director for the American Family Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which opened in May 2014.

Drs. Maginot and Wargowski received Regional Services Excellence Awards, which recognizes physicians who provide extraordinary care for patients at neighboring health care facilities in Wisconsin and beyond.

Dr. Maginot has provided pediatric cardiology care in the Fox Valley area for over five years. She also teaches pediatric residents at UW Health and welcomes local family medicine residents to join her in caring for her patients at the regional clinic.

Dr. Wargowski cares for children with genetic disorders who live in outlying communities. His outstanding communication skills help him communicate with patients and families at what may be the most difficult time in their lives.

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New PICU Protocol Reduces Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

Posted: May 6, 2014

American Family Children's Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) has instituted a protocol that has reduced central line associated blood stream infections (CLA-BSIs) -- and likely decreased the time very sick patients spend in the hospital. National statistics also suggest the initiative may have saved lives.

The new protocol, developed by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, identified standard interventions that decrease infections. The protocol's maintenance bundle includes instruction on when to change dressings surrounding central lines, having nurses wear masks when changing dressings, and creating central line kits that have all of the equipment needed for dressing changes.

Since the protocol's implementation, the improvement in the PICU has been quantifiable. The PICU staff followed an insertion bundle when placing a central line and the maintenance bundle when accessing the line since November 2013 and went 354 days without a CLA-BSI.

Since that October 2014 infection, the PICU has been CLA-BSI-free, a string of more than 200 days.

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Pediatric Cardiology Team Wins National Lipid Association Award for Best Abstract

Posted: May 5, 2014

An abstract by resident Hilary Stempel, MD, nurse practitioners Ann Dodge, MS, RN, CPNP, and Erin Marriott, MS, RN, CPNP, and pediatric cardiologist Amy Peterson, MD, received the The Foundation of the National Lipid Association (NLA) Hunninghake FH Abstract Award.

The new award recognizes the best abstract submitted in the area of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) research. The team's abstract, "Universal vs Selective Pediatric Lipid Screening in the Diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolemia," identified universal pediatric lipid screening as an evolving, effective tool to identify patients and family members with FH.

Dr. Peterson will present the abstract live during the 2015 NLA Scientific Sessions in June. The award also includes a $1,500 prize and a travel grant to the conference.


Hilary Stempel, MD

Hilary Stempel, MD

Ann Dodge, MS, RN, CPNP

Ann Dodge, MS, RN, CPNP

Erin Marriott, MS, RN, CPNP

Erin Marriott, MS, RN, CPNP

Amy Peterson, MD

Amy Peterson, MD


Pelin Cengiz, MD

Pelin Cengiz, MD

Pelin Cengiz, MD, Discusses Her ICTR KL2 Award in Quarterly

Posted: April 29, 2015

Peliz Cengiz, MD, was one of several UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) KL2 scholars profiled in the current issue of Quarterly, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's alumni magazine.

Dr. Cengiz received her KL2 award in 2011. In the article, she explains how the award helped her develop animal models for her research on why male neonates have worse outcomes than females after neonatal asphyxia.

“We recently found that a nerve growth factor may function differently between males and females after neonatal asphyxia. This may account for the sex differences seen in learning impairments. A better understanding of this mechanism will help us identify new therapies and improve outcomes in children who suffer from brain injury,” she said.

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Grant Syverson, MD

Grant Syverson, MD

Grant Syverson, MD, To Serve on Executive Committee of AAP’s Section on Rheumatology

Posted: April 27, 2015

Grant Syverson, MD, was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Rheumatology. He will serve a three-year term that begins on November 1, 2015, and continues through the close of the 2018 AAP National Conference & Exhibition.

The Section on Rheumatology aims to improve the care of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with rheumatic diseases and other musculoskeletal disorders by providing a forum for the exchange of information among pediatric rheumatologists, and between rheumatologists and general pediatricians on the diagnosis and management of various rheumatologic problems.


Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Receives Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentorship

Posted: April 21, 2015

Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, for being selected to receive the 2014 Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Research Mentorship.

The award recognizes Dr. Sondel for his longstanding involvement in student research programs---including the Shapiro Summer Research Program, the Medical Scientist Training Program, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program---and the research achievements of his medical student mentees.

School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert Golden, MD, will present the award to Dr. Sondel on Medical Education Day on May 21, 2015.


Robert Lemanske, MD

Robert Lemanske, MD

Robert Lemanske, MD, Appointed to Wisconsin Partnership Program Oversight and Advisory Committee

Posted: April 17, 2015

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents appointed Robert Lemanske, MD, to the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC) on April 10, 2015.

Dr. Lemanske will begin his four-year term in May. He was nominated by Robert N. Golden, MD, dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, to replace Philip Farrell, MD, PhD. Dr. Farrell was instrumental in the creation of the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and had also served as the OAC’s inaugural chair.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Lemanske had served as a clinical faculty representative on the Partnership Program’s Education and Research Committee from 2009-2013.


Eshwar Udho, a postdoctoral fellow at the Waisman Center, created this micrograph of cultured mouse neurons from the lab of pediatrics Professor Pelin Cengiz.

Cengiz Lab Researcher a Winner of UW-Madison Cool Science Image Contest

Posted: April 16, 2015

A micrograph of cultured mouse neurons created by Eshwar Udho, a postdoctoral fellow in the Waisman Center lab of Pelin Cengiz, MD, was one of 12 winning entries in the 2015 UW-Madison Cool Science Image Contest.

Judges evaluated 115 total submissions; in addition to Udho, two other researchers from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health were winners.

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Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Michelle Kelly, MD

Michelle Kelly, MD

Drs. Cox, Kelly to Speak at Society for Hospital Medicine Webinar on Family-Centered Rounds on April 22

Posted: April 13, 2015

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, and Michelle Kelly, MD, will be speaking about family-centered rounds at a Society of Hospital Medicine webinar on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:30-11:30 AM CDT.

The webinar will review the development, implementation, and evaluation of a family-centered rounds checklist and the associated toolkit of materials, available on HIPxChange, to support best practices in family-centered rounding.

Register for the Webinar


James Gern, MD

James Gern, MD

Graduate Student Receives American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation Seed Grant

Posted: April 10, 2015

The research team led by James Gern, MD, has made a key discovery about a cold-causing virus that is strongly associated with severe asthma attacks. The findings point to a new target for reducing both colds and asthma attacks linked to the virus.

Dr. Gern’s team identified a cellular receptor for rhinovirus C (RV-C), a kind of ‘docking station’ where the virus attaches to the cell and starts to multiply. A variant in the gene for this receptor had been linked to asthma in past genetic studies, but the potential role of the receptor, called CDHR3, in asthma was previously unknown.

The new findings, which were published April 6, 2015, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), help clarify the function of CDHR3 and may lead to the development of prevention and treatment strategies against RV-C-induced colds and asthma attacks.

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