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Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

Family-Centered Rounds Paper Leads This Week's Pediatrics Digest

Posted: December 16, 2014

A paper coauthored by Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, and colleagues is the lead article in the December 15, 2014 issue of Pediatrics Digest, a weekly summary of early-release articles from the journal Pediatrics.

The paper describes family-initiated dialogue about medications -- and health care team responses to this dialogue --- during family-centered rounds (FCR). Findings suggest specific medication topics that health care teams can anticipate addressing during FCR.

The summary and link to the full paper can be found here.


Amy Plumb, MD

Amy Plumb, MD

Amy Plumb, MD, Discusses Medical Complexity in ESPN Wisconsin Article

Posted: December 1, 2014

In a recent ESPN Wisconsin article, Amy Plumb, MD, discussed the challenges of caring for Kellan Meinke, a medically complex child who requires total parenteral nutrition to survive.

"More so than any other patient, there's a lot of people who are in pretty constant contact about him and about what to do next," she said in the article.

Kellan and his family recently spent a respite weekend with the Green Bay Packers, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Kellan's mother refers to Dr. Plumb as "the Aaron Rodgers" of his medical team.

Read the full story


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.


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