Division Highlights - Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology

The Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology provides state-of-the-art, evidence-based care for children with asthma, allergies, immunologic disorders and rheumatologic diseases.

Our basic and clinical research projects are designed to better understand and find more effective treatments for these diseases.

2017 Highlights

  • James Gern, MD, and Bruce Klein, MD, are part of a team of investigators led by PI Cameron Currie, PhD, on a new, two-year UW2020 grant, “The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease”. The award leverages the Children’s Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup (CREW), led by Dr. Gern, and the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), one of the longest-running investigations of human health.

  • The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) selected Anna Huttenlocher, MD, as one of its 2017 fellows in recognition of her meritorious efforts to advance cell biology and/or its applications and for her service to ASCB.

    Dr. Huttenlocher, in conjunction with co-PI Igor Slukvin, MD, PhD, also received a two-year, $450,000 UW2020 grant, “Engineering leukocytes generated from human iPS cells to treat human disease”. The project will use CRISPR gene editing to generate a panel of iPS cell lines that lead to the production of neutrophil and macrophage populations that are expert killers of microbial pathogens.

    Finally, Julia Chini and Meng Lou, two undergraduate students mentored by Dr. Huttenlocher, received 2017-2018 University of Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships.

  • Daniel Jackson, MD, received funding for a consortium led by Children's Hospital of Boston. The group will initiate an asthma prevention study, "Controlling and Preventing Asthma Severity in Kids (CASK),” which will determine whether omalizumab (anti-IgE) therapy given to 2- and 3-year-old children at high risk for asthma prevents progression to childhood asthma. This seven-year, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) U01 grant includes a subcontract to UW-Madison totaling over $2 million.

    Dr. Jackson was also awarded the Burton Zweiman Memorial Lectureship at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting. This honorary lectureship, "Targeting Viruses in the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Asthma," recognized Dr. Jackson’s outstanding service to the specialty and science of allergy and immunology.

  • Allergy and immunology fellow Halie Anderson, MD, (mentor: Daniel Jackson, MD) received the Asthma Diagnosis & Treatment Interest Section Fellow-in-Training Outstanding Abstract Award at the 2017 American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting. Her abstract, "Increased rhinovirus-induced innate immune response in peripheral blood during infancy is associated with improved lung function at school age," was also selected for the meeting’s featured poster session.

  • Robert F. Lemanske, Jr., MD, is the co-principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award. The award, which is for $6,237,009 per year for five years, permits the continuation of the UW Institute of Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). The goal of ICTR is to create an environment that transforms research into a continuum from investigation through discovery and to translation in real-life community practice, thereby linking even the most basic research to practical improvements in human health.

  • In recognition of their efforts to improve the health of Plain families in Wisconsin, Christine Seroogy, MD, and colleagues on the Wisconsin Plain Community Project received a 2017 UW-Madison Community-University Partnership Award from Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

    Dr. Seroogy also received a $4,000 mini-grant from the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment for her project, "Blood Lead Level Testing in Plain Newborns."

 

 

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