Division Highlights - Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine provides interdisciplinary family-centered care for children with respiratory disorders, including asthma, cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and chronic lung disease.

The division continues to build upon leading-edge clinical research into the early diagnosis and epidemiology of cystic fibrosis with new investigations into the disease's microbiome. Additional clinical research focuses on environment-disease interactions in asthma, pulmonary management of children with neuromuscular disorders, education and effect of sleep disorders in children. The division also has an active translational research program that is investigating the role of stem and progenitor cells in newborn lung disease. Finally, we host one of two pediatric sleep medicine programs in Wisconsin.

2017 Highlights

  • Division Chief Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, received the 2017 Thomas A. Hazinski Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). Dr. Balasubramaniam was selected in recognition of his multiple contributions to SPR, including co-chairing its advocacy committee and presenting as part of SPR's first congressional briefing in Washington, DC, on the critical importance of research funding.

  • The University of Wisconsin/American Family Children's Hospital received a three-year, $60,000 award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as one of the centers in the MDA's Care Center Network. The award will support the multidisciplinary MDA Care Center at American Family Children's Hospital, led by Mary Schroth, MD.

    Dr. Schroth, along with UW colleagues Mei Baker, MD, and Meredith Schultz, MD, and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin colleague Matthew Harmelink, MD, nominated spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) as a disease to be included in the Department of Health Services (DHS) Newborn Screening Program in December 2017. Their nomination was approved by the DHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Newborn Screening in January 2018. The group is now awaiting approval to implement SMA screening statewide.

  • In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH) among the top 50 children's hospitals for pulmonology.

  • HuiChan Lai, PhD, RD, continued to explore the impact of nutrition in lung function in infants with cystic fibrosis with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics award to correlate quantitative radiologic and lung function measurements. She and Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, were also awarded a Legacy of Angels Foundation grant to support the first whole genome sequencing project of infants enrolled in the FIRST study. (Read related story).

  • The UW Pediatric Pulmonary Center was the "host" center for the annual Maternal and Child Health Bureau Annual Pediatric Pulmonary center meeting in Washington, DC. The focus of this meeting was using social media in the recruitment and training of the next generation of pediatric pulmonary interdisciplinary professionals.

 

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