An important mission of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ID) specialists is to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases in children. In addition, they evaluate children with symptoms that are recurrent, atypical or unexplained, including HIV. They combine clinical care with work as researchers, educators, administrators, hospital epidemiologists and experts in antimicrobial stewardship, immunization programs and infection control.
Our approach utilizes a family-centered model of delivering care, and we encourage involvement of patients and their families in education about their disease. We also share responsibility for the training of medical students, residents, and fellows.
Recent divisional highlights include:
- James Conway, MD, traveled to Washington, DC, to advocate for a new, bipartisan House resolution ensuring that children in poor countries have access to vaccines and immunizations through U.S. support of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI).
- Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD, received a $1,891 grant from the Friends of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics for her project, "iPads to Enhance Health Education for Youth and Families in the UW HIV Comprehensive Care Clinic."
- Bruce Klein, MD, received a 5-year, $2.5 million R01 renewal award from the National Institutes of Health–National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) for his project, "Molecular pathogenesis of Blastomycosis."
In addition, two postdoctoral fellows in Dr. Klein’s lab received awards to support their research. Darin Wiesner, PhD, received a two-year $100,000 Hartwell Foundation Fellowship, and Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos, PhD, received a 13-month, $58,864 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32) from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID).
Finally, thanks to a generous gift from Shirley Matchette, Dr. Klein was awarded the Shirley S. Matchette Professorship in Pediatric Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology in 2015.
- Fellow Joseph McBride, MD, was a co-author with Dr. Klein on a Clinical Chest Medicine article reviewing the clinical manifestations and treatment of blastomycosis.
- Fellow Emma Mohr, MD, PhD, received the 2017-2019 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society’s Stanley and Susan Plotkin and Sanofi Pasteur Fellowship Award for her project, "Development of a Macaque Congenital Zika Syndrome Model: Fetal Zika Virus Tissue Distribution and Pathology." Dr. Mohr was also a co-author on PLoS Pathogens articles on maternal-fetal Zika virus transmission in pregnant rhesus macaques and the mechanisms of Pegivirus in a macaque model of HIV infection.