Microscope Image Named Winner of 2017 Cool Science Image Contest
Congratulations to Jayadevi Chandrashekhar, research specialist at the Waisman Center, and Kaylyn Freeman, undergraduate student researcher at Waisman, for having one of their microscope images chosen as a winner of the 2017 Cool Science Image Contest. The winning image, created as part of their research under Pelin Cengiz, MD, shows the presence of a protein called tyrosine kinase in a mouse brain which protects neurons that might otherwise be damaged by lack of oxygen. The Cool Science Image Contest is intended to recognize the technical and creative skills required to capture images or video that document science or nature. The contest is sponsored by Madison’s Promega Corp., with additional support from DoIT Digital Publishing and Printing Services and the UW–Madison Arts Institute.
Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD Elected to AAP Council on Early Childhood Executive Committee
Congratulations to Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, who has been elected to Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Early Childhood. The Council provides a forum for pediatricians and others interested in promoting the optimal development, health, and safety of young children at home, in early education, child care, or other early childhood settings. Dr. Navsaria was previously a Co-chair of the Early Literacy Subcommittee, but will now be able to do even more as a full committee member of the Council.
New Edition of Bright Futures Released
The 4th edition of Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents has been released with input from Dr. Dipesh Navsaria. Dr. Navsaria served on the Infancy Expert Panel for the new edition, and had a substantial hand in writing some of the early childhood sections, including the early literacy section. Bright Futures is a set of theory-based, evidence-driven, and systems-oriented principles, strategies, and tools that health care professionals can use to improve the health and well-being of children through culturally appropriate interventions. Bright Futures addresses the current and emerging health promotion needs of families, clinical practices, communities, health systems, and policymakers.
Mala Mathur, MD, MPH, Awarded Youth Health Transition Quality Improvement Grant
Congratulations to Mala Mathur, MD, MPH, who was awarded a Youth Health Transition Quality Improvement Grant in the amount of $20,000. Funding for this one-year award is provided through grants from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Community Health Promotion, Family Health Section, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program to the Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative (WisMHI) at Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin and the Youth Health Transition Initiative (YHTI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center. This project will address transition readiness by implementing formal readiness assessments and educating pediatric patients, both typical and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, and their families on the transition process during clinic visits starting at age 12, with the objective of creation of a workflow for appropriate educational materials to be provided to youth and families as guidance during this process.
Pamela Kling, MD, Receives Graduate School Fall Competition Award
Congratulations to Pamela Kling, MD, on her recent award of $59,875 from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education. This one-year Fall Competition award for her project entitled, "Cellular Signaling and Disordered Nephrogenesis during Intrauterine Growth Restriction," will allow her lab to determine the developmental changes in expression of renin-angiotensin system (RAS), iron, and multi-ligand endocytic receptors using immunoimaging of third trimester ovine fetal kidneys, and if these receptors co-localize in intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). The study's impact will be to better define renal RAS signal transduction, in order to help design future strategies that prevent hypertension in IUGR offspring.
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Selected for National Quality Forum Committee
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, was recently selected to serve as a member of the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Care Coordination Standing Committee for the Care Coordination Endorsement Maintenance Project. The goal of this project is to review performance measures in the care coordination domain, including measures focused on patient experience of care, health information technology, transitions of care, and structural measures. Congratulations, Ryan!
Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, Wins Histochemical Society Award
Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, was recently selected for the Histochemical Society (HSC) award and a $1,000 travel grant for the Experimental Biology April 2017 meeting. This award, sponsored by the Histochemical Society, is a merit-based award for her abstract entitled "Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography correlates Retinal Thinning to Retinal Vascular Development in an In vivo Mouse Model of Retinopathy of Prematurity." Her poster will be presented at the Immunohistochemistry and Microscopy Scientific Interest Group as part of the Experimental Biology 2017 joint meeting, to be held April 22-27, 2017 in Chicago. Congratulations!
Kristin Haraldsdottir Wins American Physiological Society Abstract Award
Congratulations to Kristin Haraldsdottir, graduate student in the lab of Marlowe Eldridge, MD, who was selected to receive a Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award, named in honor of Caroline tum Suden and Frances Hellebrandt. This award of $500, plus reimbursement for meeting registration for the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting in Chicago, IL, is for her abstract entitled, "Blunted stroke volume response to exercise in adolescent children born premature. A Cardiac MRI Study." The award from the American Physiological Society (APS), provides funds for junior physiologists to attend and participate fully in the Experimental Biology meeting, and is a merit award granted to graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who are the first author of an abstract submitted to the APS and who are APS members. Experimental Biology, the APS annual meeting, is conducted jointly with other Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) member societies, and will be held in April 22-27, 2017 in Chicago.
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, Wins 2017 Odell Research Award
Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, has been awarded the 2017 UW Department of Pediatrics Gerard B. Odell Research Award. This award was established in 1994 to honor Dr. Odell's distinguished career in pediatric research, academia, clinical practice and education. The $5,000 award is given to an assistant or associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments and demonstrated potential for future contributions. Most recent past recipients include: Drs. Elizabeth Cox, Theresa Guilbert, Daniel Jackson, Megan Moreno, J. Carter Ralphe, and Judith Smith. Dr. Coller will receive the award at the May 18, 2017 Odell Lecture, which will be given by J. Carter Ralphe, the 2015 Odell Awardee.
Research & Development Committee Awards Announced
The Department of Pediatrics Research and Development Committee recently awarded grants to six faculty members for the following projects:
- Awni Al-Subu, MD - UW Pediatric Critical Care Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program
- Pelin Cengiz, MD - Epigenetic Regulation of Estrogen Receptor Alpha after Neonatal Hypoxia Ischemia
- Pamela Kling, MD - Improving the Sensitivity & Specificity of Iron Deficiency Screening of Newborns
- Luke Lamers, MD - Feasibility of Stent Expansion in a Swine Model of Branch PA Stenosis
- Amy Peterson, MD - Joint Database for Pediatric Metabolic Syndrome and Preventive Cardiology Clinics
- Sarah Webber, MD - Community Health Worker Led Postpartum Support Group for Latino Mothers & Infants
Additionally, nine laboratories/investigators were awarded Capital Equipment Funding:
- Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD
- Marlowe Eldridge, MD
- Allergy Researchers (Drs. Busse, Gern, Jackson, Lemanske, Seroogy, and Smith)
- Anna Huttenlocher, MD
- Bruce Klein, MD
- Pamela Kling, MD
- Bikash Pattnaik, PhD
- Paul Sondel, MD, PhD
- Christine Sorenson, PhD