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  • Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam Receives SPR's Thomas Hazinski Distinguished Service Award

    Posted: May 2017
    Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD
    Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD

    Congratulations to Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, associate professor (CHS) of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, for receiving the 2017 Thomas A. Hazinski Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR).

    The award honors a special individual who has provided exceptional service to the Society over an extended period of time. 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.

    Dr. Balasubramaniam received his award on May 8, 2017, during the SPR Presidential Plenary Session at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2017 meeting.

     
  • Dr. David Allen Receives Alumni Resident Citation Award

    Posted: May 2017
    David Allen, MD
    David Allen, MD

    Congratulations to David Allen, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, who has been chosen to receive the Alumni Resident Citation Award for 2018. The award, given annually by the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association, is the association's most prestigious award and is given to an alumnus who has distinguished themselves in medicine. The award will be presented next April at the WMAA's annual awards banquet.

     
  • Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD Serving as Advisory Panel Member on AHRQ grant

    Posted: April 2017
    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD
    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, will serve on the Advisory Panel of a 4-year, $2.7M grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medical Services (AHRQ-CMS) entitled, "Implementing Measures Network for Child Health (Implement For Child Health)." This team, led by Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will develop and implement new children's quality measures for asthma and sickle cell disease.  Annie Marsh, MD, a UW pediatric residency graduate and now Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Clinic at UCSF, is also part of the research team.  Funded under the Pediatric Quality Measures Program, the aim of the research is to further develop measures to be used by state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs, as well as payors, clinicians, and patients and families toward improving the quality of care for children with these diseases.

     
  • Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Receives Graduate School Fall Competition Award

    Posted: April 2017
    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD
    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, was awarded $54,637 for her project entitled, "The Impact of Influential Life Events on Self-Management of Type 1 Diabetes in Adulthood." This one-year Fall Competition award from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education will support the use of 24 years of Wisconsin Diabetes Registry survey data and measures of glycemic control (A1c), along with interviews with adult patients, in order to identify influential and actionable life events that influence diabetes self-management. The findings from the work will be incorporated as preliminary data in a future research grant to the National Institutes of Health. Congratulations!

     
  • Mary Schroth, MD, Receives Funding for MDA Care Center

    Posted: April 2017
    Mary Schroth, MD
    Mary Schroth, MD

    The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) recently announced upcoming support for the University of Wisconsin/American Family Children's Hospital as one of the centers in their Care Center Network. This 3-year award, for $60,000, will support the multidisciplinary "MDA Care Center at American Family Children's Hospital," led by Mary Schroth, MD, Principal Investigator and Care Center Director. In addition to the base financial support received from the MDA Care Center grant program, the institution benefits from being part of the MDA Care Center Network and the support provided to the families the program serves. Congratulations!

     
  • Christine Seroogy, MD, Awarded Baldwin Mini-Grant

    Posted: April 2017
    Christine Seroogy, MD
    Christine Seroogy, MD

    Congratulations to Christine Seroogy, MD, who was recently awarded a $4,000 mini-grant for her project entitled, "Blood Lead Level Testing in Plain Newborns." This award from the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment is made possible through the generous gift to the UW-Madison from Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin through the UW Office of the Provost. The goal of this one-year project is to measure neonatal blood lead levels in Amish and Old Order Mennonite, referred to as Plain, infants in conjunction with newborn screening. Outcomes that will be measured include blood lead levels, any interventions, family perceptions and refusal rate. The data from this pilot study will inform expansion of this testing for Plain children throughout Wisconsin and establish the need for inventions to decrease lead exposure through primary prevention approaches.

     
  • Undergraduate Students Awarded Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships

    Posted: April 2017

    Congratulations to the following undergraduate students and their Pediatric mentors who were awarded 2017-2018 Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships from the University of Wisconsin. Students receive $3,000 and faculty mentors receive a stipend to sponsor a research project that will be presented at the Undergraduate Symposium in April of 2018. Award recipients will be recognized at the Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards Ceremony in May.

    • Julia Chini and mentor Anna Huttenlocher, MD
    • James Gannon and mentors Pamela Kling, MD and Allison Pollock, MD
    • Meng Lou and mentor Anna Huttenlocher, MD
    • Kayla Rasmussen and mentor Paul Sondel, MD, PhD
     
  • New Study by Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, Shows How a Family Rounds Checklist Promotes Engagement

    Posted: April 2017
    Elizabeth Cox, MD, JPG
    Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD

    The simple practice of using a checklist can promote better care for hospitalized children, according to a study led by Elizabeth Cox, MD, PhD, and published in Pediatrics

    Dr. Cox's research team examined the impact of the Family-Centered Rounds (FCR) Checklist Intervention, developed with input from American Family Children's Hospital (AFCH) staff and the families of hospitalized children, on performance of FCR elements, family engagement, and patient safety. The Intervention, championed by Michelle Kelly, MD, consists of an eight-point checklist and provider training.

    The randomized clinical trial included 298 families of children hospitalized at AFCH. One hospitalist service and hematology/oncology were randomized to use the checklist. Another hospitalist service and the pulmonary service used usual care.

    Dr. Cox said that completion of checklist items increased significantly on the services using the FCR checklist. Two particular items significantly increased family engagement: when the health-care team read back orders, and when the team talked about goals for discharge.

    Specific elements of the checklist were also associated with parents believing that their child was safer during the hospital stay: when the team asked the family for questions, and when the team gave an assessment of children’s progress. 

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  • Microscope Image Named Winner of 2017 Cool Science Image Contest

    Posted: April 2017
    Pelin Cengiz, MD
    Pelin Cengiz, MD

    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.

     

    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.

     
  • Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD Elected to AAP Council on Early Childhood Executive Committee

    Posted: April 2017
    Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD
    Dipesh Navsaria, MPH,
    MSLIS, MD

    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.