Dr. Emma Mohr Receives 2017 PIDS Fellowship Award
Congratulations to Emma Mohr, MD, PhD, who has received the 2017-2019 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Award for her work in the "Development of a macaque congenital Zika syndrome model: fetal Zika virus tissue distribution and pathology". The goal of the award is to help increase the pool of highly trained pediatric infectious disease clinical scientists and to stimulate scholarly basic and clinical research in areas pertinent to pediatrics. The award funds research in areas of public health/epidemiology, hospital epidemiology, clinical trials of antimicrobials, outcomes research, pharmacokinetics, pathophysiology, molecular pathogenesis, and vaccinology.
Eleven Students and Mentors Chosen by the Shapiro Summer Research Program
The following eleven students and their mentors were recently awarded Shapiro Summer Research Awards. The Shapiro Summer Research Program provides opportunities for more than 60 first-year medical students to participate in eight- to 12-week summer research projects with UW-Madison faculty members. First-year medical students apply at the beginning of each calendar year with basic science, clinical, translational, public health, or health systems projects. Funding for the program comes from the Herman and Gwendolyn Shapiro Foundation, with additional support from SMPH departments and centers and investigator grants. Congratulations to the following faculty and students:
- Ryan Coller, MD, MPH and Mary Ehlenbach, MD - student Allison Nackers: “Evaluation of Preventable Hospitalizations in Children with Medical Complexity”
- James Conway, MD and Stephanie Koning - student Collin Lash: “Evaluating the Intergenerational Effects of Maternal Stressful Life Events on Child Development in Chang Mai Province, Thailand”
- James Conway, MD and Stephanie Koning - student Kaylee Scott: “Assessing the Relationship Between Human Rights Violations and Maternal Health Outcomes in Village Women of Chiang Mai Province, Thailand”
- Michael Kim, MD - student Connie Wu: “Trends in ED Evaluation of Pediatric Patients with Mental Health Complaints”
- Pamela Kling, MD - student Micaela Zywicki: “Improving Diagnosis and Treatment of Iron-Deficiency Anemia in Infants and Toddlers”
- Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD - student Aaron Anderson: “Investigating the Use of Education on Diet and Medical Co-morbidities to Reduce Cataract Surgery Screening Failure in a Rural Community in Imo State, Nigeria”
- Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD - student Christina Friedl: “Use of E-learning Applications to Improve Quality of Life in Patients with Cataracts in Imo State, Nigeria”
- Jennifer Rehm, MD and Pamela Kling, MD - student Shoshana Rudin: “Effects of Diet and Inflammation on Disordered Iron Metabolism on Obese Adolescents”
- Kristin Shadman, MD - student Patrick O’Donnell: “Characterizing Feeding Practices for Pediatric Patients on High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC)”
- Paul Sondel, MD, PhD - student Ari Stone: “Effect of Innate and Adaptive Immunotherapies on Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cell Populations in a Mouse Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Model”
- Sarah Webber, MD - student Camila Khan: “Community Health Worker Led Postpartum Support Group for Latino Mothers and Infants”
MACC Fund Awards 9 Grants
The Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund has funded each of nine separate grant requests made by the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Oncology. This marks the 40th year of the MACC Fund, and awards from this year have now brought the overall total of contributions to greater than $60 million to childhood cancer research here in Wisconsin. The grants will fund each project for $100,000 over the next two years. Congratulations to all of the researchers involved!
- Christian Capitini, MD - “Improving Graft-Versus-Leukemia Effects of Ex Vivo Activated NK Cells through JAK/STAT Blockade”
- Ken DeSantes, MD - “Support for Clinical Research Infrastructure”
- Ken DeSantes, MD - “Treatment of Relapsed or Refractory Neuroblastoma with Ex-Vivo Activated and Expanded Haploindentical NK Cells and Hu14.18-IL2”
- Jacquelyn Hank, PhD - “Monitoring of Immune Network Responses in Pediatric Neuroblastoma Patients Treated with Anti-GD2 Immunotherapy”
- Inga Hofmann, MD (with Emery Bresnick, PhD) - “Prognostic Markers and Therapeutic Targets in GATA2-Related Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Leukemia”
- Mario Otto, MD, PhD -“Targeted Molecular Radiotherapy to Improve the Outcomes in Children with Malignant Brain Tumors”
- Mario Otto, MD, PhD (with Dana Baiu PhD)- “Strategies for Improving Recovery of Immune Function following TCRab-depleted Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation”
- Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD - “Combining Innate and Adaptive Immune Activation for Treatment of Experimental Neuroblastoma”
- Paul Sondel, MD, PhD (with Amy Erbe Gurel, PhD) - “Determining the Influence of KIR/KIR-ligand Genotypes in the Outcome of High-Risk Neuroblastoma Patients Following Anti-GD2 Based Immunotherapy”
James Gern, MD, and Bruce Klein, MD Collaborate on UW2020 Grant
Cameron Currie, PhD, will lead a team of investigators, including Co-PIs Andrew Alexander, PhD; Rozalyn Anderson, PhD; David Andes, MD; Barbara Bendlin, PhD; Christopher Coe, PhD; James Gern, MD; Pamela Herd, PhD; Bruce Klein, MD; Janet Lainhart, MD; Lingjun Li, PhD; Vatsan Raman, PhD; Federico Rey, PhD; Garret Suen, PhD; and Brittany Travers, PhD, to study the Human Microbiome in their recently awarded UW2020 grant entitled, “The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease.” This 2-year WARF Discovery Initiative award leverages two UW-Madison population health cohort studies: the Children’s Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup (CREW) - led by Dr. Gern - which is tracking the early health and development of about 7,000 children; and the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS), one of the longest-running investigations of human health. Support for this research was provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. More about the award can be found here: https://research.wisc.edu/funding/uw2020/round-3-projects/the-human-microbiome-in-health-and-disease/
Anna Huttenlocher, MD, Awarded a UW2020 Grant
Congratulations to Anna Huttenlocher, MD, who was awarded a UW2020 grant in the amount of $450,000, for her project entitled, “Engineering leukocytes generated from human iPS cells to treat human disease.” Support for this research was provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education with funding from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. This 2-year WARF Discovery Initiative award, in conjunction with Co-Principal Investigator Igor Slukvin, MD, PhD, 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. " More on the award can be found here: https://research.wisc.edu/funding/uw2020/round-3-projects/engineering-leukocytes-generated-from-human-ips-cells-to-treat-human-disease/
Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Awarded Equipment Grant
Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, who was recently awarded a grant of $5,000 from Northwestern Mutual and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) for purchase of a new biological safety cabinet for his laboratory’s ongoing pediatric cancer immunotherapy research.
Pediatric Faculty Promotions
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) CHS Appointments and Promotions Committee, and Dean Robert Golden, have approved the promotion to Associate Professor (CHS) for Amy Peterson, MD; and the promotion to Professor (CHS) for Tom Brazelton, MD, MPH, Gregory DeMuri, MD, and Barbara Knox, MD.
The UWSMPH Clinician-Teacher Appointments and Promotions Committee, and Dean Robert Golden, have approved the promotion to Clinical Associate Professor for Julie Gocey, MD, Laura Houser, MD, and Robin Wright, MD.
All promotions became effective July 1, 2017.
Dr. Vivek Balasubramaniam Receives SPR's Thomas Hazinski Distinguished Service AwardPosted: May 2017
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 AwardPosted: May 2017
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 grantPosted: April 2017
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.