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
Nathaniel York Awarded ERP Student Research Grant
Nathaniel York, graduate student in the laboratory of Bikash Pattnaik, PhD, was recently awarded a one-year Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology Program (ERP) Student Research Grant from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in the amount of $3,000, for his project "Characterization of Oxytocin Receptor in the RPE." Pattnaik Laboratory findings have recently demonstrated the localization of oxytocin (OXT) to the outer segments of the cone photoreceptors. Moreover, the oxytocin receptor is expressed in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), suggesting that oxytocinergic signaling is a potential means for communication between cone photoreceptors and the RPE. Based on these findings, Nathan has developed a project focused on describing the signaling of OXT in the RPE as well as characterizing the expression of oxytocin receptor in the retina. Congratulations, Nathan!
Ellen Connor, MD, Voted NASPAG President Elect and President
Ellen Connor, MD, was recently selected as President Elect of the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG). Her role as President elect will run from April 2017 until March 2018, then she will become President from April 2018 through April 2019, coordinating monthly Board calls and coordinating/presiding over the NASPAG annual research meeting in April 2018, and then serve as Past President beginning in 2019. Congratulations to Ellen for this important honor!
Halie Anderson, MD, Receives Abstract Award from AAAAI
Congratulations to Halie Anderson, MD, second-year allergy and immunology fellow, for receiving the Asthma Diagnosis & Treatment Interest Section Fellow-in-Training Outstanding Abstract Award at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) annual meeting March 3-6, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Her abstract entitled "Increased rhinovirus-induced innate immune response in peripheral blood during infancy is associated with improved lung function at school age" evaluated potential factors critical to antiviral immunity and lung growth in children. Her abstract was also selected for the featured poster session of the AAAAI. Dr. Anderson's mentor for the project is Daniel Jackson, MD.