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  • Dr. Ei Terasawa Receives VCRGE Travel Grant

    Posted: August 2018
    Ei Terasawa, PhD
    Ei Terasawa, PhD

    Congratulations to Ei Terasawa, PhD on receipt of a $2,000 travel grant from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE). This funding will support her travel expenses to the International Congress of Endocrinology in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2018.

     
  • Meet our New Fellows!

    Posted: August 2018

    The Department of Pediatrics proudly welcomes 14 new fellows across eight programs this academic year. 

    Allergy and Clinical Immunology

    Dan Rosenberg, MD

    Dan Rosenberg, MD

    Medical School: State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University; Syracuse, NY

    Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; Madison, WI

    Julia Thorsen, MD, MPH

    Julia Thorsen, MD, MPH

    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI

    Residency: Nationwide Children's Hospital; Columbus, OH

    Endocrinology and Diabetes 

    Erika Zevin, MD

    Erika Zevin, MD

    Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee, WI

    Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine; Indianapolis, IN

     

    Laboratory Genetics and Genomics

    Fen Guo, PhD

    Fen Guo, PhD

    Doctoral Degree (Biomedical Engineering): Jinan University; Guangzhou, China

    Jesse Hunter, MD

    Jesse Hunter, PhD

    Doctoral Degree (Cell Biology): University of Alabama at Birmingham; Birmingham, AL

     

    Clinical Medical Genetics 

    Katie Williams, MD, PhD

    Katie Williams, MD, PhD

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Madison, WI

    Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

    Doctoral Degree (Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition) University of Wisconsin-Madison 

     

    Hematology and Oncology 

    Matthew Davis, MD, MS

    Matthew Davis, MD, MS

    Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine; True Blue Point, Grenada

    Residency: OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois; Peoria, IL

    Graduate School (MS, Medical Sciences): Mississippi College; Clinton, MS

    Mallery Olsen, MD

    Mallery Olsen, MD

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Madison, WI

    Residency: Wake Forest School of Medicine; Winston-Salem, NC

     

    Infectious Diseases

    Kathryn Schmit, MD

    Kathryn (Katie) Schmit, MD

    Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine; True Blue Point, Grenada

    Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; Madison, WI

     

    Neonatology

    Elizabeth McBride, MD

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) McBride, MD

    Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; Maywood, IL

    Residency: Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, IL

    Carmen Verwoerd, MD

    Carmen Verwoerd, MD

    Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine; Roseau, Dominica

    Residency: Marshfield Clinic; Marshfield, WI

     

    Pediatric Critical Care 

    Nicole Kamps, MD

    Nicole (Nikki) Kamps, MD

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Madison, WI

    Residency: University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; Madison, WI

    Megan Williams, MD

    Megan Williams, MD

    Medical School: Jagiellonian University Medical College; Kraków, Poland

    Residency: KU School of Medicine–Wichita; Wichita, KS

     

    Primary Care Sports Medicine

    Matt Brown, MD

    Matthew (Matt) Brown, MD

    Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; Madison, WI

    Residency: University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Madison, WI

     
  • Dr. Megan Moreno and SMAHRT Team Awarded Contract

    Posted: August 2018
    Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH
    Megan Moreno, MD,
    MSEd, MPH

    Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, and the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) were recently awarded a subaward contract from the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), to collaborate on the Tribal Health - Reaching out InVolves Everyone (THRIVE) project. For this one-year award, SMAHRT will play several roles in the Concerning Social Media Training project, including working with the THRIVE team, compiling and analyzing follow-up data, including pre-post analyses and comparisons between study arms, and dissemination of findings. These tasks are in support of the "Concerning Post" youth curricula, for placement on www.HealthyNativeYouth.org web site. This site that contains health promotion curricula and resources for American Indian and Alaska Native youth and is designed for tribal health educators, teachers, and parents - providing the training and tools needed to access and deliver effective, age-appropriate programs. Congratulations!

     
  • Dr. Paul Sondel Awarded Impact Grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels

    Posted: August 2018
    Paul Sondel, MD, PhD
    Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

    Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, who has been awarded a one-year Impact Grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. This $100,000 award will support his research, "Innate and Adaptive Immunotherapy to Eradicate Immunologically Cold Neuroblastoma," in which Dr. Sondel and his team will develop combination immunotherapy regimens, activating both innate and adaptive immune responses, to eradicate immunologically cold neuroblastomas in mice in order to translate these regimens to potent anti-neuroblastoma clinical therapy. Dr. Sondel and Wisconsin children affected by cancer were honored in a June hand-print ceremony at American Family Children's Hospital.

     
  • Christian Capitini, MD, Awarded National Cancer Institute Funding

    Posted: August 2018
    Christian Capitini, MD
    Christian Capitini, MD

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, and Co-Investigator Sean Fain, PhD, who were recently awarded a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI) for their project entitled, "Combining hu14.18-IL2 and NK cell infusions to treat neuroblastoma." This R01 award for over $1.75 million in total costs, will use murine allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (alloHSCT) models to develop evidence for a clinically applicable combined strategy that utilizes the immunocytokine hu14.18-IL2 to enhance the graft-versus-tumor effect of immunologically activated, ex-vivo activated natural killer (NK) cells, and to track the localization of these NK cells using a novel 19F-MRI platform.

     
  • Students Awarded 2018-2019 Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships

    Posted: July 2018

    Congratulations to the following undergraduate students and their Pediatric mentors who were awarded 2018-2019 Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships from the University of Wisconsin. Students receive a stipend of $3,000 and the associated faculty mentor receives $1,000 to offset costs associated with the student's research expenses. The Hilldale student will present research findings at the Undergraduate Symposium in April 2019.

    • Michael Gui, Microbiology. Mentor: Bruce Klein, MD
    • Hailey Prosek, Biology. Mentor: Pamela Kling, MD
     
  • Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, Named an SMPH Centennial Scholar

    Posted: July 2018
    Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH
    Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH

    Jasmine Zapata, MD, MPH, an assistant professor (CHS), in the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery, has been selected as a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Centennial Scholar, effective July 1, 2018.

    The goal of the Centennial Scholars Program is to develop faculty whose diversity enhances the quality of education and research at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and who may serve as visible and available role models for students and trainees, especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds.

    As an active member of the program, Dr. Zapata will receive three years of 50 percent protected time to complete scholarly activities related to maternal child health disparities research. She is extremely excited to combine her background in the fields of both pediatrics and preventive medicine/public health to impact change.

    Congratulations on this outstanding honor!

     
  • Statewide Study Shows Lack of Access to Health Care for Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Nonconforming Youth

    Posted: July 2018
    Jennifer Rehm, MD
    Jennifer Rehm, MD
    Brittany Allen, MD
    Britt Allen, MD

    A first-of-its-kind statewide survey of transgender, nonbinary and gender expansive/nonconforming (TNG) youth shows a lack of access to TNG-centered health care and insurance in Wisconsin.

    “The clear majority of youth surveyed say they can’t find medical or mental health providers who understand their needs,” said Dr. Britt Allen, assistant professor of pediatrics. Based on previous population-level data, the report estimates that there may be as many as 9,800 to 12,400 TNG youth between the ages of 12 and 22 in Wisconsin.

    Allen teamed up with co-investigator Dr. Jennifer Rehm, assistant professor of pediatrics, lead author Jay Botsford of the Transgender Youth Resource Network (TYRN), and the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition, for the study.

    In addition to the survey, the study included five focus groups from around the state. Surveys were completed in 2017 by 311 TNG youth.  Among the findings:

    • Eighty percent of TNG youth do not have a medical provider who is aware of the health needs of TNG youth.
    • Fifty-five percent had to provide basic information about TNG health to medical providers and 65 percent to mental-health providers.
    • Twenty-eight percent avoided or were unable to access necessary health care within the last year.
    • Eighty-one percent have insurance, yet only 38 percent of respondents have coverage for some TNG-specific or transition-related health care.  Less than 3 percent cover all care.
    • Seventy percent and 64 percent respectively had negative experiences with their medical or mental-health-care providers through language, refusal of care, denial of identity or lack of provider knowledge.
       

    “TNG young people deserve access to high-quality and affirming services, resources and care throughout their lives so that they can successfully grow into affirmed, safe and thriving adults,” said Rehm.

    The report makes the following recommendations:

    • Provide thorough education and training to healthcare and mental health providers about TNG youth communities, identities, needs and health.
    • Identify and eliminate systemic, policy, procedural and practice barriers to care for TNG youth within all healthcare systems.
    • Ensure both public and private health insurance cover TNG-specific and transition-related health care of all kinds.
    • Replace gatekeeping models to provide TNG-specific and transition-related health care with patient-centered models of care.
    • Establish policies, systems and/or services to address and minimize parental/guardian rejection or lack of support as a barrier to health care for TNG youth.
    • Develop services to help TNG youth navigate health-care systems, advocate for their needs, and access affirming resources.
       

    Partners in the survey include the Department of Pediatrics, the Transgender Youth Resource Network, and the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition. Administrative support was provided by the Child Health Advocacy department of UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital.

    UW Health offers a Pediatric and Adolescent Transgender Health Clinic (PATH) which provides care for TNG children and young adults.  The Gender Services program offers gender-affirming care for adults.

    Funding for the study was provided by Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Foundation, the UW BIRCWH program and the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

    See the full report here.

     
  • Dr. James Conway, UW Health Experts Discuss Importance of HPV Vaccination

    Posted: July 2018
    James Conway, MD
    James Conway, MD

    University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics Professor (CHS) James Conway, MD, along with UW Carbone Cancer Director Howard Bailey, MD, and UW Department of Human Oncology Assistant Professor Randy Kimple, MD, was quoted in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the importance of vaccinating children for human papillomavirus (HPV). 

    In the article, Dr. Conway, who is also the medical director for immunization services and chair of the Immunization Program and Planning Committee at UW Health, referred to a recent report from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality for health systems in their success at immunizing teens against HPV across the state. 

    UW Health ranked second in Wisconsin, with a 71.2 percent vaccination rate by age 15, but in some parts of the state, the rates are as low as 30 percent.

    Dr. Conway said that even though some may feel uncomfortable discussing a sexually transmitted disease such as HPV, it is important for patients and providers to consider HPV vaccination as a necessary and safe way to prevent several types of cancers.

    "[Vaccines] are tested on hundreds of thousands of people, they're scrutinized way more than anything else in the medical system," he said. "Even after they're licensed and put on the market, they're followed really closely for any sort of safety issues."

    Read the full story...

     
  • Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick's Pediatric Dream Team Award Renewed

    Posted: July 2018

    Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, and the UW Pediatric Dream Team, for their renewal funding through the Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick's Pediatric Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Award, supported by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and St. Baldrick's Foundation. This award provides $250,000 per year to the University of Wisconsin Dream Team, for a 4-year total of $1,000,000. Led by overall Team Leaders, Dr. John Maris at the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Lead Institution, and Dr. Crystall Mackall at Stanford University, Dr. Sondel and his team at University of Wisconsin continue their important role on the Dream Team. Key members of the Wisconsin team are Kenneth DeSantes, MD, Co-PI; Young Investigators Christian Capitini, MD, Mario Otto, MD, PhD, and Inga Hofmann, MD; Collaborators Peiman Hematti, MD and Jacques Galipeau, MD from the Department of Medicine; and Investigators Amy Erbe Gurel, PhD, Jacquelyn Hank, PhD, Alexander Rakhmilevich, MD, PhD, from the Department of Human Oncology, and Kimberly McDowell, MD, PhD.  This collaborative multi-institutional consortium, entitled, "Immunogenomics to Create New Therapeutics for High Risk Childhood Cancers," proposes to link genomics and immunotherapy efforts underway at 7 Pediatric Oncology Centers [Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Stanford University, Baylor, University of Washington, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, and UW] in order to perform preclinical and clinical collaborative work designed to move new therapies into clinical testing for pediatric patients.