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 grant
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
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
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
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.