Jennifer Rehm, MD, and Brittany Allen, MD, Awarded Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant
A team from the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, along with Academic Partners Jennifer Rehm, MD, and Co-Investigator Brittany Allen, MD, were recently awarded a two-year grant for their project entitled, "Transgender Health-A New Horizon in Equity and Health Care," in the amount of $50,000. This Community Opportunity grant, funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program, aims to improve the environment of health care for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in Wisconsin. The project will build an online database of experienced physical and mental health care providers, connect those provider-advocates in a sustainable knowledge-sharing network, and conduct provider training around the state of Wisconsin.
Hospital Medicine Team Awarded Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant
Centro Hispano of Dane County (Centro), in partnership with Access Community Health Center and UW Division of Hospital Medicine faculty, including Sabrina Butteris, MD, Ryan Coller, MD, MPH, and Sarah Webber, MD, were recently awarded a Community Opportunity grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program. Their 2-year project in the amount of $49,934, entitled "Community Health Worker Led Postpartum Support Group for Latino Mothers and Infants," will implement and evaluate a community-based health intervention integrating culturally-tailored peer groups through a community health worker-led postpartum support group program for Latino mothers and infants. The project will assess the extent to which the intervention influences key health indicators such as maternal and infant weight, breastfeeding rates, and maternal depression.
Christian Capitini, MD, Receives Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholar Award
Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, who received a 2016 Hyundai Hope On Wheels (HHOW) Scholar Award, for his project entitled "Anti-GD2 immunocytokine and NK cell infusions for neuroblastoma." The objective of his project is to use murine models to develop a clinically applicable combined strategy that utilizes an immunocytokine (hu14.18-IL2) to enhance the antitumor effect of immunologically activated, ex-vivo expanded natural killer (NK) cells, and to track the localization of these NK cells using a novel MRI platform. This two-year grant, totaling $250,000, is presented to scientists involved with translational research who work directly with pediatric cancer patients, and recipients are selected based on the promise of their proposed research.
Toolkit for School-Based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO) Launched
In September, a toolkit on a School-Based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO) that was developed to address the needs of school-aged children with asthma, was made freely available on the University of Wisconsin's Health Innovation Program web site. Sujani Kakumanu, MD, FAAAAI, and Robert Lemanske, MD, FAAAAI, collaborated with the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) to develop SAMPRO, which utilizes a four-part system to help children with asthma live healthier lives. See more here.
Inga Hofmann, MD, to Serve on American Society for Hematology Committee
Inga Hofmann, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, has accepted an invitation to serve as Vice Chair of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Scientific Committee on Hematopathology & Clinical Laboratory Hematology for 2017, followed by Chair of the same Committee in 2018. The scientific committees are responsible for building on ASH's expertise in basic and translational science, providing recommendations for award nominees, advising other ASH committees on program direction and science policy priorities, and members also assist in ASH advocacy activities. Congratulations on this honor!
Endocrinology Team Awarded Innovation Award from UW Health
Congratulations to David Allen, MD, Tracy Bekx, MD, and Allison Pollock, MD, who recently received a two-year grant for their project "Improving Access to Quality Pediatric Diabetes Care through Telemedicine." This grant, in the amount of $162,465, aims to tackle the logistical, technical, consent/privacy, and multiple other challenges needed to establish regional telemedicine as a key adjunct to the UW Health Pediatric Diabetes Care program. Commitment to the success of this endeavor will enhance and ease patient access to expert diabetes care and education, increase adherence to standard-of-care follow-up, reduce patient costs, and strengthen our competitive reputation as the center for excellence for children with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Wisconsin.
Meriter Foundation Awards Neonatology Researchers $80,000 in Grants
Congratulations to four investigators from the Division of Neonatology & Newborn Nursery who were recently awarded nearly $80,000 in total funding from the Meriter Foundation Research and Education Grants Program. The awards will support four clinical research studies in 2017. The investigators and their projects are:
- Pamela Kling, MD: Recombinant Erythropoietin as a Renal Protective Agent in Prematurity ($20,000)
- Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD: Monitoring Predictors of Chronic Lung Disease and Length of Stay - Lessons Learned ($20,000)
- Bikash Pattnaik, PhD: Specificity of Oxytocin induced Retinopathy ($20,000)
- De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD: Molecular Effect of Caffeine Therapy on Lung Disease in the Premature Infant ($20,000)
Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, Named Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
Congratulations to Olachi Mezu-Ndubuisi, MD, OD, who was recently awarded Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). Fellows must complete a rigorous process to achieve this honor, including submission of written work and an oral examination, and must be approved by a panel of leading optometrists and vision scientists. This honor goes to fewer than 10% of practicing optometrists. Dr. Mezu-Ndubuisi was awarded this honor at the 95th annual meeting of the AAO, held in early November in Anaheim, California.
Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, Awarded Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research
Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, was recently awarded the Thomas Hazinski Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). This award, which includes an honorarium, commemorative plaque, and financial support for attendance at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting, is in recognition of Dr. Balasubramaniam's exceptional service to the SPR, and his deep commitment to advocacy initiatives and furthering child health and child health research over an extended period of time. He will be honored at the May 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting in San Francisco at the Society's Presidential Scientific Plenary Session. Congratulations, Vivek!
New Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship Receives ABMGG Accreditation
The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) has granted accreditation approval for the Department of Pediatrics' new Laboratory Genetics and Genomics (LGG) fellowship.
The ABMGG accredits medical genetics and genomics laboratory training programs, and credentials and certifies physicians in medical genetics and genomics. The Department of Pediatrics is one of only 24 sites across the country to offer all laboratory fellowship training programs and one of only 44 programs in the country.
The LGG fellowship will combine and replace the Division of Genetics & Metabolism's existing clinical cytogenetics and molecular genetics fellowships, both of which were also accredited by the ABMGG. The LGG fellowship provides clinical laboratory training within the UW Collaborative Genomics Core (a partnership between UW Cytogenetic Services and Molecular Genetics and UWHC Molecular Diagnostics/Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), and PreventionGenetics, Inc. in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
The division's biochemical genetics fellowship remains unchanged.
Jennifer Laffin, PhD, FACMG, is the program director for the LGG and biochemical genetics fellowships, and along with Vanessa Horner, PhD, FACMG, is the training director for the LGG fellowship. Patrice Held, PhD, FACMG, is the training director for the biochemical genetics fellowship.
The first LGG fellow will begin training in July 2017.