Faculty Promotions as of March 3, 2008
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health promotion committees have approved promotions for the following pediatric faculty. This includes meetings held through March 3rd. The effective date for the promotions is July 1, 2008.
- Anna Huttenlocher, MD, has been promoted to Professor with tenure.
- Istvan Danko, MD, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
- Gwen McIntosh, MD, MPH, has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
- John Hokanson, MD, has been promoted to Associate Professor (CHS).
Dr. Patricia Kokotailo named Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Affairs
Patricia Kokotailo, MD, MPH, professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), has been named the SMPH Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Affairs, effective April 1, 2008. This important new position will focus on the development of the School's most valuable and precious resource: our faculty. Dr. Kokotailo will create, direct, and coordinate programs aimed at helping all of our faculty, across our missions and at all levels of experience, achieve their full professional potential. An important aspect will include the school's commitment to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse faculty within a supportive environment.
Residency Project Awarded Funding
Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, PL2, was recently awarded funding for his project titled, "Reach Out and Read: Madison and Dane County Encouraging Literacy in Pediatric Environments” through the Ira an Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment. The $107,537 in funding is for the two-year period of January 2008 through December 2009.
Dr. Aaron Carrel Receives 2007 Collaboration Implementation Grant Award
Aaron Carrel, MD, is the recipient of a 2007 Collaboration Implementation Grant Award from The Wisconsin Partnership Fund. His project, in partnership with Brown County (Statewide) was awarded $474,990 for “Got Dirt? Garden Initiative” to improve child health and nutrition by increasing access to and consumption of fruits and vegetables through youth gardens at childcare centers and schools in Wisconsin.
Dr. Michael Rock Honored by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Michael Rock, MD, a professor of Pulmonology, is being honored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) at its annual event in November.
According to a CFF spokesperson, the group identified Rock as someone who is making a significant impact on the foundation's fight against cystic fibrosis in the community. Rock's cystic fibrosis-related work includes collaborating with Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, on the CF newborn screening study. He also has been involved in multiple studies to investigate new medications for CF patients, and in quality improvement initiatives at UW Children's Hospital aimed at improving the health outcomes of patients with CF.
He also helped establish affiliate CF centers in Green Bay, Marshfield and La Crosse. Rock serves on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Data, Safety and Monitoring Board, and has served on the national Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Center Committee.
Dr. David Bernhardt & UW Health Sports Medicine Team Up to Offer Free Physicals to Uninsured High School Athletes
Dozens of high school athletes may not be allowed to step onto the field or join the huddle this year because many families do not have health insurance to pay for medical physical exams, which are required by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association before the first day of practice.
Eighty-five thousand students will participate in high school athletics this year in Wisconsin. Of those living in Dane County, it’s estimated that two to five percent have no health insurance to pay for these necessary physical exams.
To help student-athletes get into uniform and back in the race, the Dane County Sports Medicine Council is teaming up with UW Health Sports Medicine Center and the MEDIC program, managed by students of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, to offer a free athletic physical clinic on Tuesday, August 14. UW Health physicians, athletic trainers, residents, medical students and Spanish translators will be present at the South Madison Health and Family Center—Harambee at 2202 South Park St. from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide athletic physicals and immunizations.
“This is a nice opportunity to take care of a large group of student athletes who have no health insurance or very limited financial resources,” said Joe Greene, supervisor of athletic training services at the UW Health Sports Medicine Center. “Getting these physicals done in a timely manner helps to keep these young people participating and active at what they like to do.”
Greene and Dr. David Bernhardt, a pediatric sports medicine specialist with UW Health Sports Medicine, will provide medical direction for the clinic. Both are members of the Dane County Sports Medicine Council, the organization that is sponsoring the event. The staff at UW Health Sports Medicine Center has been working with other entities to offer free athletic physicals for several years. Medical student volunteers are coordinated by MEDiC, a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin.
“This is a great collaborative effort between the hospital staff, medical students and the schools,” Greene said, “and the families and athletes are always very appreciative.” Last year, more than 40 student-athletes in the Madison area attended the clinic.
Summertime Equals Fitness Loss for Middle-Schoolers; University of Wisconsin Research Shows Activity Drops Off
Children get in shape during the summer, spending their time biking, running, playing T-ball and tennis. Or do they?
In a finding that surprised the researchers, pediatricians and sports medicine experts at UW Health found that fitness improvements by 17 students who participated in a fitness-based physical education program at school lost those benefits during the three months of summer. The study appears in the June 2007 edition of the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.
The study focused on a group of overweight middle schoolers at Riverside Bluff Middle School in Stoughton. The youngsters participated in a year-long lifestyle-based physical education class that emphasized nontraditional activities like biking and walking instead of traditional sports.
At the beginning and end of the school year, UW researchers measured the fasting insulin levels, maximum oxygen consumption and body composition of the middle-schoolers. After nine months in the fitness intervention program, the children had improved in each category. Three months later, another measurement showed that maximum oxygen consumption had declined over the summer, while body fat percentage and fasting insulin levels had increased. None of the children were given specific exercise instructions during the summer.
“To us, this was really surprising,” says Dr. Aaron Carrel, a pediatric endocrinologist with UW Health and lead researcher on the study. “We thought kids would be active during the summer, but the results of the third measurement show that they weren’t. Clearly, fitness levels change when kids are out of school.”
Randy Clark, who manages the exercise science lab at UW Health Sports Medicine and performed the fitness scans on the children, was similarly surprised.
“The results are almost inconceivable to someone from my generation,” he says. “We lived outside, played capture the flag, kick the can and wiffle ball until it was too dark to see. In fact, I can remember coming in for dinner and sitting on the edge of my chair the whole time. I could not wait to be excused because I wanted to get back out to the action and play with my friends.”
While the study focused on overweight children, Carrel and Clark believe that the findings are relevant to all children, since overall fitness plays a more significant role in children’s health than weight or body mass index. To Carrel, the study’s findings offer proof not just that school-based fitness programs can have a tangible impact on improving students’ health, but that parents may need to consider becoming more involved in helping their children stay fit year-round.
“I hope this study will draw more attention to the role of fitness in overall health, and encourage parents to make sure their kids are staying active—throughout the year,” says Carrel.
Gordon Tuffli, MD, Honored by Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association
Gordon Tuffli, MD, professor emeritus, was recently awarded the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association’s Emeritus Faculty Award for his contributions to medical student mentoring and education. Congratulations to Dr. Tuffli for this honor.
Athletes Give Childhood Cancer Research Big Bounce
Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. (MACC Fund) will extend their long tradition of helping children with cancer, by presenting part one of a two part pledge to support pediatric oncology research.
The Milwaukee-based organization, well known for its three decades of philanthropy, will present a check to the UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center (UWCCC), fulfilling the first phase of a two-year $660,000 pledge to advance the work of seven UWCCC scientists.
The funds include $50,000 grants to six researchers and an additional $30,000 to a seventh investigator. Although the funds support individual research projects, all proposals have a common theme of advancing the understanding and treatment of childhood cancer and the researchers are working as part of a team focused on laboratory, translational, and clinical pediatric oncology.
“We are very pleased that these research projects were all selected for support by the MACC Fund,” says Dr. Paul Sondel, head of the UW Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division. “Their support enables novel pediatric oncology research at UWCCC to move forward, promising hope to children diagnosed with cancer.”
Last fall the MACC also announced a $3.5 million capital gift to the UWCCC to establish a laboratory wing devoted to childhood cancer research in the soon-to-be-completed Interdisciplinary Research Complex (IRC) on the UW-Madison campus. That gift will provide full laboratory space for six researchers in the research center.
The MACC Fund was founded in 1976 by former Milwaukee Bucks player Jon McGlocklin and then Bucks radio announcer Eddie Doucette to help find a cure for young cancer patients.
Anna Huttenlocher, MD, Receives the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund’s Clinical Scientist Award
Anna Huttenlocher, MD, Associate Professor, was recently awarded the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund’s Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research for her work titled, “Diagnosis and Treatment of Autoinflammatory Disease.” The Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research program supports established independent physician-scientists who are dedicated to translational research—the two-way transfer between work at the laboratory bench and patient care.
The program is intended to help protect award recipients’ time to pursue the vital link between basic and clinical research. Importantly, the program aims to identify and reward proven mentors and to increase their capacity to train the next generation of investigators skilled in translational research.
Dr. Huttenlocher is one of 11 recipients nation-wide, which provides $150,000 per year for five years.