HuiChuan Lai, PhD, and Cystic Fibrosis Investigators Secure NIH R01 Funding
The investigative team led by Principal Investigator HuiChuan Lai, PhD (Nutritional Sciences), and Co-Investigators Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, and Michael Rock, MD, were recently awarded an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK) in the amount of $3,435,587 over 5 years. This project entitled, "Early Childhood Diet, Growth, Gut Microbiome and Lung Health in Cystic Fibrosis," will assess the effects of exclusive breastfeeding and preschool diet on growth, nutritional status and pulmonary health in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) through the first 6 years of life and determine if these effects are related to an insufficient essential fatty acid intake from breast milk and variations in gut microbiota. This grant will expand the follow-up of a highly productive, strong multi-center prospective observational study being conducted in a network of 5 CF Centers in 4 states (UT, WI, IN and MA) since 2012.
Jamie Limjoco, MD, Receives Innovation Award from UW Health
Congratulations to Jamie Limjoco, MD, for her grant from UW Health for the project, "Establishing a Regional Virtual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (vNICU) at the American Family Children's Hospital." This 2-year Innovation Award, in the amount of $6,600, will support preliminary analysis and initial planning to establish the first virtual neonatal care intensive care unit (vNICU) within the state of Wisconsin.
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.