Dr. Christine Seroogy Receives American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology's Education and Research Trust (ART) Faculty Development Award
Christine Seroogy, MD, was recently awarded the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s (AAAAI) Education and Research Trust (ART) Faculty Development Award. This is the highest award given to Allergy/Immunology faculty by the AAAAI. The total award is $300,000; $100,000 per year for 3 years. Dr. Seroogy is also the first female recipient of this award.
CHETA - UW Children's Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance and Pediatric Transport Service
In order to better serve the children in our region, a collaboration between UW Med Flight and the physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of UW Children's Hospital has led to the development of a ground ambulance service called "CHETA," the UW Children's Hospital Emergency Transport Ambulance. The new UW Critical Care Transport Program, representing these combined efforts of Med Flight and CHETA, is now capable of responding to sick and injured children by air or by ground, making it a full-service medical transport program. In addition, the team composition can be tailored to the level of care required for the patients being transported, allowing less sick patients to receive a high level of care but still having the highest level of care available to respond in case of an emergency.
Pediatric patients are not "little adults" and their response to illness and injury is much more time-sensitive. This fact alone requires that specialized pediatric critical care be brought to the bedside of those children before they arrive at the Children's Hospital. By bringing specially trained pediatric physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists to them while they are still in their community hospitals, studies have shown improved survival. "Early resuscitation, stabilization and on-going management of these children leads not just to improved survival but ultimately a better quality of life for these sick and injured children," states Tom Brazelton, MD, MPH, FAAP, pediatric critical care physician and medical director of CHETA. "In developing this ground ambulance for pediatric patients, the UW Children's Hospital has taken the next step in fulfilling its mission as a comprehensive and dedicated children's hospital, capable of delivering the highest level of care available anywhere for the children of Wisconsin."
Bruce Klein, MD, Receives the 2006 Collaborative Health Sciences Program Award (CHSP)
Dr. Bruce Klein, MD, is a recent recipient of a 2006 Collaborative Health Sciences Program Award (CHSP). The UW School of Medicine & Public Health’s Medical Education & Research Committee (MERC) developed this award to support novel ideas and new approaches to research and education that will benefit the health of the people of Wisconsin.
Dr. Klein’s project, Wisconsin Infectious Disease Drug Discovery, is intended to address the public health crisis of infection due to antibiotic resistant germs by creating an anti-infective drug discovery program to develop new drug therapies. The goal is to identify novel compounds with antimicrobial activity against the organisms that are major clinical problems for vulnerable patients.
Dr. Klein’s award is for $300,000 over three years.
Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Receives the 2006 Harold P. Rusch Award in Translational Cancer Research
Dr. Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, has been named the 2006 recipient of the Harold P. Rusch Award in Translational Cancer Research to a clinical scientist. Two awards are given annually to recognize faculty who have made seminal contributions to translational research and the understanding of disease, especially neoplastic disease.
Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Receives the University's 2007 Hilldale Award
Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Professor, was a recent recipient of the University’s 2007 Hilldale Award, one of four faculty recognized for excellence in teaching, research and service.
The award honors professors in biological sciences, physical sciences, social studies and arts and humanities.
The award recognized Dr. Sondel’s research focusing on the hypothesis that the immune system can have a beneficial impact on treating cancer. His most recent studies involve the preclinical and clinical development of a humanized antibody that recognizes a tumor antigen that’s linked to human recombinant IL-2, a fusion protein now in clinical trials at the UW Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.