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  • Department Has Outstanding Showing at Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting

    Posted: May 2018

    The Department of Pediatrics’ research and academic achievements were on full display at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting, held May 5-8, 2018, in Toronto, Canada.

    David Allen, MD
    David Allen, MD

    Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes Chief David Allen, MD, was this year’s recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Pediatric Endocrine Society (PES) Paul Kaplowitz Endowed Lectureship for Quality Care. He presented a plenary session, “Growth-Promoting Treatment: When Discretion is the Better Part of Value.”

    The outstanding showing by department faculty, residents and staff also included:

    • 11 platform presentations on such topics as sinusitis, complex care, social media use and a natural history study of achondroplasia;
    • three invited science sessions on such topics as perinatal programming on the right ventricle and pulmonary vasculature, the mechanics of pediatric asthma clinical trials and the diagnosis and management of streptococcal pharyngitis;
    • two special-interest groups on interdisciplinary pediatric research and medical student education/qualitative research;
    • two workshops on collecting validity evidence and building recognition through branding; and
    • 54 posters across a wide variety of subspecialties.
       

    To learn more, download a PDF of all Department of Pediatrics presenters, or search the PAS meeting website by program or by presenter.

    Mary Ehlenbach, MD (Assistant Professor (CHS), Division of Hospital Medicine)
    Mary Ehlenbach, MD (Assistant Professor (CHS), Division of Hospital Medicine)
    Resident Jennifer E. Szmanda, DO, with faculty member Ellen Connor, MD (Professor (CHS), Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes)
    Resident Jennifer E. Szmanda, DO, with faculty member Ellen Connor, MD (Professor (CHS), Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes)
    Vice Chair Gail Allen, MD, and Assistant Professor (CHS) Brittany Allen, MD (General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
    Vice Chair Gail Allen, MD, and Assistant Professor (CHS) Brittany Allen, MD (General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
    Resident Alissa Enzenberger, MD
    Resident Alissa Enzenberger, MD
    Michelle Kelly, MD (Division of Hospital Medicine)
    Michelle Kelly, MD (Division of Hospital Medicine)
    Endocrinology and Diabetes fellow Elizabeth Mann, MD, with her poster
    Endocrinology and Diabetes fellow Elizabeth Mann, MD
    Sanjeev Jain, MD (Clinical Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
    Sanjeev Jain, MD (Clinical Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
    Vice Chair Gail Allen, MD (General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
    Vice Chair Gail Allen, MD (General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
    Pediatrics residents at a reception at the PAS meeting
    Pediatrics residents at a reception at the PAS meeting.

    Back row (left to right): Jennifer Szmanda, DO; Sadie Skarloken, MD; William Stanford, DO; Perry Krumenacher, MD; Daniel Gorski, MD. 

    Front row (left to right): Anisha Ramal, MD; Alexis Gumm, MD; Emma Huang, MD; Santhi Logel, MD, Jennie Godwin, MD; Alissa Enzenberger, MD
     

    The PAS meeting is an international gathering of pediatricians and other health care providers united by a common mission: to improve the health and well-being of children worldwide. Attendees include researchers, academics, clinical care providers and community practitioners.

    The meeting is produced through a partnership between the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Academic Pediatric Association and the AAP, plus collaborations with Alliance and Affiliate supporters.

     
  • Pediatrics Faculty Mentors, Students Chosen by the Shapiro Summer Research Program

    Posted: May 2018

    The following students and their mentors were recently awarded Shapiro Summer Research Awards. The Shapiro Summer Research Program provides opportunities for first-year medical students to participate in eight- to 12-week summer research projects with UW-Madison faculty members. First-year medical students apply at the beginning of each calendar year with basic science, clinical, translational, public health, or health systems projects. Funding for the program comes from the Herman and Gwendolyn Shapiro Foundation, with additional support from SMPH departments, centers and investigator grants. Congratulations to the following faculty and students:

    • Ryan Coller, MD, MPH & Mary Ehlenbach, MD - Wenzhu Sun, "Diverting children with medical complexity from the ED through complex care"
    • James Conway, MD - Samuel Starke, "Evaluation of school-based LTBI treatment program for Tibetan school-children with recent exposure to active TB"
    • Norman Fost, MD, MPH - Alec Lerner, "Critique of American Academy of Pediatrics' policy statement on youth tackle football"
    • Luke Lamers, MD - Carolina Larrain, "Assessment of pulmonary vascular function following catheter interventions for branch pulmonary artery stenosis in a swine model of congenital heart disease"
    • Allison Redpath, MD - Brenna Funfar, "Acute kidney injury in pediatric patients with acute myelogenous leukemia"
    • Amy Peterson, MD - Connor Enright, "Safety and efficacy of statin medications for cardiovascular risk reduction in pediatric populations"
    • Kristin Shadman, MD - Lucia Covert, "The development of a standardized online toolkit on safe sleep practices for Wisconsin Birth Hospitals(tm) healthcare providers"
    • Ryan McAdams, MD - Mackenzie Carlson, "Investigating viewpoints of pregnant mothers, community health workers, and doctors on prenatal care in Mukono, Uganda"
    • Brittany Allen, MD - Brian Bizub, "Using iterative design to make recommendations for creating an affirming primary care environment for transgender patients as part of an educational toolkit for primary care providers"
    • Paul Sondel, MD, PhD - Megan Gokey, "Enhancing detection sensitivity of humanized therapeutic antibody in patient samples for improved pharmacokinetic evaluation" and Do Dang, "Effect of cyclophosphamide on in situ vaccine-induced tumor immunotherapy"
     
  • Laura Tetri, PhD, Awarded ICTR-MSTP Pilot Award

    Posted: May 2018
    Laura Tetri, PhD
    Laura Tetri, PhD

    Congratulations to Laura Tetri, PhD, and mentors Jennifer Rehm, MD and Aaron Carrel, MD, for their recent UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research-Medical Scientist Training Program (ICTR-MSTP) Pilot Award. This $10,000, one-year grant, for the project entitled, "Linking sex and fitness with metabolic disease in obese children," is a focused initial investigation into the relationship between cardiovascular fitness (CVF), puberty, and sex. CVF is not a well understood nor utilized clinical measure, much less, the relationship between CVF and metabolic disease. Understanding the role of CVF in indices of metabolic disease may provide a modifiable variable in these children's lives that could reduce the negative effects of obesity.

     
  • Christian Capitini, MD, Awarded Research Scholar Grant from American Cancer Society

    Posted: May 2018
    Christian Capitini, MD
    Christian Capitini, MD

    Christian Capitini, MD, along with Co-Investigators Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, and Sean Fain, PhD (Medical Physics), were recently awarded a four-year, Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS), for the project entitled, "Ex vivo activated NK cells and immunocytokine for pediatric cancers." This grant, for $792,000 (total costs), will provide preclinical evidence for a potential platform for incorporating recently developed immunotherapies, namely immunocytokine and natural killer (NK) cells, for treatment of neuroblastoma and osteosarcoma.

     
  • Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, Awarded a 2017 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award

    Posted: May 2018
    Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD
    Vivek
    Balasubramaniam, MD

    Congratulations to Vivek Balasubramaniam, MD, who received one of twelve grants awarded nationally by The Hartwell Foundation in their 2017 Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Award competition. Along with three years and $300,000 of support, Dr. Balasubramaniam receives recognition as a Hartwell Investigator. His grant, entitled "Application of Cellular-Derived Therapies for the Regeneration of Lung Structure and Function," will determine the specific components and mechanisms of innovative use of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the treatment of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in an animal model, using novel imaging and tracking techniques to understand therapeutic targets of these EVs. The hope for premature infants that suffer from BPD is that investigators gain a better understanding of how EVs work and can develop new innovative therapies to cure lung diseases of prematurity. The link to the full story on The Hartwell Foundation's web site can be found here: http://thehartwellfoundation.com/2017/2017_Investigators.shtml or at www.thehartwellfoundation.org

     
  • First-Year Resident Allison Heizelman, MD, Inducted into AOA Honor Medical Society

    Posted: April 2018

     

    Allison Heizelman, MD
    Allison Heizelman, MD

    First-year resident Allison Heizelman, MD, was inducted into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society during an April 6, 2018, ceremony at the Carson Gulley Center on the UW-Madison campus.

    “She impressed me with her consistent excellence and her grace under fire: not only was she always prepared with thorough, thoughtful plans for each of her patients on a very active service; but she also demonstrated the most effective parent communication during rounds,” noted her nominator.

    Election to AOA is a lifelong honor signifying a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. 

    Department Chair Ellen Wald, MD, a long-time member of the AOA, delivered the keynote address at the evening’s ceremony and banquet.

     
  • Dr. Nicole St. Clair Re-elected to Executive Committee of the AAP Section on International Child Health

    Posted: April 2018
    Nicole St. Clair, MD
    Nicole St Clair, MD

    Congratulations to Nicole St Clair, MD (Associate Professor (CHS), Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine), who was elected for a second term on the executive committee of the Section on International Child Health of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her next term will begin on November 1, 2018, and continue through the AAP's 2021 National Conference and Exhibition.

     
  • Pediatric Investigators Receive Two Grants from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

    Posted: April 2018

    Congratulations to Mala Mathur, MD, MPH, PI and Co-Investigators Cristina Delgadillo, MD, Jessica Babal, MD, Tim Chybowski, MD, and Megan Neuman, MD, for their $20,000 grant entitled, "Wisconsin State Medical Home Initiative: Shared Plans of Care Grant for ADHD." In this one-year grant, from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on behalf of Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin's Medical Home Initiative, the team aims to better understand the needs of families in managing a child with ADHD through the partnering of a youth and family member on the team and through focus groups; to identify through the pre and post surveys of families, what activities of the health care team are most valuable to families in the long term management of their child with ADHD; and to increase the number of families who understand the medical home through "Every Child Deserves a Medical Home" brochure that they we will create.

    Mary Ehlenbach, MD, PI, and Ryan Coller, MD, MPH,Co-PI also received a one-year grant, from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin on behalf of Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin's Medical Home Initiative. Their $20,000 award is entitled, "Advancing family-centered care coordination for children and youth with special health care needs," and will engage the Pediatric Complex Care Program to engage stakeholders and families to improve the shared care planning experience and documentation. Congratulations!

     
  • David McCulley, MD, Part of Consortium Awarded NIH P01 Grant

    Posted: April 2018
    David McCulley, MD
    David McCulley, MD

    Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (including Overall PI, Dr. Patricia Donahoe), Boston Children's Hospital, Columbia University, the Jackson Laboratory, University of California, San Diego, and the UW Department of Pediatrics, including Co-Investigator David McCulley, MD, were awarded a Program Project Grant from the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD) entitled, "Gene Mutation and Rescue in Human Diaphragmatic Hernia." Dr. McCulley's role will include creating and analyzing new conditional mouse alleles using CRISPR/Cas9 technology as part of Project 3, which will focus on evaluation of lung and pulmonary vascular phenotypes that result from deletion of genes implicated by genetic and genomic analyses of patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). The UW subaward, in the amount of ~$70,000 in direct costs per year of this 5-year grant, will utilize the UW Genome Editing and Animal Models Core (GEAM) for this work.

     
  • Yashoda Naik, MD, Awarded 2018 NASPAG Fellows Research Grant

    Posted: April 2018
    Yashoda (Mita) Naik, MD
    Yashoda (Mita) Naik, MD

    Congratulations to Endocrinology & Diabetes Postdoctoral Fellow Yashoda (Mita) Naik, MD, who was recently awarded a $1,000 Fellows Research Grant from the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG). Her one-year pilot grant entitled, "Effect of sex hormones on ectopic fat deposition in overweight/obese pubertal children," under the mentorship of Jennifer Rehm, MD, will inform the longitudinal study of the effects of sex hormones on differential adipose tissue distribution in children undergoing hormonal manipulation.