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    Christian Capitini, MD, Awarded ICTR Pilot Grant with Jenny Gumperz, PhD

    Congratulations to Principal Investigator Christian Capitini, MD, along with Co-PI Jenny Gumperz, PhD, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, and Fellow Nicholas Hess, PhD, on the funding of their pilot grant entitled, “Uncovering Predictive Cellular …

  • Monica Cho

    Graduate Student Monica Cho Receives Cancer Biology Training Grant Support

    Congratulations to Monica Cho, Graduate Research Assistant in the lab of Christian Capitini, MD, who was recently selected as a Trainee on the National Institutes of Health-funded T32 Cancer Biology Training Grant, directed by Bill …

  • What We Published In May 2020

    Al Dhaheri N, Wu N, Zhao S, Wu Z, Blank RD, Zhang J, Raggio C, Halanski M, Shen J, Noonan K, Qiu G, Nemeth B, Sund S, Dunwoodie SL, Chapman G, Glurich I, Steiner RD, Wohler …

  • Special Honor for Nick Mohrdieck’s St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellowship

    Nicholas Mohrdieck, rising senior at the UW, recently received a summer fellow award from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for work in the laboratory of Christian Capitini, MD. As the result of a recent employee giving …

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    Capitini Student Receives Honors Summer Apprentice Award from UW

    Congratulations to UW undergraduate student David Turicek, who was awarded a Welton Summer Sophomore Honors Apprenticeship for the project, “Treating post-transplant B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with blinatumomab as a radiation sparing immunotherapy.” This project will …

  • Fernanda Szewc

    Graduate Student Fernanda Szewc Awarded ICTR TL1 Traineeship

    Congratulations to Fernanda Szewc, graduate research assistant in the Capitini Laboratory, who was recently appointed to the TL1 Clinical Investigation program supported by the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). This two-year award …

  • Aicha Quamine

    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awarded to Aicha Quamine

    Congratulations to Aicha Quamine, Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant Graduate Student in the Capitini Laboratory, who was recently awarded a 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) for her project “Bioengineering and Characterization …

  • Pediatrics Research Week 2020 Abstract Book Now Available

    The Pediatrics Research Week 2020 Abstract Book is now available. University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics faculty, staff, fellows and residents submitted over 50 research abstracts for the virtual conference, which is taking place May 26-29, 2020. …

  • What We Published in April 2020

    1. Ascierto PA, Fox B, Urba W, Anderson AC, Atkins MB, Borden EC, Brahmer J, Butterfield LH, Cesano A, Chen D, de Gruijl T, Dillman RO, Drake CG, Emens LA, Gajewski TF, Gulley JL, Stephen …

  • Save the Date: Virtual Pediatrics Research Week Begins 5/26/20

    In response to COVID-19, the Department of Pediatrics’ annual Research Week will offer alternative programming to spotlight the scholarly work from its residents, fellows, faculty and staff. Through a mix of livestreamed lectures and interactive …

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    2020 St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellowship Awarded to Capitini Lab

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, who was recently awarded a $5,000 Summer Fellowship from the St. Baldricks’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, to fund a student in his lab this …

  • What We Published in March 2020

    Coller RJ, Berry JG, Kuo DZ, Kuhlthau K, Chung PJ, Perrin JM, Hoover CG,Warner G, Shelton C, Thompson LR, Garrity B, Stille CJ. Health System Research Priorities for Children and Youth With Special Health Care …

  • What We Published in February 2020

    The following scholarly articles were published by Department of Pediatrics faculty and staff during February 2020: Affenzeller S, Wolkenstein K, Frauendorf H, Jackson DJ. Challenging the concept that eumelanin is the polymorphic brown banded pigment …

  • Aicha Quamine

    Travel Grant Awarded to Aicha Quamine

    Congratulations to Hematology/Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant Graduate Student, Aicha Quamine, for being selected as recipient of a Graduate Program in Cellular & Molecular Biology (CMB) Travel Award for Fall 2019. Aicha, a student in …

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    Dr. Christian Capitini Receives NIH/NCI Grant

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, on his recent one-year supplement of $500,000 to the UW Carbone Cancer Center grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI).  His project, “Image‐guided CAR T …

  • Sean Rinella

    Sean Rinella, MPH, Selected as “40 Under 40 in Cancer”

    Sean Rinella, MPH, an ICTR TL1-supported PhD student, working with mentorship from Christian Capitini, MD and Mario Otto, MD, PhD in their labs, has been selected as one of “40 Under 40 in Cancer” for …

  • Four Students Mentored by Pediatrics Faculty Named Hilldale Fellows

    Four UW-Madison undergraduate students mentored by Department of Pediatrics faculty received 2019 Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellows. The fellowships include a stipend to each student and to their faculty advisers. Adeela Ali (major: Pharmacology & Toxicology; mentor: Christian Capitini, MD) …

  • Five Pediatrics Faculty Members Accepted to SPR

    In 2018, five Department of Pediatrics faculty members were accepted as members of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). SPR’s mission is to create a network of multidisciplinary researchers to improve child health. Specifically, it …

  • Drs. Christian Capitini, David McCulley Named Odell Award Winners for 2018 and 2019

    Two Department of Pediatrics faculty – Christian Capitini, MD (Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant) and David McCulley, MD (Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology and Newborn Nursery) – have been named …

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    A Combined Strategy to Treat Neuroblastoma

    A new preclinical research project led by Department of Pediatrics Assistant Professor Christian Capitini, MD, aims to strengthen the pipeline of immunotherapy treatment approaches for neuroblastoma, the third most common type of childhood cancer. The …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, Awarded National Cancer Institute Funding

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, and Co-Investigator Sean Fain, PhD, who were recently awarded a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI) for their project entitled, “Combining hu14.18-IL2 and NK cell …

  • Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Dream Team Award Renewed

    Congratulations to Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, and the UW Pediatric Dream Team, for their renewal funding through the Stand Up to Cancer-St. Baldrick’s Pediatric Dream Team Translational Cancer Research Award, supported by the …

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

    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 …

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    Summer Student Fellowship Awarded to Capitini Laboratory

    Congratulations to Katharine Tippins, medical student, and her mentor, Christian Capitini, MD, for receiving a Summer Student Fellowship from St. Baldrick’s Foundation in the amount of $5,000. This 4-month Summer Fellowship is for her project …

  • Christian Capitini, MD, Receives Grant from the UW Carbone Cancer Center

    Christian Capitini, MD, Principal Investigator, along with UW Co-Principal Investigator Krishanu Saha, PhD (Biomedical Engineering), were recently awarded a one-year $50,000 grant for their project, “Optimization of CD19 CAR NK cells for B cell leukemia,” …

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    American Family Children’s Hospital First in Wisconsin to Offer Newly-Approved CAR-T Leukemia Therapy

    A unique new therapy for children and young adults with a particular form of leukemia received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval on August 30, 2017. American Family Children’s Hospital will be one of a …

  • MACC Fund Awards 9 Grants

    The Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund has funded each of nine separate grant requests made by the Departments of Pediatrics and Human Oncology. This marks the 40th year of the MACC Fund, and …

  • Krishanu Saha, PhD, Christian Capitini, MD, and David Beebe, PhD, Awarded NSF Grant

    Congratulations to Krishanu Saha, Principal Investigator, UW Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Co-Principal Investigators Christian Capitini and David Beebe (Department of Biomedical Engineering), on funding of their National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal entitled, “EAGER BIOMANUFACTURING: …

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    Christian Capitini, MD Receives St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellowship to fund Medical Student

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, who was recently awarded a $5,000 Summer Fellowship from the St. Baldricks’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, to fund a student in his lab this …

  • Nine Students and Mentors Chosen by the Shapiro Summer Research Program

    The following nine 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 Research Team Moves Cancer Immunotherapy Another Step Ahead

    Myriam N. Bouchlaka, PhD, and Christian Capitini, MD, are authors on a new study that provides a key step in monitoring if, and how, the body’s own cancer-killing components are working during immunotherapy. So-called natural …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, Receives Graduate School Fall Competition Award

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, who was recently awarded a one-year grant from the UW Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for his project entitled, “Enhancing the graft-versus-tumor effect against neuroblastoma.” …

  • A New Approach to Leukemia Immunotherapy

    Career development awards from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and the National Institutes of Health are helping Christian Capitini, MD, in his quest for a new immunotherapy treatment for leukemia. Reprogramming …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, Receives Vilas Award

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, for winning a Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award from the UW Provost Office. This award, which provides $50,000 in flexible research funds for his laboratory, will be used for …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, and Medical Student Receive Second Summer Research Award

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, and Medical Student Tara Gavcovich from George Washington University School of Medicine, for their recent grant of $5,000 to support summer research in Dr. Capitini’s Lab. This HONORS (Hematology Opportunities …

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    Top Abstract Award Given to Christian Capitini, MD

    Christian Capitini, MD, was awarded a certificate and $1000 in flexible research funds for his laboratory at the First Annual Immuno-oncology Young Investigator’s Forum in Chicago, IL in May. Dr. Capitini presented one of the …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, Leads ‘Breakthrough’ Leukemia Trial

    Christian Capitini, MD, is leading a new clinical trial that will test a promising method of immunotherapy for children with relapsed acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). The multi-site trial just opened at the University of Wisconsin …

  • Drs. Capitini and Cengiz Awarded Pilot Grants From UW-ICTR

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, and Pelin Cengiz, MD, who were both awarded $50,000 pilot grants from the UW-ICTR, funded by NIH-NCATS UL1 TR0000427. Christian Capitini, MD is collaborating with Peiman Hematti, MD (Medicine-Hematology/Oncology), on …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, Receives NIH-NCI Award

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD on receiving a National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI) Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) for his project entitled “Inhibiting STAT1 as a novel graft-versus-host/graft-versus-leukemia therapy”. This …

  • Myriam Bouchlaka, PhD, Receives Cayman’s Women in Research Travel Grant

    Congratulations to Myriam Bouchlaka, PhD, (Capitini lab) for getting the $250 Cayman’s Women in Research Travel Grant for her abstract that will be presented at the 2014 American Association for Immunologists Annual Meeting. Nice work …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, Earns Early Career Faculty Travel Grant from the American Association of Immunologists

    Christian Capitini, MD, recently earned a $1250 Early Career Faculty Travel Grant from the American Association of Immunologists for his abstract entitled “19F-MRI for tracking NK Cells after adoptive transfer” at their 2014 annual meeting. …

  • Medical Student Receives St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellowship

    Matthew Kutz, a medical student and Shapiro Summer Research Fellow working in the laboratory of Christian Capitini, MD, was recently awarded a St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellowship. This $5000 award is for his project “Monitoring of …

  • Pediatrics Faculty and Scientists Named to Cancer ‘Dream Team’

    Six Department of Pediatrics faculty and scientists are part of a national pediatric cancer research “Dream Team” that was awarded a multimillion dollar grant to develop new therapies for high-risk childhood cancers. Team members from …

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    Dr. Christian Capitini Awarded UWCCC Funding

    Dr. Christian Capitini has received an award of $48,942 from the UWCCC to pursue pilot studies of “Monitoring of 19F-labeled NK cell trafficking for cancer immunotherapy using MRI”. This work is developing a new way …

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    Dr. Christian Capitini Accepted into the University of Wisconsin Centennial Scholars Program

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, for his acceptance into the University of Wisconsin Centennial Scholars Program. This program provides a 3-year award of $75,000/year + fringe benefits and offers at least 50% protected research time. …

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    Christian Capitini, MD, Selected as a Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels 2011 Scholar Grant Recipient

    Congratulations to Christian Capitini, MD, who was selected as a recipient of Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels 2011 Scholar Grant. This $50,000 award is for Dr. Capitini’s 1-year project, “Development of STAT1 inhibitors for treating pediatric …