Spring Research Day 2017 Highlights

Department of Pediatrics faculty, residents, fellows, and students came together to spotlight research accomplishments during the department’s 2017 Spring Research Day, held Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC).

Friday’s activities kicked off with “Research Grants 101,” a discussion led by Pediatrics research administrators Kim Stevenson and Trish Barribeau. They spoke about how the grants management process works (pre- and post-award) and how their office can help.

In his keynote address, “Roadmap for a Career in Clinical and Translational Research,” Robert Lemanske, MD, discussed the trajectory of his research career: from an allergy and immunology fellow at UW-Madison, to leading asthma research projects using rat models, to directing major clinical studies such as the 20-year Childhood Origins of Childhood Asthma (COAST) study and AsthmaNet.

Now the deputy executive director of the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR), Dr. Lemanske oversees ICTR’s Translational Workforce Development & Education Program. He presented an overview of the training programs ICTR offers to faculty scientists and other health professionals. Those programs range from certificates, to the KL2 Scholars program for junior faculty, to graduate and postdoctoral programs.

Dr. Lemanske’s keynote was followed by six oral presentations:

  • Getting To Know You: Non-Face-To-Face Time Spent On New Versus Established Patients in a Pediatric Complex Care Program (Mary Ehlenbach, MD)
  • Physician Identification and Documentation of Pediatric Admission Danger Signs at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital: Effect of Refresher Training (Amanda Becker, MD; Kathleen Miller, MD)
  • Automatic Stop in NICU Admit Order Set: Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative (Cora Astorga, MD)
  • Methylxanthine Exposure Reduces Acute Kidney Injury in Preterm Neonates – Results from the Awaken (Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Injury Epidemiology in Neonates) Study (Matthew Harer, MD)
  • Potentially Modifiable Variables Associated with Extubation Success in Neonates (Allison Taber, MD)
  • Differentiating Zika and Dengue Virus Infections with a Linear Eptide Array (Emma Mohr, MD, PhD)

This year’s Research Day also included 71 abstracts by faculty, fellows and residents, a 20 percent increase from 2016. Of these, 25 (35%) were accepted at the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) meeting: 13 as poster presentations, 10 as platform presentations and two as workshops.

Download 2017 Research Day abstracts (PDF)

Of those abstracts, 53 were displayed as research posters in the HSLC atrium throughout Friday afternoon.

For third-year residents, all of whom submitted an abstract for Research Day as part of their residency requirements, this event is often their first opportunity to give an oral or poster presentation.

Research Week Events

The day was part of Spring Research Week, the department’s annual forum for sharing current work, fostering future collaborations, and getting feedback from peers and mentors.

Events earlier in the week included:

  • Turning QI into Quality Work (Mala Mathur, MD; Tom Brazelton, MD; Lori Haack, SCT [ASCP]).
  • Identifying Opportunities for Research During Residency and Fellowship (Daniel Jackson, MD; Mariam Wahidi, MD; Kim Stevenson)
  • Speed Dating with Research
  • Pediatrics Grand Rounds: “EQUITY… A Dream Deferred” (Arthur James, MD)

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s event a success!