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FYI Fridays
March 20, 2015
Honor the Journey
Over the past several years the Hope and Cope Family Support Team members, faculty, nurses, and other staff members in Hematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant have annually organized a remembrance program to “Honor the Journey” of children who have lost their fight to cancer or a serious blood disorder.  This is no small undertaking…. several individuals including Katie Green, Bailey Chambers, Allison Leaver, Paul Byrd, Sharon Likos, Julia Adams, Nina Reynolds, and Caroline Davis from the Hope and Cope Family Support Team willingly stepped up, took ownership of specific aspects of the program and worked closely behind the scenes to ensure the program’s success.  On Saturday March 7th, over 160 individuals including parents, siblings, family friends, physicians, nurses, support team members, and staff attended the program. Read More...
Avi Madan-Swain
New Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics
Children’s of Alabama (COA) is one of the premier child health 
institutions in the United States. The list of leading programs at COA is long and impressive.  We now strive to have COA be a leader in the recognition, management, & prevention of child maltreatment.  As such we will create a new division of Child Abuse Pediatrics (CAP) in the Department of Pediatrics and have recruited Dr. Michael Taylor to become the first division director.  Mike is board certified in child abuse pediatrics and is currently the director of CAP at MUSC in Charleston, SC.  Prior to moving to MUSC, Mike was Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa Campus, and Chair of Pediatrics at that campus. Read more...
Mitch Cohen

Dr. Chrystal Rutledge (Ped Critical Care) has been appointed the Associate Medical Director of the Pediatric Simulation Center.  She is also Co-Course Director for the PRIME course, a course for incoming medical students that begins 6 weeks before school starts to better prepare students to succeed in medical school.
Pediatric Residency News
The Annual Resident vs Faculty Dodgeball game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 24th at the UAB Recreation Center at 6:00 pm, we hope to see all of you there. 
Click here for the Pediatric Residency and recruiting activities update that was presented at our March Faculty Meeting.
Spring 2015 
Combined Fellows “PHYSIOLOGY” Conference
 Research Methodology
Thursday 7:30 – 8:30
PICU Conference room
Begins 3/26/15
Pre-Award Research
Office News

Use of Updated Inclusion Enrollment Format Now Required for Successful Submission of RPPR (NOT-OD-15-078) National Institutes of Health.
An enhanced Office of Sponsored Programs dropbox is now available to the UAB Research Community for electronic SF424 grant application to To access, click here. OSP has developed user instructions for the enhanced dropbox which are located at OSP Dropbox Quick Submission Guide

Faculty Development Opportunities

Click here for the listing of UAB Spring Learning System Programs and DCGME Faculty Development Opportunities 
2015 UAB Mentoring Academy for New and Junior Faculty
Mark your calendars

April 21-232015
Click here to view the Faculty Development Website

Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance Pre-Proposals 
 deadline: Monday March 23 
8:30 AM (in the morning!)

Nominations are open for the 
Dean’s Excellence Awards 
deadline: Friday, April 10

Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)
Request for Pre-Applications
Due May 1, 2015, 5pm CT
Link to RFA
Department Announcements
UAB Medicine Physician Appreciation Day Luncheon
UAB Hospital
Wednesday, March 25
UAB Hospital-Highlands, Thursday March 26
Click here for details

Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance Lecture Series 2015
AL Chapter 
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) presents a

Patient Education Program
Bradley Lecture Center
Saturday, April 11th

For adult and pediatric patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and their families.
Information can be found at

NCAA March Madness
Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, April 1 
Bradley Lecture Center
Noon-1:00 pm
Lunch will be served

Faculty Activity Forms Due
April 17th  
The James A. Wright
Memorial Lectureship
“Intestinal Failure and Rehabilitation: Transitioning from a Sprint to a Marathon,” was presented at Grand Rounds last Thursday, March 12, by Robert H. Squires, Jr., MD, Professor, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  The Wright lecture was begun in 2008 and is given in memory of James “Jim” Addison Wright, Jr., M.D., an excellent pediatric gastroenterology clinician and teacher.

Drs. Squires & Dimmitt
Live Twitter Chat

Monday, March 23
12 noon CST

Children’s of Alabama and Dr. Heath Hale from UAB Sports Medicine have been invited to join KidsHealth, Dr. Javier Cardenas of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, The Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Rupal Gupta and Nemours Children’s Health System in a live Twitter Chat about Concussions. To follow along, visit and search for the hashtag #khchat. 

UAB Presentations
Pulmonary & Critical Care Update 2015
Basic & Translational Research Symposium
Friday, April 10, 2015
8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Pulmonary & Critical Care Update
Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
DoubleTree Hotel • Birmingham
Children’s|UAB to Exhibit at PAS Meeting in April
If you or any of your colleagues are heading to the PAS Annual Meeting April 25 – 28th this year in San Diego, look for the Children’s/UAB booth on the exhibit floor! For the last few years, Children’s has sponsored the large, co-branded “Schedule at a Glance” sign. This year, in addition to the schedule, the exhibit will be co-branded, and our own faculty members from Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Nephrology, and Endocrinology will rotate through the booth to network and share our story.
Check out the inside cover of the PAS program to see our institutions listed in the “Sponsorship Honor Roll” here.
Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Disease (CPODD)
Crowdfunding through April 9 for
CPODD Family Retreat
Annual 4-day family camp for pediatric neurology patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica
at Children’s Harbor
June 4-7th

Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research Symposium
Friday, May 1st
8:00 am - 2:15 pm
Bradley Lecture Center
UAB & COA employees
Register here

The deadline for submission of information for inclusion in the FYI Fridays newsletter is noon on the preceding Thursday.
FYI Fridays Archive
Recent and Upcoming Publications, Presentations and Posters
PLoS One. 2015 Mar 12;10(3):e0116078. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0116078. Characterization of Genomic Alterations in Radiation-Associated Breast Cancer among Childhood Cancer Survivors, Using Comparative Genomic Hybridization (CGH) Arrays. Yang XR, Killian JK, Hammond S, Burke LS, Bennett H, Wang Y, Davis SR, Strong LC, Neglia J, Stovall M, Weathers RE, Robison LL, Bhatia S, Mabuchi K, Inskip PD, Meltzer P.
Ionizing radiation is a well=established risk factor for breast cancer. This study examined the molecular events leading to the development of radiation-related breast cancer. The patients were Hodgkin lymphoma survivors who developed breast cancer at a much younger age (median: 45 years) as compared with the general population. This study shows that radiation-related breast cancers are more likely to be highly proliferative, and are more likely to be HER2 receptor positive. These findings, when confirmed in a larger population, would provide guidance with respect to both etiology and therapy for patients with radiation-related breast cancer.

J Cyst Fibros. 2015 Mar 11. pii: S1569-1993(15)00050-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2015.02.010. Alterations in blood leukocytes of G551D-bearing cystic fibrosis patients undergoing treatment with ivacaftor. Bratcher PE, Rowe SM, Reeves G, Roberts T, Szul T, Harris WT, Tirouvanziam R, Gaggar A.
We tested the effects of a first in kind CFTR potentiator that restores function of the CF gene on the leukocytes of patients with CF and the G551D CFTR mutation.  These results indicate changes in the activity profile of neutrophils, potentially explaining its anti-inflammatory effects in patients.  CFTR modulators may have direct effects on neutrophil function, a previously unrecognized concept.
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