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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
DR. KIMBERLIN'S 'THE TRUTH ABOUT VACCINES' FEATURED IN AL.COM

"A disservice was done to the American public by several candidates in the Republican presidential debate on September 16. One candidate parroted outlandish claims about vaccine safety. The truth is this: Vaccines do not cause autism. Period. The science is crystal clear on this," wrote David Kimberlin, M.D. in a recent editorial piece featured on AL.com 

Click here to continue reading the AL.com article by Dr. Kimberlin . 
PEDIATRIC RESEARCH OFFICE (PRO) LAUNCHES WEBSITE & FILLS FINAL POSITIONS

The Pediatric Research Office (PRO) is pleased to announce that its final two positions have been filled. Inmaculada (Chichi) Aban, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, now has office hours in the PRO (suite 302 of Children’s Harbor Building) three days each week to meet the statistical needs of our researchers, and Eric Macomb will be joining the Office as an informaticist on Sept. 29. Eric was formerly the Director for Clinical Information Technology at Children’s of Alabama. With his move to the PRO, he will be supporting data retrieval for feasibility assessments, preliminary data and research protocols.  
 
Located in Suite 302 of the Children’s Harbor Building, the PRO provides assistance to investigators conducting pediatric research by providing pre-award and post-award support. For more information on the Office, please visit the new Pediatric Research Website.  It features information on PRO personnel, as well as information on funding opportunities, research resources including boilerplate language for grant applications, and training resources. For more information, please contact the PRO Administrative Director, Cheryl Perry or Director, David Kimberlin.  

 
ACHIA RELEASES 2014-2015 ANNUAL REPORT

Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA) is a state-wide collaboration of public and private partners, including Children's of Alabama and UAB, that uses measurement-based efforts and a systems approach to improve the quality of children’s healthcare. ACHIA is housed in the UAB Department of Pediatrics.

Click here to view the annual report for the 2014-2015 year. 
For more information about ACHIA, visit the website
FLU VACCINES AVAILABLE OCT. 1

Flu vaccines are available for all Children's employees, volunteers, UAB Department of Pediatrics faculty and staff on the COA Campus.

WHERE:      2nd Floor Harbor Lobby
WHEN:         Thursday Oct. 1 
TIME:           7:00 a.m.-  4:00 a.m.
 
 
FLU CLINIC SCHEDULE:  ALL CLINICS TO BE HELD 2ND FLOOR  HARBOR LOBBY 7:00 AM-4:00 PM
Wednesday October 7th
Wednesday October 14th
Thursday October 15th
Wednesday October 21st
Thursday October 22nd
Tuesday October 27th
Thursday October 29th

Please note that a flu vaccine is mandatory for all faculty and staff.
DR. AVI MADAN-SWAIN RECOGNIZED 

Mark your calendars for the Women in Medicine lecture and awards ceremony on Oct. 8 as the UAB School of Medicine recognizes one of our Pediatric faculty members, Avi Madan-Swain, M.D. The event held at Alys Stephens Center begins at 5 p.m. with a reception following at 6 p.m. 



Click here, to view the flier. 
DR. ATKINSON WELCOMED TO THE ACGME REVIEW COMMITTEE FOR ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced the appointment of Prescott Atkinson, M.D., Ph.D., to the ACGME Review Committee for Allergy and Immunology. 
DR. SEIFERT RECEIVES K23 MENTORED PATIENT-ORIENTED RESEARCH AWARD OF $556,286

Michael Seifert, M.D., M.S.C.I.
, assistant professor of Pedatirics in the Division of Nephrology, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for his study, Novel Biomarkers of Angiogenesis and Vascular Injury in Chronic Rejection, in the amount of $556,286 over the course of three years. 
DR. SAVAGE TO SERVE IN 2015-2016 TRAINING AMBASSADOR GROUP

Rebekah Savage, M.D., adolescent medicine fellow, has been selected to serve in the inaugural 2015-2016 Trainee Ambassador Group (TAG) for the Maternal & Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB) Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD). TAG has been established as an ongoing vehicle for working collaboratively with trainees of the MCH Training Program. The goals of the TAG are to foster connections between trainees across the MCH Training Program, provide trainees with leadership development opportunities, and strengthen the link between trainees and MCHB.
7TH AVENUE ROAD WORK UPDATE

Road will be occurring this weekend at the intersection of 16th street south and 7th ave south. This work requires closing of the Children’s entrance blvd from 8th ave south and also the 7th ave parking deck entrance from 6:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 2015 to all employee and visitor parking.

The physician entrance/exit off 7th Ave S will remain open during this time.
 
All vehicles parked in the 7th ave deck after 6:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 25, 2015 will be able exit normally through the exit ramp however will be required to turn right and exit onto 8th ave south.
PEDIATRIC GAIT & LAB MOTION ANALYSIS LAB OPENING

The new Pediatric Gait & Lab Motion Lab at Children's of Alabama opened on Thursday, Sept. 17. The lab is the first of its kind in a four-state region that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida, and will provide access to unprecedented, comprehensive and cutting-edge clinical care. Through advanced technology, gait and motion analysis measures movement, muscle activity and force production to create a clear picture of a patient’s challenges and needs. Physicians and surgeons use the data acquired through the analysis in conjunction with imaging scans, the patient’s medical history and other evaluations to plan treatment and measure outcomes in children, teens and young adults with a wide variety of conditions including limb discrepancies, brain injury and complex movement disorders.
PROCEDURE/SURGERY DOCUMENTATION TIPS FROM YOUR CDE NURSES...

This week we would like to take a look at procedures and their related complications and/or outcomes. 

Click here to read more!
RESEARCH
 

RESIDENCY UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who helped with coverage for Intern Retreat! This year’s intern class had a wonderful time at Camp McDowell.
 
RECENT REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

J Virol. 2015 Sep 16. pii: JVI.01701-15. Vaccine-Derived Neutralizing Antibodies to the Human Cytomegalovirus gH/gL Pentamer Potently Block Primary Cytotrophoblast Infection. Chiuppesi F, Wussow F, Johnson E, Bian C, Zhuo M, Rajakumar A, Barry PA, Britt WJ, Chakraborty R, Diamond DJ.

BMC Anesthesiol. 2015 Sep 22;15(1):127. Influence of tidal volume on pulse pressure variation and stroke volume variation during experimental intra-abdominal hypertension. Díaz F, Erranz B, Donoso A, Salomon T, Cruces P.


 
POSTER AND PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Kimberlin D and Rooney C. Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) / International Congress on Chemotherapy (ICC), San Diego, California, September 19, 2015.  Meet-the-Expert: New therapies for CMV in the immunocompromised host. 

Kimberlin D and Johnston, C. Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) / International Congress on Chemotherapy (ICC), San Diego, California, September 21, 2015.  Meet-the-Expert: Management of HSV infections in 2015.
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