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AUGUST 12, 2016
WHEELCHAIR OLYMPIANS FROM LAKESHORE FOUNDATION VISIT CHILDREN'S OF ALABAMA

Children's patients received a special visit from USA Wheelchair Rugby yesterday afternoon. The team is preparing to leave for the Rio 2016 Paralympic games on Sept. 4. The team spent time with our brave patients and families and gave them a glimpse of what can be possible. Thanks to the Lakeshore Foundation for making this visit possible.

Click here to see the full photo album from yesterday's visit. 
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS NOMINEES FOR ARGUS AWARDS

2016 Nominees from the Department of Pediatrics: 
Hussein Abdullatif, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, was nominated in the category of Best Educator in Endocrine Systems. 
Kimberly Whelan, M.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, was nominated in the category of Best Educator in Hematology & Oncology. 
Lauren Nassetta, M.D., and Chang Wu, M.D., of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, were nominated in the category of Best Birmingham Clinical Educator. 
The Department of Pediatrics was honored as a nominee for the Best Clinical Department in Birmingham.

The Argus Awards, created in 1996 to recognize faculty members, give medical students the chance to honor their mentors, professors, courses and course directors for outstanding service to medical education. Faculty members are nominated by course evaluations, and students vote to select award winners in each category.

The recipients will be announced and the nominees honored at a ceremony on Friday, October 7. Click here to view the full list of nominees. 
UAHSF PEDIATRIC BILLING RELOCATES 

The billing office for the department moved to their new home today, August 12, and will be operational on Monday, 15. Their new location is Suite 200, 720 39th Street North, Birmingham, AL, 35222.
DR. COLLEEN KRAFT TO GIVE AUGUST 18 GRAND ROUNDS PRESENTATION 

Colleen A. Kraft, M.D., FAAP
Medical Director, Health Network by Cincinnati Children’s
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati
School of Medicine

Dr. Kraft will present “Pediatric Accountable Care: Population Health and Value-based Financing” on Thursday, August 18 at noon in the Bradley Lecture Center for Pediatric Grand Rounds. For more information, contact April Spencer.
2017 CHILDREN TRAVEL AWARD FOR POST-DOCS AND PHD STUDENTS 
 
Applications are now open for 2017 Children Travel Award for residents, fellows, and other non-fellow post-doctoral trainees to attend the next Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting (PAS) Meeting which will take place in San Francisco, CA, from May 6 - 9, 2017.

Click here for application requirements and support available. Applications are due by January 15, 2017. 
CHILD HEALTH INVESTIGATIVE FORUM  (CHIF) 
August 19, 2016
Bradley Conference Center
Noon (lunch provided)
                                                                      
"Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Infection-Strain
Variability and Markers of Outcome"

Shannon Ross, M.D.
Associate Professor
Pediatric Infectious Diseases     
LEADERSHIP IN ACADEMIC MEDICINE LECTURE NEXT TUESDAY 

Leadership in Academic Medicine Lecture will take place at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Paul B. Rothman M.D., dean of the medical faculty and vice president for medicine of Johns Hopkins University, and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will present “Toward a Fully Integrated Academic Health Center.”   
 
The lecture will also be streamed live online. Click here to download the flyer. 
 
SOCIAL SERVICE / CHILD ABUSE & ORGAN DONATION CONFERENCE

This year's Social Service / Child Abuse & Organ Donation Conference titled, "Caring for the Safety of the Innocent: Joshua’s  Story" will be held on September 23 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Children's of Alabama in the Bradley Lecture Center.

To register contact Penny Logan at peggy.logan@childrensal.org or 205.638.6243.
Admission: baby blanket
Continuing Education Credits will be available.
Professional staff only.

To view the agenda and speakers, click here
IN THE NEWS

MICROBIOMES IN INFANT AIRWAYS MAY HELP PREDICT LUNG DISEASE

Charitharth Vivek Lal, M.D., Charitharth Vivek Lal, M.D., assistant professor in the UAB Pediatrics Division of Neonatology lead a the study recently published in Scientific Reports. Dr. Lal and other UAB researchers have discovered that an infant's airway — once thought to be sterile until after birth — is colonized by bacteria or bacterial DNA. This could be protective or a predictor for lung disease. To continue reading on UAB News, click here

Besides Dr. Lal, co-authors of the paper, “The Airway Microbiome at Birth,” from the UAB Department of Pediatrics are Drs. Colm Travers, Tamas Jilling, Brian Halloran, Waldemar A. Carlo, Jordan Keeley, Gabriel Rezonzew and Namasivayam Ambalavanan.

INTRANASAL FLUMISSED ITS TARGET

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) interim recommendation that quadrivalent live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4) not be used in any setting during the 2016-’17 season.
Vaccination remains the best preventive measure against influenza, so everyone 6 months and older should receive any age-appropriate trivalent or quadrivalent (no preference) inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) as soon as available.

Read the AAP cover story written by Henry Bernstein, DO, MHCM, FAAP, and David Kimberlin, M.D., FAAP, on pages 1 and 4 here

EXPERTS: SCREEN FOR SECONDHAND SMOKE EXPOSURE WITH PEDIATRIC HOSPITALIZATIONS 

Inpatient providers can boost protections for children by screening for secondhand tobacco smoke exposure, urging parents who smoke to quit, suggesting smoking cessation interventions and brief counseling sessions to parents interested in behavior change and ensuring the availability of nicotine replacement therapy.

To continue reading the AAP News article written by Karen Wilson, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Susan Walley,  M.D., CTTS, FAAP, of the AAP Section on Tobacco Control Executive Committee, click here

PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY UPDATE
Join in the Olympic spirit and support the Housestaff Olympics! Show your spirit for your services’ team! 

JOIN US FOR SENIOR TALKS ON MONDAY, AUGUST 15 AT NOON IN THE BRADLEY LECTURE CENTER

Dr. Danielle Speight, Pediatrics PGY 3: School Readiness and Pre-K in Alabama
Dr. Megan Willis, Pediatrics PGY 3: Concussions
 
FROM THE PEDIATRIC OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT (OFD) 
The Office of Faculty Development encourages
all pediatric teaching faculty to attend the
UAB Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Course:
 
Fall INTO UAB Symposium: Inclusive and Global Classrooms
  Monday, August 15, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m., CTL 243
 

This fall the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is offering five online workshops, each designed to help you take concrete steps to advance your STEM teaching. These workshops take place entirely online, and involve some advance work beforehand and wrap-up work afterwards. Attendance at the workshops' live, online sessions is required.

The workshops will open for registration one month before they take place. In the meantime, enjoy a preview of our workshops here


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SERIES 

“Navigating Team Dynamics”

 Speaker: Matt Copeland
Training Instructor
Organizational Learning & Development
 
September 1, 2016
3 - 5 p.m. | Bradley Lecture Center

 Download the flyer

FROM THE PEDIATRIC RESEARCH OFFICE (PRO)
FUNDING
 
2016 Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA) Kick Off
All 501(c)(3)s in the greater Birmingham area are encouraged to register their "bold and creative" ideas for solving local health challenges and attend the required Innovation Workshop on Sept. 17. Select participants not only receive $5,000-$25,000 in grant money, but also the chance to work in partnership with some of the best minds in the Birmingham area to bring a project to fruition. For more information, or to register, click here.
 
Rheumatic Diseases Cores Center Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Funding for research related to arthritis, inflammation, or autoimmunity is available to support innovative, imaginative, and promising investigations. The optimal proposal will utilize and expand upon existing Core technologies and will provide modest support ($20,000 in direct costs) for one year with the possibility of renewal. Applications are due Aug. 29 by 5 p.m. and more information is available here.
 
SEMINARS AND TRAINING

Tips for Writing R and K Awards
Dr. David Allison will present information on preparing R and K applications on Thursday, August 18th from 8:00-9:30am (available via GoToMeeting).  To participate, click here for the information to join the meeting


Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health
Several federal entities are hosting this institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting D&I research across all areas of health and health care. In 2016, the institute will utilize a combination of a 3-month online course (six webinars with related assignments held bi-weekly) between Sept. 16 and Dec. 7, 2016, and a 2-day in-person training to be held December 12 -13, 2016, in Washington, DC. More information is available here
 
The PRO Series - - Tuesday, Aug. 16
This Series highlights pathways and discoveries of investigators from diverse backgrounds, including how talented researchers learn from their experiences and translate their science to the greater world.  August’s speaker is Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH, a distinguished pediatric oncologist with a strong interest in cancer outcomes across all diagnoses and age groups.  She will provide a lunch presentation from 12 - 1 p.m. in the Bradley Center.
RECENT REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
 
 2016 Jul 22. Accelerating Drug Development: Antiviral Therapies for Emerging Viruses as a Model. Everts M, Cihlar T, Bostwick JR, Whitley RJ.
Drug discovery and development is a difficult, costly and lengthy process, without easy shortcuts or solutions. Nevertheless, there are some best practices that can be implemented and pitfalls that can be avoided. This article reviews some of the steps that can be taken to accelerate this process, using antiviral therapies as an example.

 2016 Aug;37(8):313-22. doi: 10.1542/pir.2015-0099. Update on Diarrhea. CaJacob NJ, Cohen MB.
Diarrhea is a worldwide problem that is frequently encountered in the practice of pediatric medicine. The mainstay or management of infectious diarrheal illness in children remains supportive care with oral or intravenous rehydration. In the postvaccine era, norovirus has supplanted rotavirus as the leading cause of gastroenteritis presenting to medical facilities in the United States.

Front Pediatr. 2016 Jul 19;4:68. doi: 10.3389/fped.2016.00068. Assessment of Worldwide Acute Kidney Injury Epidemiology in Neonates: Design of a Retrospective Cohort Study. Jetton JG, Guillet R, Askenazi DJ, Dill L, Jacobs J, Kent AL, Selewski DT, Abitbol CL, Kaskel FJ, Mhanna MJ, Ambalavanan N, Charlton JR;Neonatal Kidney Collaborative.
This ‘methods” paper describes the formation of the Neonatal Kidney Collaborative (NKC) and the establishment of the AWAKEN cohort. The AWAKEN database includes ~325 unique variables and >4 million discrete data points. AWAKEN will be the largest, most inclusive neonatal AKI study to date. In addition to validating the neonatal AKI definition and identifying risk factors for AKI, this study will uncover variations in practice patterns related to fluid provision, renal function monitoring, and involvement of pediatric nephrologists during hospitalization. The AWAKEN study will position the NKC to achieve the long-term goal of improving the lives, health, and well-being of newborns at risk for kidney disease.


J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2016 Apr;38(3):e129-32. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000000514. Gorham-Stout Disease Successfully Treated With Sirolimus and Zoledronic Acid TherapyCramer SL, Wei S, Merrow AC, Pressey JG.

Psychosom Med. 2016 Aug 3. A Longitudinal Relationship Between Depressive Symptoms and Development of Metabolic Syndrome: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study. Womack VY, De Chavez PJ, Albrecht SS, Durant N, Loucks EB, Puterman E, Redmond N, Siddique J, Williams DR, Carnethon MR.
 
Sci Rep. 2016 Aug 4;6:31023. doi: 10.1038/srep31023. The Airway Microbiome at Birth. Lal CV, Travers C, Aghai ZH, Eipers P, Jilling T, Halloran B, Carlo WA, Keeley J, Rezonzew G, Kumar R, Morrow C, Bhandari V, Ambalavanan N.
Neonatal airways were traditionally believed to be sterile at birth. This study shows that newborns harbor an already established airway microbiome right at birth, and  early alterations in airway microbiome could predispose preterm infants to chronic lung injury. These results, taken together with previous literature indicating a placental and amniotic fluid microbiome, suggest fetal acquisition of an airway microbiome. The authors speculate that the early airway microbiome may prime the developing pulmonary immune system, and dysbiosis in its development may set the stage for subsequent lung disease.

 
J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2016 Aug 3. Evaluating distracted driving behaviors in parents of children in suburban and rural areas of Alabama. Massey K, Kant S, Violano P, Roney L, King W, Justice W, Mcfalls K, Monroe K.
In this study, parents were surveyed regarding their driving habit while transporting their young children.  Parents were enrolled from both rural and a suburban pediatric practice.  Both groups reported high usage of cell phones (86% rural and 90% suburban); texting (36% rural and 76% suburban) and surfing the internet (16% of rural and 58% of suburban) while transporting their children. 


Pediatr Neurol. 2015 Nov;53(5):452-5. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2015.06.020. Hemispherectomy for Hemimegalencephaly Due to Tuberous Sclerosis and a Review of the Literature. Cuddapah VA, Thompson M, Blount J, Li R, Guleria S, Goyal M.
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