Editor: Sara Davies
January 27, 2017
PEDIATRICS WELCOMES THREE NEW FACULTY MEMBERS IN JANUARY 2017

The UAB Department of Pediatrics welcomed three new faculty members during the month of January.  Please join us in making them feel at home!

 
Meghan Hofto, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Pallavi Iyer, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology
Ammar Saadoon, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Pulmonology

Meghan Hofto, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, earned her medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. She completed pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and a pediatric hospital medicine fellowship at UAB. During fellowship, Dr. Hofto earned an MPH in Epidemiology from the UAB School of Public Health and completed the UAB sponsored Gorgas Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Peru. Dr. Hofto was awarded a Certificate of Knowledge in Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health in January 2017 by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Hofto has a strong interest in global health in addition to general inpatient pediatrics. Her current research interest is focused on implementation of guidelines to achieve appropriate use of antibiotic treatment of hospitalized children.
 

Pallavi Iyer, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology, earned her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency at the University of South Florida where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Iyer also completed her pediatric endocrinology fellowship at the University of South Florida. Dr. Iyer joins us from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida where she served as Medical Director and Division Chief of Endocrinology and Diabetes. Her clinical/research interests are caring for and improving outcomes of pediatric cancer survivors with endocrinopathies and caring for children with endocrine tumors.


Ammar Saadoon, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Pulmonology, earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine University of Mosul. He completed a pediatric residency at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan and a second residency at UAB. Dr. Saadoon completed pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar and another fellowship at UAB. His clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease. His research interests include studying factors affecting lung development, pulmonary hypertension and lung microbiome.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is celebrated by more than 1 billion people including many in Birmingham at UAB and Children's of Alabama. In 2017, Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, Jan. 28 (tomorrow) and begins with New Year’s Eve (tonight); in China the holiday lasts one week. Worldwide the holiday is celebrated with foods, family reunions, Spring Festivals, and lots of the color red. Another element of the fun is that each new year is associated with one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. People born in 2017, are born in the Year of the Rooster (as were those born in 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and those who will be born in 2029, etc.). People born under this sign are seen as observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented. Roosters are very confident in themselves. Take time out and wish those celebrating Chinese New Year in Birmingham, a year of health and peace for all. And may their wish for spring to come soon be fulfilled!

Mitch
REQUEST FOR STUDENT PROJECTS FOR ONLINE RESEARCH PROJECT DATABASE

A new online database has been launched to host research projects open to medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. This database increases the visibility of your lab/projects while minimizing the time and effort needed to advertise your research and find interested students. Features of the database include specification of the type of student worker desired, detailed project(s) description, space for uploaded documents and applications, and a listing of a designated contact person.

This database is currently operational and has been recommended to students by the UASOM as a resource for finding mentors for summer research and scholarly activity rotations. To read the announcement from Robin G. Lorenz, M.D. Ph.D., Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Development, click here
MINI QUALITY ACADEMY 

Looking to obtain Performance in Practice MOC credit? (25 points part 4 MOC)
You may do so by participating in the Mini Quality Academy. *Disclaimer: MOC credit is only awarded once participants have attended the Mini Quality Academy and demonstrated implementation of a small quality improvement project in their clinical area, which demonstrated improvement in performance and practice. This academy will allow you to demonstrate the use of the skills and tools acquired by accomplishing a small QI project in your clinical area.
Key tools and skills to be applied include (but are not limited to):
  • a data collection tool
  • development of a specific aim statement
  • use of control charts and Pareto charts to measure and analyze data
The Mini Quality Academy is offered once monthly on a Friday morning, from 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center on UAB campus.
Future session dates: February 10, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2
Leslie Hayes will provide QI data support, as needed. 


Those interested should contact Leslie Hayes at lhayes@peds.uab.edu and sign up for one of the available sessions.
Remember, trainees can also acquire MOC credit, which may be applied after completing training.
AMC21 UAB SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 2017 RFA 

The landscape for securing extramural funding is competitive. The NIH, in particular, is significantly so, with only 10% of applications getting funded. A pinnacle achievement is to become a multi-R01 funded investigator, and it is highly beneficial for an investigator to have seed funding for the next great idea to be competitive in this funding environment. The UAB School of Medicine invites applications for seed funding to move a one-R01 investigator to a two-R01 investigator. Click here to download the RFA. 
FOR BROAD REVIEW: DRAFT DATA PROTECTION AND SECURITY POLICY 

UAB employees have the opportunity to review the University’s revised Data Protection and Security Policy before it is finalized
 
Together with faculty and administrators involved in the drafting process, UAB IT now proposes a revision of the DRAFT Data Protection and Security Policy. Please review and return questions/comments as follows no later than Jan. 31. 
  • Faculty members may submit feedback directly to fppc@uab.edu. The Faculty Policies and Procedures Committee will review responses and make recommendations to the drafting committee.
  • Staff members and administrators may submit feedback to the individual from whom they received the draft policy, a member of the University Compliance Committee, or kcrenshaw@uab.edu for communication to the drafting committee. 
  • For all others, feedback may be submitted to policies@uab.edu.   
For your convenience, the draft policy has been posted to the Policies & Procedures Library in the secure content access area behind blazer id authentication - click here. Supplemental information about related standards, procedures, and FAQs is also available here.
NOMINATE OUTSTANDING UAB WOMEN

Have you seen examples of achievement, courage, service and dedication by women at UAB? Join us in recognizing their efforts by nominating an outstanding woman student, postdoc, faculty member, administrator, staff member, and community member. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. today, Jan. 27. Complete and submit the form online at uab.edu/women.
BENEVOLENT FUND - COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT

UAB employees will have the opportunity to vote for the recipient of the $50,000 Community Impact Grant beginning Jan. 27 through Feb. 3. Take a moment to learn about the proposals and use your blazerid and password to vote! Choose between Better Basics' Teacher Academy, Hand in Paw Petscription for the Classroom, and HICA En Mis Manos (In My Hands) College Readiness of Latino Families. Click here to vote
SAVE THESE DATES
ALABAMA CHAPTER-AAP LEGISLATIVE DAY - MARCH 16

Be a strong voice for Alabama’s Children in this legislative session! Make plans to attend the AAP Legislative day held in conjunction with VOICES for Alabama’s Children. 
 
Thursday, March 16 | 9 a.m. - through lunch | Montgomery, AL

More details to follow. 

Questions? Contact
Linda Lee, Executive Director, ALAAP at llee@alaap.org
Cason Benton, MD, FAAP at cbenton@peds.uab.edu
 
For more information on AL-AAP: https://www.alaap.org/
For more information on VOICES: http://www.alavoices.org/
16TH ANNUAL ALABAMA AUTISM CONFERENCE 

February 24 | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Bryant Conference Center | Tuscaloosa, AL

Register today at autism.ua.edu or call 205.348.3000. The 16th Annual Alabama Autism Conference will feature leading experts whose presentations will center around the conference theme, “Improving Daily Life for Individuals with ASD: Addressing Real Life Challenges.” Download the brochure
DR. ESTES TO SPEAK AT ALABAMA DANCE FESTIVAL 

Reed Estes, M.D., Medical Director of UAB Sports Medicine at Children’s of Alabama, is giving a lecture at the Alabama Dance Festival 2017 this weekend. His lecture is on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. His talk is titled, "Dancing with the Surgeon: A Brief Look at the Biomechanics of Dance & Injury Prevention." Click here to read about the speakers and learn more about the festival. There are 435 people registered for the Dance Festival, and it includes dancers from Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.
ADOLESCENT SUBSTANCE USE CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH 31 - BRADLEY LECTURE CENTER

Children’s and UAB employees are invited to attend the 11th-Annual Adolescent Health Update Conference on Friday, March 31. The event will address adolescent substance use prevention, education, and support and will be held from 8 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center. Register online at https://www.childrensal.org/adolescent-health-center. Children's and UAB employees can register for free by clicking here. Download the flyer
CHIF TODAY - CANCELED

The CHIF meeting scheduled for today is canceled in order to allow faculty and staff to attend the 4th Fridays presentation. Dr. Salas will present at a later date. 

Click here to view the CHIF February schedule. Please note the location.
PEDIATRIC GRAND ROUNDS - UP NEXT: 

Thursday, Feb. 2 
Noon | Bradley Lecture Center

“Top Ten Pediatric Articles of 2016”
Terry C. Wall, MD, MPH
Professor, UAB Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Jason R. Hartig, MD
Associate Professor, UAB Division of General Internal Medicine and General Pediatrics

Click here to view the February Pediatrics Grand Rounds schedule
FROM THE PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY OFFICE
THANK YOU!
 
We have had another successful interview season, thanks to the faculty members on our Recruiting Committee. We interviewed 241 in Pediatrics, 48 in Med-Peds, 18 in Peds-Neurology, and 5 in Peds-Genetics for a total 312 applicants. We couldn’t have done it without you all!
FROM THE OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT (OFD)
FACULTY MAY APPLY FOR A FACULTY DEVELOPMENT GRANT
DEADLINE: FEB. 15


The UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP) provides money for projects to enhance the effectiveness of UAB faculty members by providing funds for them to undertake new efforts for which resources are not otherwise available.

Faculty may submit applications in one of three categories: Creative Work, Scholarly Activity, and Basic and Translational Research.
FDGP applications are due by noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Information and applications for FDGP are available from the Faculty Senate via the FDGP website

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY 

Do you have a favorite dish that celebrates your heritage-- your home state, home country, religion, etc.?

On Feb. 3, from 5 - 7 p.m., the School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a Diversity Fair to honor the diversity which makes us EXCELLENT.
  
Each department has been asked to join in this celebration by setting up a booth featuring multicultural foods.

Let’s showcase the diversity of the Department of Pediatrics. Contact OFD for details regarding food entries.

FROM THE PEDIATRIC RESEARCH OFFICE (PRO) 
FUNDING
 
Registration is Open for the 2017 Community Health Innovation Awards (CHIA)
This annual grant competition challenges local organizations to brainstorm bold and creative solutions to community health concerns, with awards ranging from $5,000-$25,000. The program includes a structured schedule of workshops, proposal submissions and a formal presentation to a panel of judges. All interested participants must register by March 1 to attend the mandatory Innovation Workshop, which will be held on Saturday, March 4, at The Edge of Chaos (located on the 4th floor of the UAB Lister Hill Library). 
 
K-Scholar Opportunities in Translational Research and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR)
This 2-year institutional career development award provides 75% protected time to facilitate the development and participation in the conduct of translational research and PCOR. Letters of intent are being accepted until March 6.  For more information, please contact Ryan Outman.
 
The Sontag Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist Award
This award is a four-year, $600,000 career development/brain tumor research grant for those within the first three years of their first independent faculty appointment. Proposed projects should generate a new understanding of the causes, cure, or treatment of primary brain tumors and demonstrate the potential for new scientific advances relating to the field of brain tumors. The deadline is March 15 and more information is available here.
 
SEMINARS AND TRAINING
 
The Final Rule for ClinicalTrials.gov
The national clinical trials registry, ClinicalTrials.gov, released the Final Rule for the federal requirements about how this site is to be used and by whom. As researchers, it is important for you to understand how and when you need to register and report results for your investigator-initiated clinical trials. Click here for an overview of the key changes in the registration and results reporting for ClinicalTrials.gov and here for a ClinicalTrials.gov video.
 
Innovating in Healthcare: Idea Formation to Revenue Generation and Everything in Between
This CCTS Forum will feature Amy Hester, PhD, RN, BC, Director of Nursing Research and Innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. Join the meeting in person on Wednesday, Feb. 1 from 4:45 - 6 p.m. at PCAMS (1924 7th Ave So) or connect remotely https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/533000725.
 
Register for the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Annual Meeting
This annual meeting includes more than 900 trainees, researchers, and federal program officers to discuss the latest science and explore new opportunities for collaboration. The abstract deadline has been extended to Jan. 27 and the early registration deadline is Feb. 24. More information is available here
 
OTHER
 
Department of Pediatrics 4% Start-up Fee for Industry Studies
On July 1, 2016, Dr. Cohen implemented a 4% departmental fee for all industry studies to help support research infrastructure. If a study that included the 4% fee has been executed, but has not yet been invoiced by the Pediatric Research Office (PRO), please contact Cheryl Perry.
PRE - AWARD RESEARCH

eRA Latest News
 
PUBLICATIONS
Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2016 Nov 4;3(12):897-907. doi: 10.1002/acn3.365. Distinct effects of obesity and puberty on risk and age at onset of pediatric MS. Chitnis T, Graves J, Weinstock-Guttman B, Belman A, Olsen C, Misra M, Aaen G, Benson L, Candee M, Gorman M, Greenberg B, Krupp L, Lotze T, Mar S, Ness J, Rose J, Rubin J, Schreiner T, Tillema J, Waldman A, Rodriguez M, Casper C, Waubant E; U.S. Network of Pediatric MS Centers.

Br J Haematol. 2017 Jan 20. doi: 10.1111/bjh.14526. Hydroxycarbamide for patients with silent cerebral infarcts: outcomes and patient preference. Rushton T, Aban I, Young D, Howard T, Hilliard L, Lebensburger J.

Transfusion was proven to be superior to no therapy to reduce stroke risk in sickle cell patients identified with a silent cerebral infarct. This study evaluated the impact of hydroxyurea to reduce stroke risk in sickle cell patients identified with a silent cerebral infarct and suggests similar efficacy.
 
 2017 Jan 26. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1610493. Therapeutic Hypothermia after In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Children. Moler FW, Silverstein FS, Holubkov R, Slomine BS, Christensen JR, Nadkarni VM, Meert KL, Browning B, Pemberton VL, Page K, Gildea MR, Scholefield BR, Shankaran S, Hutchison JS, Berger JT, Ofori-Amanfo G, Newth CJ, Topjian A, Bennett KS, Koch JD, Pham N, Chanani NK, Pineda JA, Harrison R, Dalton HJ, Alten J, Schleien CL, Goodzan DM, Zimmerman JJ, Bhalala US, Schwarz AJ, Porter MB, Shah S, Fink EL, McQuillen P, Wu T, Skellett S, Thomas NJ, Nowak JE, Baines PB, Pappachan J, Mathur M, Lloyd E, van der Jagt EW, Dobyns EL, Meyer MT, Sanders RC Jr, Clark AE, Dean JM; THAPCA Trial Investigators.
This is a 37 center RCT evaluating the utility of hypothermia treatment after in-hospital cardiac arrest in pediatric patients. Results were similar to the out-of-hospital arm of this trial. Compared to normothermia, hypothermia does not confer benefit with respect to neurologically intact survival or decrease any morbidity or mortality measure. This landmark study challenges a therapy that has become 
standard of care in many pediatric and cardiac ICUs.
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