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ON WEDNESDAY
NOVEMBER 25, 2015
Dear Colleagues,
 
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you for what you do every day. For a glimpse at some of the great work you do, watch this video that was produced by Children’s of Alabama for the recent Illuminations Ball. 
 
We work together to keep children healthy. It takes all of us to do this: physicians, surgeons, dentists, psychologists, nurses, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, students, social workers, therapists, dieticians, pharmacists and all the other medical professionals. It takes all of the front line colleagues and managers who answer the phones, make the appointments and schedules, send and adjust the bills, negotiate on behalf of our patients, advocate for our patients, prepare the food, keep us safe and maintain the physical plant. And it takes a board of trustees and administrators with vision and an ability to execute that vision.  
 
I am thankful this year for my family who have come to Alabama. I am thankful for my health. I am thankful for our supportive community and colleagues in Birmingham. Y’all make my job both impactful and fun. I promise that we will continually improve the care we offer and, through education of tomorrow’s leaders and research into tomorrow’s cures and preventions make future Thanksgiving’s even better. My dad would say every year, “this is the best Thanksgiving ever.”  He had the right idea. So, thank you for what you have done this past year. Thank you for what you are doing now and thank you for what you will do for the children of Alabama to make future Thanksgivings, the best ever.
 
Mitch
DR. LEBENSURGER RECEIVES 2016 CLINICAL RESEARCH TRAINING INSTITUTE FACULTY INVITATION


Congratulations to
Jeffrey Lebensburger, M.D., Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, for his invitation from the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI) to be a 2016 CRTI Summer Workshop Faculty Member. Jeff attended this workshop as a trainee. As a successful faculty member, he is now being asked to give back! This is a special honor!
DR. SIMS WELCOMED TO SPR MEMBERSHIP


Congratulations to Brian Sims, M.D., Neonatology, on his recent election to the Society of Pediatric Research (SPR). Dr. Sims joins Drs. Trent Tipple and Gregory Friedman as this year's new SPR members from UAB.
NIH FUNDAMENTALS AND RESOURCES

Geeta Chhabra, Grants and Contracts Specialist in the Department of Pediatrics, will present “NIH Fundamentals and Resources” on Monday, Nov. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center. Lunch is available to the first 20 attendees. The presentation will provide an overview of the resources, understanding the NIH grants process and answers to common grant-submission questions. Target audience:  Faculty and Administrators.
PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY UPDATE

We are very excited to report that 100 percent of our 2015 Med-Peds and Pediatric Graduates have passed the American Board of Pediatrics Certification Exam on their first attempt---for the 4th year in a row! We are extremely proud of our graduates, and the hard work they have invested. We want to thank our awesome Faculty and Fellows for their strong dedication and commitment to helping our residents accomplish their goals.
SOCIETY FOR PEDIATRIC RESEARCH (SPR)

The Society for Pediatric Research is now accepting applications for the Young Investigator's Coaching Program for junior investigators who have embarked on a career in pediatric research. 

Deadline: December 14, 2015

Click here for more information and the application.
THANKSGIVING CLOSINGS LIST

For a list of which departments are closed during the Thanksgiving holiday, click here. This list is posted on The Red Wagon and will be updated as needed.
L'OREAL USA FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP: APPLICATION OPENS NOV. 30

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. 

In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering and mathematics.

The application will open on Nov. 30, 2015 and are due by Feb. 5, 2016. More information can be found here. Click here for the fact sheet, application flyer and FAQ.

ARE YOU WEATHER-READY FOR WINTER?

It’s not a matter of if but when extreme winter weather will affect Birmingham again. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are forecasting increased moisture and below-average temperatures for the Southeast. Now is the time to plan and prepare. This winter weather checklist will help you identify necessary supplies for your home, office and car. Click here for the UAB Emergency Management website

Not picture above? You are still on the team! 
All are welcome to come play or just give your support! 
RESEARCH
 


RECENT REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS
 
Crit Care Med. 2015 Oct 26. Interleukin-1 Receptor Blockade Is Associated With Reduced Mortality in Sepsis Patients With Features of Macrophage Activation Syndrome: Reanalysis of a Prior Phase III Trial. Shakoory B, Carcillo JA, Chatham WW, Amdur RL, Zhao H, Dinarello CA, Cron RQ, Opal SM.
This is a retrospective re-analysis of the results of a large clinical trial to study IL-1 blockade (anakinra) treatment for sepsis. When sepsis patients were divided based on the presence of macrophage activation syndrome (MAS), it was found that anakinra doubled survival of those sepsis patients with features of MAS. Anakinra had no effect (neither helpful or harmful) on survival of sepsis patients without MAS. This demonstrates the importance of screening for MAS among septis patients in the ICU and treating those with MAS with IL-1 blockade.

 

 
POSTER AND PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS 
 
Chung S. Feb.18-20, 2016. New Orleans, LA. Applying the Brain to Quality Improvement: Adherence to Evidence-Based Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Management Guidelines (abstract). 2016 Southern Regional Meeting.  
 
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