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OCTOBER 9, 2015

Click here to visit the photo gallery from Wednesday's superhero visit at Children's of Alabama. The superhero window washers visit is part of “Superhero Month” at Children's. Children’s and Books-A-Million Inc., invite the community to participate in all the month’s activities via social media. Current and past patients and families all over the state are encouraged to submit their stories to a new microsite,, or via social media using the hashtag ‪#thepowerofChildrensAL‬.
The CTS Training Program is a six-month (January – June) certificate program with class on Wednesday mornings at 8 - 10 a.m. It includes approximately 50 hours of didactic instruction and interactive experience and provides training in clinical and translational research.
Junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows who are interested in an academic career in clinical and translational research are invited to apply. Potential candidates should complete an application form and return it with all required attachments no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Nov.16, 2015.
Click here to view the call for applications. 
Click here for the application process instructions and requirements. 

Contact Jean Lambert, M.A., with any questions.

The 6th Annual Advancement in the Care of Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders Symposium is Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center.

COA and UAB employees can enter the Discount Code: CURE to register for FREE at
For the brochure, click here.

The housestaff office congratulated former Pediatric Residency Program Director Ray Watts on his upcoming transition to Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at LSU-New Orleans!


The Office of the Senior Vice Provost is sponsoring an upcoming faculty research development workshop.
Dr. Jason Nichols, Assistant Vice President for Industry Research Development, will present a workshop entitled “Thriving in the Industry Research Triangle – Tips for Doing Research with Industry,” at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015 in The Atrium of The Edge of Chaos (Fourth Floor of Lister Hill Library).
UAB’s newly formed Office of Industry Engagement (OIE) was established to help schools, departments and investigators identify and optimize ways to engage with industry. The OIE provides centralized support services for negotiating, budgeting and contracting with industry-based research partners with the goal of increasing the enterprise’s industry-based research portfolio.
Please see the  PDF flyer for this workshop. Interested faculty should RSVP to Chad Steele, Ph.D.

Effective October 1, Cathy Wood, MD, FAAP, of Montgomery, began her two-year term as president of the Alabama Chapter-AAP.

Below is the newly elected and/or appointed officers and board members:
Wes Stubblefield, MD, FAAP, of Infants’ & Children’s Clinic, Florence - Vice President/President-Elect
Katrina Skinner, MD, FAAP, of Fairhope Pediatrics, Fairhope - Secretary/Treasurer
Kevin Ellis, MD, FAAP, of Huntsville Pediatric Associates, Huntsville - Area 1 (North Alabama) Representative
Norma Mobley, MD, FAAP, of Mobile Pediatrics, Mobile - Area 6 (SW Alabama) Representative

To view the AAP press release, click here
To view the updated executive board list, click here.

The Center for Scientific Review will host two “Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review” webinars on the application submission and review processes. One webinar is targeted to research project grant (R01) applicants Nov. 6 with a separate webinar for research administrators Nov. 5. Learn more by clicking here and sign-up. Contact the Pediatric Research Office (via Dr. Cheryl Perry ) for consultation on development of your research today.

We want to stock our bookshelves in COA’s Primary Care Clinic! We are looking for new or very gently used books to give to our patients. We especially need books for ages 5-12! Monetary donations also welcome.
Look for donation boxes or ask a resident where to donate!
 Sponsored by the Pediatric Residency Program of COA

The time has come! As of October 1, 2015, ICD-10 has been in effect.  And as you’ve probably already heard, ICD-10 will impact documentation and coding for each and every patient here at Children’s of Alabama. Your documentation matters now, more than ever! With that being said, this week your CDE Nurses would like to show you the differences in ICD-9 vs ICD-10 for a couple of diagnoses used across all service lines here in our hospital.  Click here to learn more about how ICE-10 is a game changer!

  • NIH/HHS Contingency Plans for the Grants Administration Process Given a Potential Lapse in Funding
    (NOT-OD-15-164) National Institutes of Health
  • NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
    (NOT-OD-16-002) National Institutes of Health

Next Friday, Oct. 16, the Children’s Hospital Investigative Forum (CHIF) meets in the Bradley Conference Center on the 4th floor at noon. 

In addition to a regular presentation, this session will also feature personnel from the new Pediatric Research Office (PRO) who will provide an overview of the services and expertise now available to pediatric investigators.  

Namasivayam Ambalavanan, M.D. (Ped - Neonatology) STOP BPD National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS. $367,500. 09/15/2015 - 06/30/2016. 

William Harris, M.D. (Ped - Pulmonary) VERTEX PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. $46,493. 09/09/2015 - 09/08/2016. 

Pongkiat Kankirawatana, M.D. (Ped - Neurology) UCB BIOSCIENCES. $51,543. 09/17/2015 - 09/16/2019.

Alan Percy, M.D. (Ped - Neurology) Rett Syndrome, MECP2 Duplications, and Rett-Related Disorders Natural History National Institute of Child Health and Human Development/NIH/DHHS. $1,250,000. 08/01/2015 - 07/31/2016. 

Michael Seifert, M.D. (Ped - Nephrology) Novel Biomarkers of Angiogenesis and Vascular Injury in Chronic Rejection National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/NIH/DHHS. $186,430. 09/10/2015 - 07/31/2016.

Marsha Sturdevant, M.D. (Ped - General Pediatrics) The UAB Family Clinic Ryan White Part B Program UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL ALABAMA, INC. $149,712. 04/01/2015 - 03/31/2016.

The UAB Department of Pediatrics will be well represented this year at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH). The ASH meeting is the largest international meeting for presenting science in both benign and malignant hematology. This week it was announced that  10 abstracts (representing work by 15 members of our department) will be presented during the upcoming ASH annual meeting in Orlando, FL in December:

M Arora, C-L Sun, KK Ness, JB Teh, J Wu, L Francisco, SH Armenian, A Schad, G Namdar, A Bosworth, L Kuo, DJ Weisdorf, SJ Forman, S Bhatia. Physiologic Frailty Among Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) Survivors Suggests Accelerated Aging and Is a Predictor for Premature Mortality: A Report from the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor Study (BMTSS)

W Landier, Y Chen, L Hageman, H Kim, BC Bostrom, JN Casillas, DS Dickens, WE Evans, KW Maloney, L Mascarenhas, AK Ritchey, AM Termuhlen, WL Carroll, FL Wong, MV Relling, S Bhatia. 6-Mercaptopurine (6MP) intake during maintenance for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) – a comparison of self-report and electronic monitoring: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) study AALL03N1
SH Armenian, L Xu, RM Cooper, S Bhatia,  CR Chao. Cardiovascular disease in adolescents and young adults with hematologic malignancies
M Arora, S Bhatia, D Weisdorf. Impact of Frailty on Hematopoietic Cell on Early Transplant Outcomes in Older Recipients
M Kutny, T Alonzo, R Gerbing, Y Wang, C Fu, S Meshinchi, A Gamis, J Feusner, J Gregory. Results of a Phase III Trial Including Arsenic Trioxide Consolidation for Pediatric Patients with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (APL): A Report from the Children's Oncology Group Study AAML0631
M Kutny, T Alonzo, Y Wang, R Ries, J Farrar, J Guidry Auvil, M Smith, D Gerhard, T Davidsen, P Gesuwan, L Hermida, M Marra, A Mungall, R Moore, W Long, Y Ma, S Zong, E Kolb, A Gamis, S Meshinchi. TET2 Mutations Are Highly Associated with RUNX1-RUNX1T1 Translocations and NPMc+ in Childhood AML: a Report from Children's Oncology Group AAML03P1, AAML0531 and NCI/COG Target AML Initiative
D Chin, M Kutny, J Grim, R Gerbing, K Miller, J Farrar, J Guidry Auvil, M Smith, D Gerhard, T Davidsen, P Gesuwan, L Hermida, M Marra, A Mungall, R Moore, W Long, Y Ma, S Zong, E Kolb, A Gamis, T Alonzo, S Meshinchi. Comprehensive Genomic and Transcript Profiling of CBL Gene in Childhood AML: A Report from Children's Oncology Group Studies AAML03P1, AAML0531 and COG/NCI Target AML Initiative
F Ostronoff, TA Alonzo, M Othus, M Kutny, RB Gerbing, JP Radich,  HP Erba, FR Appelbaum, AS Gamis, EA Kolb, DL Stirewalt, S Meshinchi. Defining the genomic make up of acute myeloid leukemia in adolescents and young Adults (AYA) – report from COG AAML03P1, AAML531 and SWOG S0106.
P Palabindela, C Veasley, T Howard, D Feig, D Askenazi, J Lebensburger. Acute Kidney Injury Is Prevalent Among Pediatric Admissions for Acute Chest Syndrome
C Schlappi, D McCall, P Palabindela, C Bemrich Stolz, L Hilliard, J Lebensburger. Outcomes of Referrals for Mild and Moderate Thrombocytopenia

E Westin, L Pereboeva, D Devadasan, T Townes, F Goldman. Suppression of Antioxidant Responses in Dyskeratosis Congenita Cells

 2015 Oct;5(10):534-41. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2015-0042. A Brief Inpatient Intervention Using a Short Video to Promote Reduction of Child Tobacco Smoke ExposureWalley SC, Chime C, Powell JWalker K, Burczyk-Brown J, Funkhouser E.

J Addict Med. 2015 Sep 28. The Adverse Effects of Motherhood on Substance Use Treatment Program Outcomes Among Adolescent Women. Savage RJDurant N, Clark CB, Nair P, Cropsey K.
This study sought to describe characteristics of adolescent women in a substance use treatment program and determine the effect of adolescent motherhood on treatment program outcomes. Data from 1080 adolescent women in a case management criminal justice diversion program aged 16-21 years (mean 19.7 years, SD = 1.16) were analyzed; 403 (37%) were mothers. After controlling for sociodemographic factors and substance use disorder diagnoses, adolescent mothers were less likely to successfully complete the treatment program than nonmothers. Results revealed the need for improved job training and educational support as a potential means to improve outcomes.

Mol Ther Oncolytics. 2015;2. pii: 15015. Epub 2015 Sep 16. Pediatric cancer gone viral. Part I: strategies for utilizing oncolytic herpes simplex virus-1 in children. Cripe TP, Chen CY, Denton NL, Haworth KB, Hutzen B, Leddon JL, Streby KA, Wang PY, Markert JM, Waters AM, Gillespie GY, Beierle EAFriedman GK.

Mol Ther Oncolytics. 2015;2. pii: 15016. Epub 2015 Sep 16. Pediatric cancer gone viral. Part II: potential clinical application of oncolytic herpes simplex virus-1 in children. Friedman GKBeierle EA, Gillespie GY, Markert JM, Waters AM, Chen CY, Denton NL, Haworth KB, Hutzen B, Leddon JL, Streby KA, Wang PY, Cripe TP.
In this two part review, we examine challenges to maximizing oncolytic herpes simplex virus therapy (oHSV) in children and highlight how these may be overcome through various arming strategies; we review the preclinical and clinical evidence demonstrating safety and efficacy of oHSV; and we discuss pediatric clinical advances made to date and future prospects for utilizing oHSV in pediatric patients with solid tumors.


Tarn, V., Lindsay, K., Maddox, M., Avis KT. The Prevalence of Obesity in the Pediatric Narcolepsy Population, Nashville, TN, October 04, 2015. The 2015 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). 

Stoll, M., Multi-omics Studies of Gut Microbiota in Children with Spondyloarthritis Identify Diminished Microbial Diversity and Altered Tryptophan Metabolism as Potential Factors in Disease Pathogenesis. Huntsville, AL, September 29, 2015. Hudson-Alpha Immunogenomics Conference 

Stoll, M., The Microbiota in Health and Inflammatory Disease. Chicago, IL, October 15, 2015. University of Chicago Pediatric Grand Rounds
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