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FYI Fridays
June 19, 2015
Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, is now 150 years old.  It began in Galveston, Texas in 1865 and the observance of June 19th as African American Emancipation Day has now spread across the United States and beyond.
Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.  It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. 
As we observe Juneteenth, let us never forget and truthfully acknowledge not only slavery but also the discrimination that endures today.  But, let us also celebrate what happened here.  General Charles Krulak, former president of Birmingham-Southern College, wrote: “Birmingham is the birthplace of human rights in America.  Notice that I did not say civil rights.  What took place in Birmingham in the early 1960s has had far-reaching implications for human rights across our nation. What started out as a civil rights movement exploded across our country and ultimately brought into focus the rights of all people.  America is a better place as a result of what happened in Birmingham, and we must embrace it.”
Mitch Cohen
Don't forget to Vote!

Our four faculty nominees to the Department of Pediatrics’ Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee (APTC) have been released and voting has begun. The voting period runs through next Wednesday, June 24, and ballots should be cast by emailing your choices to DOP Promotion Tenure Committee. This election will add two faculty representatives to the APT committee for a three-year term, with half the committee being elected and half appointed by the chair (by 2017).
Please select two of the following nominees and send in your vote. The voting response has been strong, so take a moment and join in.
  • Dr. Bill Britt
  • Dr. Tony Fargason
  • Dr. Shannon Ross
  • Dr. Tina Simpson
Election results and chair appointments will be announced in July.
Grant News
Smita Bhatia, MD (Ped - Hematology/Oncology). Dexrazoxane and Prevention of Anthracycline Related Cardiotoxicity Hutchinson (Fred) Cancer Research Center. $6,847. 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015.
Smita Bhatia, MD (Ped - Hematology/Oncology) Novel Methods to Detect Gene-Environment Interactions in Treatment-Related Brain Tumors Among Childhood Cancer Survivors.University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. $11,525. 05/01/2015 - 04/30/2016.

Steven Rowe, MD (Med - Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care). Development of Optical Coherence Tomography for Measures of Mucociliary Clearance (MCC) Massachusetts General Hospital. $10,300. 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015.

Steven Rowe, MD (Med - Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care). Astrazeneca AB.  $22,623. 05/20/2015 - 12/31/2015.

Pediatric Academic Society
Call for Session and Speaker Proposals
Proposal Submission Deadline:
June 26, 2015; 5:00PM CST

Burroughs Wellcome Fund 

Pre-proposal deadline:
July 15, 2015
Please see for eligibility criteria and information on how to apply

Turkey-US Collaborative Program for Affordable Medical Technologies (R01)
If you have contacts and/or ongoing relationships with researchers in Turkey, please consider applying.
Contact Isabel Scarinci for assistance.

The Department of Pediatrics was recognized at the Benevolent Fund Campaign Celebration on June 17.  We were honored as the
School of Medicine -  
Outstanding Campaign 
This honor is presented to an area that engaged employees through educational presentations and increased employee contributions by 12% over last year's contributions.
Thanks to all those who contribute to this wonderful cause that benefits not only local non-profits but also provides funds for emergency employee assistance. For more information about the UAB Benevolent Fund and how to participate visit
Announcement from UAB
Financial Affairs

Beginning June 29, 2015, employee payments processed via payment requests to UAB and Hospital Management LLC employees will be paid via direct deposit to the employee’s bank account identified as “Remaining Pay” in Oracle Self Service.  Financial Affairs is currently updating their training documentation related to this change and will provide an update as it is completed.  In addition, procedures to address payment request documents in process will be communicated when Financial Affairs finalizes the implementation. 

The Future of Children
Presented at Children's of Alabama by Princeton Brookings
July 9, 2015 1:30 pm - 4:40 pm
Bradley Lecture Center
Register Here

Click here to find a list of events coming soon to the Department
 Pediatric Grand Rounds Link

The Pediatrics Department will be welcoming new interns, beginning June 24th!
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Special thanks to Christian Talley in the Chair's Office for agreeing to assist with the newsletter while I take some much needed time off! - Clare Mallette
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Recent and Upcoming Publications
Front Pediatr 2015 June 15; 3:55. doi: 10.3389/fped.2015.00055. Diagnosis and history taking in children with autism spectrum disorder: dealing with the challenges. M Kong. 
Autism spectrum disorder has become one of the most common neurodevelopmental diagnoses, occurring in approximately 1 in 68 children in the United States. Physicians caring for children with autism during the child’s acute illness may face challenges in diagnosis and treatment that can negatively impact quality of care. In the presence of an acute illness, it can be extremely difficult to disentangle the core behaviors of autism from other illnesses. This article outlines different strategies that can be used in dealing with the challenges of diagnosis and history taking in children with autism spectrum disorder. 

J Med Genet 2014;51:152–158. doi:10.1136. Methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MECP2) mutation type is associated with disease severity in Rett syndrome Vishnu Anand Cuddapah, Rajesh B Pillai, Kiran V Shekar, Jane B Lane, Kathleen J Motil, Steven A Skinner, Daniel Charles Tarquinio, Daniel G Glaze, Gerald McGwin, Walter E Kaufmann, Alan K Percy, Jeffrey L Neul, Michelle L Olsen.
We have confirmed that MECP2 mutation type is a strong predictor of disease severity. These data also indicate that clinical severity continues to become progressively worse regardless of initial severity. These findings will allow clinicians and families to anticipate and prepare better for the needs of individuals with RTT.

Pediatric Neurology Volume 52, Issue 6, June 2015, Pages 585–591.e2. Age of Diagnosis in Rett Syndrome: Patterns of Recognition Among Diagnosticians and Risk Factors for Late Diagnosis. Daniel C. Tarquinio DO, MS-CI, Wei Hou PhD, Jeffrey L. Neul MD, PhD, Jane B. Lane BSN, RN, Katherine V. Barnes BSc, Heather M. O’Leary BSc,Natalie M. Bruck BSc, Walter E. Kaufmann MD, PhD, Kathleen J. Motil MD, PhD, Daniel G. Glaze MD, Steven A. Skinner MD, Fran Annese LMSW, Lauren Baggett MS, CGC, Judy O. Barrish BSN, RN, Suzanne P. Geerts MS, RD, Alan K. Percy MD.
Age of RTT diagnosis has improved among subspecialists, and pediatricians have made the diagnosis of classic RTT more frequently since 2006. Strategies for educating diagnosticians should incorporate specific risk factors for delayed diagnosis.

Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 2014, 6:20. Developmental delay in Rett syndrome: data from the natural history study. Jeffrey L Neul, Jane B Lane, Hye-Seung Lee, Suzanne Geerts, Judy O Barrish, Fran Annese, Lauren McNair Baggett, Katherine Barnes, Steven A Skinner, Kathleen J Motil, Daniel G Glaze, Walter E Kaufmann and Alan K Percy.
Early developmental skills were acquired by many, but clear differences from normal emerged, particularly in skills expected after age 6 months. When comparing clinical severity, greater acquisition of specific skills was associated with specific mutations, confirming the impression that these mutations confer milder developmental abnormalities. These data may serve for planning and interpretation of early intervention studies in RTT.

Pediatric Neurology 51 (2014) 769e775. Pubertal Development in Rett Syndrome Deviates From Typical Females. John T. Killian MA, Jane B. Lane RN, Gary R. Cutter PhD, Steven A. Skinner MD, Walter E. Kaufmann MD, Daniel C. Tarquinio DO, Daniel G. Glaze MD, Kathleen J. Motil MD PhD, Jeffrey L. Neul MD PhD, Alan K. Percy MD.
Pubertal trajectories in Rett syndrome differ from general population, entering puberty early and reaching menarche later. Body mass index affects pubertal timing, but the relationship between specific mutations, clinical presentation, and underlying neuroendocrine pathology is less clear.

Oncogene. 2015 Mar 19;34(12):1553-62. doi: 10.1038/onc.2014.87. Epub 2014 Apr 7. ICAM-2 confers a non-metastatic phenotype in neuroblastoma cells by interaction with α-actinin. Feduska JM, Aller SG, Garcia PL, Cramer SL, Council LN, van Waardenburg RC, Yoon KJ.

Journal of Graduate Medical Education: June 2015, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 293-293.  (2015) PACE Palette: Teaching Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Ann E. Klasner.

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