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April 15, 2016
PEDIATRIC MINI-CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON ADVOCACY NEXT WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY 

You're invited to attend our Town Hall Meeting with Community Leaders! Learn more about Poverty Status, Education, Health Equity in Children and Adolescents with potential solutions to address these issues. This event is free and open to the public. No registration or tickets required. This two-day, mini-conference is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorship.

Panelist Include: 
Frank Franklin, MD, MPH, PhD,  Professor Emeritus of UAB School of Public Health
John Stone, MBA, Manager of the Community Action Arm of Children's of Alabama
Kristina Scott, JD, Executive Director of Alabama Possible
Michael Ramsey, MD, Immediate Past President of Alabama Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics
Randall Woodfin, JD, Immediate Past President of Birmingham Public School’s Board of Education
Veda Johnson, MD, Director of Partners for Equity in Child & Adolescent Health at Emory University School of Medicine

To view the agenda, click here
To view the flyer for the Town Hall Meeting, click here
For more information contact Dr. Jaime McKinney.
DR. SANCHEZ BECOMES NEW MEMBER OF THE UAB COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

Veronica Sanchez, PhD, Pediatric Infectious Disease, received an appointment as Associate Scientist in the Neuro-Oncology Program effective April 1, 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Sanchez on joining the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
 
NEONATOLOGY FELLOW RECEIVES HSOER T32 FELLOWSHIP

Colm Travers, M.D., Neonatology Fellow, was selected to join the Health Services, Outcomes, and Effectiveness Research (HSOER) T32 Fellowship Program effective July 1, 2016. In addition to a National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend, the fellowship award also includes tuition and fees for additional didactic training, a travel stipend, and additional funds for research training related expenses. Congratulations!
 
RESIDENCY UPDATE - SENIOR TALKS

Monday, April 18 at noon in the Bradley Lecture Center,
come support Brian Donahue, M.D., (Pediatrics, PGY3) and Adam Scott, M.D., (Pediatrics, PGY3) as they present their Senior Talks.
YOUR GIFT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. 

We are in the second week of the UAB Medicine Benevolent Fund Campaign. Donation designations can be directed towards nonprofits such as Susan G. Komen of North Alabama, Hand in Paw or give access to health care like Kid One services

Benevolent Fund Resources can be found online at http://www.uab.edu/benfund/. You can also find online pledge forms, sign up for payroll deduction, find additional information about the employee emergency assistance program outreach in the community and more. 
PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE FELLOW REUNION 

Thursday April 28, 2016
7:30 a.m. - Noon 
For questions and/or registration information, contact Annalise Sorrentino, M.D.

Upon completion of this live activity, participants will be able to:
  • Employ clinical prediction rules to deal with uncertainty in clinical decision making, predict prognosis and enhance resource utilization.
  •  Identify the most common studies ordered in the Pediatrics Emergency Department and describe their predictive value.
  • Utilize current data to make informed decisions when managing the pediatric emergency patient, specifically management of skull and ankle injuries and diabetic ketoacidosis.
  • Identify successes and perceived non-successes in the practice of academic pediatric emergency medicine.
CCFA WALK APRIL 30 AT HOMEWOOD PARK 

The UAB Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Nutrition has a fundraising team for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's (CCFA) annual local Take Steps Walk. Our team is the Gut Gladiators. Click here to sign up as a team member or to make a donation to support our team. The walk is April 30 at Homewood Park at 5 p.m. We would love to have others join us! 

Contact Traci Jester, M.D., with more questions. 

MDA MUSCLE WALK OF BIRMINGHAM - NEXT SATURDAY! SIGN UP NOW!

Matthew S. Alexander, PhD, Pediatric Neurology, has organized a Children's team for the upcoming Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Muscle Walk of Birmingham. The walk is Saturday, April 23 at Tannehill State Park at 10 a.m. If attending, be sure to wear either Children's, UAB or MDA gear. This is a great way to interact with patients and their families (especially those who come to the clinics).

Click here to donate or join Dr. Alexander's team. 

If you have any questions or want to get involved, email Dr. Alexander.
SPRING SCRAMBLE IS TOMORROW! 

The Resident Spring Scramble is tomorrow, April 16. Sign up to run (or just sign up and come to enjoy the music and food!) to benefit the Children's of Alabama Healthy Active Living Initiative & Reach Out and Read.

For more information and to register, visit www.springscramble.org. View the flyer.
CIVITAN INTERNATIONAL/SIMPSON-RAMSEY NEURODEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM 

April 21 - 22, 2016 at the UAB Alumni Center.
Registration: www.uab.edu/medicine/circ.
Lunch provided for those who register.
Thematic Sessions covering Clinical Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Brain Imaging in Cognition and Autism, Animal Models of Autism, Genetics of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and  Epigenetics and Cognitive Function.
PRIMARY CARE CLINIC (PPC) FAMILY UPDATE FROM RESIDENTS 

Thank you to all who donated to the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic's Fundraiser to help a family in need. We were able to provide backpacks, school uniforms, and school supplies for each of the three girls. We surpassed our goal thanks to your generous donations, and we greatly appreciate your support! 
 
Sincerely,
Mary Silverberg, PGY1
Anna Handley, PGY1
Charlie Schlappi, PGY2
RFA TO BE ANNOUNCED AT 2016 CENTER FOR GENOMIC MEDICINE SYMPOSIUM 

Hear firsthand details about the second Request for Application at the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine Symposium on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Ala. Register today!
FROM THE OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT (OFD)
 

The April 4th Fridays Lunch & Learn is from Scott L. Phillips, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). He will present "Developing a Teaching Portfolio" on April 22 from Noon - 1 p.m. in the Bradley - Fellows Room. Lunch is provided.

FROM PEDIATRIC RESEARCH OFFICE (PRO) 
 
Pediatric Research Office Series (PRO Series)

The PRO Series highlights pathways and discoveries of accomplished investigators from diverse backgrounds, including how talented researchers learn from their experiences and translate their science to the greater world. The ultimate goal is to inspire pediatric researchers with the speakers' wisdom gained from their careers. This lunch series will continue on April 19 at noon in the Bradley Center and will feature Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, new Director of the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases.  
 
Scientific Rigor, Reproducibility and Transparency
This CCTS-sponsored session will provide an overview of the NIH guidance on Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency (R2T), discuss methods to enhance and demonstrate R2T, and identify resources available to investigators to document R2T. The presentation will be done by David Redden, PhD, Professor and Chair of the UAB Department of Biostatistics and will be held in PCAMS (1924 7th Ave So) on Thursday, April 21 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. To register, click here.
 
GRANT NEWS

David Askenazi (Ped - Nephrology) OCTAPHARMA. $43,053. 03/25/2016 - 03/24/2018.

George El Ferzli (Ped - Neonatology) Antibiotic Safety in Infants with Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections Duke University. $39,499. 09/30/2015 - 09/29/2016.

Hector Gutierrez (Ped - Pulmonary) UAB Cystic Fibrosis Center for Care, Teaching, and Research Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $154,010. 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016.

Hector Gutierrez (Ped - Pulmonary) Implementation of the Depression and Anxiety Guideline: Award for a Mental Health Coordinator Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $161,956. 01/01/2016 - 12/31/2018.

Avi Madan-Swain (Ped - Hematology/Oncology) Screen to Intervene: A Family-Centered Approach to Identifying & Communicating Family Psychosocial Risk & Developing Evidence Based Clinical Pathways in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation ALFRED I DUPONT HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN. $14,739. 01/15/2016 - 01/14/2017.

Richard Whitley (Ped - Infectious Disease) Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development Center - Centers of Excellence for Translational Research National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS. $7,150,815. 03/01/2016 - 02/28/2017.

Timothy Beukelman (Ped - Rheumatology) Patients, Advocates and Rheumatology Teams Network for Research and Service (PARTNERS) - Phase II DUKE CLINICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE. $6,923. 10/01/2015 - 09/30/2017.

Waldemar Carlo (Ped - Neonatology) Cooperative Multicenter Network of Neonatal Intensive Care Units Wayne State University. $15,862. 04/01/2015 - 03/31/2016.

Leslie Hayes (Ped - Critical Care) Reducing Waste in the PICU through a Standardized Lab Reduction Strategy KAUL PEDIATRIC RESEARCH INSTITUTE. $10,000. 02/01/2016 - 01/31/2017.

Kathy Monroe (Ped - Emergency Medicine) Booster Seat Advocacy Program ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH. $10,000. 10/01/2015 - 09/30/2016.

Alyssa Reddy (Ped - Hematology/Oncology) AHOD1331 A Randomized Phase III Study of Brentuximab Vedotin (IND#117117) for Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL) in Children and Adolescents CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (PHILADELPHIA). $1,500. 03/23/2016 - 03/22/2025.
RECENT REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

Leuk Lymphoma. 2015;56(8):2339-43. doi: 10.3109/10428194.2014.983097. Changes in the use of radiation therapy for early classical Hodgkin lymphoma in adolescents and young adults: implications for survival and second malignanciesXavier AC, Costa LJ.

PLoS One. 2015 Jun 25;10(6):e0130604. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130604. Center Variation in Intestinal Microbiota Prior to Late-Onset Sepsis in Preterm Infants. Taft DH, Ambalavanan N, Schibler KR, Yu Z, Newburg DS, Deshmukh H, Ward DV, Morrow AL.
In this study, it was shown that the gut microbiome in preterm infants differs by center of birth. Microbes causing late onset sepsis in preterm infants are frequently identified in the stool prior to disease onset, suggesting that translocation of gut microbes account for most episodes of sepsis in this population.

 2016 Mar-Apr;92(2):111-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jped.2016.01.001. Should human milk for premature children be fortified after discharge to improve neurodevelopmental outcomes? Peralta-Carcelen M, Cloud HH.

Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2016 Mar;6:87-92. doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2016.02.011. A case-control study of dietary salt intake in pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis. McDonald J, Graves J, Waldman A, Lotze T, Schreiner T, Belman A, Greenberg B, Weinstock-Guttman B, Aaen G, Tillema JM, Hart J, Lulu S, Ness J, Harris Y, Rubin J, Candee M, Krupp LB, Gorman M, Benson L, Rodriguez M, Chitnis T, Mar S, Barcellos LF, Laraia B, Rose J,Roalstad S, Simmons T, Casper TC, Waubant E.
The genetics of multiple sclerosis (MS) are exceedingly murky so MS research has often focused on environmental factors with high dietary salt being the latest ingredient in the soup of potential MS triggers. Our Pediatric MS Network looked at existing diet surveys completed by pediatric MS patients (n=170) and healthy control subjects (n=331) enrolled in a study of genetic and environmental MS risk factors. The results: Nothing. No matter how the dietician first author and statisticians analyzed the data, they did not detect any difference in salt intake reported by peds MS patients vs. controls. The striking thing is how similar the groups are with respect to daily salt intake (both reported ~2 g/day) and excessive dietary sodium intake >60% of both groups.  Apologies in advance to our Nephrology colleagues, no blood pressure information in our dataset!


 Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2016 Apr 5. doi: 10.1002/acr.22903. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of First-Line Treatment with Biologics in Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Luca NJ, Burnett HF, Ungar WJ, Moretti ME, Beukelman T, Feldman BM, Schwartz G, Bayoumi AM.
 
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