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FYI Fridays
February 20, 2015

2014 Pediatric Research Report
Children’s Hospital of Alabama – University of Alabama at Birmingham
 
Dear Friends,
 
This has been an exciting year for Children’s of Alabama and the Department of Pediatrics. Our accomplishments and advances are detailed in the Pediatrics Research Report (click to learn more), but the most important aspect of our achievements is the impact that it has on the children of Alabama, the Southeast, and indeed the nation and the world. The children we care for motivate us to improve our care today and to advance the science of pediatrics so that even greater advances are achieved tomorrow.  The clinical advances and research discoveries we describe here have an impact on children’s lives.  Simply stated, that is why we do what we do. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the United States and with a faculty that is part of one of the top research institutions in the country, we are uniquely situated to advance multiple aspects of the field of pediatrics.   The Department of Pediatrics had research funding from the NIH of $13.4 million in FY 2014, and total research funding of nearly $20 million.  We aim to build on these successes and expand the size and importantly the impact of this research funding in the coming year.  We have already recruited new researchers, including Dr. Smita Bhatia and her team of outcomes investigators, who will help us insure that children with cancer not only survive but also lead a normal life after they are cured. 
 
Underlying these accomplishments are core beliefs that guide our strategic planning for the future.  We believe that beyond providing care for disease and injury, it is our mission to accelerate research discovery that drives healthcare innovation.  We believe that integration of disease based research into clinical programs provides up to date care and defines research questions and opportunities to improve.   And, we believe that top physicians go to medical centers that have exceptional medical care combined with the very best research, where they can integrate new knowledge into clinical care and health care delivery.  Research is one reason why Children’s of Alabama is a great institution that is getting even better.

 
Mitch Cohen
February is...
 
One look at the National Day Calendar and you will note the number of both playful and meaningful celebrations occurring throughout the month of February.  Calendar highlights run the gamut from National Freedom Day on February 1, to National Tooth Fairy Day on February 28th. 

As an institution devoted to healing, we celebrate
 American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day. Heart health awareness for both the adult and pediatric population is particularly important in our state. The support raised by the American Heart Association for heart research benefits us all. And, we are particularly proud to celebrate the terrific job our pediatric cardiologists, surgeons, and intensivists do in caring for the children of Alabama. 

Throughout February, we celebrate Black History and pay special tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.  Ordinary and extraordinary people have worked to pave the way for a better future.  The contributions of African Americans to the success of our country is important to acknowledge and celebrate.


The UAB Gospel Choir will present “A Night with Ada J. Womack: Poet, Artist, Orator” as a part of Black History Month on Monday, February 23rd.  Click here to learn more.
Mark Your Calendars

COA and UAB to Host
2nd Annual Concussion Summit: From Impact to Recovery

Friday, Feb. 27
Bradley Lecture Center. 
Agenda and registration information can be found
here.  Read more...

Annual Drug Discovery Lecture series will begin Tuesday, March 3 and will run every Tuesday until April 28 from noon to 1 PM in PCAMS – a flyer is in the making but go ahead and mark your calendars! Topics will cover several aspects of the drug discovery and development pipeline. 
Department Announcements & Presentations
 
Michael A. Taylor, MD
MUSC Child Abuse Pediatrics
"Child Abuse Past & Present: A History of Children's Rights"
Lowder 3rd Floor, Surgical Commons
February 20, 3:00 p.m.
Register for the
2015 Helping Babies Survive Course
February 23-26

UAB Course info sheet
The deadline for submission of information for inclusion in the FYI Fridays newsletter is noon on the preceding Thursday.
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS/ APPLICATIONS

The 2015-2016 UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP) application period is now open and will end on
March 12th.

Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance Pre-Proposals 
 deadline: Monday March 23, 8:30 AM (in the morning!)

Nominations are open for the 
Dean’s Excellence Awards 
to recognize the truly outstanding work done by the School of Medicine faculty.
Read more...
2015 DoD Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Funding Available
2015 SOM Planning Grant for Multi-Investigator Programs 
Deadline March 20, 2015
and RFA Letter
 
Faculty Development Opportunities

2015-2016 UAB Faculty Development Grant Program (FDGP)
Click here for the listing of UAB Spring Learning System Programs and DCGME Faculty Development Opportunities 
2015 UAB Mentoring Academy for New and Junior Faculty
Mark your calendars

April 21-232015
 
Pre-Award Research Office News
New Grants & Awards
 
Daniel Feig MD (Ped-Nephrology) "Cure Glomerulonephropathy (CureGN): Integrative Proteomics & Metabolomics for Pediatric Glomerula Disease Biomarkers." Nationwide Children's Hospital. $9,705. 06/01/2014 - 05/31/2015.

Alyssa Reddy MD (Ped – HemOnc)  “ALTE11C2 Study – Health Effects After Antracycline and Radiation Therapy (HEART) – Dexazoxane and Prevention of Antracycline-Related Cardiomyopathy.”  Children's Hospital (Philadelphia). $1,000. 11/12/2014 - 11/11/2019.
Recent and Upcoming Publications, Presentations and Posters


James and Kimberlin provide a comprehensive clinical review of neonatal HSV infections, including a description of the pathogen, the epidemiology of maternal and neonatal infection, an overview of mother-to-child transmission, methods of preventing transmission, and current treatment considerations. Diagnostic and treatment algorithms for neonatal HSV infections are diagrammed and a concise summary of best practices is provided in table form. 
Clin Perinatol. 2015 Mar;42(1):47-59. doi: 10.1016/j.clp.2014.10.005. Epub 2014 Dec 4. Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infection: Epidemiology and Treatment. James SH, Kimberlin DW.
 
 

Corrections: Last week Dr. Franco Diaz was incorrectly identified as a former fellow, he is a current fellow in the Pediatric Division of Critical Care.
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