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AUGUST 26, 2016
The UAB Department of Pediatrics welcomed four new faculty members during the month of August. Join us in welcoming the following faculty members:
  • Christine Campbell, M.D., MSPH, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Christina Inman, M.D., Instructor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Rose James, M.D., Instructor, Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Rachel Kassel, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Christine Campbell, M.D., MSPH, Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, completed her pediatric residency at the UAB Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Campbell also completed her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship in the UAB Department of Pediatrics. She completed her medical degree and masters of science in public health at UAB. Dr. Campbell's clinical focus is going to be quality and patient safety.

Christina Inman, M.D., Instructor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, completed her pediatric residency at the UAB Department of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree at Wake Forest University. Her area of clinic focus is improved asthma management in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Rose James, M.D., Instructor, Pediatric Endocrinology, completed her pediatric residency at the UAB Department of Pediatrics. She earned her medical degree at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. Her clinical focus will be general pediatric endocrinology.


Rachel Kassel, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition completed her pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kassel completed her Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She earned her medical degree and Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Dr. Kassel will be working with Intensive Feeding Program as well as seeing patients in the general, aerodigestive, and eosinophilic GI clinics.

2016 UAB PROMOTION AND TENURE AWARDS

The UAB Department of Pediatrics congratulates the following faculty on their new academic appointments, which will be effective October 1, 2016.

Ambika Ashraf, M.D., promoted to Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology.
David Askenazi, M.D., MPH, promoted to Professor of Pediatric Nephrology.
Tim Beukelman, M.D., MSCE, Associate Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology, awarded Tenure.
Nancy Tofil, M.D., ME.d., promoted to Professor of Pediatric Critical Care.
Marjorie Lee White, M.D., MPPM, MA, FAAP, FACEP, CHSE, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, awarded Tenure.



 
UAB PCD CLINIC AT CHILDREN'S BECOMES FULLY ACCREDITED CENTER 

The UAB Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Clinic at Children’s of Alabama, the only PCD Clinic in the region, is now accredited as a full center in the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation Clinical and Research Network (PCDF-CRCN). Our Clinic is one of only four in the country to have achieved this designation.

Full centers have the capability to do a complete diagnostic workup for PCD, including ciliary biopsy, nasal nitric oxide measurement and genetic testing. These sites receive specialized training in diagnostic procedures, participate in PCD research and clinical improvement initiatives and will be entry points for the PCD clinical registry. Full sites receive accreditation through a site visit and audit program. Click here for more information

DR. AMBAL TO SERVE ON AAP NEOPREP PLANNING COMMITTEE

Namasivayam Ambalavanan, M.D., Neonatalogy, has been selected to serve on the NeoPREP Panning Committee Team. NeoPREP is a seven day review course in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, held every two years, which is sponsored by the Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Ambal's appointment to the planning committee is for 6 years. Congratulations!
DR. WOLFSON RECEIVES NIH PEDIATRIC LOAN REPAYMENT

Congratulations to Julie Wolfson, M.D., MSHS, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, for receiving a renewal award from the NIH Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program. To find about more about this program, click here

MARROW BONE DRIVE 2016

The 2016 Committed to a Cure Marrow Registry Drive is set for Tuesday, Aug. 30 from noon until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Russell Lobby Performance Room at Children’s of Alabama.

The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s is partnering with Be The Match bone marrow donor registry in this regional effort to add people to the national registry of those willing to donate bone marrow. This year’s event is sponsored by the Alabama Chapter of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Prospective donors need to only complete a health questionnaire and conduct a simple mouth swab. Upon completion, the individual’s information is added to the registry as a potential donor match for a patient anywhere in the world. More information about the process is available at www.bethematch.org.


A Donor Reunion will be held at noon on August 30 in the Performance Area of the Russell Lobby. This is a can’t miss event!
To view the press release, click here

CHILD HEALTH INVESTIGATIVE FORUM 
Bradley Conference Center
Noon (lunch provided)
 
Sept. 2, 2016     
 
Endothelial Health and Dysfunction as Determinants of Kidney Transplant Outcomes
Michael Seifert, M.D., M.S.C.I.
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Nephrology
CHILDREN'S VOTER REGISTRATION OPPORTUNITY

If you are a new resident to Alabama, have changed your name in the past year or changed your physical residence, take advantage of the opportunity to update your voter registration on Wednesday, August 31 from 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Harbor Lobby on Main Street. 
 
LOUISIANA DONATION DRIVE CONTINUES THROUGH NEXT FRIDAY

The UAB Pediatric Residency Program and Coat of Arms is working to help provide relief to the victims of the floods in Louisiana. The donation drive to assist affected families in Baton Rouge, LA, continues through next Friday. Boxes to donate will be located at the information desk of Benjamin Russell Hospital and, the Pediatric Residency Housestaff Office and Lounge. Goods collected will be delivered to the Capital Area United Way and the Ascension Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness running the shelter at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Attached is the flyer, please feel free to share.
PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY UPDATE

Congratulations to Corey Martin, M.D., pediatric resident, who was accepted to attend the North American Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Conference and awarded Pediatric Resident Round Table grant to attend this October in Orlando, Florida. 
FROM THE PEDIATRIC OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT (OFD) 

NOBEL PEACE PRICE WINNER TO SPEAK AT UAB 
Liberian peace and women’s rights activist Leymah Gbowee will give a lecture at UAB on Thursday, Sept. 29. The free public event, which marks the opening of the UAB Institute for Human Rights, will take place at the UAB Alys Stephens Center located at 1200 10th Avenue South at 6 p.m.
More information


FALL 2016 WORKSHOP: WRITING A TEACHING PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT 
Wednesday, September 14 and 28 at 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
In this two-part workshop, you will learn how to write an effective, peer-reviewed teaching philosophy statement that reflects your teaching beliefs and experiences, approaches to student learning, and examples of best practices in evidence-based instruction. Open for registration Sept. 6.
More information. To login/register


REC CENTER'S NEW MEMBERSHIP LEVEL OFFERS EXTRA PERKS
New Platinum memberships offer many luxuries not included in a regular membership, such as a half-locker, two guest passes each month, a health assessment and 10 passes each month for pass-required fitness classes. This membership, which offers a yearly savings of $192, is only available to UAB employees. Call 205.996.5038 to learn more. More information


ACADEMIC COACHING AND WRITING (ACW)
ACW offers coaching and consulting services to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, staff, and administrators.  Their services include research consulting and coaching for dissertation and academic writing; career and professional growth (including help with balancing the demands of research, teaching and service); and leadership development.
Click here for the fall 2016 schedule of free ACW webinars.
FROM THE PEDIATRIC RESEARCH OFFICE (PRO)
FUNDING
 
Cystic Fibrosis Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Project Applications
This pilot and feasibility mechanism is designed to provide support for a limited time (two years, up to $75,000/year direct costs for translational research). Projects should test innovative hypotheses that may have significant impact on basic or clinical aspects of the disease and lead to preliminary data for independent grants in the area of cystic fibrosis science. LOIs are due Sept. 30 and full applications are due Dec. 9. More information is available here.
 
Science of Behavior Change: Use-inspired Basic Research to Optimize Behavior Change Interventions and Outcomes (Administrative Supplement)
The goal of this FOA is to test how and why behavior change interventions produce and sustain desired outcomes when implemented in experimental, clinical, community, or population-level settings. Research supported should study putative targets/mechanisms of action that are critical to the efficacy and effectiveness of behavioral and social interventions to produce and, as feasible, sustain desired change(s) in health behavior(s), including medical regimen adherence. Applications are due Nov. 10 by 5 p.m.  More information is available here.
SEMINARS AND TRAINING
 
Is Research Dead? – Presentation at The Edge of Chaos
Dr. Mike Dean, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah and Program Director of their Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program, will give this university-wide presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 7. You are invited to join him from noon - 1 p.m. at The Edge of Chaos (4th floor of Lister Hill Library). Lunch will be provided, so registration is required.   
 
Rigor, Reproducibility & Transparency Revisited
NIH study section reviewers and CCTS experts will update attendees on the latest concerning this new NIH requirement. This forum will take place Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 4:45 - 6 p.m. at PCAMS (located at 1924 7th Ave So). You can also join via GoToMeeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone (https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/533000725). For more information, please contact the CCTS.

UAB Core and Shared Resources Day 2016
Each year, over 70 Core Facilities and Shared Resources present posters where UAB researchers can learn about the wide variety of services and equipment available for the support of new or ongoing research programs. The event will be hosted at the Hill Student Center Ballroom (4th floor) on Friday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The event is free and open to all.
PUBLICATIONS
 
N Engl J Med. 2016 Aug 18;375(7):666-674. Genital Herpes. Gnann JW Jr, Whitley RJ.
This publication provides an update on for Clinical Perspectives on our ever changing knowledge about genital herpes simplex virus infections.


PLoS One. 2016 Aug 18;11(8):e0161539. Gene Signature of High White Blood Cell Count in B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Edwards H, Rubenstein M, Dombkowski AA, Caldwell JT, Chu R, Xavier AC, Thummel R, Neely M, Matherly LH, Ge Y, Taub JW.

Sci Rep. 2016 Aug 19;6:31657. Microbial Cryptotopes are Prominent Targets of B-cell Immunity. Rieder FJ, Biebl J, Kastner MT, Schneider M, Jungbauer C, Redlberger-Fritz M, Britt WJ, Kundi M, Steininger C.

Am J Hum Genet. 2016 Aug 17. De Novo Truncating Variants in SON Cause Intellectual Disability, Congenital Malformations, and Failure to Thrive. Tokita MJ, Braxton AA, Shao Y, Lewis AM, Vincent M, Küry S, Besnard T, Isidor B, Latypova X, Bézieau S, Liu P, Motter CS, Melver CW, Robin NH, Infante EM, McGuire M, El-Gharbawy A, Littlejohn RO, McLean SD, Bi W, Bacino CA, Lalani SR, Scott DA, Eng CM, Yang Y, Schaaf CP, Walkiewicz MA.
This paper is another example of the power of whole exome testing. Using this test we were able to identify for this family the cause of their child’s medical concerns. This would not have been possible previously, using any other genetic testing technology


Fetal Pediatr Pathol. 2016 Aug 23:1-9.i Quintuplets: 5 Cases of NEC. Are There Other Risk Factors? Nadendla K, Sutton A, Kelly D, Dimmitt R, Wilkinson L, Harmon C, Martin C.
The manuscript describes a set of quintuplets that were born at Children's 4 years ago. Each baby developed Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). The papers discusses genetic and assisted fertility techniques that can lead to NEC development. Four of the five babies survived and are currently doing well. 


Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Nov;24(11):1781-8. Differential inequality trends over time in survival among U.S. children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia by race/ethnicity, age at diagnosis, and sex. Wang L, Bhatia S, Gomez SL, Yasui Y.

PRESENTATIONS 
 
Ana Xavier, M.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, presented at the 20th Brazilian Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Annual Meeting. She presented "Bone marrow transplant in pediatric patients with Down Syndrome" in Fortaleza/Ceara, Brazil on Aug. 25, 2016. Additionally, she presented "Late effects and long term survivorship of pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients" on Aug. 26, 2016.
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