FYI Fridays
October 31, 2014

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Reminder: 15th Annual Recruiting Kick-Off
Today - 4th Floor Bradley Lecture Center
11:30 am
Dr. Wendy Landier to Join UAB and COADr. Landier
The UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology is excited to announce the further expansion of their research efforts with the successful recruitment of Dr. Wendy Landier to join the Division in early January 2015.

Comprehensive online database to host all research projects for students 
A new, consolidated online database has been developed to host all research projects available to students (medical, graduate, undergraduate, etc.) in an effort to streamline the process of matching students with faculty for work on specific research projects.  
Special Noon Conference
Dr. Angelisa Paladin
Visiting Professor of Radiology
"Congenital Abdominal Masses –
A Case-based Review"
Monday, November 10
Tishler Conference Room
3rd Floor, Jefferson Tower,
North Wing, Room 307

Participants in the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract. This program has a pay line of 36%!
The application cycle closes on 11/17. 
2015 Alabama Medical License and Controlled Substance Certificate
La’Princess Mosley in Human Resources is now collecting 2015 Alabama Medical License and Controlled Substance Certificate copies from faculty and fellows. She is also collecting Alabama Board of Nursing Licenses. Please send or      e-mail your copy(ies) to ACC 604 and remember not to send them directly to the UAB Medical Staff Office.  
Posters, Abstract Submissions & Grant Opportunities:

Call for SPR Award Nominations
DEADLINE November 11, 2014
General Announcements

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) QI Modules 
Training for Faculty Mentors 

UAB Employee Wellness program coming in 2015

$5 Jewelry Sale at West Pavilion

New Grants this Week
Dr. Timothy Beukelman (Rheumatology), Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) Registry Leadership award in the amount of $55,497. 09/26/2014 - 09/25/2017.
Dr. Reed Dimmitt (Gastroenterology) Duke University award, “Antibiotic Safety in Infants with Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections” in the amount of $78,999. 09/30/2014 - 09/29/2016.
Dr. Mark Prichard (Infectious Disease) HERA Therapeutics, Inc. award in the amount of $91,610. 10/14/2014 - 10/13/2015.
The Alabama Drug Discovery Alliance (ADDA) is a funding agency and a pharmaceutical company rolled into one. It offers UAB investigators the financing they need to pursue high-potential research. But it also surrounds them with experienced development teams from Southern Research, which has produced seven Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs. And it protects and markets their discoveries through UAB’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE).  Leadership of the ADDA comes from our Pediatric Infectious Diseases division, Rich Whitley, MD, serves as the Director of the ADDA and Maaike Everts, PhD, is the ADDA Associate Director. To learn more about the exciting work of ADDA funded research click here.

Upcoming Events:

for Rett
November 1, 2014 from 6-10 pm 

Walk Now for Autism Speaks 

November 1, 2014

November Teaching Practice
"How to Effectively Use Team Teaching in a Course"

November 4 - 3-4pm 
Repeated: 11/6 - 8:30- 9:30am
Casino For a Cause
November 5, 2014 from 6-9 pm. 
Regions Field
Sub-Specialty Fellow Reimbursable Allowance Change for 2014-2015
Upon review of the reimbursable allowance for Department of Pediatrics Subspecialty fellows, it has been decided that the allowance will be increased from $900 to $1,100 in academic year 2014-2015.  The plan is to increase the allowances once again in academic year 2015-2016 to $1,500.  This increase will give our fellows the funding needed to represent the Department at national conferences, as well as provide further opportunities to enhance the reputation of the Department and CoA.
Mark your Calendars!

Department of Pediatrics
Holiday Party

Bradley Lecture Center
Friday, December 5th 
2:30 – 6pm
The deadline for submission of information for inclusion in the FYI Fridays newsletter is noon on the preceding Thursday.

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September - October 2014:

Severe intracranial hemorrhage, that is intraventricular hemorrhage that distends the ventricles or extends into the cerebral parenchyma in preterm infants, is known to increase the risk of handicap in preterm infants. This study evaluated imaging and clinical factors that were risk factors for bad outcomes, and found that bilaterality of hemorrhage was the most important variable in larger preterm infants, and presence of hemorrhagic parenchymal infarction (extension into parenchyma) was the most important in smaller infants, while the need for a shunt placement was the factor most strongly associated with poor outcome in infants who survived to term corrected age.
J Perinatol. 2014 Mar;34(3):203-8. doi: 10.1038/jp.2013.162. Epub 2013 Dec 26.  Outcomes of extremely preterm infants following severe intracranial hemorrhage.  Davis AS, Hintz SR, Goldstein RF, Ambalavanan N, Bann CM, Stoll BJ, Bell EF, Shankaran S, Laptook AR, Walsh MC, Hale EC, Newman NS, Das A, Higgins RD1; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network.

There has been a recent uptick of polio-like cases in the US since 2012,  mostly children with flaccid weakness in one or more limbs and preserved sensation. The MRI shows inflammation of central gray matter in spinal cord, especially anterior horn cells.  There have been 3 cases at COA since Aug 1 of “acute flaccid myelitis” (one positive for enterovirus D68) but in retrospect there have been at least 3 similar cases since 2007.  Take home point:  Talk with your colleagues here and at other institutions—that’s how California cases were initially identified in 2012.  It was also how  I (re)learned to check every orifice for infection as CSF PCRs often negative, while stool and nasopharynx PCR have been positive.
"Cases of Acute Flaccid Myelitis in Children Suspected in Multiple States, Prompting Comparisons to Polio." Jayne M. Ness, MD, PhD (Neurology Today)

The combined or individual use of prophylactic indomethacin and early feeding was not associated with an increased risk of spontaneous intestinal perforation in extremely low birth weight infants.
Pediatrics. 2014 Oct 27. pii: peds.2014-0183. [Epub ahead of print]
"Prophylactic Indomethacin and Intestinal Perforation in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants."  Kelleher J, Salas AA, Bhat R, Ambalavanan N, Saha S, Stoll BJ, Bell EF, Walsh MC, Laptook AR, Sánchez PJ, Shankaran S, VanMeurs KP, Hale EC, Newman NS, Ball MB, Das A, Higgins RD, Peralta-Carcelen M, Carlo WA; for the GDB Subcommittee, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network.

Herpes simplex virus. Widener RW, Whitley RJ. Handb Clin Neurol. 2014;123:251-63. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-53488-0.00011-0. No abstract available. PMID: 25015489 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]  Related citations

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