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SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
CANDACE SPARKS JOINS DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS

Candace Sparks (csparks@peds.uab.edu) joined the Department of Pediatrics on Sept. 12 as the new Administrative Associate to the Chair. Candace most recently served as a Protocol Analyst and Administrative Associate in the UAB Institutional Review Board for Human Use (IRB). With over 20 years of experience at UAB, Candace brings collaborative teamwork, prioritization, effective communication skills and familiarity of the UAB system to this new role. She is excited to take on multitasking the many projects that come through the Chair's office with the department's mission and vision in mind. Additionally, she is thrilled to be working at such a beautiful hospital that brings hope to so many families in our community.
CELEBRAR LA BUENA SALUD! (CELEBRATE GOOD HEALTH) 

Let's join the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration runs from September 15 to October 15. Contribute by celebrating good health habits and sharing NIDDK's Spanish health information and tools. Hispanic Americans are at a higher risk for developing diabetes, kidney disease, and other conditions the NIDDK addresses. These materials contain information that may help Hispanic Americans prevent disease and manage their health. Click here to learn more.
DR. GALLOWAY TO SERVE AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR OF CENTER FOR ADVANCED INTESTINAL REHABILITATION

It is my pleasure to announce that David Galloway, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, has accepted the position as the Medical Director of the UAB-Children’s of Alabama Center for Advanced Intestinal Rehabilitation (CAIR). He will be joining Dr. Colin Martin who is currently the Surgical Director. David joined the team over a year ago and has demonstrated superb leadership in the areas of patient care, quality improvement, research, and education. I am personally very excited to have Colin and David at the helm as we continue to grow our program both clinical and academically.

Reed A. Dimmitt, MD, MSPH
Director, UAB Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
COMMITTED TO A CURE - BONE MARROW DONOR DRIVE 

On August 30 and 31, 2016, Children's of Alabama partnered with UAB Department of Pediatrics and Be the Match to host our annual Committed to a Cure Bone Marrow Donor Drive. The event kicked off with patient, Frances Grace Hirs, meeting her donor for the first time. After the ceremony, people willing to be on the registry were able to sign up. Over the course of the two days, we were able to sign up approximately 200 potential bone marrow donors. This was a fantastic way to kick off the month of September which celebrates Sickle Cell and Childhood Cancer Awareness. To view the Facebook album from the bone marrow donor recipient meeting, click here
ANNOUNCING: CCTS PARTNER NETWORK MULTIDISCIPLINARY PILOT PROGRAM RFA 
 
The mission of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is to reduce disparities in diseases disproportionately represented within the Deep South as we accelerate discovery to improve human health. Through the  2016/2017 CCTS Partner Network Multidisciplinary Pilot Program, we seek to develop the future research workforce in a spirit that fosters collaboration, team science, and innovative discovery. The CCTS invites letters of intent that address scientific questions consistent with the Center’s mission at any stage of research translation. 
 
Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016
Flyer
Complete RFA
 
For more information, see: https://www.uab.edu/ccts/research-commons/pilot-funding.
Please address any questions to CCTS Research Commons: 205.934.7442 or ccts@uab.edu
UAB HR: 5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OPEN ENROLLMENT 

Review available benefits and upcoming changes and make informed decisions for you and your family before the Open Enrollment period beings on Oct. 28. 
Click here to learn more
SAVE THESE DATES!!!
TOWN HALL MEETING WITH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND CHILDREN'S OF ALABAMA LEADERSHIP

Make plans to attend a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4 - 5 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center. Mike Warren, Mitch Cohen, M.D., Mike Chen, M.D., and Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., F.A.C.S. will be present for an engaging, informal discussion. This time can be used to address issues that concern you, share feedback you think would be helpful and ask questions about any topics relevant to you and your careers.
DEPARTMENT OF PEDIATRICS NEW FACULTY RECEPTION

Division directors will introduce new faculty in their divisions.  All faculty are invited and encouraged to attend to meet the newest members of the Department of Pediatrics.
Tuesday, Sept. 27
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Bradley Lecture Center
FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK

WHERE: 2nd floor Benjamin Russell Pharmacy Lobby, (Corridor overlooking 6th avenue) 
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 22; Monday, Sept. 26
TIME: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Click here for more information on flu shots for employees. 
CHILD HEALTH INVESTIGATIVE FORUM (CHIF)
Bradley Conference Center
Noon (lunch provided)
Sept. 16, 2016

 
"Updates and Future Projects in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine: Telehealth, Concussion, and Patient Navigators"
Drew Davis, M.D.
Associate Professor and Medical Director
Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
DRS. ALEXANDER AND FEQUIERE TO PRESENT AT NEUROSCIENCE CAFE

Matthew Alexander, Ph.D., Child Neurology and Pierre Féquière, M.D., Child Neurology, are presenting at the UAB Neuroscience Cafe at Homewood Public Library on Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. on the topic of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Dr. Pierre will speak on the clinical aspects and Dr. Alexander will focus on his translational research. Download the flyer
REGISTER FOR THE CANCER SYMPOSIUM

7th Annual Advancement in the care of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Symposium.
Thursday, October 20
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For the brochure, click here.

Click here for the link for employees of both Children’s and UAB to register for FREE.
Both of the sites below house the public registration, which is only $35. 
https://www.childrensal.org/committedtoacure
https://www.childrensal.org/cancer 
IN THE NEWS
DR. KONG FEATURED IN BIRMINGHAM PODCAST

Michele Kong, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, was recently interviewed in the podcast, Vulcan Has a Fade (VHAF). Vuclan Has a Fade is an audio broadcast interviewing the people of Birmingham who are making a difference. Dr. Kong discusses her work at UAB and Children's, advocating for autism, and her non-profit, Kulture City. Click here to listen. 
PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY UPDATE
PEDIATRIC INTERN RETREAT 2016

Thank you to ALL who helped cover shifts for our interns so they could enjoy their retreat last week!  They had a blast!

REMINDER: RESIDENCY ALUMNI REUNION RSVPs ARE DUE TODAY!

Please email pedsrsvp@ped.uab.edu if you can attend. Hope you to see you there!
 
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO BE PRESENT AT NOON CONFERENCE
Support PGY3 Residents!
                Location: Bradley Lecture Center
Time: Noon - 1p.m.

                                   
Senior Talk Schedule
CORRECTION:  Monday, Sept. 19
Nazia Kabani - Herpes Simples Virus
Ammar Saadoon - Forms of Oxygen Delivery
 
FROM THE PEDIATRIC OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT (OFD) 

JOIN OFD FOR 4TH FRIDAYS

4th Fridays
Sept. 23
Presented in conjunction with RIME Week
Plenary Speaker: Scott Philips, Director of the UAB Center for Teaching and Learning
presents
“Scholarship of Teaching”
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
West Pavilion Conference Center
Lunch Provided
Faculty Register here.


AMWA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 

Are you interested in Advocacy, Mentorship, Networking, Professional Development, and Scholarly Pursuits? All M.D.s and Ph.D.s in the School of Medicine are invited to join the UAB Chapter of the American Medical Women's Association! Together, we are stronger! Open to all faculty of the UAB School of Medicine. For more information, email Dr. Lauren Walter at lwalter@uabmc.edu.

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.
 
Diabetes Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Award

This mechanism provides seed support for new and innovative research projects directed at basic, biochemical, translational, clinical, and community-based research questions that broadly pertain to diabetes, diabetes complications, and cardiometabolic disease. Pilot projects are funded for $20,000 - $50,000 and must generate sufficient data to justify further extramural funding (e.g., R01 applications). A one-page abbreviated application is due Oct. 24 by 5 p.m. For questions, contact Eva Gilliam (996-7433).

 
SEMINARS AND TRAINING
 
Team Conflict Management
Scientists are increasingly working in teams, yet many aren’t trained in how to manage conflict.  David Rogers, MD, Sr. Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will present strategies on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 5 - 6 p.m. in PCAMS (located at 1924 7th Ave So). This presentation is also available via GoToMeeting (access code: 718-705-597).
 
Genetics and Genomics in Clinical Research: An Immersion Course for UAB Investigators
This course will be held October 10 - 14 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Finley Conference Center (720 20th St. So.). Cost is $50 for faculty, $25 for post-docs and fellows, and $10 for students and staff. To register, click here.

 
OTHER
 
CCTS Informatics Survey
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) provides the research community at UAB and its partner institutions, with a wide variety of resources to facilitate research. Among these are informatics tools,
databases and services that can help across the research spectrum from study design and preliminary data acquisition, through execution of the study, to analysis and publication of the results. Please help them better understand user needs by taking a few minutes to complete their brief survey.

Society for Pediatric Research: Call for Junior Section Membership Applications
The goal of this section is to integrate trainees and young faculty into the society, promote scholarly work, and serve as a resource for those making the transition to junior faculty. Applications are brief and reviewed on an ongoing basis.
PRE-AWARD RESEACH
 
GRANT AWARDS
 
Jeffrey Alten (Ped - Critical Care) OCTAPHARMA. $2,800. 08/22/2016 - 11/16/2017.

Reed Dimmitt ​ (Ped- Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition) SHIRE HUMAN GENETIC THERAPIES. $23,257. 08/26/2016 - 08/25/2017

Scott James (Ped - Infectious Disease) Emerging Antiviral Resistance in Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH/DHHS. $150,224. 08/01/2016 - 07/31/2017​.

Ariel Salas (Ped - Neonatology) Early Progressive Feeding in Human Milk-Fed Extremely Preterm Infants: A Randomized Trial Gerber Foundation. $20,000. 07/01/2016 - 12/31/2017.
PUBLICATIONS
 
Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2016 Sep 5. Analysis of health care claims during the peri-transfer stage of transition from pediatric to adult care among juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients. Mannion ML, Xie F, Baddley J, Chen L, Curtis JR, Saag K, Zhang J2, Beukelman T.
We used a national commercial administrative claims database to describe transfer of JIA patients from pediatric to adult rheumatologists and evaluate the health utilization changes that occur in the peri-transfer period.  Most patients transferred at age 18, had a 6 month gap between the last pediatric and first adult visit, and maintained medications before and after transfer.  Patients with JIA were more likely to be coded as RA after the transfer to adult care.

J Clin Densitom. 2016 Aug 29. Commentary on "Changes in Bone Health During the First Year of Cancer Treatment in Children"Casazza K.
This article is the editorial to accompany a research study. This study aimed to evaluate longitudinal changes in bone mineral density (BMD) and bone mineral content (BMC) in children with cancer during the first year of treatment. The commentary highlights the need for longitudinal assessed adverse cumulative effects of cancer on bone health during arguably the most critical period in development of the strength-structural properties as well as suggest resistance training as a viable strategy to attenuate decline in bone health.


JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Sep 8. Survival and Surgical Outcomes for Pediatric Head and Neck Melanoma. Richards MK, Czechowicz J, Goldin AB, Gow KW, Doski J, Goldfarb M, Nuchtern J, Langer M, Beierle EA, Vasudevan S, Gupta D, Parikh SR.
In this retrospective cohort study, we utilized the National Cancer Data Base to determine survival differences between adults and children with head and neck melanoma. We found that children with head and neck melanoma had a higher overall survival than adults, despite presenting with similar tumor depth and more frequent nodal metastasis. 

Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 Sep 13. Cranial epidural hematomas: A case series and literature review of this rare complication associated with sickle cell disease. Hamm J, Rathore N, Lee P, LeBlanc Z, Lebensburger J, Meier ER, Kwiatkowski JL.
Epidural hematomas are a very rare complications in SCD patients presenting with HA.  We present a case series reviewing the morbidity and mortality of this complication.  
BOOK CHAPTER 
 
Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity. Springer Science+ Business Media New York 2016 Aug 12; 265-283. M.R. Korin (ed.), Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents, DOI 10.1007/978-1-4899-7711-3_13. Pediatric and Adolescent Obesity. Wallace S, Spear BA.
The campaign against obesity has been the latest battle in health promotion in pediatrics. In the last several generations, the number of US children with obesity has increased epidemically. Excess weight is correlated with a host of medical conditions---diabetes, heart disease, and cancer---particularly when obesity starts in childhood (Reilly et al., 2003). Fortunately, reduction of excess weight can lower the risk of these diseases, thus helping children and their families make the necessary changes is crucial for those working in child health.

 
PRESENTATIONS
 
Lydia McCormick, MS1 and Cunningham Memorial Research Scholar for Pediatric Research, won 2nd place at the poster presentation at the 3nd Annual Pediatrics Medical Student Research Forum, at the American Academy of Pediatrics Meeting on Sept. 3 in Orlando, FL 

Traci Jester, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Taylor Knight, CRNP are giving an invited presentation Sept. 17 in Chicago, IL at the ImproveCareNow Fall Community Conference. The presentation is titled "Optimizing the Composition and Impact of Multidisciplinary QI Teams."

The deadline for submission of information for inclusion in the FYI Fridays newsletter is 10 a.m. on the preceding Thursday.
 
Click here to submit information to FYI Fridays.
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