U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT NAMES CHILDREN'S OF ALABAMA AMONG TOP PEDIATRIC HOSPITALS
U.S. News & World Report has once-again ranked Children’s of Alabama among the best children’s hospitals in the nation. Eight of Children’s pediatric specialty services – cardiology/heart surgery, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology/GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, pulmonology and urology – were ranked among the top 50 in the U.S. in the 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospital rankings. It is Children’s seventh-consecutive year to be ranked. The complete listing and corresponding rankings can be found here. Children’s is the only pediatric facility in the state of Alabama to have been ranked and one of just 36 hospitals with eight or more specialties on the list of more than 180 hospitals that were surveyed. Thanks to all UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children's staff for your commitment to improve the health of the children of Alabama.
DEAN'S EXCELLENCE AWARDS RECIPIENTS CELEBRATED
A reception was held on June 15 to honor the award recipients of the 2016 Dean's Excellence Awards at the Wallace Tumor Institute. See all the photos from the event here. Congratulations once again to Drs. Lauren Nassetta and Rich Whitley. Additional congratulations and recognition belongs to all Department of Pediatrics faculty who were nominated for this year's awards.
Other nominated faculty include: Hussein Abdul-Latif, M.D., Teaching, Senior Faculty Jeffrey Alten, M.D., Service, Senior Faculty David Askenazi, M.D., Service, Senior Faculty Maaike Everts, Ph.D., Service, Senior Faculty Kathy Monroe,M.D., Service, Senior Faculty William Sasser,M.D., Diversity, Junior Faculty Brian Sims, M.D., Ph.D., Mentoring, Senior Faculty
DR. KIMBERLIN SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE RMHC 2016 MEDICAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Board of Trustees has selected David Kimberlin, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, to receive the RMHC 2016 Medical Award of Excellence. In 1986, RMHC created this award to honor a child healthcare advocate who made great contributions to improving the quality of life for children. Today, the award continues to honor a true pioneer in the medical community and acknowledges their extraordinary track record of accomplishment and service to medicine and children. The award carries with it a gift of $100,000 that will be contributed to the children’s charity of the awardee's choice.
DR. KIMBERLIN TO SERVE AS CHAIR OF FACULTY COUNCIL
David Kimberlin, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, has been elected to serve as Chair of the UAB School of Medicine Faculty Council effective immediately. The Faculty Council Committee is considered the principal advisory committee to the dean of the School of Medicine and is responsible for providing written review and assessment of appointments, promotion, and tenure award for all clinical and basic science faculty.
DR. ABDUL-LATIF RECEIVES THE SAM EICHOLD CAMP SEALE HARRIS AWARD
Hussein Abdul-Latif, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, recently received the Sam Eichold Camp Seale award in recognition for his years of service at one of the oldest diabetes camps in the country. Camp Seale Harris is the primary program of Southeastern Diabetes Education Services (SDES). The mission of SDES is to educate, encourage, and empower children with diabetes and their families to live well.
The award is named after Dr. Sam Eichold, who established the diabetes camp in Alabama more than 50 years ago. It is given once a year to a medical staff (nurse, physician, or diabetes educator) in recognition of their service for the children with diabetes who come to Camp Seale Harris.
Please contactPaul Scalici, M.D., Pediatric Hospital Medicine, or Amy Hobbs, Children’s Performance Improvement, with questions.
POLICY UPDATE: PAID PARENTAL LEAVE
The policy on Paid Parental Leave has been finalized and is effective July 1. Faculty and staff who are eligible for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may receive pay for up to four weeks of FMLA eligibility through the new Parental Leave Policy for UAB/UAB Medicine.
Under the new policy, employees who qualify for Family Medical Leave are eligible for up to four work weeks of Paid Parental Leave following the birth or adoption of a child. This benefit will extend to all eligible employees within UAB, UAB Hospital, UAHSF, UAB Health System, and Callahan Eye Hospital.
Up to 12 weeks of FMLA-protected leave already is available for employees who have been employed for one year and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months; the new Paid Parental Leave is included in the 12-week allowance.
As with all leaves, employees who anticipate using parental leave should discuss their plans with their supervisor. For specific details on using parental leave, see the FAQs, examples, and other information provided online or speak with your designated HR representative.
The full text of all policy and related resources is available here.
FLSA TRAINING FOR MANAGERS AND NON-EXEMPT (BIWEEKLY) EMPLOYEES
Most of you have read or heard about the change in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption status that was recently approved through the Department of Labor. The biggest change from this federal mandate is that the salary threshold to be an exempt employee was raised to $47,476 annually.
With all of the changes that are happening with the FLSA, UAB Medicine is rolling out training to non-exempt employees (June 23, 2016) and Managers through the online Learning Management System (LMS).
Please complete this training in a timely manner so you will stay up-to-date about current and changing policies as it relates to pay and overtime.
For more information regarding FLSA changes and policies, click here.
The Cancer Outcomes Seminar Series is held on the first Thursday of each month from 10 - 11 a.m. in the Wallace Tumor Institute, Conference Room 101. The first seminar will be held on July 7 and will feature Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH. Her presentation is entitled “The Science of Surviving Cancer… Looking Back to Inform the Future."
PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY UPDATE
WELCOME INTERNS! Our 2016 Pediatrics, Med-Peds, Child Neurology, and Peds-Genetics Interns
start work today! THANK YOU CLASS OF 2016! We are so proud of our graduating residents!
FROM THE PEDIATRIC OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPEMNT (OFD)
PANEL TO DISCUSS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE WHO IDENTIFY AS LGBTQ
A panel will discuss ways to build better relationships with people who identify as LGBTQ noon - 1 p.m. June 29 in West Pavilion Conference Center Board Room. This program is open to all UAB, UAB Medicine and VIVA employees. Register at www.uab.edu/learningsystem; select Recognizing LGBT Pride Month class under the catalog tab.
POLICY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF DOP ADMINISTRATION FEE BEGINNING JULY 1
Beginning July 1, all industry-sponsored studies will be charged a 4% DOP administrative fee to support the departmental research infrastructure. To ensure that industry-sponsored budgets are recouping all possible costs for the Department, I would like investigators to contact Cheryl Perry in the Pediatric Research Office (PRO) for assistance when they are drafting a budget for an industry sponsor. The PRO will review the budget, ensure that the 4% fee is added, and recommend any additional costs that might be included. The Office is also available to handle or assist with the negotiation process for those who are interested.
The administrative fee will ensure that the Department can support the function of the PRO for all investigators. I have already had personal experience in explaining this to an industry sponsor without pushback. The PRO works with a number of individuals in the Clinical Research Support Program (CRSP) who have substantial expertise drafting and negotiating industry-sponsored budgets. They have been helpful to many investigators – both those who are new to industry negotiation and those who have been doing it for years. They have promised to review and return budgets within five business days, so this will not slow down the negotiation process. In my experience, having a third party negotiate for you is more effective at getting the best price than having the PI directly negotiate with industry. I would strongly encourage you to use this service.
Creativity is a Decision Prize – Sixth Annual Competition
The UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) is sponsoring a unique competition for submission of the most creative ideas for grant proposals in obesity-related research. This program has already proven successful in helping investigators to put forward their most creative ideas – the ones they might have even been afraid of being laughed at for – and getting them funded. Winners in different award categories will receive cash prizes for submission of meritorious ideas that are cutting-edge and outside the box and that will lead to submissions of full-scale applications for extramural funding. Applications are due July 7. For information on eligibility and the application process, click here.
SEMINARS AND TRAINING
Mock NIH Study Section to Review K23 Applications
What does an NIH review panel consider when critiquing a K23 application? What are the key elements of a successful K23 application and what hurts your chance of success? Find out on June 29 at the 4th annual mock NIH study section. It will be held in Ryals 407 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. This year, the application reviewed will be a previously submitted K23 application. Seats fill fast, so register today to receive the K23 and access to additional materials that will facilitate your full participation. In advance of the mock review, participants are asked to watch a NIH YouTube video to better understand the grant review process. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wish You Had a Research Mentor? Don't Miss the July CCTS Forum
This forum will explore how mentoring works in academic research, including how to find a mentor (or become one), align expectations, and maintain effective communication. Mentoring resources will also be addressed. The forum will take place on Wednesday, July 6 from 4:45 - 6 p.m. in PCAMS (located at 1924 6th Ave So).
Academic and Industry Partnerships
On Monday, June 27, from 1 - 5 p.m., Health Connect South is hosting a regional gathering about Academic & Industry Partnerships, to be held in Southern Research’s library conference room. Join us to learn from a panel of academic and industry health leaders on partnerships, challenges and future endeavors in drug discovery and chronic illness. Register here for 30% off. With the discount, admission is roughly $25 and $16 for students.
Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium
From Tuesday, June 28 through Thursday, June 30, a student-led Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium will be held at the newly opened Hill University Center. Keynote speakers include Dennis Liotta and George Painter from Emory, and John Lazo from the University of Virginia, along with others including UAB faculty and regional speakers. Information and registration can be found here. A modest fee is charged to help off-set the organizing costs (you will be well fed); $120 for faculty and $50 for students and post-docs.
Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2015 Aug;34(8):903-5. Urine Collection Method for the Diagnosis of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection.Ross SA, Ahmed A, Palmer AL, Michaels MG, Sánchez PJ, Stewart A, Bernstein DI, Feja K, Novak Z, Fowler KB, Boppana SB; National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders CHIMES Study.
Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Jun 17. Trisomy 18: A survey of opinions, attitudes, and practices of neonatologists. Jacobs AP, Subramaniam A, Tang Y, Philips JB, Biggio JR, Edwards RK, Robin NH. Our group carried out a survey of neonatologists on their attitudes and clinical approach to newborns with Trisomy 18. Historically, Trisomy 18 has been considered a "lethal" genetic disorder, and it was common practice not to offer major interventions to these infants (e.g., full resuscitation). However, attitudes have shifted in the past decade to be more open to following parental wishes if major medical interventions were requested. Our results confirm that trend. For example, while most of our respondents would recommend only palliative care, they would comply with parental wishes if full resuscitation was requested.
World Neurosurg. 2016 Feb;86:103-11. Virtual Interactive Presence in Global Surgical Education: International Collaboration Through Augmented Reality. Davis MC, Can DD, Pindrik J, Rocque BG, Johnston JM. With this project, we have demonstrated the feasibility of real-time, intraoperative collaboration with surgeons on the other side of the world. With technology developed at UAB, all that is required is an internet connection and a tablet or iPad.
Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Jun 15. Dual SMAD Signaling Inhibition Enables Long-Term Expansion of Diverse Epithelial Basal Cells.
Mou H, Vinarsky V, Tata PR, Brazauskas K, Choi SH, Crooke AK, Zhang B, Solomon GM, Turner B, Bihler H, Harrington J, Lapey A, Channick C, Keyes C, Freund A, Artandi S, Mense M, Rowe S, Engelhardt JF, Hsu YC, Rajagopal J.
J Clin Immunol. 2015 Aug;35(6):558-65. Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin Replacement Therapy with Hizentra® is Safe and Effective in Children Less Than 5 Years of Age. Patel NC, Gallagher JL, Ochs HD, Atkinson PT, Wahlstrom J, Dorsey M, Bonilla FA, Heimall J, Kobrynski L, Morris D, Haddad E. Perhaps not surprisingly this study confirmed that subcutaneous IgG replacement in antibody deficient children with Hizentra is well-tolerated and effective in preventing infections. This will provide some backing for physicians who need to treat infants younger than 2 years of age (the minimum FDA-approved age for Hizentra) with subcutaneous IgG replacement.
POSTER AND PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
Prescott Atkinson, M.D., Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, presented a poster at the Southeastern Immunology Symposium at Duke University on June 18 - 19. He presented Polyarticular septic arthritis in a CVID patient due to Mycoplasma salivarium.
Dr. Atkinson is also presenter or coauthor on the following presentations at the 21st Congress of the International Organization of Mycoplasmology in Brisbane, Australia from July 3-7:
Polyarticular septic arthritis in a CVID patient due to Mycoplasma salivarium
Comparative genomics of Mycoplasma arginini from North America: Further evidence of extensive diversity
Comparison of methods for dispersion of Mycoplasma pneumoniae aggregates
Kristi Guest, PhD, and Sarah O'Kelley, PhD, of the Sparks Clinic, UAB Department of Pediatrics, and the UAB Department of Psychology, presented the following presentations with members of the Department of Neurobiology, along with students and trainess from Sparks.
Guest, KC, O’Kelley, SE, Rahn, E, Krubinski, K, Modi, B, Kennedy, A, & Sweatt, JD (2016, May). Descriptive Study of Individuals with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome. Poster presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD, May 11-14.
O’Kelley, SE, Guest, KC, Leonczyk, CO, Rahn, EJ, Krubinski, K, Modi, B, Kennedy, AJ, & Sweatt, JD (2016, May). Exploration of ASD Symptoms among Individuals with Pitt-Hopkins Syndrome. Poster presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD, May 11-14.
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