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AUGUST 14, 2014


I am the Clinical Faculty Adviser of Equal Access Birmingham (EAB), UASOM's student-run clinic that provides free medications, healthcare, and health education to the underserved of Birmingham. As a student-run organization, EAB must raise all of its own funds to support its mission. EAB will hold its 2nd Annual Heart + Sole 5K/Fun Run on UAB's Campus Green at 8 AM on Saturday August 29, 2015. Dr. Vickers and the Dean's Office are very supportive of EAB and its fundraising efforts and would really appreciate your involvement with this event.

This year there will be an inter-departmental competition among the different UAB departments. You can easily join one of these teams when you register here, and the department with the greatest participation will be awarded a prize. Attached are a letter from Dr. Vickers and a flyer with more information. You can also join the facebook group for additional details. If you could please spread the word about this event and the competition to your department and students, we would really appreciate it. Thanks and we hope to see you at the 5K! 
Craig Hoesley, M.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education


Children's of Alabama and the Department of Pediatrics has been given a generous donation from the Chu Family to support educational initiatives. From this donation, a portion has been set aside for Pediatric Fellows. The selection committee for the Chu Family Educational Scholarship recently met and has selected three fellows to receive this educational scholarship.  Candidates were selected on a competitive basis. These awards will provide funds for tuition, books and fees related to their educational endeavors.

Please join us in congratulating the recipients for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 6th Annual Advancement in the Care of Pediatric Cancer & Blood Disorders Symposium

Click here to register
 and as a UAB employee, enter the Discount Code: CURE 

Thursday, October 22, 2015 
8am - 4:30pm 
Bradley Lecture Center 
4th Floor 
Children’s Harbor Building (inside Children’s Hospital)
1600 6th Avenue South, Birmingham
Dr. McKinney
Jaime McKinney, M.D. has been awarded a AAP 2015-16
Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorship for her program,
“Poverty Status, Education, and Health Equity in Children and Adolescents."
Department of Health Behavior Elective Course
Fall 2015
HB 660 Adolescent Health: A Social and Behavioral Science Perspective
Robin Lanzi, Ph.D., M.P.H
Rebekah J. Savage, M.D.

Meets: Once a week!
Wednesdays 9-11:30 a.m.
For a course overview, click here
Request for Information (RFI): Strategies for Simplifying NIHs Grant Application Instructions
(NOT-OD-15-134) National Institutes of Health
Grant Closeout: Deadlines for Financial Drawdowns and Reporting in PMS
(NOT-OD-15-135) National Institutes of Health
Taubman Prize for
Translational Medical Science 
Deadline for entries: 2/1/2016

Don't forget! Residency Interview Season will kick off October 30, 2015.  If you have not been a part of the committee in the past, we would like to invite you to join the Pediatric Residency Recruiting Committee.  Please sign up for one of the 30 minute meetings listed below.  We will review the results of last season’s post-recruiting surveys, and quickly outline some key points to remember as you interview these young applicants. We have added this as a mandatory requirement for all Recruiting Committee Members in an effort to keep everyone updated on program changes and progress. 
Recruiting Committee Kick-off Meetings (Choose One) 
Pediatric Residency Housestaff Office
4th Floor Dearth Tower
Sergio Stagno Center
August 13, 2015                  10am; 12pm
August 19, 2015                  10am; 12pm
     August 25, 2015                7am; 12pm; 5pm
      September 1, 2015             7am; 12pm; 5pm
September 9, 2015                10m; 12pm
Please RSVP to Kimberly Butler or 638-9589 

Please mark your calendars to attend and support our amazing 3rd and 4th year Pediatrics and Med-Peds residents as they make their upcoming
Senior Talk presentations.

Mondays at 12:00pm in the Bradley Lecture Center


Biol Reprod. 2014 Nov;91(5):119. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.113.116012. Epub 2014 Sep 24. Platelet-activating factor: a role in preterm delivery and an essential interaction with Toll-like receptor signaling in mice.
Agrawal V, Jaiswal MK, Ilievski V, Beaman KD, Jilling T, Hirsch E.

This study aimed at delineating the role of platelet-activating factor (PAF) in a model of chorioamnionitis-mediated preterm delivery.  Our studies show that there is a very tight relationship between signaling mechanisms of toll-like receptors and the PAF receptor and that both are contributing to bacterial-infection-induced preterm labor in an animal model.

Oncotarget. 2015 Jul 20;6(20):17895-910. Point mutations of the mTOR-RHEB pathway in renal cell carcinomaGhosh AP, Marshall CB, Coric T, Shim EH, Kirkman R, Ballestas ME, Ikura M, Bjornsti MA, Sudarshan S.
Sensing of available cellular nutrients is a function of the target of rapamycin gene (mTOR) signaling pathway to promote growth and cell division.  Mutations in the mTOR gene are prevalent in kidney cancer resulting in a gain of mTOR function and enhanced cell growth.  Characterizing these mTOR mutations and their sensitivity to inhibitors may translate to personalized medicine.
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If you’ve noticed the new look to FYI Fridays, hopefully you’ll notice new changes to the Department of Pediatrics across our different forms of communication. I’m a recent hire for the department as communications specialist. I’m looking forward to working with all of you. Please reach out to me with any suggestions or needs you may have.

-Sara Davies 
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