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NOVEMBER 6, 2015
DRS. AMBAL AND ASKENAZI HOST NKC STEERING COMMITTEE

David Askenazi, M.D., Pediatric Nephrology and Ambalavanan Namasivayam, M.D., Neonatology hosted the Neonatal Kidney Collaborative (NKC) Steering Committee for a two day meeting on Oct. 4 - 6, 2015. The long-term goal of the NKC is to improve the understanding and ultimately improve the lives, health and well-being of newborns at risk for kidney disease by assembling an alliance of neonatologists and  pediatric nephrologists who can perform clinically-relevant hypothesis driven studies. This collaborative will follow a birth cohort through adulthood in order to fully understand the long-term renal consequences of perinatal disease.                                                                    
REMINDER: DIVISION DIRECTOR CANDIDATE (DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS) DR. SUSAN LEVY TO GIVE SEMINAR NOV. 9

Susan E. Levy, MD, MPH, is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, and director of the Regional Autism Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Levy will present “Evidence Based Treatments for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” on Nov. 9 at noon in the Bradley Conference Room, 4th Floor Children’s Harbor.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEMATOLOGY AWARDS

Pediatric Resident Charles Schlappi, M.D., has been invited to give an oral abstract presentation for the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting in December 2015. Dr. Schlappi’s abstract also received an ASH Abstract Achievement Award of $500. Prasanna Palabindella, MBBS, Sickle Cell Research Intern, also received an ASH Abstract Achievement Award for her Poster Presentation abstract. Last year, ASH had over 20,000 attendees. We are excited for these trainees to showcase the excellent research being performed here at the UAB Department of Pediatrics and Children's of Alabama. Congratulations to both!
DR. WOLFSON-STOCKMAN BECOMES NEW MEMBER OF UAB COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER (CCC)
 
Dr. Julie Wolfson-Stockman received an appointment as Associate Scientist in the Cancer Control and Population Science Program effective October 21, 2015. Congratulations to Julie on joining the CCC. 
DR. WHITE RECEIVES HSF-GEF AWARD

The General Endowment Fund (GEF) of the UA Health Services Foundation (HSF) has announced its annual faculty grants, awarding over $1.4 million to UAB faculty for projects in clinical care, patient research, medical education and laboratory research. Each project must be multi-disciplinary and demonstrate strong potential for long-term success. Marjorie Lee White, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Medicine, was awarded a grant in medical education titled, “Standardized Patient Center Re-Boot for 21st Century Health Professionals Students." The project is funded for $296,000. 
DR. BEUKELMAN TO SPEAK AT 2015 ACR ANNUAL MEETING

Tim Beukelman, M.D., has been invited to present two talks at The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Scientific Meeting this weekend. On Friday Nov. 6, he will present “Resources for Tracking Outcomes: Administrative Data” and on Sunday, Nov. 8, “Overview of Data Sources and Methods to Conduct Studies of the Pediatric Rheumatic Diseases.” In addition he will present seven abstracts, which are listed in the publication section below.
 
DR. MARY PAT B. HEMSTREET OBITUARY

We were saddened to learn of Mary Pat's passing. To view the obituary for our former colleague and division director, click herePlease keep her family and friends in your continued thoughts and prayers

OPEN ENROLLMENT UNDERWAY - ACTION REQUIRED

Annual open enrollment for employees is underway and will end at 5 p.m. Nov. 16. This year, all eligible employees must take action to secure medical coverage for 2016; you will not automatically be enrolled. Access benefits enrollment information and make your 2016 selections at UAB for Me.

DR. BAKER RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM EMSC

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) presented Mark Baker, M.D., Emergency Medicine, with an award in appreciation for all his efforts for the children of Alabama on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. 

If you have any questions, please contact Rebekah Savage, M.D.
ALPHABET SOUP? PMCIDs, MyNCBI AND THE SciENcv BIOSKETCH GENERATOR

Don't miss this 2-part workshop, presented by Lee Vucovich, Associate Professor and Chair, Lister Hill Library Reference Department, exploring the importance of compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, how to setup a personal profile in MyNCBI, to manage MyBibliography, and how to use the SciENcv tool to generate the new 5-page Biosketch. Save the dates! November 18 and December 2 from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center.
 
FROM THE OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) is pleased to announce that Dr. Terri Magruder has been selected to attend the 2015 AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar. Dr. Magruder is an associate professor in the pulmonary division and directs the interdisciplinary pediatric asthma program and co-directs the home ventilator program. Congratulations, Terri.
AMWA IS COMING BACK TO UAB!
 
The school of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion is helping re-establish a branch of the American Medical Women’s Association at UAB. Some of our faculty have already begun laying the groundwork for this exciting activity. To learn more about how you can be part of AMWA, join us:
 
Monday, November 9, 2015
West Pavilion Conference Center Board Room 
12:00 noon
Lunch will be provided. 
CDE BUZZ WORDS

One of the major goals of the CDE department is to help obtain accurate, complete and consistent documentation within our patients’ electronic medical records. Most times, this documentation falls to physicians simply because they use their Medical Decision Making to formulate diagnoses for our patients. Click here. You will find a few pointers on the information the CDE RNs are looking for in different portions of your documentation.
PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who came to the Halloween Recruiting Kickoff Party! This year’s interview season is off to a great start!
 

Significant Changes: FY 2016 NIH Grants Policy Statement (NOT-OD-16-017) National Institutes of Health
To view the eRA November Newsletter, click here.
RESEARCH
 

PEDIATRIC GASTROENTEROLOGY, HEPATOLOGY & NUTRITION FACULTY CANDIDATE
Mary Allyson Lowry, M.D.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Nashville, TN
Presents
"Muscosal Independence Research" 
3rd Floor Lowder Building
Nov. 9, 2015, 4 p.m.

RECENT REVIEWS AND PUBLICATIONS

Congenit Heart Dis. 2015 Jan-Feb;10(1):36-42. doi: 10.1111/chd.12177. Preoperative trophic feeds in neonates with hypoplastic left heart syndromeToms R, Jackson K, Dabal R, Reebals C, Alten J.
Babies born with heart lesions that require an open ductus arteriosus in order to secure blood flow the body or the lungs are at increased risk for decreased intestinal perfusion. Especially at risk are babies born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). Because of this risk patients with HLHS have historically not received any enteral nutrition prior to surgery. We did a study challenging this practice and provided small volumes of mothers milk or formula to preoperative patients with HLHS. The paper suggests that providing trophic feeds to patients with HLHS is safe and that it in fact reduces post operative morbidity (improved postoperative hemodynamics, decreased time on ventilator, improved feeding tolerance and less fluid overload). 



JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Nov 1;169(11):1061-1062. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1301. Isolated Pustular Nodule on the Thumb. Zabielinski M, Ladinsky MJ, Shah KN.
This case report illustrates an uncommon cause of a common skin finding in children.  When taking a history, contact tracing can’t leave out the animals.  

Semin Perinatol. 2015 Oct 26. pii: S0146-0005(15)00128-7. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2015.09.006. Genes and environment in neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage. Ment LR1, Ådén U2, Bauer CR, Bada HS, Carlo WA, Kaiser JR, Lin A, Cotten CM, Murray J, Page G, Hallman M, Lifton RP, Zhang H; Gene Targets for IVH Study Group and the Neonatal Research Network.
Emerging data suggest that intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) of the preterm neonate is a complex disorder with contributions from both the environment and the genome.  Discovery (including 458 infants with grade 3 or 4 IVH and 866 controls) and replication cohorts were used to tests 681,612 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) including those previously reported to be associated with IVH. None of the SNPs from the previously associated with IVH from previous studies or in the discovery cohort replicated in the replication cohort. Join analysis of discovery and replication cohorts did not yield any genome-wide significant SNPs. A major focus of perinatal care is to prevent brain injury in the prematurely born. A better understanding of the genetic contributions to IVH may help us to achieve that goal but current evidence does not suggest a strong genetic role in IVH.

 

 
POSTER AND PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS 
 
Stoll M, Wilson L, Barnes S, Kumar R, Genin A, Cron R, Elson C, Morrow C, Lefkowitz E. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11, 2015. Multi-omics studies of enthesitis-related arthritis identify diminished microbial diversity and altered tryptophan metabolism as potential factors in disease pathogenesis (abstract). American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Goh K, Minoia F, Ravelli A, Cron R, Shakoory B. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11, 2015. An organ based diagnostic approach to macrophage activation syndrome in children demonstrates impaired reticuloendothelial system clearance (abstract). American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Minoia F, Horne A, Davi S, Bovis F, Rosina S, Lehmberg K, Weitzman S, Insalaco A, Wouters C, Shenoi S, Espada G, Ozen S, Anton J, Khubchandani R, Russo R, Ruperto N, Martini A, Cron R, Ravelli A. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11, 2015. Macrophage activation syndrome and familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis: is their clinical phenotype really similar (abstract). American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Stoll M, Weiss P, Weiss J, Nigrovic P, Punaro L, Spencer S, Schikler K, Morrow C, Lefkowitz D. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11, 2015. Enteric flora in newly diagnosed spondyloarthritis: a collaborative study (abstract). American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.
 
Samad A, Stoll M, Lavi I, Gupta K, Hsu J, Strand V, Mellins E, Zisman D. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11, 2015. Adiposity in children with juvenile psoriatic arthritis (abstract). American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.
 
Zisman D, Stoll M, Gladman D, Strand V, Lavi I, Hsu J, Mellins E. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11, 2015. Juvenile psoriatic arthritis manifestations in a cohort of 361 patients from US and Canada (abstract). American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.


Kimura Y, Beukelman T, Morgan-DeWitt E, Mieszkalski K, Graham T, Ibarra M, Ilowite N,  Klein-Gitelman M,  Onel K, Prahalad S, Punaro M, Ringold S, Toib D, Van Mater H, Weiss P,  Schanberg L, and the CARRA Registry Investigators. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11, 2015. Results from the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance Systemic JIA Consensus Treatment Plans Pilot Study (abstract). American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Beukelman T, Xie F, Baddley J, Chen L, Mannion M, Saag K, Zhang J, Curtis J. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11.The Risk of Hospitalized Infection Following Initiation of Biologic Agents Versus Methotrexate in the Treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (abstract). American College for Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Zhang J, Curtis J, Xie F, Mannion M, Lewis J, Clowse M, Saag K, Bethard S, Biggio J, McGwin G, Beukelman T. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11. Utilization of Immune-Suppressive Medications during Pregnancy Among Women with Inflammatory Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases (abstract). American College for Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.


Gmuca S, Brandon T, Xiao R, Pagnini L, Wright T, Beukelman T, Morgan-DeWitt E,  Weiss P. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11. Pediatric Enthesitis-Related Arthritis: Variation in Disease Characteristics and Treatments Among 5 Large Centers (abstract). American College for Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Mannion M, Williams M, Ivankova N, McGwin G, Saag K, Beukelman T. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11. Qualitative Assessment of Patient Important Long-Term Outcomes in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (abstract). American College for Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Mannion M, Pedro S, Beukelman T, Curtis J, Michaud K. San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11. Comparison of JIA and RA Patients in the National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases (abstract). American College for Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

Gmuca S, Brandon T, Xiao R, Pagnini I, Wright T, Beukelman T, Morgan-DeWitt E, Weiss P. 
San Francisco, CA, Nov. 6-11. Phenotypic Differences Between HLA-B27 Positive and Negative Children with Enthesitis-Related Arthritis (abstract). American College for Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting.

 
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