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Editor: Sara Davies 
JUNE 10, 2016

On Wednesday, June 8, General Pediatrics faculty members Morissa Ladinsky and Jaime McKinney with Pediatric residents Danielle Franklin, Christen Roth (2nd years), Karlene Walker and Jamie Powell (interns) traveled to Livingston, AL, to teach 50 regional high school students attending the West Alabama Health Education Center’s Summer Enrichment program aka Never Ending Road to Discovery or N.E.R.D. Camp. These students were attending a week long career exploration program for teens with a genuine interest in health professions. Most all hail from disadvantaged or rural backgrounds and the majority will be first in their family to attend college. Following the session, the doctors visited Anderson Family Practice, one of a few primary care centers serving the western section of the Black Belt region. While the teens learned a great deal from our group and saw first hand that yes, their potential is real, our residents left with inspiration derived from being a true role model and with insights into health disparities that will guide and inspire them to better the health for the children of Alabama and beyond.
JAMA Pediatrics will hold a contest for the best paper submitted by a trainee as first author. Trainees will include students, residents, grad students, post-docs, and fellows. The paper must be submitted within six months of completing their training program (authors should send a CV to confirm this). We will award three prizes of $1,000 each. Criteria for selection as the best paper are similar to that used by NIH in assessing R grants:
  • Significance: Does the study address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field?  Does it change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field?
  • Innovation: Does the study challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions?
  • Design and analysis: Is the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the study?
In addition, the paper will be assessed on how well written it is, the presentation of the findings, and the cogency of the discussion and conclusions.
The editors will create an initial list of papers for consideration and the winners will be chosen by vote of the editorial board. The contest will run from July to December 2016 with the goal of publishing all the winning articles by February 2017. The winners will be recognized in the journal with a designation out, as well as receive the financial award, a certificate, and a letter to their department chair. Authors should designate in the cover letter that the manuscript is being submitted for the contest.

Mitch Cohen, Editorial Board, JAMA Pediatrics

Aaron Yee, MDAaron Yee, M.D., Neonatology fellow, is the recipient of the 2016 Marshall Klaus Neonatal-Perinatal Research Award. This award is initiated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM), and Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute with the goal of enhancing and supporting development of research skills among physicians training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. This is a highly competitive national award for Neonatology fellows, Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellows, and other fellows doing perinatal research. Congratulations to Dr. Yee! 

Ariel Salas, M.D., Neonatology, recently received a $20,000 Novice Research grant from the Gerber Foundation. The purpose of the Novice Research Program is to encourage the development of medical research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition by awarding small grants to new researchers. Up to 10 awards may be given per year. These awards follow the Foundation's current focus on clinical/translational research in infant and early childhood health and nutrition. Congratulations to Dr. Salas!

UAB Department of Pediatrics can now recycle used toner and ink cartridges by dropping them in the campus mail of any pediatric division office. Used cartridges must be placed in a box to prevent any potential spillage. The new recycling program aims to make recycling as easy as possible for employees, and, in return, UAB will receive a check for the recycled cartridges. We are pleased that UAB has agreed to offer this service to UAB Pediatrics. For more information, click here.
UAB DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE GRAND ROUNDS - “Joy in Practice: Reconnecting with the Meaning and Mission of our Work"

Chris Sinsky, MD, FACP, Vice President of Professional Satisfaction at the American Medical Association (AMA) will present, “Joy in Practice: Reconnecting with the Meaning and Mission of our Work."  Dr. Sinksy will share her experience from having visited dozens of high functional practices to improve the work environment, decrease burnout, and increase practice satisfaction. The Department of Medicine Grand Rounds is held on Wednesday, June 15, 12 - 1 p.m. in the Spain Wallace Auditorium. 
Give Blood - COA Blood DriveGIVE BLOOD JUNE 21

Children's of Alabama and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive on Tuesday, June 21 from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center, 4th Floor, Room 400.

To schedule an appointment, call 1(800)RED CROSS or visit,
using sponsor code: chb.
Or, use the Blood Donor App to set your appointment: Text BLOODAPP to 90999 or search Red Cross Blood in your app store.
Want your donation experience go more quickly? Visit and complete your health history from your home or office on the morning of the Children's of Alabama Blood Drive.
Congratulations, Dr. Charles Roitsch! Dr. Roitsch was chosen by his peers as the winner of the 2016 Michele Saint Romaine Housestaff Award. This award recognizes a graduating resident with the finest qualities of a pediatrician: enthusiasm, compassion, and dedication to the care of children.


Congratulations, Dr. Michele Nichols! Dr. Nichols was chosen by the graduating residents as the winner of the 2016 Ralph E. Tiller, M.D. Distinguished Faculty Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has contributed the most to overall education and training.


Congratulations, Dr. Jaime McKinney! Dr. McKinney was chosen by the graduating residents as the winner of the 2016 Sergio Stagno, M.D. Friend of the Housestaff Award. This award recognizes an individual demonstrating a strong commitment to resident education and quality of life.


Congratulations, Dr. Nathan Swinger! Dr. Swinger was chosen by the graduating residents as the winner of the 2016 Quarterback Club Subspecialty Education Award. This award recognizes a selected fellow’s contributions to resident education.

Children's of Alabama Continuing Medical Education and the Department of Pediatrics Office of Faculty Development present
4th Fridays Lunch & Learn with
Anthony Hood, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods in the
Collat School of Business.

He will present, "How to Lead a Team in Developing a Business Model" on June 24 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center.

Lunch is provided. 
For the full announcement, click here.
Healthy Tomorrows Grant Cycle is Open
The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is a cooperative agreement between the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Federal grants of up to $50,000 per year for up to five years are awarded through the program to support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by increasing their access to health services. The deadline for applications is August 2. For more information, click here.
Health Services Foundation – General Endowment Fund (HSF-GEF) Call for Applications
The HSF-GEF grants are intended to enhance the infrastructure of Academic Health Center's Patient-Oriented and Laboratory Research efforts, Clinical Care Program Development, and Medical Education Initiatives. Applications are due July 21 at 4 p.m. Investigators considering applications might want to read about the 2014 and 2015 awards and consult with the PRO to develop an application. For more information, visit the UAB SOM HSF-GEF page.
Pediatric Research Office Series (PRO Series)
The PRO Series highlights pathways and discoveries of accomplished investigators from diverse backgrounds, including how talented researchers learn from their experiences and translate their science to the greater world. The ultimate goal is to inspire pediatric researchers with the speakers' wisdom gained from their careers. This lunch series will continue on June 21 at noon in the Bradley Center and will feature Dr. Steven Rowe, Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Research Center. 
Conflict and Innovation in Science Teams
Interpersonal conflict is one of the biggest and most persistent hindrances to innovation in science. Drawing on the emerging Science of Team Science, the purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with tools, terminology and tactics to properly detect, distinguish and deescalate conflicts that would otherwise derail scientific innovation among their teammates. Presented by Anthony Hood, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods in the Collat School of Business, this event will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 8 - 9:30 a.m. in PCAMS (1924 7th Ave So). Click here to register.

Drug Discovery and Development Colloquium
This conference will showcase the synergistic interaction between chemistry, biology, pharmacology, and bioinformatics in the process of drug development. Our aim is to promote the professional dialogue between students and experts from different disciplines interested in the processes of drug discovery and development. The conference will be held June 28 - 30 at UAB. Oral and poster abstract deadlines are June 15. For more information or to register, click here.
Pongkiat Kankirawatana (Ped - Neurology) UCB BIOSCIENCES. $54,754. 05/24/2016 - 05/23/2019.
Cancer. 2016 Jun 2. Childhood cancer survivorship research in minority populations: A position paper from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. Bhatia S, Gibson TM, Ness KK, Liu Q, Oeffinger KC, Krull KR, Nathan PC, Neglia JP, Leisenring W, Yasui Y, Robison LL, Armstrong GT.

JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jun 2. Physiologic Frailty in Nonelderly Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Patients: Results From the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor Study. Arora M, Sun CL, Ness KK, Teh JB, Wu J, Francisco L, Armenian SH, Schad A, Namdar G, Bosworth A, Kuo L, Weisdorf DJ, Forman SJ, Bhatia S.

Pediatr Rev. 2016 Jun;37(6):223-34. Cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr Virus Infections. Pinninti S, Hough-Telford C, Pati S, Boppana S.
The Department of Pediatrics will be well-represented at the Molecules for Minions: Southeastern Pediatric Research Innovation Conference on June 21 - 22 in Atlanta, Ga. 
  • Divya Devadasan will give a poster presentation, titled "Optimizing the non‐ablative conditioning regimen for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in a murine model of sickle cell disease." Authors: Divya Devadasan, Chiao-Wang Sun, Tim Townes, Frederick Goldman.
  • Erik Westin will give an oral presentation, titled "Correction of Diamond-Blackfan Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells via CRISPR." Authors: Erik Westin, Divya Devadasan, Chao Li, Lei Ding, Tim Townes, Frederick Goldman.
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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