Editor: Sara Davies
NOVEMBER 11, 2016
DR. KIMBERLIN HONORED BY RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES WITH PRESTIGIOUS 2016 MEDICAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) honored David Kimberlin, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, for his work in the treatment, control and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children. More than 1,300 RMHC leaders and guests came together to recognize Dr. Kimberlin at the annual Awards of Excellence in Rosemont, Ill., where he received the 2016 Medical Award of Excellence, along with a $100,000 grant that will be given to the children’s charity of his choice, Camp McDowell. Dr. Kimberlin and his wife, Kim, are pictured (right) at the ceremony. 

Past Medical Awards of Excellence recipients include: Agnes Binagwaho, M.D., MPed, Ph.D., Ben Carson, M.D., Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., MPH, Ralph Feigin, M.D., Philip Pizzo, M.D., and Walter Orenstein, M.D. To view a full list of all RMHC Awards of Excellence recipients, click here. Among the non-medical recipients includes: puppeteer and screenwriter Jim Henson (1990); Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter (1991); Former First Lady Betty Ford (1998); Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan (2002); founder of Southwest Airlines, Herbert D. Kelleher (2010) and many more. 

Click here to read the UAB News press release. 
DR. BARNES APPROVED FOR APPOINTMENT TO GRADUATE FACULTY 

Margaux Barnes, Ph.D.,
 Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, has been approved as Full Graduate Faculty in the UAB Graduate School. With this appointment, Dr. Barnes will have the opportunity to expand mentorship opportunities by serving on thesis and dissertation committees to help further promote the growth and development of graduate students within the UAB community. 
NEONATOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENT TO SERVE ON CMDB ADMISSIONS COMMITTEE

Katelyn Dunigan, a 2nd-year graduate student in Dr. Trent Tipple's lab in the division of Neonatology, was recently asked to serve on the admissions committee and as a recruitment leader on UAB's Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CMDB) PhD Theme for the 2017 fall class. The program is designed to provide comprehensive training and instruction in cell, molecular and developmental biology that results in students who are prepared to launch into a career in the dynamic biomedical science field. 
IN THE NEWS 
A RACE AGAINST TIME FOR DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

B-Metro Magazine recently did a series of feature stories dedicated to finding cures. Among the features, is local 11-year-old Duchenne muscular dystrophy patient, Gabe Griffin, in an article discussing the condition, the possible treatments, and the work of our very own, Matthew S. Alexander, Ph.D., Pediatric Neurology, and his lab here at Children's of Alabama and UAB Department of Pediatrics. Click here to read the story. 
SAVE THESE DATES
FLU SHOT  CLINIC - NOV. 21

The Department of Pediatrics will provide flu shots on Monday, Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Bradley Lecture Center. 

Please remember, all faculty and staff must provide either proof of vaccination or appropriate declination form. This is the last opportunity provided by the department, so take advantage of this opportunity to protect yourself and others against the flu this year.
CHILD HEALTH INVESTIGATIVE  FORUM (CHIF) - NOV 18

Christopher Pruitt, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Medicine, will present, "Frequency of Herpes Simplex Virus and Bacterial Infections in Young Infants: a Multicenter ED Cohort." Christine Campbell, M.D., MPH, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, will present, "Evaluating Triage Bias in a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department." The CHIF meeting for Nov. 18 will be held in the Bradley Conference Center at Noon. Click here to view the November CHIF schedule. 
THE KC FIT 5K IS APPROACHING!

Please see the below information about the upcoming 5K race for a great opportunity to support one of our own, Michele Kong, M.D., Pediatric Critical Care, and KultureCity!  We are inviting all employees of Children's of Alabama and UAB Pediatrics to participate! Click here for more information and to register

When: December 17, 2016 at 8 a.m.
Who: Children’s of Alabama employees, their families, coworkers, and friends
What: KC Fit 5K in Vestavia Hills 
Why: Autistic children are not limited by their diagnosis and deserve a future without limits. https://www.kulturecity.org/
Cost: $40
Team: Sign up under “Kulture Elves”    
Contact: Robin Greer if you have any questions
Attire: Dress like an elf for the day of the race to help our team win best spirit award!
PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY UPDATE
SENIOR TALKS - SUPPORT OUR RESIDENTS! 

Join us for Senior Talks on Monday, Nov. 14 at noon in the Bradley Lecture Center​

Karisa Grizzle (Pediatrics PGY3) - Brief Resolved Unexplained Events: The Diagnosis Formerly Known as ALTE

Katherine Pyburn (Pediatric PGY3) - Poverty, Toxic Stress, and Its Effect on the Developing Brain
OFFICE OF FACULTY DEVELOPMENT (OFD) 
HANDS ON BIRMINGHAM - FAMILY VOLUNTEER DAY

Hands on Birmingham is offering several Family Volunteer Day opportunities during their annual day of service, Nov. 19, the Saturday before Thanksgiving. To participate, please sign up by visiting the following link: http://www.handsonbirmingham.org/FVD
FROM THE PEDIATRIC RESEARCH OFFICE (PRO)
FUNDING
 
UAB Multiple Sclerosis Center (MSC) Request for Applications
The MSC invites letters of intent for pilot studies that address novel scientific questions related to the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. The focus is to identify novel avenues of research pertinent to treatment for neurological disorders and to accelerate the most promising MS-related drug discovery projects.  Letters are due Nov. 14 by 5 p.m.  Additional information is available here.
 
AHRQ Funding for Combatting Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (CARB)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is calling for large health services research demonstration and dissemination projects to combat CARBS in all settings targeted by the National Action Plan (NAP).  Both R01 and R18 mechanisms are supported.  Standard dates apply.
 
SEMINARS AND TRAINING
 
CCTS TIERS: Job Negotiation and Promotion in Academic Medicine
Dr. Robert Rich, professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Medical Education and former senior vice president and dean, UAB School of Medicine, will present at the next CCTS Training Interdisciplinary & Emerging Research Scholars (TIERS).  It will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5 - 6 p.m. in PCAMS.  Click here for GoToMeeting access.
 
UAB's 6th Short Course on Next-Generation Sequencing
Presented by the UAB Department of Biostatistics and funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), this course will provide a venue for statisticians, genetic epidemiologists, bioinformaticians, and genome biologists to discuss novel data analysis strategies. The course will be held Dec. 12 - 15 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Room 210 of the Learning Resource Center.  For more information or to register, click here.  

GRAND ROUNDS 

November 17

"Pediatric Urology for Pediatricians”
Pankaj P. Dangle, MD
   Assistant Professor, UAB Division of Pediatric Urology
PUBLICATIONS 
Childs Nerv Syst. 2016 Feb;32(2):351-3. doi: 10.1007/s00381-015-2907-z. Histological study of the occipital bone from patients with Chiari I malformation. Tubbs RS, Benzie AL, Rizk E, Chern JJ, Loukas M, Oakes WJ.
Although many authors have mentioned that the occipital bone in patients with Chiari I malformation is abnormal on imaging or at operation (e.g., thinned, thickened), based on our study, there is no histological difference between the occipital bone removed at operation and controls.

J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2016 Nov 4:1-11. Ventricular catheter entry site and not catheter tip location predicts shunt survival: a secondary analysis of 3 large pediatric hydrocephalus studies. Whitehead WE, Riva-Cambrin J, Kulkarni AV, Wellons JC 3rd, Rozzelle CJ, Tamber MS, Limbrick DD Jr, Browd SR, Naftel RP, Shannon CN, Simon TD, Holubkov R, Illner A, Cochrane DD, Drake JM, Luerssen TG, Oakes WJ, Kestle JR;  for the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network.
This retrospective analysis of data collected from three rigorously designed prospective hydrocephalus studies showed no difference in CSF shunt revision rates based on ventricular catheter tip location but demonstrated an advantage for shunts placed frontally over those placed posteriorly.  This finding led to the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network's randomized controlled trial of anterior vs. posterior entry sites for new ventricloperitoneal shunts, currently open for patient enrollment here at Children's of Alabama.

Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2016 Nov 1;311(5):L924-L927. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00355.2016. Searching for better animal models of BPD: a perspective. Ambalavanan N, Morty RE.
This perspective summarizes the features of common animal models of BPD and the strengths and limitations of such models. Potential optimal approaches to development of animal models of BPD are described, with the underlying concepts that require emphasis.

J Cancer Surviv. 2016 Dec;10(6):1096-1103. Chronic condition clusters and functional impairment in older cancer survivors: a population-based study. Kenzik KM, Kent EE, Martin MY, Bhatia S, Pisu M.
 
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