Duwa Receives Good Catch Award

Peggy Duwa, administrative support in the Division of Critical Care, was recently given a Good Catch Award. While in the hallway she noticed a transport team was having difficulty accessing the PICU with a patient. She quickly assessed the situation and provided them with the access needed. Her commitment to service excellence allowed the transport team with appropriate access, saving precious time in getting the appropriate care for the patient. Well done, Peggy!

MOC Part 2 Credit for Departmental Grand Rounds

We are pleased to announce that through coordination with the Division of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the University of Iowa, we will start offering Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 credit for some of our departmental Grand Rounds sessions. Such sessions will be clearly labeled as eligible for MOC part 2 in the announcements. To claim MOC Part 2 credit, faculty members should follow the steps outlined in the attached guide.

General tips include:

Faculty members have to attend the specified Grand Rounds session in person or remotely view the live broadcast. Unfortunately, activities accessed after the actual live session time frame cannot be used to claim MOC Part 2 credit. The first eligible session is this Friday March 1, 2019

Document your attendance using the CME cloud texting system

Access the exam questions for the session through the CME portal provided after each activity. This will require faculty member login with access restricted to those who have registered their attendance

A correct response rate of ≥ 75% is required to claim MOC Part 2 credit. Up to three attempts will be allowed to reach that target. Each hour Grand Rounds session will allow one MOC Part 2 credit.

It is our goal to offer this about once per month. The process requires review of the presentation content and associated questions/answers at least 2 weeks before the event time to allow adequate time for construction by the Division of CME. If you have internal or external speakers invited through your divisions who can fulfill these timelines, please let us know ahead of time. We look forward to hearing your feedback on how we can improve this process.

-Dr. Riad Rahhal, Vice Chair for Education, Stead Family Department of Pediatrics

Staff Spotlight – Melody Hobert-Mellecker, BSN, RN

Melody has worked with the Iowa Newborn Screening Program in the Division of Medical Genetics for about 5 years, but has been with UI Healthcare 29 years, including 6 years with DRG Assurance, and 18 years with Psychiatry inpatient units.

I’ve been married to Marty since July 1989 — love at first sight on a blind date! I have 3 grown children: Meghan (26), NA in Adult BMT unit — recently married to Pete; she has a daughter Sophie, age 11; Pete has a son Leon, age 4; together they are expecting grandbaby #3 in July 2019. Mark (24), who lives in Madison WI but travels the US for work; soon to be married to McKenzie (April 2019); they have a lovely dog Zeus; Morgan (23 on Valentine’s Day) NA in level 10 SFCH; she and her boyfriend Blake have an exuberant husky name Benny. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 tonsillar cancer in 2015. I have never depended on my children more — they were all amazing, strong people and I was so blessed to have them. In 2017 he had heart valve replacement surgery and again…my kids were my rock. They made me laugh, they let me cry…they made sure I always had wine!

In between working on a certificate in Public Health (trying out graduate school before I commit to the Master’s!), I spend most of my time quilting, gardening, and reading…although there isn’t a craft yet that I haven’t liked…currently working on scrapbooking the trips my husband and I have been taking since we became empty nesters (Italy twice, Maui in between). I also like to go to Cardinal’s baseball games and NASCAR races with the family!

We also love traveling to Italy. Our first trip we went to Rome and then to Pompeii/Naples for a day. Our second trip we visited Venice, Cinque Terre (all 5 towns!), Assisi, Rome, and Florence. Venice was pure magic!! My favorite meal is a dish I learned about in Rome — cacio e pepe. It is the simplest dish consisting of nothing more than pasta and a sauce made with butter, water, cracked black pepper, and pecorino cheese! I love it so much I learned to make it so I can have it whenever I want to!

I’m currently in my dream job with the Iowa Newborn Screening Program. I get to come to work every day knowing that today could be the day I get to help save a baby’s life or prevent serious disability. It really doesn’t get any better than that!

My favorite set of books is The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I have read every single one of them at least 15 times…they never lose their magic! Favorite movies are Joe vs. the Volcano (Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan), Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Whoopi Goldberg), and anything Disney!

I also love playing video games — the Legend of Zelda games are my all time favorites!

I don’t make wishes…I have been blessed with a life beyond my wildest dreams…to wish for more seems ungrateful.

Staff Spotlight – Samantha Marcellus, BS

Sam is a Clinical Trials and Data Management Research Assistant in the Division of Medical Genetics.

I work in the Division of Medical Genetics and facilitate research for a variety of investigators in the Division. I serve as a middle man between our staff, our patients, the industry sponsors of the trials, and HawkIRB. One day I could be writing a consent form and the next day I could be coordinating travel arrangements for our patients. Every day is a new adventure. We currently have 6 (soon to be 7) open clinical trials and 8 rare disease registries that I help coordinate. I started as a student clerk four and a half years ago entering data while I was pursuing and undergraduate degree at the University. Then I transitioned into a Research Assistant role shortly before graduation. I continued as a part-time Research Assistant while working on my MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. After graduation I was able to transition into a full time research role to continue working with our genetics patients.

My dream job would be working in Newborn Screening. I originally became interested in Public Health after learning about the Newborn Screening program while working as a student clerk in Medical Genetics. It’s amazing how much you can change the course of a child’s life while they are only a few days old. I got a small taste of working with Newborn Screening data while working on my Practicum (capstone) project to complete my MPH. I fell in love with how much data is available and the real and meaningful changes we can make using newborn screening data.

I grew up in a small town in Nebraska with my parents, Matt and Tina. As an only child I am very close with both of my parents. My father is a nuclear chemist and technical support specialist at the nuclear power plant in Fort Calhoun, Nebraska. I unfortunately did not inherit his love and skill in chemistry. My mom is a 4th grade teacher and is retiring in May! I am very excited that we will be able to see each other more after her retirement. Recently, my parents have developed a love for the sport of curling. If you need any curling fun facts, we are the place to go! The other member of my family is my 10 year old black lab mix, Colt. He is my study buddy, walking pal, and he has mastered puppy dog eyes to get his way. His interests include swimming, his purple squeaky stuffed animal, chasing my roommate’s dachshund Dobby, and destroying Kleenex boxes.

In my free time I like to read, play with my dog, and have board game weekends with my friends. Currently I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series because the books will always be better than the movies. My friends and I have reached a super nerdy board game status. One weekend we spent three straight days playing through the legacy version of Betrayal at the House on the Hill. We started having board game weekends 7 years ago and have no plans of stopping! It’s a great chance to catch up with each other and play something we enjoy. I also play on my church softball team during the summer. We are currently the “Grace B Team,” but I’ve proposed renaming our team “The Sharks.”

During undergrad, I had the opportunity to live in Paris, France for 9 weeks for a short-term mission trip with Cru (a student ministry). We lived in the suburb Ivry-sur-Seine and took the train into Paris to talk with students every week day. I learned so much about French culture, the views of students from a variety of countries and cultures, and developed lasting relationships with both my colleagues and French students. The French get two hours for lunch and spend the entire time talking with their friends and family. It was eye opening and enlightening to routinely take 2 hours of our day to check-in with the students and other team members. On the weekends we were able to travel to breathtaking locations such as the Palace of Versailles, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the beaches of Normandy, and many more.

Locally, the bacon cheese fries from Wig and Pen are possibly the best appetizer in the world. While not healthy, they are a special treat when my friends from college into town. Heading over to Wig and Pen is always one of our first orders of business.

The US National Softball Team and the Gryffindor Quidditch squad are tied for my favorite sports team. I played fastpitch softball for almost ten years and have friends on the US and Canadian national teams. It’s exciting to see women I’ve played with, and against, for many years shining on the world stage. The Gryffindor Quidditch team is also at the top of their field. No one can catch the golden snitch quite like Harry Potter. I’d like to think that as a former catcher I’d excel at being a Keeper if I would have attended Hogwarts.

Favorite movie? Why pick a favorite movie when the book is always better? My favorite book is the Paper Towns by John Green. It tells the story of four teens who go on an adventure to find their friend Margo who disappeared but left behind clues for her best friend to follow her. Throughout the odyssey of trying to locate Margo all five teens learn things about them selves that they never expected. I related to Margo in that she was desperate to leave her home town. Only years after leaving my home town have I come to appreciate the times I had there. In the book one of the main characters realizes that “The town was paper, but the memories were not.” It was comforting to know that others have felt the same way and I can appreciate the memories while the town can fade away.

If I were granted three wishes I would wish for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, an end to global warming (the drastic shifts in weather are brutal!), and my own private library.

Fun Fact: One summer in undergrad I worked at Chick-Fil-A in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was once the Chick-Fil-A Cow at a high school graduation. I handed out coupons to families of the graduates and accidentally scared a few small children. The moral of the story is don’t go to the bathroom during the morning staff meeting or you will be volunteered to be the cow while you’re gone!

Staff Spotlight – Lauren Jordan, MPH, CHES

Lauren is a Clinical Trials and Data Management Research Associate in the Division of Medical Genetics.

I work in the Division of Medical Genetics and facilitate research for a variety of investigators in the Division. I serve as the coordinator between our staff, our patients and the industry sponsors of the trials and HawkIRB. My day consists from working on regulatory documents, drafting informed consents for studies, entering in patient data in the many different databases, all the way to working with patients to set up their next in-clinic visit and their travel arrangements to get to the appointment. There is not a day that something new is not occurring or there is problem that I have to solve. We currently have 6 (soon to be 7) open clinical trials that I coordinate along with 8 rare disease registries I assist with coordinating. This is my first position with UI Healthcare and I started this job December 2018.

I am originally from Spring Grove, Illinois ( the town with the “world’s largest” corn maze) which is about 3 and 1/2 hours from Iowa City. I currently live in Davenport, IA with my fiancé, Chase VanOpdorp. I have a younger brother, Alec, he currently is the pitcher for the Rebels Baseball Club Inc., in Canberra, Australia. My parents Michelle and Dean Jordan still live in Spring Grove, with our family goldendoodle, Ami James Jordan (who is named after the famous tattoo artist Ami James) and come to Iowa to visit often.

Even though I grew up in the suburbs of Northern Illinois and I am just a hop, skip and jump from Wisconsin I love the teams of Chicago (besides the White Sox). Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks

In my free time I like to workout, spend time with family and friends. Now that I am engaged, spare time is filled with planning our September 2019 wedding, house hunting (which is accompanied by watching a lot of HGTV, where we think we are going to be the new Chip & Joanna). Also like to binge on Netflix series, followed by the ever so basic “reality” television shows such as The Bachelor, The Real Housewives series. We can’t forget about the 15 season of Grey’s Anatomy where I completed my “residency” and I now considered myself a doctor. I also love to dance, and danced for 21+years, so there is rarely a time where I am not dancing around the house or the office.

While obtaining my undergraduate and graduate degrees I quickly found that research peaked my interest especially women’s health and reproductive health, which in turn laid the ground work for my career in research. After graduating with my Master of Public Health, I was able to start my career in research and to make it even better it was in women’s health and reproductive health. So my dream job would be a Research Director in women’s health and reproductive health, conducting investigator initiated studies as well as participating in clinical trials and registries.

I have been to a few different fascinating places, France, England and Honduras and all of them are fascinating in their own ways. I went to France and England my senior year of high school through a program the school offered. This was exciting to see these two countries with my best friend and our close friends. I traveled to Honduras with a medical mission team during my first summer in grad school. This was my first medical mission trip and was one that I will be ever grateful for the experience and the memories I made while there.

As far as a favorite food, I love the ‘Gold Rush’ pizza at Harris Pizza in Bettendorf, IA. I’m a sucker for anything with cheese and garlic.

If I had 3 wishes, they would be 1. That medical bills would not burden people to seek and obtain the proper medical care they so desperately need. 2. That women’s reproductive autonym would be upheld in our courts without opposition 3. To be a witch, so I can wave my wand to do tasks that I don’t want to do such as the dishes, laundry, packing, and driving just to name a few.

My favorite movie is Backdraft (I know pretty much all the lines of the movie).

Fun fact: I have ran and finished 2 St. Louis Go! Half Marathons

SFCH Chosen as Single Site in North America for Trial

Dr. Nester’s research is in the area of complement mediated kidney disease. One such disease, C3 glomerulopathy, can be particularly devastating for affected children. Because no disease-directed treatments exist 50% of affected children progress to end stage renal disease within 10 years of diagnosis and up to 90% recur when a transplant kidney is placed.

Stead Family Children’s Hospital (under the guidance of Dr. Nester and her research team, Meredith Wisniewski and Monica Hall) will be the single site in North America that will offer access to a novel, first in class anti-complement agent (phase 2 trial) – that has the potential to facilitate a complete remission of complement-mediated renal disease both in the native kidney and in the setting of transplant recurrence.

“The major point is that there are A LOT of high powered glomerular disease centers out there (both adult and peds) – yet the pharmaceutical company deliberately sought us out to run this trial. The ability to prove that we can save a renal transplant (if we can) is HUGE!”, says Dr. Nester.

Background and further information can be found in Dr. Nester’s paper in Nature Reviews, “C3 glomerulopathy – understanding a rare complement-driven renal disease“.

Divisional Research Data Request

Data request from Donna Friel, Research Support Manager.

I am asking your assistance as we gather information for Dr. Vyas to present at the Faculty Noon Luncheon on April 1st. on Faculty Research Activity. We would like to present an overall view of our Research Enterprise for the calendar year of 2018 thru current.

Could you please gather the information requested below from your divisional faculty members and send to me by March 10th?

Here are the areas of interest:

*Publications: especially those from high-impact journals. (Please give journal name, complete citation and short description). Next year, ORCID would be utilized to gather this information.

*National and International Awards

*International Speaking Engagements ( When, Where, Group name or Organization, Title of Speech)

*Names of faculty that are or where Study section members for the NIH or Dept. or Dept. of Defense: (Name and name of study section)

*Mentoring in the Department or College of Medicine.

*Anything else a faculty member may think is important to show our research strength and growth.

Please note, we have tried collecting this information from several different sources, including APR, Noon News and Peds Express. We don’t want to miss recognizing someone on their accomplishments to our Research Enterprise. Thank you for your help.

How to return the information to me?

– in a spreadsheet from your division.

– copy and paste all of your faculty responses into one e-mail and send to me.

-forward their individual responses to me..

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Friel.

Pediatric Biostats Support Pilot Program

The Department is initiating a pilot program to provide statistical support to the Department of Pediatrics. Please see the description of the program and the form to complete if you want to request assistance, which are located on the research page of the Pediatrics SharePoint site. These are also available in the “Statistics Support in Pediatrics” folder found on the COMMON folder of the S:drive.

Please contact Kathy Mathews, MD, Vice Chair for Clinical Investigation, if you have any questions.

Pediatric Cardiology Team Featured in Patient Story

Members of our pediatric cardiology care team were featured in a patient story on the SFCH website. Drs. Aldoss and Reinking, with Trudy Pierick, ARNP and Brenda Haag, RN were prominently featured in the story of the Knapke family.

“When Shalan and Kyle Knapke found out that their daughter Adira would be born without a fully developed right ventricle, they turned to UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “We are so blessed to have such an amazing hospital nearby!”

Faculty Combine for Publication in Journal of Cystic Fibrosis

Drs. Katie Larson Ode (Endo), Aliye Uc (GI), and Andy Norris (Endo) teamed up for a collaborative article published in the Journal of Cystic Fibrosis on “Incretin dysfunction and hyperglycemia in cystic fibrosis: Role of acyl-ghrelin.”

The research suggests a mechanism by which elevated AG (acyl-ghrelin) contributes to CF hyperglycemia through inhibition of insulin secretion, an effect magnified by low GLP-1 and GIP. Interventions that lower ghrelin, ghrelin action, and/or raise GLP-1 or GIP might improve glycemia in CF.