Giesinger and McNamara Publish in Journal of Paeditrics and Child Health

Congratulations to Drs. Giesinger and McNamara who recently published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health titled “Clinical and Echocardiography Predictors of Response to Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Hypoxic Preterm Neonates“. “The aim of this study was to identify clinical and echocardiography predictors of response to iNO in premature infants with acute hypoxemia. We hypothesized a priori, based on anecdotal experience, that the presence of pulmonary hypertension on echocardiography may be associated with an increased likelihood of clinical inhaled nitric oxide response.”

Dr. Strathearn Publishes in the British Journal of Psychiatry

Dr. Lane Strathearn recently published an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry examining, using a prospective record-linkage analysis, whether substantiated child maltreatment is associated with adverse psychological outcomes in early adulthood.

Kisely S, Abajobir AA, Mills R, Strathearn L, Clavarino A, Najman JM. Child maltreatment and mental health problems in adulthood: birth cohort studyBr J Psychiatry. 2018 Dec;213(6):698-703. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2018.207

Dr. Leyser Publishes on Zika Syndrome in Journal of Child Neurology

Dr. Marcio Leyser published an article recently in the Journal of Child Neurology on the gross motor developmental trajectories in 39 infants admitted in a rehabilitation center located in Rio de Janeiro during the Zika outbreak in Brazil from November 2015 to November 2016 and their correlated risk rate for the comorbid diagnosis of cerebral palsy.

Marques FJP, Teixeira MCS, Barra RR, de Lima FM, Scofano Dias BL, Pupe C, Nascimento OJM, Leyser M. Children Born with Congenital Zika Syndrome Display Atypical Gross Motor Development and a Higher Risk for Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Child Neurology, 1-5 2018.

Dr. Staber Publishes on Management of BRBNS

Dr. Janice Staber from the Division of Hematology/Oncology recently published an article on the management of BRBNS in Case Reports of Pediatrics. Congratulations, Dr. Staber!


  • Ogu UO, Abusin G, Abu-Arja RF, Staber JM. Successful Management of Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus Syndrome (BRBNS) with Sirolimus. Case Rep Pediatr. 2018 Oct 8;2018:7654278. doi: 10.1155/2018/7654278. eCollection 2018. PMID: 30402320

Dr. Lieberman Publishes Trio of Articles on Sjogren Syndrome

Dr. Scott Lieberman from the Division of Rheumatology published a trio of articles recently regarding Sjogren Syndrome.




  • Chaly Y, Barr JY, Sullivan DA, Thomas HE, Brodnicki TC, Lieberman SM. Type I interferon signaling is required for dacryoadenitis in the nonobese diabetic mouse model of Sjögren syndrome. Int J Mol Sci 19(10) pii:E3259, 2018 (doi:10.3390/ijms19103259).
  • Barr JY, Wang X, Kreiger PA, Lieberman SM. Salivary gland-protective regulatory T cell dysfunction underlies female-specific sialadenitis in the nonobese diabetic mouse model of Sjögren syndrome. Immunology 155(2):225-237, 2018
  • Lieberman SM, A Lu, MM McGill. Oral lesions as presenting feature of childhood Sjögren syndrome. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 113:303-304, 2018.

Dr. Wacker Puts Mentoring Program in the Spotlight

Dr. David Wacker, Professor Emeritus, put the Department’s Mentoring Program in the spotlight in a recent issue of Behavior Analysis in Practice, particularly with regard to the behavior analysis training program.


“A unique aspect of the behavior analysis training program in the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Iowa is that there has never been a formal training program. We have never had an official funded internship or fellowship program, and there are no required courses (our faculty has taught only one course entitled “Behavioral Assessment and Evaluation” in the College of Education on a voluntary basis for the past 30 years) other than practicum courses within our clinical services. Fewer than half of the 45-plus students who received their PhDs with us came to Iowa to train with our staff or faculty, or to become behavior analysts. Instead, most enrolled in the School Psychology or Special Education PhD programs, and via the course or practicum experiences, came in contact with our faculty and staff in applied behavior analysis and then committed to becoming behavior analysts for their doctoral training.”

Dr. Uc et al Publish a Series of Articles in Pancreas


In the Nov/Dec issue of Pancreas, Dr. Uc, along with members of the Consortium for the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and Pancreatic Cancer, published a series of related articles on standard operating procedures, and accelerating the drug delivery pipeline for acute and chronic pancreatitis.

Recent Publications, Grants and Recognitions

Bansal M. Myocardial Disorders in the Neonate. NeoReviews. 2018:19(7).

New grant: Dr. William Terry (Hem/Onc). Improving Psych-Social Support for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. Fraternal Order of Eagles, $3,000.

New grant: Dr. Jeff Segar in Neonatology. Fenoldopam to prevent renal dysfunctionin indomethacin treated preterm infants. NIH, $190,408.

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