Neonatology Publications Nominated for Awards

Congratulations to two articles out of Neonatology that are up for awards.

The following article was selected as one of the 16 nominees for the 2019 Evidence-Based Neonatology (EBNEO) impact article of the year award, featuring Dr. Edward Bell, Dr. Tarah Colaizy, and Dr. Matt Rysavy (fellow) as contributors.

  • Jane E. Brumbaugh, MD; Nellie I. Hansen, MPH; Edward F. Bell, MD; Amaanti Sridhar, MS; Waldemar A. Carlo, MD; Susan R. Hintz, MD, MS … Tarah T. Colaizy, MD, MPH; … Matthew A. Rysavy, MD, PhD; et al. for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. Outcomes of Extremely Preterm Infants With Birth Weight Less Than 400 g. JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(5):434-445. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.0180.

The next article was nominated for Article of the Month for October 2019, which included Dr. John Dagle, Dr. Edward Bell, and Dr. Tarah Colaizy as contributors (and Patricia Watkins, a former fellow).

Cifra Receives New K08

Congratulations to Dr. Christina Cifra (Critical Care) on her new K08 award from the Department of Health and Human Services/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The award is for her project “Understanding Referral Community, the Diagnostic Process, and Diagnostic Error in Pediatric Critical Care“. The grant provides $439,588 over 3 years.

Dr. Pesce Receives YOU Make a Difference Award

Congratulations to Dr. Pesce on her recent “YOU Make a Difference Award”! From a member of the care team:

“Today I was asked to come to the PSC Lab to help provide distraction and support to a 6 year old patient during her lab draw. When I arrived, the patient was tearful, reluctant and scared. Per the patient’s request, Dr. Pesce accompanied her from her clinic appointment to the lab, waited with her until it was her turn, and then was present for the lab draw. The patient’s positive coping and willingness to comply with medical treatment was dramatically impacted by Dr. Pesce. I was so impressed by Dr. Pesce’s willingness to take time out of her busy schedule to accompany and support her patient during her lab draw. This is a great example of high‐quality, patient‐centered care. While I don’t work with Dr. Pesce often, it’s clear that she provides not only excellent medical care, but excellent emotional support to the patient’s and families she serves. What a great example of compassion and going above and beyond!! UIHC is so lucky to have physicians like Dr. Pesce as a part of our team.”

New Grants Awarded to Four Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Boes (Neurology), Dr. Osamah Aldoss (Cardiology), Dr. Paul McCray (Pulmonary), and Dr. Damian Krysan (Infectious Diseases) on their recent grants received.

  • Dr. Boes – will receive $209,934 over 3 years from the Sidney J. Baer, Jr. Foundation for “Establishing Neuromodulation/Neuropsychiatry Fellowship”.
  • Dr. Aldoss – will receive $92,973 over 4 years from Emory University / NIH for “Long-term Outcomes after Interventions for Congenital Heart Disease.”
  • Dr. McCray – received $74,165 from the Medical College of Wisconsin / NIH for “Base editing in the Rhesus airway epithelia.”
  • Dr. Krysan – will receive $683,782/year for 5 years (over $3.2 million total) from the NIH for “Genetic and mechanistic analysis of carbon dioxide tolerance in Cryptococcus pathogenesis.”

BMT Program Now a Member of PIDTC

Under the leadership of Dr. Arun Modi (Hematology/Oncology), the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) program is now a part of the Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) – an NIH-funded consortium of select children’s hospitals involved in the diagnosis, cutting-edge research, and new clinical trials for Primary Immune deficiency disorders.

This is a great honor and achievement to be included in the PIDTC. “This is a feather in the cap of Dr. Modi and his BMT team”, says Dr. Yatin Vyas, Division Director for Hematology/Oncology.

Three Faculty Receive CCOM Innovation Research Grants

Congratulations to Drs. John Dagle and Jeff Murray (Neonatology), and Dr. Aaron Boes (Neurology) on each receiving a CCOM Innovation Research Grant in the amount of $10,000. Their individual projects are listed below:

  • Dr. Dagle – Identifying novel metabolic predictors of persistent neonatal hypoglycemia.
  • Dr. Murray – Fetal transcripts isolated from maternal serum as biomarkers for birth defects.
  • Dr. Boes – Precision intracranial brain stimulation to treat severe depression: Developing a novel strategy to target symptom-specific causal circuitry.