MARCH 2021

In this issue: 

Top Story: Department of Pediatrics Faculty to Serve on National Committees | Honors & Awards | New Grants | In The News | Learner Tribute | Upcoming Grand Rounds | Hi-5 from a Colleague | Recent Publications | New Faculty & Staff

Top Story

Department of Pediatrics Faculty to Serve on National Committees

Above, a W crest is pictured surrounded by the spring blooms of an ornamental pear tree along University Avenue. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

Two Department of Pediatrics faculty were recently selected to serve on national committees for hospital medicine and allergy and immunology. More on each appointment is below.

Michelle Kelly, MD, Appointed to PRIS Network’s Associate Executive Council

Michelle Kelly, MD, associate professor, Hospital Medicine, will serve on the Associate Executive Council (AEC) for the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network. The PRIS Network fosters innovative research projects and aims to improve the health of and healthcare delivery to hospitalized children and their families. This is achieved by conducting large, multi-institutional studies in inpatient pediatric care. AEC and Executive Council members govern the PRIS Network, which includes approximately 120 hospitals across the United States and Canada.

Sima Ramratnam, MD, to Serve on American Thoracic Society Workshop on SDOH

Sima Ramratnam, MD, assistant professor, Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology, will serve as a discussant at an American Thoracic Society Workshop, titled “Research Priorities in Pediatric Severe Asthma: Addressing the Impact of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and Systemic Racism on Children with Difficult-to-Treat and Severe Asthma.” Recent data indicates that SDOH should be considered carefully in the interpretation of the results of asthma clinical research and their implications for care. The goal of this workshop is to provide a comprehensive assessment of key research priorities around SDOH and systemic racism in pediatric difficult-to-treat and severe asthma. The participants of this workshop will develop a report for the ATS summarizing the discussion and recommendations. 

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Honors & Awards

Santhi Logel, MD, Wins Best Presentation at Endocrine Society Retreat 

Santhi Logel, MDSanthi Logel, MD, fellow, Endocrinology and Diabetes, was one of 24 fellows from across the country who attended and presented at the annual Pediatric Endocrine Society Spring Fellows Retreat, which was held virtually March 4-5, 2021. During the retreat, fellows presented case discussions to an audience of faculty and peers, including content experts. Logel's talk, titled "Intersectionality: Where the Paths of Being a Gender and Racial Minority Cross," won best presentation in the category of transgender.

Two Endocrinology Projects Selected for ENDO 2021

Two abstracts from members of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes were accepted at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, which will take place virtually March 20-23, 2021. Co-authors Drs. Santhi Logel, fellow, Elizabeth Mann, assistant professor, Victoria Nicksic, resident, and Jennifer Rehm, assistant professor, will present their abstract “Thyroid Storm with Concurrent COVID-19 Infection in a Pediatric Patient” during the meeting’s poster presentations. Additionally, Logel’s abstract "Continuous Glucose Monitoring Facilitates Diazoxide Use in the Management of Glut1 Deficiency Syndrome" was also accepted.

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New Grants

Bruce Klein, MD, Receives Catalyst Funding from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Bruce Klein, MDBruce Klein, MD, professor, Infectious Diseases, was recently awarded Catalyst Funding from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, in collaboration with program members David Blehert, PhD, United States Geographical Survey, and Don Sheppard, MD, McGill University. The Canadian-based global research organization funded the 18-month project, titled “Novel strategy to thwart White Nose Syndrome (WNS),” which will support pilot work in the development of strategies to prevent WNS. Klein’s lab will receive $6,750 for the project.

Christian Capitini, MD, Awarded Funding from National Science Foundation

Christian Capitini, MDPrincipal Investigator Krishanu Saha, PhD, department of biomedical engineering, and co-Principal Investigator Christian Capitini, MD, professor, Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, along with partners at the University of Georgia, were recently awarded a grant in the amount of $69,973 from the National Science Foundation for their project, “Manufacturing gene-edited and virus-free chimeric antigen receptor T cells.” The award will support a half-time graduate student in the Capitini lab and will help the team support Cell Manufacturing Technologies.

Danielle Scholze, MD, Awarded Grant from Autism Speaks and HRSA

Danielle Scholze, MDDanielle Scholze, MD, assistant professor, Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation Medicine, was recently awarded a two-year $60,000 grant from the Autism Speaks and Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to support the Waisman Center’s participation in the recently developed Autism Learning Health Network (ALHN).  With a focus on improving care and outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder, ALHN expands the Autism Treatment Network (ATN) by combining the 12 ATN academic centers with additional academic and community autism centers to standardize data collection and use quality improvement strategies.  ALHN is working to identify and test evidence-based practices and develop standards of care for the evaluation and treatment of challenging behaviors associated with autism by addressing the conditions that frequently lead to these behaviors, including anxiety, ADHD, and irritability.

Leslie Huang, MS, Awarded Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Student Traineeship

Leslie Huang, a first-year medical student, was recently awarded a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Student Traineeship in the amount of $3,000. This one-year award, under the leadership of mentor Philip Farrell, MD, PhD, emeritus dean and professor, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, will support their project, “Impact of Genetic Modifiers on Clinical Outcomes in Young Children with CF.” The project will analyze whole genome sequencing data obtained from FIRST, the multi-center cystic fibrosis (CF) study, to investigate CF genetic modifiers and their relationship to gastrointestinal and pulmonary phenotypes during the first 36 months of life. The aim of the CFF Student Traineeship program is to introduce students to CF-related research in hopes of encouraging the pursuit and maintenance of interest in the CF field. 

Nicholas Hess, PhD, Wins SCRMC Postdoctoral Training Award

Congratulations to Nicholas Hess, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of mentor Christian Capitini, MD, professor, Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, who was recently awarded a one-year traineeship from the University of Wisconsin Stem Cell & Regenerative Center (SCRMC). In addition to providing unique, interdisciplinary training for future leaders in stem cell and regenerative medicine research, the award provides one year of salary support to recipients. This support will help Hess pursue his project, “Identifying Mechanisms of Human T cell Activation Leading to Graft-Vs-Host-Disease (GVHD).” His goal is to investigate the mechanism(s) of GVHD development by studying human T cell-specific immune reactions that occur post-transplant.

Peter Carlson, PhD, Awarded ICTR Pilot Grant with Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Peter Carlson, PhDCongratulations to Peter Carlson, PhD, graduate research assistant, along with mentor Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, professor, Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant, on the funding of their project, “Systemic pharmacokinetics of intratumorally injected hu14.18-IL2.” This one-year MSTP pilot grant in the amount of $7,800 was funded by the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). The primary aim is to develop an alternate assay for quantifying hu14.18-IL2 immunocytokine. The current assay uses large volumes of the 1A7 antibody, is limited in its throughput capacity, and takes several days to run. Success in this project will improve the understanding of the relationship between intratumoral dose and systemic immunocytokine pharmacokinetics in both murine and clinical settings, which is critical in understanding systemic effects of local in situ vaccine approaches.

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In The News


The Cap Times: Dr. Dipesh Navsaria: Immunizing one is a victory for all

Author: Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, associate professor, General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine | Full story

Fox 6 Milwaukee: High-risk patients face COVID-19 vaccine questions

Interviewed: James Conway, MD, professor, Global Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases | Full story

NBC 15: Those considered high-risk could be next for COVID-19 vaccine

Interviewed: James Conway, MD, professor, Global Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases | Full story

NBC 15: Wisconsinites of color being vaccinated at significantly lower rates

Featured: Sheryl Henderson, MD, PhD, associate professor, Infectious Diseases | Full story

News 8000: High-risk groups taking the vaccine

Interviewed: James Conway, MD, professor, Global Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases | Full story

Spectrum News 1: NICU doctor’s painting to be auctioned for stillborn awareness at “Butterfly Ball”

Featured: Ryan McAdams, MD, associate professor, Global Pediatrics and Neonatology and Newborn Nursery | Full story

27 WKOW: Child cases of COVID-19 increasing

Interviewed: James Conway, MD, professor, Global Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases | Full story

27 WKOW: MMSD officials explain decision to return to in-person in Q&A

Interviewed: Ellen Wald, MD, professor and chair, Infectious Diseases | Full story

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Learner Tribute

Here's what a student had to say about Brian Williams, MD, clinical assistant professor, Hospital Medicine:

Brian Williams, MD"Dr. Williams is a great teacher, clinician, and mentor. He was a blast to work with when he was on service, was kind to the students, was open to feedback, and asked everyone's personal style so as to adapt to them. He gave great feedback to us and was very engaged with our learning. He used his time effectively to teach both simple and complex topics."

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Upcoming Grand Rounds

No Pediatric Grand Rounds 
March 11, 2021

Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Phenobarbital Versus Levetiracetam: Seizing the Right Drug for a Bad Fit"
March 18, 2021 | 7:30am - 8:30am
Livestreamed via Zoom
Speaker: Carmen Verwoerd, MD – PGY 6 Fellow, Neonatology & Newborn Nursery, University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics
Pediatric Grand Rounds: “Acute Kidney Injury – Time to Unlearn and Flip the Script” (*ABP MOC Part II)
March 25, 2021 | 7:30am - 8:30am
Livestreamed via Zoom
Speaker: Rajit Basu, MD, MS, FCCM – Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine and Research Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia
No Pediatric Grand Rounds 
April 1, 2021

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Hi-5 from a Colleague

Emily Ruedinger, MD, assistant professor, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, received the following Hi-5 from a colleague. Ruedinger, along with other faculty, stepped up on short notice to create seven days of remote-only patient care experiences for a student who was unable to participate in face-to-face patient care following a COVID-19 exposure.  This creative approach to learning allowed the student to continue to safely participate in the clerkship while in quarantine.  
“Thank you so much for helping with the all telehealth schedule for our student last week. You really helped save the day and keep this student on track with their clinical training. The student also sent some unsolicited praise: ‘I particularly liked working with Dr. Emily Ruedinger who did a great job of giving me a lot of responsibility and pushing me to learn as much as I could in my time with her.’"

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Recent Publications

  1. Al-Subu AM, Hacker TA, Eickhoff JC, Ofori-Amanfo G, Eldridge MW. Volumetric Capnography Monitoring and Effects of Epinephrine on Volume of Carbon Dioxide Elimination during Resuscitation after Cardiac Arrest in a Swine Pediatric Ventricular Fibrillatory Arrest. J Pediatr Intensive Care. 2021 Mar;10(1):31-37. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1712531. Epub 2020 Jun 1. PMID: 33585059; PMCID: PMC7870341
  2. Brunet T, McWalter K, Mayerhanser K, Anbouba GM, Armstrong-Javors A, Bader I, Baugh E, Begtrup A, Bupp CP, Callewaert BL, Cereda A, Cousin MA, Del Rey Jimenez JC, Demmer L, Dsouza NR, Fleischer N, Gavrilova RH, Ghate S, Graf E, Green A, Green SR, Iascone M, Kdissa A, Klee D, Klee EW, Lancaster E, Lindstrom K, Mayr JA, McEntagart M, Meeks NJL, Mittag D, Moore H, Olsen AK, Ortiz D, Parsons G, Pena LDM, Person RE, Punj S, Ramos-Rivera GA, Sacoto MJG, Bradley Schaefer G, Schnur RE, Scott TM, Scott DA, Serbinski CR, Shashi V, Siu VM, Stadheim BF, Sullivan JA, Švantnerová J, Velsher L, Wargowski DS, Wentzensen IM, Wieczorek D, Winkelmann J, Yap P, Zech M, Zimmermann MT, Meitinger T, Distelmaier F, Wagner M. Defining the genotypic and phenotypic spectrum of X-linked MSL3-related disorder. Genet Med. 2021 Feb;23(2):384-395. doi: 10.1038/s41436-020-00993-y. Epub 2020 Nov 11. PubMed PMID: 33173220
  3. Carias C, Pawaskar M, Nyaku M, Conway JH, Roberts CS, Finelli L, Chen YT. Potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic on vaccination coverage in children: A case study of measles-containing vaccine administration in the United States (US). Vaccine. 2021 Feb 22;39(8):1201-1204. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.11.074. Epub 2020 Dec 9. PMID: 33334618; PMCID: PMC7723783
  4. Charmaraman L, Richer AM, Liu C, Lynch AD, Moreno MA. Early Adolescent Social Media-Related Body Dissatisfaction: Associations with Depressive Symptoms, Social Anxiety, Peers, and Celebrities. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021 Jan 25;. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000911. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33507043
  5. Cowan, E., Meinen, R.D., Lasarev, M.R., Al-Subu, A., Bauer, A.S. Implementing point of care ultrasound in the neonatal intensive care unit: a safety study. J Perinatol (2021).
  6. Cox ED, Palta M, Lasarev M, Binder AT, Connolly JR, Flynn KE. Influences of health and environmental deprivation on family relationships among children with chronic disease. Qual Life Res. 2021 Jan 26. doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02737-6. Online ahead of print. PMID: 33496901
  7. Delzer ME, Kkonde A, McAdams RM. Viewpoints of pregnant mothers and community health workers on antenatal care in in Lweza village, Uganda. PLoS One. 2021 Feb 16;16(2):e0246926. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0246926. eCollection 2021. PMID: 33592036
  8. DeMuri GP, Lehtoranta LM, Eickhoff JC, Lehtinen MJ, Wald ER. Ex vivo peripheral blood mononuclear cell response to R848 in children after supplementation with the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM/Bifidobacterium lactis Bi-07. Benef Microbes. 2021 Feb 8:1-10. doi: 10.3920/BM2020.0068. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33550937
  9. Fites JS, Shlezinger N, Hohl TM, Klein BS. Fungal Bioreporters to Monitor Outcomes of Blastomyces: Host-Cell Interactions. Methods Mol Biol. 2021;2260:111-119. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1182-1_7. PMID: 33405033
  10. Gannon J, Pollock AJAllen DBKling PJ. A Practical Screening Tool to Predict Early Childhood Obesity Risk: Examining a Birth Cohort. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2021 Mar;60(3):178-183. doi: 10.1177/0009922820971006. Epub 2020 Nov 4. PMID: 33148015
  11. Garg S, Bartels CM, Hansen KE, Zhong W, Huang Y, Semanik MG, Smith M, Panzer SE. High Burden of Premature Arteriosclerosis on Renal Biopsy Results in Incident Lupus Nephritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2021 Mar;73(3):394-401. doi: 10.1002/acr.24138. PMID: 31909878
  12. Kennedy AL, Myers KC, Bowman J, Gibson CJ, Camarda ND, Furutani E, Muscato GM, Klein RH, Ballotti K, Liu S, Harris CE, Galvin A, Malsch M, Dale D, Gansner JM, Nakano TA, Bertuch A, Vlachos A, Lipton JM, Castillo P, Connelly J, Churpek J, Edwards JR, Hijiya N, Ho RH, Hofmann I, Huang JN, Keel S, Lamble A, Lau BW, Norkin M, Stieglitz E, Stock W, Walkovich K, Boettcher S, Brendel C, Fleming MD, Davies SM, Weller EA, Bahl C, Carter SL, Shimamura A, Lindsley RC. Distinct genetic pathways define pre-malignant versus compensatory clonal hematopoiesis in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. Nat Commun. 2021 Feb 26;12(1):1334. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-21588-4. PMID: 33637765
  13. Legare JM, Pauli RM, Hecht JT, Bober MB, Smid CJ, Modaff P, Little ME, Rodriguez-Buritica DF, Serna ME, Alade AY, Liu C, Hoover-Fong JE, Hashmi SS. CLARITY: Co-occurrences in achondroplasia-craniosynostosis, seizures, and decreased risk of diabetes mellitus. Am J Med Genet A. 2021 Jan 26. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.62096. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33496070
  14. Legare JM, Smid CJ, Modaff P, Pauli RM. Achondroplasia is associated with increased occurrence of apparent life-threatening events. Acta Paediatr. 2021 Jan 16. doi: 10.1111/apa.15760. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33452838
  15. McAdams RMBeauty of Breastfeeding. J. Hum. Lact. 2020 Nov 17; 890334420966973. doi: 10.1177/0890334420966973.PMID: 33201759. Online ahead of print
  16. McGinn T, Feldstein DA, Barata I, Heineman E, Ross J, Kaplan D, Richardson S, Knox B, Palm A, Bullaro F, Kuehnel N, Park L, Khan S, Eithun B, Berger RP. Dissemination of child abuse clinical decision support: Moving beyond a single electronic health record. Int J Med Inform. 2021 Mar;147:104349. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2020.104349. Epub 2020 Dec 10. PMID: 33360791
  17. Mansbach JM, Geller RJ, Hasegawa K, Piedra PA, Avadhanula V, Gern JE, Bochkov YA, Espinola JA, Sullivan AF, Camargo CA. Detection of Respiratory Syncytial Virus or Rhinovirus Weeks After Hospitalization for Bronchiolitis and the Risk of Recurrent Wheezing. J Infect Dis. 2021 Feb 3;223(2):268-277. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiaa348. PubMed PMID: 32564083; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7857353
  18. Meinen RD, Alali YI, Al-Subu A, Wilhelm M, Wraight CL, McAdams RM, Limjoco JJ, McCulley DJ. Neurally-Adjusted Ventilatory Assist Can Facilitate Extubation in Neonates With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Respir Care. 2021 Jan;66(1):41-49. doi: 10.4187/respcare.07681. Epub 2020 Aug 4. PMID: 32753531
  19. Rao DR, Kopp B, Kamerman-Kretzmer RJ, Afolabi F, Liptzin DR, Balasubramaniam V, Sadreameli SC. Advocacy Considerations for the Pediatric Pulmonologist in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Feb 5. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202008-1022PS. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33544048
  20. Semanik MG, Kleinschmidt PC, Wright A, Willett DL, Dean SM, Saleh SN, Co Z, Sampene E, Buchanan JR. Impact of a problem-oriented view on clinical data retrieval. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021 Feb 10;. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocaa332. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33566093
  21. Shahi A, Weiss GE, Bhattacharya S, Baiu DC, Marino R, Pula T, Callander NS, Asimakopoulos F, Otto M. Targeted treatment of multiple myeloma with a radioiodinated small molecule radiopharmaceutical. Leuk Lymphoma. 2021 Jan 27;:1-6. doi: 10.1080/10428194.2021.1876858. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 33502270
  22. Shlezinger N, Fites JS, Klein BS, Hohl TM. Fungal Bioreporters to Monitor Outcomes of Aspergillus: Host-Cell Interactions. Methods Mol Biol. 2021;2260:121-132. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-1182-1_8. PMID: 33405034
  23. Singh H, Cho SJ, Gupta S, Kaur R, Sunidhi S, Saluja S, Pandey AK, Bennett MV, Lee HC, Das R, Palma J, McAdams RM, Kaur A, Yadav G, Sun Y. Designing a bed-side system for predicting length of stay in a neonatal intensive care unit. Sci Rep. 2021 Feb 8;11(1):3342. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-82957-z. PMID: 33558618 
  24. Somasundaram N, Kankam Boadu J, Von Bergen NH. First-in-human use of a continuous real-time atrial electrogram monitoring device after cardiac surgery. Heart Rhythm. 2021. doi:
  25. Thomson J, Hall M, Nelson K, Flores JC, Garrity B, DeCourcey DD, Agrawal R, Goodman DM, Feinstein JA, Coller RJ, Cohen E, Kuo DZ, Antoon JW, Houtrow AJ, Bastianelli L, Berry JG. Timing of Co-occurring Chronic Conditions in Children With Neurologic Impairment. Pediatrics. 2021 Feb;147(2). doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-009217. Epub 2021 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 33414236; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7849195
  26. Tomlin BDMcAdams RM, Zapata JY, Kaluarachchi DC. High Black infant mortality in Wisconsin: factors associated with the ongoing racial inequity. J Perinatol. 2020 Dec 18. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00906-6. Online ahead of print
  27. Verghese PS, Luckritz KE, Moudgil A, Chandar J, Ranch D, Barcia J, Lin JJ, Grinsell M, Zahr R, Engen R, Twombley K, Fadakar PK, Jain A, Al-Akash S, Bartosh S. Practice patterns and influence of allograft nephrectomy in pediatric kidney re-transplantation: A pediatric nephrology research consortium study. Pediatr Transplant. 2021 Jan 29;:e13974. doi: 10.1111/petr.13974. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 33512738
  28. Webber S, Baker S, Waycott J. Virtual visits: Reminiscence in residential aged care with digital mapping technologies. Australas J Ageing. 2021 Feb 4;. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12902. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33538405
  29. Williams BS, Smith SS, Marbin JN, Huang MZ, Garell CL, Kosack AS, Shaikh U, Tebb KP, Fiore MC. Addressing Environmental Smoke Exposure During Pediatric Hospitalization: Attitudes and Practices of Pediatric Nurses Versus Respiratory Therapists. Respir Care. 2021 Feb;66(2):275-280. doi: 10.4187/respcare.08038. Epub 2020 Sep 22. PubMed PMID: 32962999
  30. Yu AL, Gilman AL, Ozkaynak MF, Naranjo A, Diccianni MB, Gan J, Hank JA, Batova A, London WB, Tenney SC, Smith M, Shulkin BL, Parisi M, Matthay KK, Cohn SL, Maris JM, Bagatell R, Park JR, Sondel PM. Long-Term Follow-up of a Phase III Study of ch14.18 (Dinutuximab) + Cytokine Immunotherapy in Children with High-Risk Neuroblastoma: COG Study ANBL0032. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 Jan 27;. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-3909. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 33504555
  31. Zhang X, Hothi JS, Zhang YH, Ren A, Rock MJ, Srinivasan S, Stokes DC, Naren AP, Zhang W. F1099L-CFTR (c.3297C>G) has Impaired Channel Function and Associates with Mild Disease Phenotypes in Two Pediatric Patients. Life (Basel). 2021 Feb 8;11(2):131. doi: 10.3390/life11020131. PMID: 33567498

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New Faculty and Staff

Please join us in welcoming the following individuals who joined the Department of Pediatrics in February.
New Faculty

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT
Division of Developmental Pediatrics & Rehabilitation Medicine
Bernadette Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT, joins the department as an associate professor on the tenure track. Gillick earned her PhD in rehabilitation science with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota, and completed a fellowship in randomized behavioral clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health. Prior to joining our faculty, Gillick was a tenured associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She is an internationally respected expert on the use of innovative technologies and interventions in perinatal stroke and cerebral palsy from infancy to young adulthood. Her current grant support includes an NIH R01 and R21, investigating cortical and behavioral development after perinatal stroke and early brain injury using non-invasive brain stimulation and neuroimaging. At UW­–­­Madison, she will continue her independent research focused on pediatric neuromodulation and rehabilitation in optimizing outcomes. Equally exciting, the multidisciplinary nature of Gillick’s research is expected to overlap with other units, including the pediatric divisions of neonatology and critical care, the departments of neurology and neurosurgery, and the UW-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Connect with Dr. Gillick.

New Staff
Andrea Miller
Divisions of Critical Care and Neonatology & Newborn Nursery
Andrea joins the department as a senior medical program assistant in the Divisions of Critical Care and Neonatology and Newborn Nursery. Connect with Andrea.

Cassandra Nelson
Pediatric Clinical Research Coordination
Cassandra joins the department as a clinical nurse specialist with the Pediatric Clinical Research Coordination team. Connect with Cassandra.
Chris Reyes
Gern Research Group
Chris joins the department as an editor for the Gern Research Group in the Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology.

Muen Wang
Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Muen joins the department as a student researcher in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Venika Vulpal
Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Venika joins the department as a student researcher in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

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