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July 27 - In a front page article, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on plans by Dr. Michael Mitchell and Aoy Tomita-Mitchell, PhD, (both Surgery – Cardiothoracic Pediatrics) to house their new company – Tai Diagnostics, Inc. - in the UWM Innovation Accelerator. At Tai Diagnostics, the Mitchells are developing a blood test for determining whether a heart-transplant recipient is in danger of rejecting the new heart. The test would replace invasive biopsies. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 23 - Women for MACC is hosting a Beat the Pro Ping Pong Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Evolution Gastro Pong, 233 E. Chicago Street in the Third Ward. The family-friendly event runs from 1-4 p.m., and 100% of ticket proceeds will go to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), MCW’s largest donor, for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research.
July 21 - Pharmacy Choice cites a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program to address the needs of “medically complex” pediatric patients. Dr. John Gordon, notes that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $9.4 million grant to Wisconsin to expand Medicaid coverage statewide for the program. Pharmacy Choice
July 21 - Betty Brinn Children’s Museum received a $75,000 grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to engage researchers from MCW, Marquette University, and University of Wisconsin to evaluate the impact of specific Museum activities on a child’s literacy skills and a caregiver’s participation in the learning process. Urban Milwaukee
July 20 - Dr. Earnestine Willis, Principal Investigator for the Community Health Improvement for Milwaukee’s Children project, said that poor communication between doctors and Central City parents contributes to low vaccination rates. Parents may think their child is current on vaccinations when they are not. Urban Milwaukee
July 14 - Dr. Mitchell Grayson (Pediatrics – Asthma, Allergy & Clinical Immunology) tells WTMJ-AM that patients with asthma and lung problems should stay indoors and avoid exertion while Wisconsin experiences air pollution caused by Canadian wildfires. WTMJ
July 8 - An article in GEN magazine on the field of genetics notes that whole-genome sequencing was first successfully used at MCW in 2010, and that the procedure is now being used at pediatric hospitals nationwide. GEN Magazine
A gift from medical school alumnus Michael Kubly, MD '63, and his wife, Billie, established the Charles E. Kubly Child Psychiatry Access Project - a partnership with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin that will expand access to mental healthcare for children.
July 1 - Dr. Keith Oldham provides comment to CNN on the announcement that the Joint Commission is evaluating patient safety at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Dr. Oldham is the Medical Director of the Children’s Verification Program of the American College of Surgeons. CNN has been investigating St. Mary’s for its high mortality rate for pediatric open heart surgeries. CNN
June 30 - Dr. Qizhen Shi (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) is one of six scientists in the nation to receive a Bayer Hemophilia Award from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. The awards were announced at the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. The Street
June 16 - Teamwork builds champions. Teamwork also helps save the lives of children with cancer. At least this is the case for a pair of MACC Fund Center researchers – one a scientist the other a clinician -- who make up an amicable and very likeable pair who have teamed up for the past five years to champion an initiative harnessing the power of one’s own natural immune system to fight childhood cancer.
June 15 - A Hales Corner family traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak before Congress on the need to fund child health and health care programs modeled on Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s special needs program. The family’s daughter was born with a genetic abnormality so rare that only three people in the world have the disorder. WISN
June 15 - U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin among the nation’s top 50 pediatric hospitals. Children’s ranked fifth in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery. US News Health, Biz Times, GM Today
June 11 - More than 100 business executives participated in the MACC Fund’s annual golf outing in Franklin. Proceeds from the event support pediatric cancer research at MCW, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and UW’s Carbone Cancer Center. Milwaukee Business Journal
June 10 - In a report on ABC-TV/Channel 27 in Madison, Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard suggests that MCW, Froedtert or Children’s conduct a clinical trial on the effectiveness of cannabidoil as a treatment for seizure disorders. Sen. Wanggaard acknowledges that it is expensive to conduct clinical trials. WKOW
June 9 - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in nine specialties in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This ranking is just one of a number of awards that recognizes Children’s as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation.
June 9 - Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is conducting a Phase II clinical trial at Froedtert Hospital that tests a laser-activated photosensitive dye as a new treatment for aggressive brain and spinal cord tumors. Biz Times
June 9 - Dr. Steven Leuthner (Pediatrics – Neonatology) expressed opposition to a bill that would prohibit abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Dr. Leuthner said he fears that more abortions would occur if the bill is passed. WPR
June 5 - WKLH-FM’s 18th annual Dave & Carole Miracle Marathon for Children’s Hospital raised more than $1.3 million. Fox 6 Now
June 4 - In an interview with Fox-TV/Channel 6, Dr. Heidi Zafra (Pediatrics – Allergy, Asthma & Immunology) discusses clinical trials available for patients with lung disorders. She was participating in the American Lung Association’s first Lung Expo in Milwaukee. Fox 6 Now
June 4 - Dr. Qizhen Shi (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to continue studies on blood platelet gene therapies for hemophilia A. Phys.org
June 4 - The Milwaukee Business Journal named Drs. Tom Aufderheide (Emergency Medicine) and Michael Mitchell (Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) as recipients of the newspaper’s 2015 Eureka Awards. Dr. Aufderheide received a Lifetime Achievement award recognizing him as an international leader in methods of lifesaving resuscitation. Dr. Mitchell received the Health Care award for developing a non-invasive method to monitor pediatric heart transplant recipients to identify early signs of rejection. Milwaukee Business Journal
May 26 - The 14th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 27, at Kettle Hills Golf Course, 3375 WI-167, in Richfield.
May 13 - Lindsay Nelson, PhD, (Neurosurgery; Neurology) is lead author of a study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine that found that high school and college athletes with a history of developmental disorders such as attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and learning disability are 2 to 3 times more likely to self-report having experienced multiple concussions than those without such history. Moms TEAM
May 13 - Dr. Michael Uhing (Pediatrics – Neonatology) contributes expert comment to a Time magazine article on the science and ethics of care for infants born prematurely at 22 weeks. Time
May 7 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports on research published in Pediatrics by Dr. Angela Rabbitt (Pediatrics – Child Advocacy) that found that physicians are unprepared to identify victims of sex trafficking. Dr. Rabbitt said that efforts are underway at MCW to teach medical students about how to recognize sex trafficking victims. Fox 6 Now
Apr. 29 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby (Pediatrics – Infectious Diseases) tells the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that family practitioners and pediatricians are doing a poor job of promoting the importance of HPV vaccinations. Research has shown that most parents would immunize their children if their physician recommended the HPV vaccine. JAMA Network
Apr. 28 - Milwaukee BizTimes identifies “12 Big Ideas in Wisconsin Research” that includes two MCW/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin studies. Dr. Michael Mitchell and Mats Hidestrand, PhD, (both Surgery – Pediatric Cardiothoracic) are pioneering a new, less invasive and more cost-efficient way to detect the possibility of transplant rejections. Dr. Harry Whelan (Neurology – Pediatric) is utilizing infrared lasers to destroy malignant brain tumors in children. Biz Times
Apr. 22 - Green Bay Packers players visited patients in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Hematology/Oncology/Transplant unit as part of this year’s Packer’s Tailgate Tour. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Blog Packers.com
Apr. 21 - Dr. Rodney Willoughby (Pediatrics – Infectious Disease) tells MedPage Today that HPV immunization is essentially an anti-cancer vaccine. MedPage Today
Apr. 14 - Dr. David Margolis (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) discusses the improved patient care capabilities of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s new MACC Fund Center in interviews with CBS-TV/Channel 58, and NBC-TV/Channel 4. CBS 58 and 620WTMJ
Apr. 7 - The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Clinical Laboratory was recently chosen as the Lab of the Year by Medical Laboratory Observer.
Apr. 3 - In honor of National Doctor’s Day on Monday, March 30, Fox6 News produced a piece about a family who wished to thank Michael R. Uhing, MD, professor of pediatrics (neonatology) and his team for saving their son’s life.
Mar. 25 - Major media outlets nationwide, including U.S. News and World Report, Fox News and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported on a study published in Pediatrics by Dr. Angela Rabbitt (Pediatrics – Child Advocacy & Protection) that found that health care workers are not confident that they can recognize when children have been victims of sex trafficking. M-3 medical student Megan Beck was a co-author on the study. US News Health, Fox News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Mar. 20 - The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Endowment awarded $250,000 over two years to reduce the prevalence of alcohol and other drug abuse among youth in northwest Wisconsin’s Rusk County. BizTimes
Mar. 19 - David Dimmock, associate professor of pediatrics (genetics) and a geneticist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, discusses new recommendations suggested by the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics to define the "clinical utility" of next generation sequencing. GenomeWeb
Mar. 9 - Dr. David Margolis who was recently inducted into the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, provides counsel to the 2015 40 Under 40 recipients. Milwaukee Business Journal
Feb. 26 - In an interview with WTMJ-AM, Dr. Asriani Chiu said that winter-time sniffles may be allergies, not viruses. Indoor allergens like dust mites, indoor mold and pet dander contribute to winter allergies. WTMJ 620
Feb. 24 - The Medical Society of Milwaukee County presented its Community Impact Award to Dr. Earnestine Willis (Pediatrics – Community; Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children). Megan Beck (M-3) received the Student Leadership Award. Biz Times
Feb. 23 - Brian Volkman, PhD and Dr. Mitchell Grayson co-authored a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry that identified a protein that is linked to the development of post-viral infection asthma. The discovery is the first step in generating a novel type of asthma therapy designed to prevent development of post-viral asthma in young children. Medical Xpress
Feb. 20 - Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics and Director of the MCW Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, and Megan Beck, third-year medical student, will be honored by the Medical Society of Milwaukee County on at the society’s Leadership that Inspires dinner event on Saturday, March 7.
Feb. 19 - In an article in Today Parents, Dr. David Smith (Family & Community Medicine) explains that Down Syndrome patients have difficulty singing due to low muscle tone and because the structure of their mouths and tongues is different, making it more difficult to form words. Today
Feb. 13 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been chosen to be the official medical partner for the JCC Maccabi Games to be held in Milwaukee Aug. 2-6.
Feb. 4 - Dr. Michael Chusid discusses the resurgence of whooping cough in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Dr, Chusid notes that there is little public awareness that adults can get the disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 27 - Dr. Marlene Melzer-Lange provides expert comment in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the emotional and physical scars carried by adults who survived firearms injuries when they were children. The article provides background information on Project Ujima, a joint program of MCW and Children’s, to prevent childhood violence and provide support to pediatric victims of violence. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 22 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on a growing hazard nationwide: children swallowing small lithium “button” batteries used to power watches and other small electronics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 21 - Dr. Bruce Camitta provides expert comment to Canadian media outlets on the case of an aboriginal child with leukemia who quit chemotherapy to instead receive traditional healing with ceremonial medicines. Niagara this Week
Jan. 21 - Dr. Monica Thakar is one of 20 U.S. hematologists who will mentor a talented hematologist from a developing country. Dr. Thakar will mentor Dr. Jorge Luis Contreras Saavedra from Peru in the program coordinated by the American Society of Hematology. ASCO Post
Jan. 21 - Dr. David Margolis (Pediatrics – Hematology/Oncology) is one of four individuals selected for inclusion in the Milwaukee Business Journals’ 40 Over 40 Hall of Fame. Milwaukee Business Journal
Jan. 20 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles a young woman who was shot by a stray bullet at the age of five. Marlene Melzer-Lange, MD, professor of emergency medicine, medical director of emergency services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and director of Project Ujima, discusses the impact of violence and fear on young children. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Jan. 12 - More than 40 media outlets worldwide, including the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report, carried stories on Dr. Danny Thomas’s (Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine) research that found no benefit from longer, five-day rests for pediatric concussion patients. Dr. Thomas’s research was published in Pediatrics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, US News Health and New York Times
Jan. 5 - NBC-TV/Channel 4 presented a report on type one diabetes research being conducted by Martin Hessner, PhD. TMJ4
Jan. 5 - A study published in Pediatrics found that one or two days rest for young concussion patients may be more beneficial to recovery than a longer period of inactivity. Danny Thomas, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatric emergency medicine, led the study. New York Times
Jan 5 - For someone who admits he didn’t have much of a clue of what he wanted to do when he was in college, Dr. Michael Burke sure has built an impressive resume for himself in the field of childhood leukemia.
Dec. 19 - Milwaukee BizTimes provides a photo tour of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s new Delafield Clinic, which opened on December 1. Biz Times
Dec. 18 - The MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), the College's largest donor, has two items for sale this holiday season to raise money for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research. All money raised from the sale of these items benefits the MACC Fund.
Dec. 15 - The annual Sports Auction for MACC, which aired on WTMJ-TV Friday, December 12, raised more than $44,000 for the MACC Fund. The MACC Fund supports pediatric cancer research. WTMJ-TV
Dec. 10 - Dr. Julie Panepinto moderated a news conference on new strategies to treat anemia at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology. The Street
Dec. 9 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiles Dr. Harry Whelan who was recently awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Armed Forces. The Legion of Merit is one of the nation’s highest military honors. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dec. 2 - Harry Whelan, MD, professor of neurology and pediatrics and director of hyperbaric medicine at MCW and the Bleser Family Professor of Neurology at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, has been awarded the Legion of Merit from the U.S. Armed Forces. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Dec. 2 - A Nature article on gene therapy discusses research by David Wilcox, PhD on clotting disorders. Nature
Nov. 25 - Milwaukee BizTimes named Dr. Michael E. Mitchell as a 2014 Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Biz Times
Nov. 25 - Dr. Robert Lane contributed to a Baylor College of Medicine-led study published in FACEB Journal that showed that rat pups born too small are likely to be obese in adulthood and at greater risk for metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. Baylor College of Medicine News
Nov. 24 - Dr. Benson was given the CVDY Meritorious Achievement Award at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions Annual Conference in Chicago on November 18, 2014.
Nov. 20 - Dr. Earnestine Willis was interviewed by Radio Milwaukee (88.9 FM) on the importance of Reach Out and Read Milwaukee for early childhood literacy. Radio Milwaukee
Nov. 19 - Praveen Goday, MBBS, Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology), is co-editor of the recently published first edition of “Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition.”
Nov. 17 - Nature reports on Dr. Amanda Brandow’s research on sickle cell disease nerve damage. Nature
Nov. 5 - New research shows ibuprofen is as effective as morphine in treating the pain from fractures in children. Amy Drendel, MD (emergency medicine) was a co-author of the study. Grand Forks Herald
Nov. 3 - U.S. News and World Report explores the slow uptake of the HPV vaccine, which prevents human papilloma virus, or HPV. U.S. News and World Report
Oct. 22 - A collaborative team of researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study the association of NAPDH Oxidase , an enzyme involved in oxidative stress, in breast milk, to the development of necrotizing enterocolitis in infants.
Oct. 21 - Yi-Guang Chen, PhD and collaborators at MSOE received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study possible interventions to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes. Wauwatosa Now
Oct. 21 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant to Dr. Rachel Bercovitz to study the effects of platelet transfusion on newborns whose medical conditions require the procedure. Wauwatosa Now
Oct. 15 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Israeli researchers discovered the mechanism used by the rabies virus when it enters the central nervous system. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oct. 13 - Milwaukee Magazine published an in-depth feature on concussion research being conducted by Michael McCrea, PhD. The article also reports on Dr. Kevin Walter’s work to enact legislation dedicated to youth safety in contact sports. Milwaukee Magazine
Oct. 13 - Dr. Rich Tower will discuss issues surrounding children going through a cancer journey at a free public program in Mt, Pleasant on October 16. “Cancer – It’s a Family Affair” is sponsored by the Jane Cremer Foundation. The Journal Times
Sept. 23 - The MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) has events this fall to raise money for pediatric cancer and related blood disorder research. The MACC Fund raises 75% of its annual income from special events, and is the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) largest donor.
Sept. 15 - Brian Volkman, PhD and Dr. Mitchell Grayson are co-primary investigators of a one-year, $382,500 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to identify new therapeutic targets for chronic obstructive lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Biz Times
Sept. 08 - Dr. Venkatesh Sampath is principal investigator of a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study genomic factors that impact necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe form of bowel disease that develops in five to ten percent of premature infants and has a mortality of 25-40 percent. Biz Times
Sept. 04 - The Wall Street Journal featured a story about a new program that classifies pediatric surgical centers based on the level of care provided. Keith Oldham, MD, Marie Z. Uihlein Professor and chief of pediatric surgery at MCW, was instrumental in creating the program and was featured in the story.
Wall Street Journal
Sept. 03 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) in Madison received a U.S. patent on the automated production of cells that can be grown into any of the more than 200 types of cells in the body. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sept. 02 - Amy Heffelfinger, PhD and Astrida Kaugers, PhD, from Marquette University were awarded a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study type 1 diabetes management among young children. Wauwatosa Now
Aug. 29 - Cellular Dynamics International Inc., a Madison-based biotechnology company, was granted a patent for its stem cell production automation process. Ulrich Broeckel, MD, professor of pediatrics (genetics) and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, discussed the importance of this patent and how it will help research at MCW. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Aug. 27 - In an article on MSN’s Healthy Living, Dr. Asriani Chiu says that any organ in the body can be affected by allergies. Healthy Living
Aug. 26 - In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Wendi Ehrman discussed the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that recommends that teens too young to get emergency contraception over-the-counter should get prescriptions before they need it, as a way of reducing unintended pregnancies
Aug. 25 - A collaborative team of researchers from Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study type 1 diabetes management among young children.
Aug. 12 - Dr. John Routes received a one-year, $280,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease to design a multi-center clinical trial for treatment of a lung disease in primary immunodeficiency. Wauwatosa Now