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MCW Pediatrics/Child Health/Adolescent News

Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin recognized as a Level 4 center

April 15 - The MCW Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) has been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Girls Suffer Worse Concussions, Study Suggests

Apr 14 - Girls who suffer concussions may have more severe symptoms that last longer than boys, according to new research published by Shayne Fehr, MD. US News & World Report

Whole Genome Growing Pains

Mar 13 - The Scientist reports on a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in which researchers at Stanford report difficulties in using whole genome sequencing as a tool to detect disease risk in healthy adults. The Scientist

Dr. Oldham Chairs Task Force on National Resources Needed for Childhood Surgery

Mar 11 - Dr. Keith Oldham was Chairman of the American College of Surgeons’ Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care, which developed new comprehensive guidelines that define the resources the nation’s surgical facilities need to perform operations effectively and safely in infants and children. Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Caring for mental health needs of city children

More city school children are getting the mental health treatment they need thanks to a collaboration led by the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Dr. Donohoue to be Honored at Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Event

Mar 5 - Dr. Patricia Donohoue will be honored at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 18th annual black-tie gala on March 8 at the Pfister Hotel. The Morning Blend (Today's TMJ4)

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Dr. Kevin Walter to serve on national council to combat catastrophic injury among young athletes

Feb. 18 - Kevin Walter, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Program Director of Pediatric & Adolescent Sports Medicine at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) to direct Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety (PASS), a two-year initiative to combat the incidence of catastrophic injury among young athletes. The council, led by David Satcher, MD, former U.S. Surgeon General, will review existing research, explore alternative solutions, and develop a strategic plan for the implementation of national guidelines on youth sports safety.

Gut studies hold promise for prevention

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are studying intestinal bacteria as a promising new approach for the prevention of heart attacks and a range of other conditions, including pediatric liver disease and antibiotic-resistant, hospital-acquired infections.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin receives grant to help diagnose, treat patients with rare disorder

Feb. 17 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has been awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation in Los Angeles to support genetic research and testing. A team of researchers and physicians from Children’s Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will develop a test system using gene editing to generate and functionally test the variant of interest.

Sickle cell specialist wins national hematology award

Feb. 14 - Amanda Brandow, DO, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology and Oncology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, is a recipient of the American Society of Hematology’s 2014 Scholar Award.

Using genomics to make personalized, safer medication choices for kids

Feb. 05 - Aiming to reduce adverse drug reactions—which affect some 70,000 children annually in the U.S.1—a study at Boston Children’s Hospital, in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, is using genetic information to predict children’s reactions to medications, ultimately enabling clinicians to select a more individualized therapy for the patient.

Partnering for lifelong heart care

Adults who were born with congenital heart disease find highly specialized, lifelong care at the Wisconsin Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program, a partnership of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital.

Minority Children Less-Likely to be Placed Correctly in Car Seats, Booster Seats

Jan 21 - Dr. Suzanne Brixey provides comment to a Reuter’s story on a study published in Pediatrics that found that minority children are less likely to be placed correctly in car seats or booster seats. Chicago Tribune

Dr. Lane Discusses Epigenetics

Jan 21 - Dr. Robert Lane discusses the field of epigenetics; the study of how and why certain parts of the human genome are turned on and off by different factors. WUWM-FM

Dr. Sato Named CEO of Children’s Specialty Group

Jan 21 - MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin named Dr. Thomas Sato as Chief Executive Officer of Children’s Specialty Group (CSG). BizTimes

Serving special populations - Profiles in Primary Care

Primary care physicians practice on health care’s front lines, and sometimes those lines are drawn by patients’ unique needs and circumstances. In our second installment of a multipart series, some alumni who care for special populations of patients discuss their perspectives and experiences in a profession whose call of duty is often above and beyond.

The Science of Epigenetics

Jan 16 - Robert Lane, MD, discusses the field of epigenetics on WUWM-FM’s “Lake Effect.” WUWM-FM

M Magazine Profiles Drs. Biblo, Ehlert and Toth in Best Doctors Edition

Jan 10 - M Magazine profiles Drs. Lee Biblo , Carey Ehlert and Heather Toth as part of the magazine’s article on the 2014 Best Doctors in America. M Magazine

Children with cancer receive $2 million boost

Dec. 19 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a $2 million gift from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to support children with cancer and blood disorders. The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer, within the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital, will provide outpatient treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders.

Editorial Quotes Dr. Scott in Quest for Public Reporting on Screening Test Efficiency

Dec 18 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial endorses a decision by the Wisconsin Department of Health to provide Wisconsin hospitals with monthly reports on how well they are performing on processing newborn screening blood samples. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Amos Finds that Iron Supplements Effectively Treat Restless Leg Syndrome in Children

Dec 18 - Dr. Louella Amos was lead author of an article published in Clinical Pediatrics that found that treatments of supplemental iron effectively resolved restless leg syndrome in children. Family Practice News

Toy Magnets Growing Danger to Teens, Tots

Dec 17 - Small round magnets marketed as toys pose a growing danger to children to ingest the magnets. The attraction between the magnets can cause massive intestinal damage. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Sheets Receives National Award for Child Abuse Prevention

Dec 11 - Dr. Lynn Sheets was awarded the Ray E. Helfer, MD Award by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevent Funds, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. BizTimes

Dr. Worthey Reports on Study Detecting Genes Responsible for Speech Disorder

Dec 6 - Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, reports on an MCW/Children’s study published in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders that identified genes responsible for childhood apraxia. WUWM-FM

Dr. Lynn Sheets receives Ray E. Helfer, MD, Award for contributions to prevent child abuse

Dec. 04 - Lynn K. Sheets, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Medical Director of the Child Protection Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, was selected by committees from the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds and the American Academy of Pediatrics as the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Ray E. Helfer, MD Award. The award is given to a pediatrician who has made significant contributions to preventing child abuse before it occurs, primarily through his or her work with a state children’s trust or prevention fund.

Investigative Report on Newborn Screening Lab Delays

Nov 26 - Dr. David Dimmock describes the life-saving efforts employed to treat a baby transferred to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with an undiagnosed disorder. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Scuba technology born from one of MCW's earliest discoveries

In the late 1930s, Dr. Edgar End, an alumnus and faculty member at Marquette University School of Medicine developed the breathing mixture that allowed his associate to shatter the world diving record. The discovery gave birth to scuba technology and led to further advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin opens new Fox Point clinic

Nov. 20 - Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) has opened a new specialty clinic at 7950 N. Port Washington Road, in Fox Point, offering families on the North Shore care closer to home. The clinic offers easy access with short appointment wait times and the same high quality care available to patients at any Children's clinic.

Deadly Delays: Newborn screening testing delay puts newborn’s life at risk

Nov 18 - Dr. David Dimmock, associate professor of pediatrics (genetics), discusses the case of a baby boy who was treated at Children’s Hospital for a rare metabolic disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Ramchandran Named McMahon Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Nov 12 - MCW named Ramani Ramchandran, PhD, as the Patrick J. and Margaret G. McMahon Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The McMahon Chair was established in 1965 as the medical school’s first endowed chair. WauwatosaNOW

Identifying children’s injuries: study to determine best practices

Nov. 05 - The Injury Research Center (IRC) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Services to determine the best practices for identifying children with severe injuries before they arrive at the hospital.

Dr. John Routes appointed co-chair of World Allergy Organization committee

Oct. 31 - John Routes, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, has recently been appointed co-chair of the World Allergy Organization’s (WAO) Special Committee on Immunodeficiency, on which he will serve until Dec. 31, 2015.

MACC Fund energizes MCW cancer research

Oct. 30 - Teamwork is in the DNA of the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.), which engages thousands of volunteers and donors in its mission to help kids with cancer and was founded, incidentally, during halftime of a Milwaukee Bucks game. Teamwork is also at the heart of the research the MACC Fund supports, which succeeds through the powerful partnership of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Next-gen sequencing identifies genes associated with speech disorder

Oct. 25 - A collaborative team of researchers has used next generation sequencing to identify clinically relevant genetic variants associated with a rare pediatric speech disorder. The findings are published in the Sept. 16 issue of the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

Noah Leigh receives Poster Award at international conference

Oct. 24 - Noah Leigh, Research Associate in Dr. Ramani Ramchandran's lab, received 1st Place for the poster he presented at the 1st Zebrafish for Personalized & Precision Medicine Conference held in Toronto earlier this month. The poster is titled, Mmp17b is essential for proper neural crest cell migration in vivo.

Safety of IV nutrition focus of Gerber Foundation grant to MCW pediatrician

Oct. 22 - A Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) researcher who practices pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is using a grant from The Gerber Foundation to study intravenous nutrition in an effort to make it safer for babies who need the sustenance.

Local physicians will establish new pediatric dermatology conference

Oct. 18 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute have received a two-year, $105,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to establish a new pediatric dermatology research conference.

Genetic sequencing to identify causes of pediatric cataracts

Oct. 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a two-year, $412,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to study the genes associated with pediatric cataracts.

Dr. Leuthner Discusses Lingering Death in Pediatrics

Oct 14 - Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses commentary in Pediatrics by three neonatologists, including Dr. Steven Leuthner, on lingering death after children are taken off of life support. MedPageToday.com

RERC on Technologies for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities meeting to be held in Milwaukee

Oct. 11 - The annual meeting for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities (Tech4POD) will be held in Milwaukee on Thursday, Oct. 17, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). The meeting, which runs from 1-3:30 p.m., will be at the Wisconsin Center (formally the Delta Center).

Researcher to create new tests to identify bleeding disorder

Oct. 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to improve the diagnostic tools for Von Willebrand Disease, a commonly diagnosed bleeding disorder that is over-diagnosed in some populations, yet under-diagnosed in others.

Dr. Willis Serves as Grand Marshall for United Negro College Fund Ceremony

Oct 8 - Dr. Earnestine Willis served as a Grand Marshall at the United Negro College Fund’s Salute to Champions Award Ceremony. Milwaukee Courier

Researcher to explore causes of pain in sickle cell disease

Oct. 03 - The Medical College of Wisconsin and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute have received a five-year, $696,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (1K23HL114636-01A1) to study the mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease.

Meara Peterson named Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year by her undergraduate college

Sept. 26 - Meara Peterson, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Pediatrics who works in adolescent medicine with the Milwaukee Adolescent Health Program, was named Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Year by the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Fredericksburg, VA. Dr. Peterson, who received her undergraduate degree from UMW in 2005, was honored for her efforts to provide reproductive care for underserved adolescents age 12-22.

MCW to collaborate on PCORI study examining pediatric diabetes self-management

Sept. 25 - The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awarded $2 million to a team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the Medical College of Wisconsin to implement and evaluate a patient-centered approach to improving outcomes for kids with Type I diabetes.

Dr. Lerner to Lead Multi-Institution Study on Pediatric Prehospital Emergency Care

Sept 17 - E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration to lead a multi-institution project to establish a research center to study and improve pediatric prehospital emergency care. Spanish Journal

Improving EMS care for children: MCW to lead national multi-center study

Sept. 11 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration to establish a research center to study and improve pediatric prehospital emergency care.

Parent’s Ranks Children’s #8 in the Nation for Pulmonary Care

Aug 27 - Parents magazine ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as #8 in the nation for pulmonary care. Parents

Access matters: MCW researcher to study traumatic injury outcomes in children

Aug. 27 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two year, $168,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study how proximity to a pediatric trauma center impacts outcomes in children with traumatic injuries.

NIH Awards Dr. Willis $1.3 Million Grant to Improve Childhood Immunization Rates

Aug 19 - Dr. Earnestine Willis received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to improve the rates of childhood immunization in Milwaukee neighborhoods in which there are significant disparities in immunization coverage. WauwatosaNOW

Boosting immunization rates in Milwaukee

Aug 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a three-year, $1.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to improve the rates of childhood immunization in Milwaukee neighborhoods in which there are significant disparities in immunization coverage.

The Importance of Newborn Screening for Heart Defects

Aug 2 - Dr. Stuart Berger discusses the importance of a proposed bill that would mandate newborn screening in Wisconsin for congenital heart disease in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Seniors match to residency programs

At the Medical College of Wisconsin, 181 fourth-year medical students obtained first-year residency positions on Match Day 2013.

Asthmatic Children Benefit from Communities with Active Support Programs

April 23 - MCW and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin contributed to a University of Michigan-led study that found that children living in areas where there was wide-ranging and active support for improving outcomes for their chronic asthma were hospitalized less and made fewer visits to the emergency room. American Journal of Public Health

Caloric Requirement Documentation Missing in Most Pediatric ICU Cases

June 24 - Dr. Martin Wakeham is lead author of a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that found that less than half the children admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit have a documented caloric requirement. Science Newsline & DoctorsLounge

Dr. Lo Comments on Study Linking Eel Protein to New Tests for Liver Problems, Jaundice

June 10 - Dr. Stanley Lo provides expert comment on the importance of a Japanese study reported in Cell that found that an eel protein could be beneficial in developing new tests for liver problems and jaundice. ScienceNews.org

Dr. Patricia Donohoue appointed to American Board of Pediatrics Sub board of Pediatric Endocrinology

Jul 08 - Patricia Donohoue, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, was invited by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) leadership to serve on the ABP Sub board of Pediatric Endocrinology. Dr. Donohoue will serve a six-year term.

Dr. Robert Chayer named Chucker Aring Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s

May 20 - Robert Chayer, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, has been appointed the Chucker Aring Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Dr. Willoughby Expresses Concern over Parents Who Limit Vaccination Shots

June 17 - In an article in WebMD, Dr. Rodney Willoughby expresses concern regarding a report that some parents are limiting the number of vaccination shots their children receive at each doctor’s appointment. MedicineNet.com

First two recipients of President’s Diversity Award announced

Oct. 14 - Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Kellner Professor in Pediatrics and Director of the College’s Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children, and Mikel Holt, Associate Publisher and co-founder of the Milwaukee Community Journal and President of Malik Communications, were chosen to be the first two recipients of the President’s Diversity Award. Holt and Dr. Willis will be honored at a special reception on Nov. 16. The reception runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center.

Journal Sentinel Article on Rabies Cites Historic Achievement

June 3 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on bat bites and rabies notes that MCW and Children’s teamed in 2004 to save the life of Jeanna Giese, the world’s first person to survive rabies without vaccine. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Nation’s 50th Anniversary for Newborn Screening Celebrated

July 17 - Dr. David Dimmock discusses advances in newborn screening in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the nation’s 50th anniversary of newborn screening for health disorders. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Wisconsin State Journal

Parents should trust instincts about children’s illnesses

July 1 - Dr. Cecille Sulman and Dr. Lisa Zetley were interviewed by the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle about parents’ concerns about evaluating children’s symptoms, and making the decision to contact a physician or visit urgent care or an emergency room. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Parents Should Trust Their Instincts in Seeking Medical Care for Children

June 24 - In a Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle article, Drs. Cecille Sulman and Lisa Zetley note that parents should trust their instincts on knowing when to seek medical care for their children. The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Pediatric Leukemia Study

Julie Talano, MD and Mitchell Oliviera discuss the BMT Chemotherapy Study at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Project ADAM celebrates 70 and 71 lives saved during National CPR & AED Awareness Week

Jun 11 - Project ADAM™ (Automated Defibrillators in Adam’s Memory) announced that 71 lives have been saved since it was founded in 1999. Project ADAM is a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin program that helps schools throughout the nation prepare for and respond to cardiac emergencies. Stuart Berger, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, is Medical Director of the program.

Sam Memorial Walk/Run on Aug. 24 to benefit MCW cancer research

Jul 17 - The 14th annual Sam Memorial Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. Agnes Parish, 12801 W. Fairmount, in Butler. Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. for the 10 a.m. event. Participants can choose to run or walk the two-mile course through the streets of Butler, beginning and ending at St. Agnes. The cost is $15 for individuals or$40 for families.

Team Receives Award for Research on Von Willebrand Factor

July 9 - A team of investigators studying von Willebrand factor from MCW’s Department of Pediatrics, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Foundation, and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin received the first prize in the Martin Villar Awards for Research into Haemostasis. noodls

Women’s History Month 2012 – education mission

Mar. 05 - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted on InfoScope during the month of March. The vignettes highlight many of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made. The stories highlight MCW programs that improve women’s health or help women develop as students, physicians, researchers, educators and leaders.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

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