The Pediatric Research Office (PRO) is pleased to announce that its final two positions have been filled. Inmaculada (Chichi) Aban, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, now has office hours in the PRO (suite 302 of Children’s Harbor Building) three days each week to meet the statistical needs of our researchers, and Eric Macomb will be joining the Office as an informaticist on Sept. 29. Eric was formerly the Director for Clinical Information Technology at Children’s of Alabama. With his move to the PRO, he will be supporting data retrieval for feasibility assessments, preliminary data and research protocols.  
Located in Suite 302 of the Children’s Harbor Building, the PRO provides assistance to investigators conducting pediatric research by providing pre-award and post-award support. For more information on the Office, please visit the new Pediatric Research Website.  It features information on PRO personnel, as well as information on funding opportunities, research resources including , and training resources boilerplate language for grant applications. For more information, please contact the PRO Administrative Director, Cheryl Perry or Director, David Kimberlin.  
ACHIA.LOGO.CLRAlabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA) is a state-wide collaboration of public and private partners, including Children's of Alabama and UAB, that uses measurement-based efforts and a systems approach to improve the quality of children’s healthcare. ACHIA is housed in the UAB Department of Pediatrics.

Click here to view the annual report for the 2014-2015 year. 
For more information about ACHIA, visit the website.
Seifert photo 2Michael Seifert, M.D., M.S.C.I.assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Nephrology, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for his study, Novel Biomarkers of Angiogenesis and Vascular Injury in Chronic Rejection, in the amount of $556,286 over the course of three years. 
Gait Collage The new Pediatric Gait & Lab Motion Lab at Children's of Alabama opened on Thursday, Sept. 17. The lab is the first of its kind in a four-state region that includes Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida, and will provide access to unprecedented, comprehensive and cutting-edge clinical care. Through advanced technology, gait and motion analysis measures movement, muscle activity and force production to create a clear picture of a patient’s challenges and needs. Physicians and surgeons use the data acquired through the analysis in conjunction with imaging scans, the patient’s medical history and other evaluations to plan treatment and measure outcomes in children, teens and young adults with a wide variety of conditions including limb discrepancies, brain injury and complex movement disorders.
Hope on Wheels Collage2Elizabeth A. Beierle, M.D. received a grant of $250,000 from Hyundai's Hope of Wheels Program on Sept. 10, 2015. The $250,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant will fund childhood cancer research led by Dr. Beierle, Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a general surgeon at Children's. 

The newly named Hyundai Scholar, Dr. Beierle, will use the funds to develop innovative therapies with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing toxicities in children with neuroblastoma. The event was celebrated at Children's of Alabama with children putting colorful hand prints on the new Hyundai Santa Fe and on the back of Dr. Beierle's coat.

Dr. Beierle

To view the photo album from Children's photographer, Denise McGill, click here
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Dr Namasivayam AmbalavananSMALLNamasivayam Ambal, M.D., M.B.B.S, professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for his study, "STOP BPD," in the amount of $367,500 per year through 2017. Congratulations on this well-deserved award! 
Taylor Michael 2 5 13BMichael A. Taylor, M.D., FAAP joined the faculty of the UAB Department of Pediatrics as professor of pediatrics and director of the newly-created UAB Division of Child Abuse Pediatrics in August of 2015. Prior to coming to UAB, Dr. Taylor was Chief of the Child Abuse Pediatrics Division at MUSC in Charleston, SC from 2013 to 2015.Taylor brings a rich background of work with victims of child abuse to the Children’s position. He served as medical director for the West Alabama Child Medical Evaluation Program in Tuscaloosa for 22 years, was a member of state and county child death review teams and served as Child Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Wake County, N.C.

Under Taylor’s direction, the new Child Abuse Pediatrics Division will expand the current services provided by the Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Center. The CHIPS Center provides forensic medical evaluations, psychosocial assessments, play therapy, counseling, social work services, prevention education, court support and expert court testimony for victims of child abuse. Taylor hopes to coordinate those services with all local, regional and state resources and organize educational efforts to increase awareness, understanding and reporting of child maltreatment.For a link to the Children's of Alabama press release regarding Dr. Taylor, click here.
The Pediatric Division of Nephrology will be participating in the Improving Renal Outcomes Collaborative Network (IROC). The primary objective of IROC will be to eliminate the survival disparity between children with kidney disease and the general population. Our Pediatric Renal Transplant Program is one of 10 institutions invited to participate in the initial planning and development of the IROC initiative. The initial focus of IROC will be children with a kidney transplant, but in the future we plan to collaborate with the SCOPE dialysis collaborative and relevant research networks to create a Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N) that improves care throughout all phases of a patient’s illness including Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD), dialysis and transplant. Upon successful completion of the design and planning phase and pending sufficient ongoing funding, it is anticipated that IROC will officially launch and start enrolling patients by early 2016. A generous donation from the Porter family has funded the participation and personnel effort that makes our involvement possible. The pediatric kidney transplant program is thrilled to participate in this exciting endeavor that has the potential to transform health outcomes and care for children with kidney disease.

-Dan Feig, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Division of Nephrology
GoldmanProfessor of Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology, Frederick Goldman's, M.D., paper on the correction of a mutation that caused severe combined immune deficiency in one of our patients was recently published in Cell Reports. Additionally, this has gained attention locally and nationally. See the findings covered by NPR, here.  

Michele Kong 12RTDr. Michele Kong, assistant professor of Pediatrics Critical Care, has received a CCTS pilot award for her proposal, "Prospective Clinical Trial of Azithromycin Treatment in RSV-Induced Respiratory Failure in Children." Through the CCTS Multidisciplinary Pilot Program, the CCTS aims to develop the future research workforce by supporting pilot research that addresses scientific questions across the translational spectrum. This may include novel approaches to therapeutics, or strategies that promote innovation and efficiency in participant recruitment.  Efforts like these − which reach across Schools, Departments and Centers − are at the heart of the CCTS's mission to advance translational investigation and to apply discovery research to human health. Congratulations to Dr. Kong!

For more information about the pilot program, please visit the CCTS Research Commons: