pulmonologyPediatric Pulmonology at Children’s of Alabama and UAB was recently selected as a recipient of the annual Quality Care Aware by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).
To view the press release regarding the award, click here
f3df6a06 3e81 44e7 9aad 9e03c6fc492dRandy Cron, M.D., has been selected to serve on the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) Fellows Basic Research Awards Selection Committee. The Society for Pediatric Research annually honors students, house officers and fellows engaged in pediatric research. These awards are designed to encourage pediatricians in training to pursue careers in academic pediatrics. Winning candidates are selected by a committee from the Society for Pediatric Research based on the quality of the work presented in the abstract. Dr. Cron's term with run for three years; ending in May 2018. 
29fc66e9 8799 4c1e aa89 36279cb72258It's the middle of recruitment season! Take time to learn more about our fellowship programs by viewing the information booklet here. It includes an overview of each of the pediatric fellowship programs, statistics, benefits and more!  
Three 2nd year pediatric residents, Bryana Lewis, M.D.Karisa Grizzle, M.D., and Brett LaBrecque, M.D., were featured in the monthly YMCA Community Impact Report. View the report here. Each of the residents share medical presentations with students in local high and middle schools and give advice to aspiring medical professionals.

RS13491 David Kimberlin 19RT lpr"A disservice was done to the American public by several candidates in the Republican presidential debate on September 16. One candidate parroted outlandish claims about vaccine safety. The truth is this: Vaccines do not cause autism. Period. The science is crystal clear on this," wrote David Kimberlin, M.D. in a recent editorial piece featured on AL.com 

Click here to continue reading the AL.com article by Dr. Kimberlin . 
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
To view the AL.com article, click here.