April 2019 Department NewsletterDepartment of Pediatrics Apr 9, 2019
Happy Spring and welcome to the April edition of the Department of Pediatrics Newsletter. Here you will find a sampling of all the amazing activity happening within the Department of Pediatrics and at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Thanks to all our talented faculty, trainees, and staff who make this the best Pediatrics Department in the country!
Nadeau Named ELAM Fellow
Kristen Nadeau, MD, MS, (Professor, Section of Endocrinology) has been accepted as a Fellow in the 2019-2020, 25th anniversary Class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women.
ELAM is dedicated to developing the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex health care environment, with special attention to the unique challenges facing women in leadership positions. More than 1,000 ELAM alumnae hold leadership positions in institutions around the world. Selection to the ELAM fellows program is exceptionally competitive with applicants requiring nomination from the Dean or CEO of their academic health center. During their fellowship, program participants develop an Institutional Action Project that expands leadership skills and institutional visibility.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Nadeau!
Foreman Awarded Childhood Brain Cancer Research Funding
Nicholas Foreman, MD (Professor, Section of Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation) has been awarded a 5-year, $1.8 million research project award (R01-CA237608) from the National Cancer Institute for a project titled, “Investigation of a Novel Cancer Stem Cell Population in Ependymoma.”
Brain tumors have become the leading cause of cancer-related death in children. Ependymoma occurs most often in young children, accounting for about 9 percent of all childhood brain cancers. Childhood ependymoma is an aggressive malignant brain tumor with a very high, and often late, recurrence rate.
Dr. Foreman and his research team have identified tumor cells in ependymoma that appear to be “stem cells” that can re-grow tumor even after previous apparent complete removal at surgery. Confirmation, and further analysis, of these stem cells is anticipated to provide novel targets to reduce the high recurrence rate in ependymoma.
Screening Program Targets Celiac Disease
Undiagnosed and untreated celiac disease impairs nutrition and has lifelong impacts leading to poor bone accrual and fracture, infertility, gastrointestinal lymphoma, poor growth, anxiety, depression and increased mortality.
A new project lead by Marisa Gallant, MD (Fellow, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) and her research mentor, Edwin Liu, MD (Professor and Director, Colorado Center for Celiac Disease), seeks to evaluate the impact of celiac disease on health and quality of life at diagnosis, and after one year of treatment in children identified through a novel mass-screening program.
Funding for the project was awarded to Dr. Gallant by the Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and its Beyond Celiac Early Career Research Award. The two-year project will be a part of the largest prospective study of mass screening for celiac disease in U.S. children. By evaluating the physiological and psychosocial impact of identifying celiac disease by screening and subsequent treatment, the study will inform researchers on the potential benefits and harms of future mass-screening programs that may be taken to the national level.
Focus On Advocacy
Advocacy, together with high-quality patient care, education, and research, is a key component of the Department of Pediatrics mission.
Recently, the Central Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) monthly newsletter featured a spotlight on Jennifer Armstrong, MD, MPH (Associate Professor, Section of Child Neurology) in her advocacy role as incoming Board President for the Central Colorado AHEC.
Dr. Armstrong has been a member of CCAHEC board for two years, and has been a passionate advocate for the efforts of the Colorado AHEC system to improve the quality and accessibility of education for health care professionals in Colorado.
Junior Faculty Interest Group Update
JFIG will host a Wellness Event on May 16 from noon - 1:30 p.m. in Mt. Oxford in the Children’s Hospital Colorado 2nd Floor Conference Center.
The event will include wellness information, tips, and breakout groups for Mindfulness and Art Therapy. Lunch will be provided.
Please RSVP to Justin.Lotspeich@childrenscolorado.org by April 19.
More information on the event can be found at pediatrics.ucdenver.edu/juniorfaculty.
Instructor/Senior Instructor Group Update
Save-the-Date: The Annual Instructor/Senior Instructor Workshop & Reception will be held on June 13 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Dori Biester Conference Room, Children’s Hospital Colorado 2nd floor. The event will discuss career enrichment and advancement opportunities. RSVP by May 15 to Tracy.Price-Johnson@ucdenver.edu.
Pediatric Research Poster Session
The 2019 Spring Pediatric Research Poster Session will be held on Friday, May 17, from noon – 2 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital Colorado 2nd Floor Conference Center.
This will be an informal poster display highlighting recent and ongoing clinical, translational and basic research activities. Fellows, faculty, residents, nurses, and all Children’s Hospital Colorado professional staff are encouraged to attend and participate.
The Pediatric Committee on Fellowship Education will be awarding most outstanding posters in the categories of first-, second- and third-year fellow.
As always, for these and other exciting Department of Pediatrics news stories, please visit our Pediatrics News web page.
Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics | University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatrician-in-Chief | Children’s Hospital Colorado