Dear Faculty and Friends,
Welcome to the October 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!
NIH Awards Boost Funding for Down Syndrome Research
The National Institutes of Health has awarded several new
grants to advance research on Down Syndrome through the Investigation of
Co-occurring Conditions Across the Lifespan to Understand Down Syndrome
(INCLUDE) project. Among the 42 new projects awarded nationwide, 12 were
awarded to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, including three
to the Department of Pediatrics.
Steven Abman, MD (Professor, Section of Pulmonary &
Sleep Medicine) was awarded additional funding under the Academic Training
Program in Pediatric Pulmonary Disease (T32-HL007670).
The project will expand postdoctoral training to include a
novel interdisciplinary program focusing on cardiopulmonary disorders related
to Down Syndrome.
Emily Deboer, MD (Associate Professor, Section of
Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine) was awarded a 2-year, $375,000
Exploratory/Developmental grant (R21-HL151261) for a project titled,
“Identifying Measures of Pulmonary Morbidity for Clinical Trials in Children
with Down Syndrome and Aspiration.”
The project will conduct a case-controlled study to
determine the pulmonary factors that may significantly contribute to morbidity
and mortality in patients with Down Syndrome with a focus on chronic
Jessica Bloom, MD (Fellow, Section of Rheumatology) will
receive support under the Research Training in Rheumatology program
This program provides professional development to a
Pediatric Rheumatology trainee to conduct research to advance medical knowledge
of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases in individuals with Down Syndrome. Dr.
Bloom’s project will study Down Syndrome and other patients with hemorrhagic
Department Leads in NIH
Rare Diseases Research Funding
Two key programs in the Department of Pediatrics have
received funding by the National Institutes of Health Rare Diseases Clinical Research
Network (RDCRN). The network is aimed
at fostering collaborative research among scientists to better understand how
rare diseases progress and to develop improved approaches for diagnosis and
Scott Sagel, MD, PhD (Professor, Section of Pulmonary &
Sleep Medicine) has been awarded funding as co-Principal Investigator of a new
project organized under the Genetic Disorders of Mucociliary Clearance
Consortium (GDMCC) and titled, “Longitudinal Characterization of Respiratory
Tract Exacerbations and Treatment Responses in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia.”
The consortium works to develop consistent, evidence-based
approaches to the evaluation of individuals with chronic airway diseases.
Patients with Mucociliary Clearance diseases are often recognized late, because
definitive testing is not always readily available.
Consortium research projects aim to yield more precise
diagnoses, better standards of clinical care, and advance new and effective
treatments for these diseases.
Glenn Furuta, MD (Professor, Section of
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition) has received full funding for
another five years under his NIH Specialized Center award (U54-AI117804) for
the Consortium of Eosinophilic Disease Researchers (CEGIR).
Dr. Furuta and his research colleagues conduct novel
studies focusing on eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), eosinophilic gastritis
(EG), and eosinophilic colitis (EC) with the goal of improving the lives of
individuals with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.
Department Names 2019
Instructor and Senior Instructor Awardees
On September 27 at the end of the annual State of the
Department address, Dr. Stephen Daniels (Professor and Chair) and Tracy
Price-Johnson (Senior Instructor, JFK Partners) named the honorees of the 2019
Instructor and Senior Instructor Awards.
Jolie Eirich, RN, MSN (Senior Instructor, Section of Hospital
Medicine) was named the Dalice Miller Hertzberg awardee. This award recognizes
a Senior Instructor for contributions to community outreach and community
support in volunteer capacities outside of the work place.
Under Eirich’s leadership, pediatric and newborn nursery
patients from Longmont to Vail to Colorado Springs have been given exceptional
care in her partnership with community hospital practice sites.
She serves as an exemplary ambassador for the Department of
Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital Colorado and embodies the community
outreach, leadership and caring that the Dalice Hertzberg Award honors.
Heather Heizer, MPAS, PA-C (Senior Instructor, Section of
Infectious Diseases), was named the Barbara A. Quarantillo awardee. This award
honors an outstanding Senior Instructor with five or more years of service for
contributions and recognition in their field.
Heizer was recognized for her outstanding patient rapport,
talent as an educator, contributions to clinical research and significant
scholarly work, and depth of special clinical expertise in the treatment of
Andrew Boies, MD (Senior Instructor, Section of Hospital
Medicine) was named the Senior Instructor with Distinction. As a teacher and
expert clinician, Dr. Boies was recognized for his dedication to the
communities of the Network of Care, patient and family relationship building,
and service work within the pediatric hospitalist section.
Congratulations to all three award honorees!
Ernst Advances Stem
Cell Transplant Research
Patricia Ernst, PhD (Professor, Section of Hematology,
Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation) has been awarded a three-year,
$840,000 grant (R01-DK120369) from the National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for a new basic science project focusing
on the most effective approaches to manipulating sources of human blood stem
cells to improve transplant engraftment.
Dr. Ernst’s project titled “Enhancing hematopoiesis
through modulation of a histone methyltransferase: evaluating a new MLL1
gain-of-function animal model,” seeks to discover novel means to manipulate
blood stem cells to improve their ability to treat patients that require
transplantation, such as those suffering from leukemia and autoimmune
Sills Earns AAP
Congratulations to Marion Sills, MD
(Professor, Emergency Medicine) who was honored by the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP) with the 2019 Technological Innovations in Pediatric
Emergency Medicine Award.
Dr. Sills is a national leader in the evaluation and use of
electronic health data methods to define and model systems- and patient-level
factors associated with process and outcome measures of health care quality.
PRiSM Review Process
The Performance Reviews in the School of
is now open to all faculty. Faculty who are 0.5 FTE or greater are required to
complete a review.
PRiSM administrator should have communicated the deadline to submit your
review, which ranges from December 2019 – February 2020.
section’s PRiSM administrator, your mentor, or your primary reviewer with any
questions or concerns.
New Faculty Dinner
The Department of Pediatrics will host a
business-attire dinner welcoming new faculty on Wednesday, October 23. The
dinner will be held at the Children’s Hospital Colorado Conference and
Mt. Princeton and Mt. Yale conference rooms from 5:45 to
8:30 p.m. The Chair of Pediatrics and representatives from the leadership of
the DOP, School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital Colorado will deliver a
program alongside introductions of new faculty.
Junior Faculty Interest
The Junior Faculty Interest Group will
host an educational technology event titled “Make Technology Work for You.”
event will include effective time management strategies, creating impactful
PowerPoint presentations, using task-management/organization apps, and
organizing passwords for convenience and security.
event will be held on Thursday, October 30 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the
Fulginiti Gossard Forum.
RSVP by October 18.
As always, for these and
other exciting Department of Pediatrics news stories, please visit
News web page.
Stephen R. Daniels, MD,
Professor and Chair
Department of Pediatrics |
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatrician-in-Chief | Children’s Hospital Colorado