Medical Professional Publications

Awards and Announcements

(From the May 2015 issue of Research Now)

2015 Spring Trainee Travel Award Recipients

The Office of Trainee Affairs in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is pleased to congratulate the 2015 Spring Trainee Travel Award recipients. Each award winner receives $1,500 to be used towards attending a national meeting. Five additional awards will be given this year for Fall/Winter travel for research trainees, and information on how to apply will be sent out in July.

Rachael Hardison, Graduate Student, Mason LabCenter for Microbial Pathogenesis

  • Abstract: Intracellular bacterial community development in nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHI) survival and pathogenesis
  • Meeting: 18th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media

Jesse Husk, PhD, Keim Lab, Center for Biobehavioral Health

  • Abstract: Association between exclusive breastfeeding history and dietary variety among preterm children aged 1-3 years
  • Meeting: Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and Society for Epidemiologic Research

Ryan Heksch, MD, Pediatric Resident, Endocrinology

  • Abstract: Fracture and bone mineral density outcomes after bisphosphonate discontinuation in children with osteogenesis imperfect treated with pamidronate compared to zoledronic acid
  • Meeting: Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting

Victoria Pepper, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, Breuer Lab, Center for Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Research

  • Abstract: The Merit of Magnetism: A novel use for a Magnetic Probe, Elective Fogarty Catheter Occlusion of the Tracheoesophageal
  • Meeting: International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG)/Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic surgery (SAGES)

Lindsay Wallace, Ph.D., Harper Lab, Center for Gene Therapy

  • Abstract: Dominant negative DUX4 therapy for Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • Meeting: MDA Scientific Conference

Bryce Kerlin, MD, Recipient of 2015 CSL Behring Professor Heimburger Award

Bryce Kerlin, MD, Recipient of 2015 CSL Behring Professor Heimburger Award

Bryce Kerlin, MD, principal investigator in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science in The Research Institute and a member of the Division of Hematology/Oncology & BMT at Nationwide Children's, received the CSL Behring - Professor Heimburger Award in Germany on April 24, 2015. CSL Behring awards this grant to young investigators in the field of coagulation who hold an MD and who wish to establish their own independent research project in this field. Only five global start-up grants for clinical and/or preclinical research in the area of coagulation were awarded for the 2015 cycle.

Center for Injury Research and Policy to Help Organize Child Road Safety Conference in Costa Rica

The Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) is serving as a co-organizer of Child Road Safety in the Americas: A U.N. Global Safety Week Regional Congress, May 7-8, 2015 in San Jose, Costa Rica. The conference participants include international leaders representing governments, non-governmental organizations, survivor groups, private sector organizations, medical associations, development agencies and global organizations working to improve road safety. Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, founder and director of CIRP, is a conference co-chair.

E. Steve Roach, MD, Honored with 2015 Hower Award from the Child Neurology Society

E. Steve Roach, MD, Honored with 2015 Hower Award from the Child Neurology SocietyE. Steve Roach, MD, chief of Neurology and vice-chair of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Hower Award by the Child Neurology Society. The Child Neurology Society (CNS) is the preeminent professional association of pediatric neurologists in the United States, Canada, and worldwide. CNS is devoted to fostering the discipline of pediatric neurology and promoting optimal care and welfare of children with neurological and neuro-developmental disorders. The award, given to one pediatric neurologist each year, honors an individual who is highly regarded as an outstanding teacher and scholar, and has given a high level of service to the Child Neurology Society. 

Dr. Roach is also professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition to serving the Child Neurology Society as the past president, he has served in substantive roles in organizations such as the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, the American Heart Association, the World Federation of Neurology and the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, Receives 2015 Trainee Research Day Distinguished Biomedical Research Mentor of the Year Award

Gary Smith, MD, DrPH, founder and director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP), is the 2015 recipient of the Trainee Research Day Distinguished Biomedical Research Mentor of the Year Award. The award is given annually by The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center and recognizes mentors who “model a passion for biomedical research.” Dr. Smith is also a professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at The Ohio State University.

Ginger Yang, PhD, MPH, Elected to Board of Directors for the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research

Ginger Yang, PhD, Center for Injury Research and Policy

Jingzhen “Ginger” Yang, PhD, MD, principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP), has been elected to the board of directors of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). SAVIR is a professional organization that promotes research and the distribution of that research to prevent violence and injuries. Dr. Yang’s term runs from 2015-2018. Lara McKenzie, PhD, also a principal investigator at CIRP, recently completed a term on the SAVIR board.

Grant Recipients from the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders

Congratulations to the following recent grant recipients in the Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT and the Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases in The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital for their work during March 2015.

  • Robyn Dennis, MD, received a $10,000 award from Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for TACL T2014-004 "A retrospective non-interventional study of remission rates and survival among pediatric patients with relapsed or refractory b-cell precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)."
  • Josh Felgenhauer received a $1,000 Research Scholar Award from The Ohio State University.
  • Keri Streby, MD received a $110,471 award from United Therapeutics corporation for “Increasing ADCC in the tumor microenvironment with HSV1716 enhances ch14.18 anti-tumor efficacy."
  • Joel Thompson, MD, received a $40,000 award from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research for his research, titled "Effects of Chemotherapy."

Michelle Corrado Awarded 2015 AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship at the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research

Michelle Corrado Awarded 2015 AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship at the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research

Michelle Corrado, a Class of 2018 medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, was awarded the 2015 Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship. Her project is titled “Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Transport Versus Private Transport Among Injured Children in the United States,” and she will be mentored by Huiyun Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD, director of the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Each medical school in the country can only nominate one student for the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship, and it is awarded to only 50 students each year.

New Occupational Health Survey Process for The Research Institute

A new occupational health survey process is now in effect for The Research Institute.

  • For current employees, if you already complete a health survey annually in order to gain access to the vivarium, you will automatically be prompted to complete the new survey when your current survey expires.
  • If you currently work in a laboratory environment but do not have vivarium access, you will be prompted to complete the survey in August 2015 and will be sent an email reminder at that time.
  • If you currently work in a non-laboratory environment, such as Accounting or RIT, this survey will be rolled out to your area on a department-by-department basis.
  • Moving forward, all new staff members (regardless of their department) will be asked to complete this surgey during their first two weeks of employment.

Please contact ResearchSafety@NationwideChildrens.org if you have any questions.

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