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UofL T32 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training program receives $2.31M in new funding from NIEHS

Professor Gavin Arteel

The NIEHS-funded T32 training program in environmental health sciences hosted by the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology was awarded $2.31M in funding for five additional years effective July 1, 2016.  The training program provides cutting edge basic, clinical, computational, and population-based research and incorporates interdisciplinary and integrated approaches to environmental health sciences. The training program supports six pre-doctoral and three post-doctoral trainees and interfaces exceptionally well with the the strategic plans of NIEHS and the University of Louisville. Led by Professor David Hein as Principal Investigator/Program Director and Dr. Russell Prough as Co-Investigator/Co-Director for years 2004-2016, the proposal for renewal funding for 2016-2021 was led by Professor Gavin Arteel as Principal Investigator/Program Director and Professors Aruni Bhatnagar, Matthew Cave, and David Hein as Co-investigators/Co-Directors.

PhTx PhD candidates Laila Al-Eryani and Samantha Carlisle awarded extramural funding

Laila Al-Eryani received Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP) funding from the Society of Toxicology to attend a NIH/NCI molecular prevention summer course in Rockville, Maryland, Aug 1-5, 2016.  Laila is carrying our her dissertation research in the laboratory of Professor Christopher States.

Samantha Carlisle received NIH funding to attend the Sixth NIGMS-funded Short Course on Statistical Genetics & Genomics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, July 11-15, 2016.Samantha is carrying out her dissertation research in the laboratory of Professor David Hein.

Dr. Joseph Calvin Kouokam awarded NIH faculty diversity supplement grant

Dr. Joseph Calvin Kouokam, Instructor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, has received an NIH faculty diversity supplement grant to carry out research under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Palmer, Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Executive Director of the Owensboro Cancer Research Program.  In his NIH grant, Dr. Kouokam will study Griffithsin (GRFT), a sugar binding protein with pronounced antiviral activities against multiple enveloped viruses, including HIV. His project will evaluate whether GRFT is effective and safe for use as microbicide in patients with colorectal pathologies such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer.

IBD are chronic relapsing inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, and mainly include ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. They affect about four million people worldwide mostly in North America and Europe. As a faculty diversity supplement to the 1U19AI113182 project evaluating “Griffithsin-based rectal microbicides for the prevention of viral entry (PREVENT)”, led by Professor Kenneth Palmer, Dr, Kouokam will assess the safety and efficacy of plant produced Griffithsin (GRFT) in the context of IBD.

One of the primary goals of the proposed study is to assess the inhibitory effects of GRFT on HSV-2 in mice with dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis. A mouse model of IBD-associated colorectal cancer (using azoxymethane) will be assessed as well. The findings will provide a proof of concept for GRFT efficacy in preventing HIV in the context of colorectal pathologies. In addition, Dr. Kouokam will carry out comprehensive safety studies of GRFT in the context of IBD, both in vitro and in vivo. The findings will provide valuable information regarding the potential use of GRFT in IDB patients and further advocate its development as a microbicide with broad application against enveloped viruses.

With fireworks injuries to children on the rise, caution urged

UofL pediatricians offer tips for a safe and fun July 4th weekend

With the Fourth of July weekend coming up, pediatricians with University of Louisville Physicians are urging parents to be aware of the dangers involved with children handling fireworks, while offering tips to enjoy them as well as alternatives for a safe and enjoyable holiday.

New research from the University of Louisville that was presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2016 Meeting in Baltimore in May shows loosening U.S. laws that let people buy pyrotechnics at younger ages is tied to increased incidence and severity of fireworks-related burns in children.

As states relaxed laws related to fireworks sales during the past decade, emergency doctors saw an increase in both the number of fireworks-related injuries among children and the severity of those injuries.

“The increase in fireworks-related injuries and the severity of these injuries in children since 2006 are very concerning,” said Dr. Charles Woods Jr., one of the study’s authors and associate chair of pediatrics at the University of Louisville and UofL Physicians. “Parents and caregivers of children also should be aware of these increasingly serious injuries and the potential dangers involved in allowing young children to handle and play with fireworks.”

Dr. Heather Felton, medical director of the UofL Pediatrics Sam Swope Kosair Charities Centre and an assistant professor at the UofL School of Medicine, said there are ways parents can protect their children from the dangers and still enjoy the festivities.

“First, igniting fireworks should be left to adults,” Dr. Felton said. “Adults are also at risk of having an accident, so any and all precautions should be taken.”

Adults should also be aware of local and state laws regarding fireworks before purchasing and setting off fireworks.

“If you’ve done this and are ready to start your celebration, children should be encouraged to watch the fireworks and not help,” Dr. Felton said.

Accidents can happen, and having them a safe distance away from where the fireworks are being lit is one way to avoid injury from any mishaps, she said.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety recommends that if fireworks are going to be used, they are used outdoors away from flammable materials, overhead obstructions, buildings or vehicles.

”It’s also a good idea to have a water source available in case of a fire,” Dr. Felton said.

To dispose of used fireworks, the council recommends wetting the fireworks, placing them in a metal trash can away from any building and waiting a day to dispose of the materials.

Also, Dr. Felton said that for parents and their children’s safety, they should read the cautionary labels on fireworks before igniting them.

If participating in your family’s fireworks display is a battle between parents and their children, Dr. Felton offers a few alternatives:

  • Bubbles. If age appropriate, buy bubbles and let children enjoy seeing who can produce the most bubbles or who can create the biggest bubble.
  • Sidewalk chalk. Ask children to use their creativity and draw a fireworks display.
  • Glow sticks. If celebrating outdoors, give children glow sticks to wear when the sun goes down. (Read the safety labels on these as well and make sure the product is age appropriate.)
  • Silly string or confetti. “This can be fun and colorful, and only a bit messy to clean up,” said Dr. Felton. You can find confetti poppers, which give your children the sights and the sounds of the Fourth of July.
  • Attend a neighborhood or citywide celebration. Many cities, neighborhoods and clubs will have fireworks. Parents and children can enjoy the show without being close.

“Teaching your children responsible fireworks safety now will prepare them for later, and it helps everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday,” Dr. Felton said.

Initial site work begins on new home for UofL pediatric health care

Initial site work begins on new home for UofL pediatric health care

Rendering of proposed new UofL pediatric office building

On July 18, the University of Louisville Foundation will begin construction on a new, 170,000-square-foot pediatric medical office building. The building will be designed to house all of the UofL Physicians pediatric specialty clinical practices, with a large general pediatrics location on the ground floor. The eight-story building will have seven clinical floors, plus a lab, pharmacy and radiology services, as well as a rooftop garden and conference area.

The new building will be adjacent to the UofL Physicians Outpatient Center, located at 401 E. Chestnut St.

Planning for the building began in January 2015 and Architectural firms GBBN, Stanley, Beaman & Sears and Messer Construction Co. have been engaged since June 2015.

“This will be the premier pediatrics care building for children in the state of Kentucky,” said Dr. Gerard Rabalais, chair of the UofL Department of Pediatrics. “This will allow parents easy access to pediatrics specialists and primary care providers in one location, with everything designed specifically for children and their families. It is our intent that through this new facility, we will be building the future of pediatric care for years to come.”

An official groundbreaking ceremony with more details on the overall vision for the building is scheduled for fall.

PhTx PhD candidates Samantha Carlisle and Marcus Stepp present research findings overseas

Department of Pharmacology &Toxicology PhD candidates presented their research findings at the 7th International Workshop on N-acetyltransferases in Trier Germany, June 18-20, 2016.

Samantha Carlisle and Marcus Stepp are carrying out their dissertation research in the laboratory of Professor David Hein.


Samantha Carlisle                                                                         Marcus Stepp

Nathan Wainscott Awarded ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Nathan Wainscott, an undergraduate student enrolled at the University of Louisville has been awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  Nathan is testing the ability of several lead compounds targeting the anaphase promoting complex to arrest the cell cycle and induce apoptosis in lung cancer cell lines. He will then determine the cell cycle phase in which this arrest is induced by the presence of specific cycle markers.  Nathan is working in the laboratory of  Professor J. Christopher States in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology.

DIGH and Two Fulbright Fogarty Fellowship Winners

DIGH and Two Fulbright Fogarty Fellowship Winners

Congratulations to Jessica Eaton and Mackenzie Flynn on each receiving a Fulbright Fogarty Fellowship. This is a huge honor and to have two at once from our school is a jaw-dropping accomplishment. We are thrilled that each of these women are members of the Distinction in Global Health and cannot wait to see all the wonderful things they do in their careers.

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Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology welcomes five new PhD students through partnership with Wenzhou Medical University


Liya Chen (Leah)
Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Wenzhou Medical University
Postgraduate Student in Pediatrics, Scientific Research Center
The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children’s Hospital
Wenzhou Medical University


Jian Jin (Joseph)
Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Wenzhou Medical University
Masters in Endocrinology, Wenzhou Medical University
Attending Physician (Endocrinology), The Second Affiliated Hospital
Wenzhou Medical University


Lexiao Jin (Monica)
Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Wenzhou Medical University
Masters in Anesthesiology, Wenzhou Medical University
Attending Physician (Anesthesiology), The Second Affiliated Hospital
Wenzhou Medical University


Yihong Li (Summer)
B.S., Biological Engineering, Qiqihar University
M.S., Microbiology, Anhui University
M.S., Microbiology, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Research Associate, Wenzhou Institute of Biomaterials and Engineering
Wenzhou Medical University


Haiyan Lu
Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Wenzhou Medical University
Masters in Pediatrics, Wenzhou Medical University
Pediatrician, The Second Affiliated Hospital and Yuying Children’s Hospital
Wenzhou Medical University


Lisanne Anders, MD selected for a 2016 AASLD Emerging Liver Scholar Resident Travel Award

Lisanne Anders, MD has been selected for a 2016 American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) Emerging Liver Scholar Resident Travel Award to attend the annual meeting in Boston, MA.

Dr. Anders carries out her research in the laboratory of Dr. Juliane Arteel, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology.

The Emerging Liver Scholar Award is designed to promote the study of hepatology among residents who have potential for a career in academic medicine and who may be interested in choosing adult or pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, hepatopathology, surgery or GI radiology with an emphasis on hepatobiliary imaging as their career focus.

UofL pediatrician named inaugural scholar in collaboration to improve population health

UofL pediatrician named inaugural scholar in collaboration to improve population health

Gilbert Liu, M.D.

University of Louisville pediatrician Gilbert Liu, M.D., has been named an inaugural scholar by the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky (CIK) in an initiative to broaden capacity in addressing health disparities across the state and beyond. Liu is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at UofL and practices with UofL Pediatrics.

By bringing together the expertise of researchers from multiple disciplines, the CIK, an entity of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, has brought together 18 researchers as its inaugural Commonwealth Scholars, from academic areas ranging from health promotion, economics, medicine and urban affairs to health policy.

Along with Liu, the first CIK Scholars include:

  • Joseph Benitez, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Craig Blakely, Ph.D., M.P.H., dean, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Susan Buchino, Ph.D., OTR/L, senior research manager, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Ryan Combs, Ph.D., M.A., assistant professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Liza Creel, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Robert Esterhay, M.D., associate professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • José Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Economics, UofL College of Business
  • Jeremy Gaskins, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • J’Aime Jennings, Ph.D., M.P.A., assistant professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences,UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Christopher Johnson, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences,UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Brandy Kelly Pryor, Ph.D., director,  Center for Health Equity at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness; assistant professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Jelani Kerr, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., assistant professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences,UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Bert Little, Ph.D., professor, Department of Health Management and Systems Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • W. Paul McKinney, M.D.,associate dean for research; professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Elizabeth Munnich, Ph.D.,assistant professor, Department of Economics, UofL College of Business
  • Matthew Ruther, Ph.D.,director of the Kentucky State Data Center; assistant professor, Department of Urban and Public Affairs, UofL College of Arts and Sciences
  • Monica Wendel, Dr.P.H., M.A., associate dean for public health practice; acting director, Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky; associate professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences

“The complex health issues facing our communities such as poverty and preventable health disparities, require individual scholars to recognize the valuable knowledge and methods of other disciplines,” said Craig Blakely, dean of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Science and CIK Executive Committee member. “We are convening researchers from across the globe with wide-ranging expertise to improve population health and affect health policy.”

The primary operations of the CIK involve community-based research, health policy support, data analytics, and education. Commonwealth Scholars are able to access a variety of national data sets. Researchers also benefit from infrastructure support, such as financial management and biostatisticians, as well as connections to CIK community partners to develop new research.

Initial CIK projects underway include the development and pilot of neighborhood-focused health literacy interventions and a mentoring program for justice involved youth. An experiential study of LGBTQ Kentuckians enrolling in and using health insurance and an evaluation of the Affordable Care Act implementation in Louisville Metro are among the completed projects.

Interested researchers should submit a short statement and current CV to sherry.duffy@louisville.edu. Applications will be reviewed by the CIK Executive Committee and applicants will be notified of their acceptance as a Commonwealth Scholar.

 

Diana Avila and Dominique Jones awarded PhD degrees at May 2016 doctoral hooding ceremony

Dr. Diana Avila and Dr. Dominique Jones were awarded their PhD in pharmacology and toxicology at the May 2016 University of Louisville doctoral and hooding ceremony.  Dominique also received the graduate student diversity award in the School of Medicine.

UofL, GI division well represented at DDW 2016

University of Louisville faculty, fellows and residents part of several talks and presentations.
UofL, GI division well represented at DDW 2016

Dr. Thomas Abell and the University of Louisville GI fellows at the 2016 Digestive Disease Week conference in San Diego.


The University of Louisville Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition made a far-reaching impact at the 2016 Digestive Disease Week conference, held May 22-24, 2016 in San Diego.

The Gastroparesis group presented a total of nine posters and two talks, while the Liver group will give seven posters and two talks.

Also, the UofL Gastroparesis group presented the posters and seven talks at the International Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology Society (IGES) satellite meeting, also in San Diego in conjunction with the DDW2016 event.

The talks presented by the UofL group and its associates include:

DDW2016

Gastroparesis Group

  • Dr. Henry Parkman - "Early Satiety and Postprandial Fullness in Gastroparesis. Characteristics using the GpR2 Database"
  • Dr. Pankaj Pasricha - "Clinical Outcomes and Neuropathological Features of Patient with Chronic Nausea and Vomiting are Similar in patients with or Without Delayed Gastric Emptying"

Liver Group

  • Dr. Irina Kirpich - "Dietary fat rich in linoleic acid exacerbates EtOH-induced inflammasome activation and liver injury in mouse models of alcoholic liver disease"
  • Dr. Craig McClain - "Not Written in Stone: Modifying Hepatic Fibrosis"

 

IGES Symposium Talks

  • Dr. Patrick McKenzie - "The Effect of Gastrointestinal Electrical Stimulation in Patients with The Symptoms of Gastroparesis Combined With Pancreato-Biliary Disorders"
  • Dr. Andy Patel - "Autonomic And Enteric Responses to Temporary Gastric Electrical Stimulation"
  • Dr. Ammar Hassan "Clinical Outcome of Diabetic Versus Idiopathic Gastroparesis Undergoing Gastric Electrical Stimulation"
  • Dr. Nikhil Kadle - "Energy of Gastric Electrical Stimulation Interacts with Cajal, Mast and S100 Cells to Predict GI Symptom Outcome"
  • Dr. Shifat Ahmed - "Comparison of Neurohormonal Changes with Gastroparesis in Response to Temporary Gastric Electrical Stimulation"
  • Dr. Shifat Ahmed - "Is the Electrogastrogram a Clinically Useful Tool?"
  • Dr. Imad Jaafar - "Medium and Long Term Outcome of Symptoms using Gastric Electrical Stimulation with Temporary GES as a Screening Tool"

 

Posters

(links in .pdf format)

‘The Purple Book’ guide to vaccines now available as app

‘The Purple Book’ guide to vaccines now available as app

Gary Marshall, M.D.

A University of Louisville pediatrician’s comprehensive guide to vaccines, known as a standard in the profession, is now available electronically.

The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Cliniciansalso known as “The Purple Book” for the color of its cover in hard-copy form – has been developed into an app for iOS devices and is available in Apple’s App Store. The guide’s author is Gary S. Marshall, M.D., a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UofL who practices with UofL Physicians-Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

The Vaccine Handbook App contains an updated version of the fifth edition of the book, including the latest immunization schedules and recommendations, Marshall said. The app enhances the print version by including functionality features such as keyword search, internal links, bookmarking, quick access to schedules and tables, hyperlinks to external sources and the ability to make real-time updates.

Published by Professional Communications Inc., The Vaccine Handbook has long been known as an authoritative, user-friendly guide to immunizations. Designed for all health care providers, the guide contains practical advice and background on vaccine program infrastructure, standards and regulations, business aspects of vaccine practice, general recommendations, schedules, special circumstances and how to address the concerns of parents and patients. Specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases, the rationale for vaccine use, and available products also are included.

“We are so excited to make this resource available to any provider who wants it,” Marshall said. “Immunizations are one of our greatest public health triumphs. The more useful and credible information that providers have in hand – which, in the case of an app, it literally is – the more vaccine-preventable diseases will become a distant memory.”

Through a collaboration between the publisher and Sanofi Pasteur, there is no charge to download and use the app, although registration and reporting under the Open Payments act is required.

UofL and James Graham Brown Cancer Center Receive 33,000 Tissue Samples to further Oncology Research

UofL and James Graham Brown Cancer Center Receive 33,000 Tissue Samples to further Oncology Research

JGBCC UofL and KOH

The University of Louisville has expanded its oncology research strength through the addition of approximately 33,000 human tissue samples and specimens. The samples were transferred by Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) to further the shared commitment and collaboration in advancing research and action in the fight against cancer.

Researchers from the University of Louisville and James Graham Brown Cancer Center are partners with CHI through national oncological research between the two organizations, as well as locally as part of KentuckyOne Health. This close collaboration has delivered significant impact in the understanding of a variety of cancers and is supporting physicians and patients in Kentucky and across the country.

“These specimens provide our researchers with opportunities to build on existing research initiatives and open the door for new areas of study in fighting cancer,” said Dr. James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville. “We now will be able to extend our efforts to build upon our advances and we continue to work to reduce the human costs of cancer.”

Research teams in Louisville now have access to triple the number of medical specimens to guide cancer research. The more than 47,000 samples in the University of Louisville biorepository cover 111 unique primary tumor sites and include cancer types that are particularly prevalent in Kentucky, including breast, lung, colon and kidney cancers.

“Cancer is one of the most prevalent health issues facing the people of the Commonwealth,” said Ruth Brinkley, CEO of KentuckyOne Health. “The gifting of these specimens reinforces our shared commitment to bring wellness, health and hope to patients in Kentucky and across the country. The innovative treatments, diagnostic tests and other insights our local researchers are developing are critical to helping us reduce the rate and impact of cancer.”

The specimens will arrive at the University of Louisville on May 24, 2016, enabling immediate access for research teams.

 

About KentuckyOne Health

KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.

 

About University of Louisville/James Graham Brown Cancer Center

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville Health Sciences Center. As part of the region's leading academic, research and teaching health center, the cancer center provides the latest medical advances to patients, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings. The JGBCC is a part of KentuckyOne Health and is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program. It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource: Report from the American Hospital Association

  • This report, “Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource,” provides an assessment of the value of CME, recommends ways to improve the value of CME and identifies case examples of hospitals that are using CME to improve performance and align the delivery system. CLICK HERE to read the full text.



Medical students learn patients' perspective running for kids with cancer and blood diseases

Medals4Mettle participants honor "buddies" fighting a tougher battle and aim to share program with other medical schools
Medical students learn patients' perspective running for kids with cancer and blood diseases

Taylor Hodge with her running buddy, Carra

Second-year University of Louisville medical student Taylor Hodge showed 9-year-old Carra the ribbon and medal she had just earned by running the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon. Hodge then placed the medal around Carra’s neck saying, “Your courage is my inspiration.”

Hodge earned the medal for completing a 13.1-mile test of courage and endurance. Carra, a patient with the UofL Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation, is running a race of another kind. She was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare type of brain tumor, in 2009 and has been battling the disease ever since. Hodge presented the medal in recognition of Carra’s courage and determination in battling her disease.

“While we may be giving these patients our race medals, their mettle gives us so much more in return,” Hodge said. “I know my future medical practice will be better because of the courage and resilience I have witnessed in Carra and her family.”

Hodge and 86 other University of Louisville medical students ran the Derby Festival races on April 30 and presented their medals to pediatric patients battling cancer or a blood disease in a ceremony at the Kosair Charities Clinical and Translational Research Building on UofL’s health sciences campus. It was the eighth year UofL students participated in Medals4Mettle (M4M), an international organization in which endurance athletes donate their awards to critically ill individuals in honor of their courage in the face of life-threatening illnesses.

The UofL chapter of M4M is unique in that the students spend time with the patients before the race, and often run for the same patient year after year. The relationships with their buddies give the students a more intimate understanding of how cancer and life-threatening diseases affect the children and their families, adding a personal dimension to their training to become physicians.

“Medals4Mettle bridges the art and science of medicine. We teach the students about B- and T-cell leukemia, but through this program, they learn the diseases also have names like Mark, Mary and Juliette, that they laugh and they cry and live in families that are affected by the challenges faced in fighting these illnesses,” said Salvatore J. Bertolone Jr., M.D., retired professor and previous chief of pediatric oncology and hematology at UofL, who has supported UofL M4M since its inception.

“In a lot of our training, especially in the third year, we are learning what kind of questions to ask. What is the history I need from this patient right now to make the decision that I need to make and get on to the next one,” said Samantha Heidrich, a third-year student and M4M participant. “Through my experience with my buddy Damarys and her family, I have learned there are so many other questions I could and should be asking that will help me make those decisions. What is mom’s work schedule? Can they get care for her little brother when they are coming to the clinic? It’s made me think about the whole patient and the whole family and how we care for them as a unit.”

Heidrich, who has been a distance runner since she was a child, says training for the race also improves her personal wellbeing.

“I have built some really good relationships with my classmates through training. It was a way to build camaraderie, it was a way to release yourself from the study environment for a while, which is a wellness aspect that is sometimes overlooked in our medical education,” Heidrich said.

Fourth-year student McKenzie Vater, who has been involved in the program throughout her medical school training, wrote a scholarly article about UofL M4M that was published in the January issue of the Medical Student Research Journal. She surveyed previous participants about the program’s value in medical education and patient relationships. Her research showed that the students and the patients and their families benefitted from the interaction.

“Getting to know and understand the patient as a whole person allows for increased confidence in a physician,” Vater wrote in the article. “This relationship can provide the foundation for patients’ trust, allowing for improvement in patient satisfaction and health care outcomes overall.”

After graduating from UofL School of Medicine this month, Vater will begin her residency training in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, where she hopes to help establish an M4M chapter similar to the one at UofL.

2016 UofL Medals4Mettle participants. Photo by Steve Kinnett.

May 10, 2016

UofL pediatrician elected chair of national committee

UofL pediatrician elected chair of national committee

Charles Woods, M.D.

Charles R. Woods Jr., M.D., has been elected the incoming chair of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Section on Epidemiology, Public Health and Evidence (SOEPHE). His one-year term begins Nov. 1.

The AAP is a professional membership organization of 64,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

The SOEPHE supports development high quality practice guidelines for children’s health care and fosters informed use of data to improve the health of children.  It is composed of AAP members who practice or have interests in the fields of public health and epidemiology.

Woods is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. He is Associate Chair of the UofL Department of Pediatrics and director of the department’s Child & Adolescent Health Research Design & Support Unit. He has been at UofL since 2006.

In addition to the AAP, his professional affiliations include the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and HIV Medicine Association. He also has been elected to membership in the American Pediatric Society and Society for Pediatric Research.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Samford University and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. He completed a pediatric residency followed by a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Texas Children’s Hospital. He later earned a master’s degree in epidemiology from Wake Forest University.

Woods practices with University of Louisville Physicians-Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

UofL Autism Center patients create Asian-inspired art

Program created by Kentucky Autism Training Center engages students on the autism spectrum

Eleven-year-old Evan Green discovered a whole new world at Asia Institute Crane House (AICH) thanks to a new art program for patients at the University of Louisville Autism Center at Kosair Charities.

“It was great! I learned how there are a lot of patterns in the artwork,” said Green, a patient at the UofL Autism Center.

In its first six-week session last fall, the New Perspectives Art Program introduced Green and 13 other students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to the patterns, shapes and themes of Asian art. Students explored the exhibit “Peacocks and Paisleys” at AICH, learning about the artistic themes and textiles of China, India, Japan and Korea. They also learned how those cultures used scrolls for communication and art. The students then created their own art using natural materials, stencils and block printing.

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Fireworks-related burns requiring hospital stays skyrocket among kids

New research from UofL shows loosening U.S. laws that let people buy pyrotechnics at younger ages is tied to increased incidence and severity of fireworks-related burns in children

As states relaxed laws related to fireworks sales during the past decade, emergency doctors saw an increase in both the number of fireworks-related injuries among children and the severity of those injuries, according to new research being presented by faculty from the University of Louisville at the Pediatrics Academic Societies 2016 Meeting.

An abstract of the study, “Effect of Fireworks Laws on Pediatric Fireworks Related Burn Injuries," will be presented at the PAS meeting in Baltimore on May 3.

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