Division News

A compilation of professional and academic accomplishments and recognition in the popular press. 

In Brief

Highlights

  • Faculty and fellows from the Division were very busy at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in May, presenting more than 40 posters and platforms, and developing and leading a number of special interest groups and scientific programs.
  • Krisa Van Meurs, MD, organized a special NeuroNICU Conference on May 3 and 4 prior to the PAS meeting. In addition to local faculty, speakers included: Lena Hellstrom-Westas, MD, PhD, from Uppsala, Sweden; Guilherme Sant’Anna, MD, PhD, from McGill University, Montreal, Canada; and Lina Chalak, MD, MS, from UT Dallas. The course was attended by over 160 people from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China and Brazil. 
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors appointed Henry Lee, MD, MS Epi, as Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Steering Committee Co-chair. Dr. Lee has been a general member of the NRP Steering Committee since 2011, and has served as the official liaison to the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention and China NRP Steering Committee. He begins his term as Co-chair on July 1, 2017.
  • Adam Frymoyer, MD, has been named the inaugural Early Career Investigator by Pediatric Research. Dr. Frymoyer talks about his work in pediatric clinical pharmocology in a podcast produced by the journal. His first-authored paper titled "High-dose erythropoietin population pharmacokinetics in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy receiving hypothermia" is featured in the June issue. 
  • Gary Darmstadt, MD, who received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego is profiled in UCSD’s alumni publication about his work in global public health. Dr. Darmstadt will be honored during alumni weekend on the UCSD campus, June 8-11.  

Notable Publications

Suzan Carmichael, PhD and several other division faculty members including Jeffrey Gould, MD, MPH, David Stevenson, MD, Gary Shaw, DrPH, and Henry Lee, MD, MS Epi, recently co-authored a paper published in Pediatric Research and selected to be highlighted in the Editor’s Focus section. The article examines the relationship between women’s prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) and their infants’ development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), hypothesizing that obesity-associated inflammation may increase risk.  The study used data from California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC) and focused on infants with birthweight <1500 grams or gestational age at birth 22-29 weeks, because these babies are vulnerable to developing BPD.  Both high and low maternal BMI were associated with modestly increased BPD risk. These findings support the notion that BPD is a multi-factorial disease that may sometimes have its origins in utero and be influenced by maternal inflammation.