Clinical News


Ana Maria Arbelaez and Kathleen Jay were recognized for Highest Patient Satisfaction on the Top 40 Washington University Clinical Providers list
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SLCH After Hours – Children’s Opens first Pediatric Convenient Care Location

In December, St. Louis Children’s Hospital will open its first convenient care location at 12436 Tesson Ferry Road in South St. Louis County. St. Louis Children’s After Hours is the only non-emergency, lower-acuity care center of its kind in the area, designed and staffed specifically for pediatric patients. It is the first of several conveniently located centers that will open in coming months. “Families will have access to facilities that offer high-quality, kid-focused care provided by those experienced in treating children and adolescents,” says Cheryl Grave, RN, CNP, manager of the After Hours program.
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Faculty Feature

Mythili Srinivasan, MD, PhD

Growing up in Chennai, India, Mythili never dreamed of coming to the US. She completed her Masters in Molecular biology at Madurai, India and had just started her PhD when she sliced off her toe in a scooter accident. A friend in St. Louis suggested that she apply to St. Louis University to pursue a PhD there instead. Bored while bedridden, Mythili decided to give it a shot. She was accepted and was en route to St. Louis 6 months later. Mythili arrived in St. Louis in January of 1986 and was greeted by fireworks celebrating the first day of Missouri lottery sales. Graduate school was a period of both professional and personal development since it was there that she met her husband— in the lab next door to her own.
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Faculty News

Audrey Odom John, MD, PhD

Malaria breath test shows promise
People with malaria give off a distinctive “breath-print” that could be used as a test for the disease, according to American scientists.
They had already tried out a crude prototype breathalyser in Africa, a tropical medicine conference heard.
The test was reasonably good at detecting cases in children, but needs developing to become a routine device.
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Katie Plax, MD

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation visits The SPOT
Representatives from Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation stopped by The SPOT in the Central West End on Thursday, Nov. 16, to celebrate and promote youth empowerment and the importance of positive environments. The foundation is visiting and bringing gifts to selected youth-based nonprofits in cities on Gaga’s Joanne World Tour, including St. Louis. The singer performed before a sellout crowd Thursday evening at the Scottrade Center.
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Research News

  • Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement – The revised GPS (dated 10/2017) applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2017
  • NSF proposal and award policies and procedures guide has been revised
  • Denise McCartney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration is retiring effective 12.1.17
  • Epic Update for Researchers – November 2017 – Research Record Creation and Study Coordinator Workflow
  • Registration is now open for Spring 2018 courses offered through the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC).  Please register by December 26th for Spring 2018
  • 14th Annual Postdoc Scientific Symposium – Abstracts for short talks and poster presentations will be accepted from November 27, 2017 to December 22, 2017
  • Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Symposium and Poster Session – Abstracts due 12.11.17 @ 11:59 p.m.
  • The United States drug supply chain has been deeply affected by Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico. Pharmaceuticals represent more than two-thirds of Puerto Rico’s exports

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Funding Opportunities

R01 Series – new: February 5
U01 – new: February 5
K Series – new: February 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: February 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: February 25

  • WUSM Master of Population Health Sciences – Applications are now being accepted for the 2018-2019 academic year for the Washington University School of Medicine
  • Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet), request for pilot project proposals, due by 1.31.18 @ 11:59 p.m.
  • Applications are now being accepted for the Washington University School of Medicine TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Program due 2.20.18
  • Washington University Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy (CMMN) Request for Applications due February 23, 2018 by 4:00

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Funded Awards

Congratulations to Mary Dinauer, Todd Druley, Sarah Garwood, Monica Hulbert, Mark Lowe, Jose Pineda, Katie Plax, Laura Schuettpelz, Shalini Shenoy, and Gregory Storch
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Work-Life Balance


OFD is developing a new wellness program. Our first happy hour in October was very successful and will continue. We are again offering in January the foam rolling series taught by Proactive Life Training. See the events calendar for dates and registration. We will be unrolling more wellness opportunities after the New Year. We welcome ideas you have of ways to develop a stronger community and deal with the challenges of our daily lives. Feel free to email your ideas to or discuss with any of the OFD directors, Bess Marshall, Yumi Turmelle and David Schnadower. We will also be sending a survey to all faculty for your ideas and preferred day and time for offerings.
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Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees.
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Upcoming Events

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Peds News

Pediatric Research Holiday Party!

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