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Faculty Awarded for Teaching Excellence

The Distinguished Service Teaching Awards ceremony was held in the EPNEC Auditorium on 11/15/18. The Department of Pediatrics was delighted to have been awarded three awards in three different categories. Dr. Yumi Turmelle, a pediatric hepatologist, and Advisory Dean at the medical school was honored for her work in creating a new medical school selective called Advance Medical Spanish which focuses on having the students become proficient in conducting a clinical encounter in Spanish.
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Clinician Education Portfolio Workshop

Save the Date: Feb. 22, 3-5 pm in SLCH 6100H. Register here
Open to all faculty.
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2019 Spring Education Skills Workshop

A bi-annual program to enhance education skills as educators, to develop peer mentoring and enhance the culture of education within the department. To participate contact your division chief for referral or OFD at This series will be held on Mondays starting Feb. 4 from 12:00-1:30 pm.
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Faculty Night at Red Herring Escape Room in the Loop

Jan. 22, 2019, 5:45-7:00 pm; Room:
The Oval-ish Office
Only 10 spots available. Register here asap!
6358 Delmar Blvd Suite #222; Cost $27.50 plus tax payable on the night of the event
Questions? Contact
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Faculty Breakfast

Guest Speaker: Kyleigh Kirbach, RDN, LD, WUSM Dept. of Medicine – Nutritional Science
“The Current Research on Nutrition, Weight Loss and Fads” …to help with your New Year’s resolution!
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Faculty and Fellow Book Club

Feb. 12, 2019, 6:30 pm @ Brasilia, 3212 South Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63118
Book Choice: The Power by Naomi Alderman
To participate, please register here.
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Faculty Night at Time for Dinner

Our 1st faculty night was a success! The winners of the $50.00 gift cards for future use were Allan Doctor and his wife Dahven White, Adrienne Atzemis and Liz Scott. . Not only did everyone have fun, but they now have a freezer full of easy to prepare meals for busy nights.
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Did you Know…

WUSM has ergonomic specialists and a self-assessment tool to evaluate your workstation to prevent discomfort in the back, neck and shoulders, hands and wrists, as well as headaches and eyestrain?
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Faculty Feature

Viraine Weerasooriya, M.D.

Dr. Viraine Weerasooriya returns to the Department of Pediatrics as a faculty member and Clinical Director in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Even though his last name is pronounced exactly as it is spelled, his patients find it easier to call him “Doctor W”. Viraine recently moved from sunny southwest Florida where he spent the last 12 years in clinical practice.
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Faculty News

David Schnadower, M.D. and Phil Tarr, M.D.

Common probiotic no help to young kids with stomach virus
Children with stomach viruses increasingly are given probiotics to ease symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. But a major U.S. study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that a commonly used probiotic is not effective in improving symptoms in young patients with gastroenteritis. The findings are published Nov. 22 in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Jen Silva, M.D.

Jennifer Silva, MD, is an innovator and entrepreneur with heart — literally.
As a pediatric electrophysiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Silva treats children with abnormal heart rhythms. In partnership with her husband, Jonathan Silva, PhD, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, she has co-founded a startup that is developing technology to enable doctors to see real-time 3D holograms of the heart during cardiac procedures.
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Gary Silverman, M.D. and Mark Lowe, M.D.

AAAS names 11 Washington University faculty as fellows
Eleven faculty members at Washington University in St. Louis — the most in a decade-and-a-half — are among 416 new fellows selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. Samuel Achilefu; Victoria J. Fraser, MD; Robert W. Gereau; Kathleen B. Hall; Joseph Jez; Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD; Linda Joy Pike; Deborah C. Rubin, MD; L. David Sibley; Lilianna Solnica-Krezel; and Gary Silverman, MD, PhD, are being named fellows in recognition of their distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.
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Audrey Odom John, M.D.

Fighting the spread of infectious diseases like malaria with better, faster, more nimble diagnostic tools
Audrey Odom John, MD, PhD, is on a mission. John, associate professor of pediatrics and of molecular microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, is fighting the spread of infectious diseases like malaria with better, faster, more nimble diagnostic tools. Malaria kills 445,000 people a year, most of them young children in sub-Saharan Africa, a rural, underdeveloped area where better diagnostic tools are needed most.
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Funded Awards

Congratulations to Eve Colson, Patricia Dickson, Todd Druley, Robert Hayashi, Ellen Kim, Mark Manary, S. Celeste Morley, Jessica Pittman
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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

  • Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network (BETRNet), Request for Pilot Project Proposals, Deadline: January 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM – All faculty members at participating institutions are invited to submit applications for Individual or Cross-BETRNet pilot projects of up to $40,000 to be funded by NIH/NCI U54CA163060: Genetic Determinants of Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma

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Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees.
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IT News

December 5, 6, 7, 10, & 11: Planned Network Outages

Washington University Information Technology will be upgrading the network devices in the Buildings listed below, which will cause the network to be unavailable for approximately 20 minutes, affecting Internet access, email, wireless access, and other network communication.
This outage will occur between 5:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m, on the dates indicated below.
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Research News

  • Getting ready to apply for a grant and don’t know where to start? Set yourself up for success with tips from the experts at NIH. Quickly learn how to access application forms, ensure your application is a good fit for an announcement, and make an important final check of your application after submitting with new videos from the Office of Extramural Research (OER).
  • Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released an updated version of their Grants Policy Statement (GPS) via NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-19-021
  • HRPO Open Forum: New Human Subjects Research Regulations – The regulations governing human subject research have been revised. The effective date for the new regulations is January 21, 2019. The Human Research Protection Office is hosting several open forum sessions to learn about the new rules and discuss how the changes may impact your research
  • THE LEAH MENSHOUSE SPRINGER SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM – Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with a hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research
  • Washington University’s Office of Technology Management cordially invites you to a new event: Welcome to the Wall – a reception to celebrate WashU faculty startups, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m., Office of Technology Management, 4240 Duncan Avenue, Suite 110

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Upcoming Events

Pediatrics Molecular Medicine Seminar (PMMS) Series –

SciComm Thursdays – Read more. (December 6)
The Jeffrey Modell Pediatric Translational Immunology Conf. – Read more. (December 7)

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