Peds News

All employees will soon receive targeted, self-service training and other roles will have more specific training. Thanks for your help preparing in these ways:

  • All employees can visit the readiness page to learn more about training
  • Between May 24 and June 1 business manager eLearning will be launched 
  • June 4 is the date manger eLearning will be launched
  • Soon after, on June 11, staff eLearning will be launched  

Below is a snapshot of what to expect and how training will be focused: 

Thanks for your commitment to preparing for this important change. If you have questions or require additional information please contact

Office of Faculty Development

Upcoming Events and Programs

Office of Faculty Development Book Discussion Series

All are invited to attend the next book discussion covering, “Black Man in a White Coat” by Damon Tweedy, MD.  The discussion will be led by David Hunstad, MD, on July 7, 2021, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Zoom.  A calendar invitation will be sent to everyone in the Department of Pediatrics within the coming weeks.

CEP and Promotions Process Workshop

As we approach the next promotions cycle, the Office of Faculty Development is hosting a brown-bag preparation workshop on Friday, July 23 from 12:00-1:00p, both on Zoom and in-person in NWT 10A.  For any questions regarding WUPS please contact Megan Shaffer, OFD’s Administrative Coordinator, at

Pediatrics New Faculty Orientation

All new faculty in the Pediatrics Department are invited to join OFD for New Faculty Orientation on September 10, 2021, from 11:00a-3:00p in EPNEC Seminar Room A, located on the 2nd floor of EPNEC.  Faculty who started in 2020 and were unable to attend the virtual New Faculty Orientation last September are welcome to attend. The program will include an introduction to various offices and policies within the Department of Pediatrics including, promotion policies, OFD’s mission and resources, how to prosper in an academic environment, and Diversity 1.0-2.0.


Culture of Wellness Program

A group of volunteers and selected individuals from each division are taking part in the Culture of Wellness program presented by Catherine Pipas, MD, MPH from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.  The intention of the program is for the current participants to learn and experience various wellness strategies that they can take back to their respective divisions.  The program runs monthly, through the remainder of 2021.  Coordinators are early in the planning process of hosting a larger, full-day, in-person workshop in early 2022, which will include a “train the trainer” portion and an introductory workshop for the larger Department of Pediatrics community.

Leadership Development Program

OFD is wrapping up the 11th Leadership Development Program with a cohort of 17 members from the Department of Pediatrics. The final program session is on June 3. The purpose of the Leadership Development Program is the help current and aspiring leaders within the Department of Pediatrics further develop their leadership skills and learn how to implement leadership strategies in their professional lives.

Adrienne Atzemis, MD led the most recent Book Discussion covering “White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo.  Atzemis invited participants to share their understanding and experiences of race and racism in both their personal and professional lives. Through intimate and vulnerable discussion, participants shared both their earliest memories of acknowledging race and how we can all take a more active role in embracing differences and confronting racism in our current lives.

InPrint Scientific Communication Workshop Series begins in June

Join InPrint ( for a free, virtual Scientific Communication Workshop Series Thursdays in June at 5pm. On June 10, learn the best ways to display your data with the Data Visualization workshop. Tips for selecting the correct graph or table, aesthetics, presentations vs. manuscripts, and more will be covered. On June 17, participate along with the instructors with a step-by-step guide on how to design scientific schema and figures using Adobe Illustrator. Finally, on June 24, get tips for concisely portraying your science in abstracts and specific aims. RSVP to one or all of the workshops here. The first 50 people to register will receive an Uber Eats voucher upon attendance of a session. All in the Washington University community are encouraged to attend.

See OFD News

Faculty Feature

Carol Kao, MD

Carol “Mimi” Kao was born in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her parents emigrated from Taiwan to the United States where her father pursued his PhD in aerospace engineering at Virginia Tech, some of her earliest childhood memories are… Read more.

Faculty News

Patti Dickson, MD – Researchers elected to American Society for Clinical Investigation

Josh Rubin, MD, PhD – Chemo for glioblastoma may work better in morning than evening

Misty Good, MD – For breastfeeding moms, COVID-19 vaccinations may also protect babies

Chris Gurnett, MD, PhD – University joins NIH initiative to create diverse national biomedical data resource

Megan Cooper, MD, PhD – Scientists discover rare genetic condition that attacks kids’ immune systems

Funded Awards

March 2021 — Congratulations to Jorge Di Paola, Jorge Di Paola, Misty Good, Robert Hayashi, David Hunstad, Jason Newland, Marco Sardiello, Drew Schwartz, Shalini Shenoy, Stephen Stone, Gregory Storch and Kristine Wylie.

April 2021 — Congratulations to Jeffrey Bednarski, Thomas Ferkol, Jessica Pittman, Katie Plax, Bryan Sisk and Michael Thompson.

Funding Opportunities

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

Nutrition Obesity Research Center – Pilot & Feasibility Program 2021-2022 – Call for Proposals
Purpose:  The major objective of this program is to provide research support to test innovative hypotheses involving nutrition and obesity in the prevention, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and therapy of disease (see Pilot & Feasibility Award).

Diabetes Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Awards – Call for Proposals
Grants of up to $50,000/year; Grant Submission Deadline:  June 30, 2021 (see DRC PF Proposal).

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals – Washington University Collaboration – Call for Challenge Grant Proposals; Pre-proposal Deadline: June 25, 2021 (see Mallinckrodt Proposal).

Cancer Biology Pathway Program Call for Pre- & Postdoctoral Applications – Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021, at 5 p.m.  The Cancer Biology Pathway provides comprehensive training for those embarking on a career in cancer research (see Cancer Biology Pathway).

McDonnell International Scholars Academy, Global Incubator Seed Grants Fund, Call for Proposals, Deadline: July 1, 2021 – The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is pleased to launch a new Global Incubator Seed Grants Fund. Our goal is to stimulate high-impact research projects in any discipline linking WashU faculty and international collaborators (see McDonnell International Scholars Academy). 

COVID-19 related funding opportunities are curated weekly on the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research COVID-19 website.

Welcome New Employees

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

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Promote yourself and the Department of Pediatrics on our departmental Facebook ( and Twitter ( accounts! Our audience on Facebook is patients and their parents. We want to update them with what is happening in the department, as well as highlight our faculty and their accomplishments. Twitter is aimed more at recruitment — faculty, fellows and residents. We like to share the interesting things our labs are doing, among so many other things. The content we post can overlap. If you have something you’d like to share, contact Katie Cammarata (

Research News

The Research Development Office (RDO) announces two programs to help assistant professors submit competitive proposals for the NSF CAREER program (see NSF CAREER program).

Animal procurement is transitioning from Marketplace to the Lab Animal Management and Protocol System (LAMPS) due to the implementation of the university’s new HR and Finance system, Workday. The university is taking this opportunity to release the eAnimal Ordering module in LAMPS. The new module will be available in July 2021 (see LAMPS).

Applications are open for the 2nd annual Systems Science for Social Impact Summer Training Institute, to be held virtually over Zoom from August 2 – August 6, 2021.  The application process is open; candidates will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 5, 2021 (see Systems Science).

Nominations for the 20201 W.M. Keck Postdoctoral Program in Molecular Medicine at Washington University are now open. Three fellowships of $55,000 for stipend and $5,000 for research supplies will be awarded for the coming year (8/1/2021-7/31/2022). These fellowships, established with a gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation, provide support to outstanding scientists in the postdoctoral phase of their training (see W.M. Keck Foundation).

Summer 2021 registration is now underway for the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation courses offered through the Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC). This summer we are excited to be offering M17 553: Bench Fundamentals for Translational Research to scholars outside of our training programs (see Bench Fundamentals).

Registration Open – Introduction to MDClone Workshops:  Webinars on MDClone, the new campus resource from the Institute for Informatics’ Center for Population Health Informatics, are now available. MDClone is a free, secure, self-service platform for building queries and downloading computationally derived (“synthetic”) electronic medical record data from the I² Research Data Core (RDC) (see MDClone).

Becker Medical Library Workshops – Becker Medical Library is offering Zoom sessions intended for investigators or research support staff.  For list of workshops (see Becker Medical Library).

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PGx Symposium On April 23, the Dept. of Pediatrics, Division of Genetics and Genomic Medicine hosted its Inaugural Pharmacogenomics Symposium presented by the Dept. of Pediatrics, Institute for Informatics, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. We heard from world-renown leaders on Pharmacogenomics in the clinic and lab. The recording of the webinar can be viewed here: