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OFD News

OFD Changes to Fulfil Mission

The Office of Faculty Development co-directors, Bess Marshall, MD and Yumi Turmelle, MD, welcome the addition of Philip Abraham, MD (center), as co-director of the office.
Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric, MD (far right) also joins the office as the Under Represented Minority Ombuds.
Read more for mission and advisory committee members…


Congratulations on the promotions, effective July 2018, of our well-deserving faculty. Read more for who they are and highlights of their achievements.
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OFD Sponsored Grand Rounds/Spotlight on Women in Medicine and Science (SWIMS)

Save the Date:
October 26, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:45 am
Clopton Auditorium
Keynote: Janet Serwint, MD
“Addressing Burnout and Creating a Work Environment that Fosters Physician Resilience and Engagement”
9:15 – 10:15 am
Register here.
WUSM SWIMS speakers
Misty Good, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine, Developmental Biology
Sarah England, PhD, Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Basic & Translational Research
SWIMS Details

“Demystifying the hiring, retention, and discharge of employees for faculty members and administrators” Presented by: Nannette Vaughn, HR Consultant

Register here.
These sessions are designed for any faculty or administrators who are responsible for the hiring and management of employees in the School of Medicine. Topics include: pre-employment and interviewing, offering a position and managing your employees and documentation and handling corrective action.
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“The Psychology of Mindset and Resilience”

Faculty Breakfast open to faculty and fellows
Guest Speaker: Tim Bono, PhD, Assistant Dean WUSTL School of Arts & Science
October 12, 2018, 8:00-9:00 am,
SLCH 3rd Floor Auditorium
Register here.
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Faculty and Fellow Happy Hour at CWE iTap

November 1, 2018 from 4-7 pm
16 S. Euclid (Walking distance from campus)
Drinks and appetizers provided; Registration not required
As always please ensure you consume alcohol responsibly and not drive under the influence, and do not attend to clinical responsibilities afterwards.
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Faculty Night at Time for Dinner

Save the Date: November 14, 2018 at 6:30 pm
Time for Dinner is a meal assembly service that is dedicated to providing quality meals for your family’s table. Visit this link Time for Dinner to see the November calendar and look for  WUSM Pediatrics private session on our date and time. Click and it will take you to the menu page to place your order. Payment is directly with Time for Dinner on the night of session. Please contact with questions.
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Did you Know…

WUSM faculty may join BJC’s Well Aware Fitness Facility? Its new 10,000 square foot facility is located at 4220 Duncan Ave.

Faculty Feature

Patricia Dickson, M.D.

You might say the fleur-de-lis is in her DNA.
That’s because Patricia Dickson, M.D., the new chief of the division of medical genetics and genomics at Washington University, grew up in New Orleans. Her grandfather had settled his family in New Orleans in the 1960’s after moving from Texas, Havana, and Los Angeles during his career in the oil business.
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Faculty News

David Perlmutter, M.D.

First endowed deanship – Honoring the contributions of past, present and future medical school deans
Philanthropists George and Carol Bauer have committed $5 million to Washington University, establishing a named deanship for the School of Medicine. The deanship also recognizes the distinguished leadership of the school’s previous deans. Their collective accomplishments are credited with the school’s preeminent stature and with paving the way for future successes.
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F. Sessions Cole, M.D.

Washington University joins network for solving rare medical mysteries
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is joining a national research network aimed at diagnosing rare, previously undescribed diseases in patients whose conditions present as medical mysteries. The Undiagnosed Diseases Network is made up of 12 clinical sites and several research centers across the country and funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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Washington University Transgender Center

The Washington University Transgender Center helps families navigate the complex world of gender identity
One day, while Karen Stokes and her 5-year-old daughter were watching TV, a Victoria’s Secret commercial came on. Stokes was unprepared for the reaction.
“My daughter said if she had breasts, she would want to cut them off,” Stokes explained. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s a drastic thing for this very young child to say.’
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Todd Druley, M.D., Ph.D.

Druley addresses childhood cancer at U.S. Capitol
Todd E. Druley, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics, of genetics and of developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, represented pediatric cancer researchers Sept. 13 at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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Christina Gurnett, M.D., Ph.D.

Gurnett named director of pediatric and developmental neurology
Christina Gurnett, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology at the School of Medicine and neurologist-in-chief at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
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Joshua Rubin, M.D., Ph.D.

Focused delivery for brain cancers
A person’s brainstem controls some of the body’s most important functions, including heart beat, respiration, blood pressure and swallowing. Tumor growth in this part of the brain is therefore twice as devastating. Not only can such a growth disrupt vital functions, but operating in this area is so risky, many medical professionals refuse to consider it as an option.
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Funded Awards

Congratulations to F. Sessions Cole, Jonathan Cooper, Brian DeBosch, Amit Mathur, & Peter Michelson.
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Funding Opportunities

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

  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) – Call for Proposals: Seed Grants and Planning Grants, Required LOI Deadline: October 12, 2018; Full Proposal Deadline: November 12, 2018
  • Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases Pilot Grant Program – The Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases (CIMED) sponsors a pilot program. Center members are eligible to apply for two-year grants of up to $25,000/year, to be used for acquisition of new preliminary data for interdisciplinary studies related to the Center’s mission
  • Internal Competition: NCCN Young Investigator Awards – The NCCN Foundation invites proposals from young investigators with innovative ideas and an interest in improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to cancer patients
  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs – The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) application cycle opened September 1, 2018, and will close on November 15, 2018
  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation Spring 2019 Grant Programs – Washington University is eligible to nominate candidates for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Spring 2019 grant programs
  • V Foundation Scholar Award – The V Scholar Grant is a two-year grant of $100,000 per year. It supports young tenure-track faculty early in their cancer research careers by funding projects that are either laboratory-based fundamental research or translational research
  • V Foundation Pediatric Research Grant Scholar or Translational Awards – The scholar award supports young tenure-track faculty focused on basic or translational pediatric cancer research. Translational award projects should move a novel strategy from the laboratory into a human clinical trial or use specimens from a clinical trial to develop biomarkers or mechanisms, and should focus on pediatric cancers

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Welcome New Employees

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

You’re Invited to an Open House

It’s been a long road but the renovation and construction of the new IT building is complete! We invite you to join us for an open house, Tuesday, October 2, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Tour our new building at 4480 Clayton Ave. (on the Medical Campus) and meet the people delivering your IT services. Refreshments will be served.
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Google internet search tip:

Did you know you can limit your results within numeric ranges in Google? This can be used for a variety of purposes. For instance… You could search for a person like John Quintero 1883..1910 or for shopping laptop $300..$700 or software versions Windows 8..10

Research News

  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) Executive Chair, Jonathan Green MD, MBA, has left the University to assume a leadership position at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We will appoint an interim IRB Executive Chair while we conduct a national search for a new leader for this integral position
  • SBIR/STTR Training Seminar – Do you think you have a great business idea, but need funding?
  • Register for the 2018 NIH Fellowship Workshop – The NIH Fellowship Writing Workshop is offered to graduate students and postdocs in order to teach them proposal-writing skills, with the goal of applying to an appropriate fellowship or grant
  • IDDRC Core Project and Immediate Pilot Funding Opportunity – The Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disability Research Center (WUIDDRC) is now accepting applications for inclusion of an investigator-initiated modular R01 ($250,000/YR Direct Cost x 5 years) in its 2020 competing renewal application
  • The Clinical Research Training Center (CRTC) is accepting applications for programs providing advanced training in Clinical Investigation! Postdocs, Fellows, Faculty, Jr. Faculty, and Instructors are encouraged to apply for MTPCI and MSCI. Protocol Development & Implementation Services for Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials
  • Protocol Development & Implementation Services for Investigator-Initiated Clinical Trials – The School of Medicine is committed to supporting clinical and translational research and the development of investigator-initiated, innovative clinical research studies. We would like to announce that we are providing protocol development and implementation services for investigator-initiated clinical research studies in partnership with the School’s Center for Clinical Studies (CCS) and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS)
  • COI Delegate Access Now Available! – You can now add delegates and allow them to enter certain disclosure information on your behalf in the COI Module of the Research Management System (RMS). The delegator remains ultimately responsible for the accuracy of all disclosure information
  • For the June and July deadlines, we strongly encouraged investigators and administrators to prepare, finalize and submit proposals prior to the last day of the deadline. This is something we encourage regardless of when a proposal is due, and the heavy deadlines of October 5, and November 5, are no exception
  • Reminder: Thoroughly disclosing personal financial interests
  • Certificates of Confidentiality (CoCs) Requirements for Human Subjects Research, including Biospecimens, Genomic Data, and Non-Anonymous Research

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Upcoming Events

Pediatrics Molecular Medicine Seminar (PMMS) Series –

Fellows Core Curriculum Forum – 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.

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Peds News

2018 State of the Department

The Department of Pediatrics State of the Department held on September 7th once again showcased our outstanding Department, thanks to all of our faculty, staff, residents, and students contributions! Below are photos from the event. One highlight was Joan Magruder was honored and will be missed as she starts her new role at BJC.
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2018 WUSM Employee Seasonal Flu Vaccination Schedule:

The mandatory influenza policy is now in effect. Please review the policy and flu shot schedule to help ensure the Washington University School of Medicine protects the safety of our patients, as well as the health of the Medical School community and their families.
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