Research Council Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 1

News from the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Research Council including research of Ann-Christine ("Tina") Duhaime, MD (Director of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital); Elahna Paul, MD, PhD (Pediatric Nephrology); and Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH (Newborn Services).

Announcement (SRTP)

Become a Preceptor for the 2011 Summer Research Trainee Program!

MAO established the Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP) in 1992 to build a pipeline of underrepresented minority (URM) students interested in academic biomedical research careers. Through vigorous competition, 15 junior and senior college students, as well as 1-2nd year medical students, join SRTP for an eight-week research experience over the summer. These students conduct original research with MGH faculty preceptors in basic science laboratories, clinical research sites and/or health policy research settings. SRTP 2011 will start on June 13 and end on August 4th.

The role of the preceptor (and his/her lab or site) is to provide close, longitudinal supervision and mentorship for the full eight-week period. Because SRTP students are required to give an oral presentation about their research project at the end of their stay, preceptors are also responsible for designing a project (new or ongoing) that would enable the student to make such a presentation.

MAO matches students with preceptors who have similar research interests. MAO provides students with a stipend, holds a one day orientation and weekly didactic seminars, and handles all administrative hospital requirements (e.g, vaccination, HR paperwork, computer access, etc,)

If you are interested in getting involved in the training and education sessions that our office organizes, eg, abstract reviews, please let us know.

Please contact Elena Olson at ebolson@partners.org, if you are interested in being an SRTP preceptor this summer.

The Biology of Social Justice and MGHfC's new IPACE Program Research Program of Elizabeth Goodman, MD

Elizabeth Goodman, MD

Elizabeth Goodman, MD

Director of the MGH Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy, Associate Chief of Community-based Research at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. read more.

Research Programs of the Junior Faculty

Dr. Ann-Christine (

Dr. Ann-Christine ("Tina") Duhaime, MD

Dr. Ann-Christine ("Tina") Duhaime, MD; Director of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital; Nicholas T. Zervas Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School. read more.

   
 Elahna Paul, MD, PhD

Elahna Paul, MD, PhD

Dr. Elahna Paul, MD, PhD, Pediatric Nephrologist, Herscott Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, Massachusetts General Hospital; Pediatric Nephrologist, MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Emerson Hospital; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School. read more.

   
 Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH

Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH

Dr. Jonathan M. Spector, MD, MPH; Assistant Pediatrician, Newborn Services, MassGeneral Hospital for Children; Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School.read more.

Travel Grant Awardees: MGHfC Research Day

Forty-five posters were submitted for presentation at the MGHfC Research Day which was held on March 29, 2011. Three posters were judged meritorious and given a special award, namely funds to attend a national meeting of choice. Here are the award winners:

Mauro Longoni, M.D. Diaphragmatic hernia: genetic dissection of a complex birth defect. Research Fellow in the laboratory of Patricia K. Donahoe, MD, Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories, MGHfC.

Jay Thiagarajah, M.D. Airway surfactant liquid depth imaged by surface laser reflectance microscopy. Resident, MGHfC. Laboratory of A.S. Verkman, MD, PhD.

Orane Visvikis, PhD. Involvement of HLH-30/MiT transcription factors in intestinal epithelial immunity. Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the laboratory of Javier E. Irazoqui, PhD, Program of Immunology, MGHfC.

Clinical Effectiveness Course Awardee

Rebecca C. Bell, MD, Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, MGHfC
Reactions of a past awardee:
Emara Nabi: ‘I would like to thank you and the Committee once again for sponsoring me to the program in clinical effectiveness last year. That program has helped me in more than one way in the last one year and has given me very valuable research skills. Recently, my abstract on "Parents smoking in their cars" was accepted for the "AAP Presidential Plenary session" at the PAS conference in Denver this year. As this feeling has finally sunk in, I would like to thank the Committee wholeheartedly once again for having faith in me and giving me the opportunity to do the program. I am very grateful to you people and hope that I make you people proud.'

Funding Received by MGHfC Faculty and Fellows

(Updates since last newsletter)

Name of the Awardee: Tanuja Chitnis, MD
Source of Funding: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Name of Funded Protocol: Regional Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence Award
Duration of Funding: 2006-2012

Name of the Awardee: Catherine Chu-Shore, MD
Source of Funding: Child Neurology Foundation
Name of Funded Protocol: Infantile Spasms
Duration of Funding: 1/2011-12/2011

Name of the Awardee: Catherine Chu-Shore, MD
Source of Funding: American Academy of Neurology
Name of Funded Protocol: Altered Functional Networks and Cognitive Outcome in Infantile Spasms
Duration of Funding: 2011-2013

Name of the Awardee: Florian Eichler, MD
Source of Funding: NIH, R01NS072446
Name of Funded Protocol: The Role of Desoxysphingoid Bases in HSAN1
Duration of Funding: 2011-2016

Name of the Awardee: Edward Charles Gilmore, MD
Source of Funding: NINDS
Name of Funded Protocol: DNA Breaks and Repair during Neuronal Development
Duration of Funding: 2007-2012

Name of the Awardee: Christopher J. Moran, MD
Source of Funding: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Name of Funded Protocol: Role of IL-10R Polymorphisms in Early-Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Duration of Funding: 2011-2014

Name of the Awardee: Name of Awardee: Kevin J. Staley, MD
Source of Funding: NINDS
Name of Funded Protocol: Does Cerebral Fibrillation Initiate Focal Seizures
Duration of Funding: 1995-2012

Name of the Awardee: Kevin J. Staley, MD
Source of Funding: NINDS
Name of Funded Protocol: Impact of Neuronal Chloride Transport on Treatment of Seizures
Duration of Funding: 2000-2015

Name of the Awardee: Kevin J. Staley, MD
Source of Funding: NINDS
Name of Funded Protocol: Mapping the Escape from Inhibition
Duration of Funding: 2011-2015

Name of the Awardee: Kevin J. Staley, MD
Source of Funding: NINDS
Name of Funded Protocol: Moderate-Throughput Screening for Anti-Epileptogenic Drugs
Duration of Funding: 2011-2012

Name of the Awardee: Kevin J. Staley, MD
Source of Funding: NINDS
Name of Funded Protocol: Pediatric Neurology Physician Scientist Program
Duration of Funding: 2011 - 2016

Name of the Awardee: Kevin J. Staley, MD
Source of Funding: NINDS
Name of Funded Protocol: Optimizing Organotypic Slices to Study Epilepsy
Duration of Funding: 2011-2015

Name of the Awardee: Jeanne Van Cleave, MD
Source of Funding: NIMH, 5K23MH083885-02
Name of Funded Protocol: Adoption of Innovations for Mental Health Care in Pediatric Primary Care
Duration of Funding: 2009-2014

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