Joint Message from the APS President & APS Secretary/Treasurer
Eileen Fenton joined the APS/SPR Central Office in The
Woodlands in May 2015. In her new role as APS/SPR
Executive Director and PAS Meeting Director, Eileen will
bring her experience in business and strategic planning
to provide a solid foundation for the organizational
components of the central office and to join with APS,
SPR and PAS leadership in formal strategic planning for
both the societies and the PAS meeting.
APS Council Activities:
Nominations for APS awards, including the Howland Award,
the Siegel Award, the St. Geme Award, and the Mary Ellen
Avery Neonatal Research Award (shared with SPR), are now
under consideration. The APS received 86 applications
for new membership, and newly-elected members will be
notified in December. The APS Council met on November
2-3 in Washington, DC, where members of the APS Council
also advocated for child health and research in formal
visits with their members of Congress.
2016 PAS Meeting Preview:
The APS-sponsored State of the Times Scientific
Symposium, entitled “Role of Genomic Sequencing in
Routine Newborn Screening and Care: Is it the Way of the
Future?” and the APS-sponsored State of the Art Child
Health Plenary, entitled “NCATS as a Catalyst for
Clinical and Translational Research on Rare Diseases,”
will both be held at the 2016 PAS Annual Meeting on
our "APS Day" – Sunday, May 1. A number of workshops
will be devoted to the mechanics of developing and
supporting research careers in academic pediatrics. The
APS Networking Lunch will focus on global health with
panelists from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,
PATH, and NICHD.
$100,000 Taubman Prize for Translational Medical Science |
DEADLINE: February 1, 2016
the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the
University of Michigan awarded the fourth annual $100,000
Taubman Prize for Translational Medical Science to Dr.
Mahlon DeLong, the William Timmie Professor of Neurology at
the Emory University School of Medicine, for his landmark
research that has improved the quality of life for tens of
thousands of Parkinson’s disease patients.
Dr. DeLong’s research explored the
anatomical brain circuits involved in the clinical features
of Parkinson’s disease and identified a novel target for
surgical intervention, the subthalamic nucleus, a portion of
the basal ganglia, brain structures located deep in the
brain. This finding paved the way for the application of
high frequency deep-brain stimulation (DBS) of the
subthalamic nucleus, a technique now used worldwide for
advanced Parkinson’s disease patients. More than 100,000
individuals have received the treatment, which suppresses
tremor and other motor impairments and improves the ability
to carry out the normal activities of daily living.
The Taubman Prize was established in
2012 to recognize work by clinician-scientists in the
crucial field of translational research. Each year, a new
recipient will be presented the prize and asked to serve as
the keynote speaker at the Taubman Institute's annual
symposium, which in 2016 is scheduled for October 21.
A panel of nationally prominent
clinician-scientists will judge nominees based on their
contribution to translating basic research findings into
clinical applications and by the manner in which their
clinical practice connects to their research. All
clinician-scientists, regardless of country, are eligible,
excluding U-M researchers.
Contest rules and nomination forms
can be found at:
New Editorial Team Takes the Helm in January 2016
Cynthia Bearer, MD, PhD, and Eleanor
Molloy, MB, PhD, will assume the roles of Editor-in-Chief and
Associate-Editor-in-Chief, respectively, of Pediatric
Research, beginning January 1, 2016. Drs. Bearer and Molloy
were selected by the International Pediatric Research Foundation
in May 2015 to succeed Olaf Dammann, MD, and Pierre Gressens,
MD, PhD, as the Chief Editors. Drs. Dammann’s and Gressens’
five-year term ends in December 2015.
In addition to furthering Drs.
Dammann’s and Gressens’ goals of attracting young
investigators, increasing the Journal’s impact and scope,
and internationalizing the Journal, Drs. Bearers and Molloy
plan to work closely with the APS, SPR, and European SPR
(ESPR) Councils to ensure that Pediatric Research
supports members’ research interests and clinical activities
by broadening the research, relevance and reach of the
Chief Editors are interested in hearing creative ideas from
members for evolving the journal. Please send your input to
Stephanie Dean, managing editor, at
Pediatric Research Moves to Scholar One Manuscript
Submission System, January 2016
As of January
1, 2016, Pediatric
Research will transition to the Scholar One manuscript
submission and peer review system for all NEW
manuscript submissions. Please refer to
for detailed information.
Call for Nominations for the Joseph W. St.
Geme, Jr. Leadership Award | DEADLINE: December 14
The Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO) is pleased to
announce the Call for Nominations for the 2016 Joseph W. St.
Geme, Jr. Leadership Award (St. Geme
Award). Society nominations, individual nominations and
self-nominations are accepted.
Please forward the name of your nominee, a letter
of support, and a current CV to
Katy Matthews (email@example.com). The deadline for nominations is
December 14, 2015.
Click here for more details
on the selection criteria and how to submit a nomination for
the 2016 St. Geme Award.
APS Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI)
APS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) has continued to
meet by teleconference. According to the most recent demographic
data, the diversity of APS members has increased slightly.
Please take a few minutes to update your demographic information
by logging into the website
My APS-SPR (login required).
Read APS CODI Report
Strategic Plan Committee Updates
APS Member News
Perlmutter, MD, Named Next Dean of the
School of Medicine in St. Louis
Perlmutter, MD, has been named executive vice chancellor
for medical affairs and dean of Washington
University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His tenure begins December 1.
Dr. Perlmutter is a distinguished professor and the Vira
I. Heinz Endowed Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He
also is physician-in-chief and scientific director of
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, of the University of
Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).
A former Washington University faculty member, Dr.
Perlmutter succeeds Larry J. Shapiro, MD, who is
stepping down after leading the School of Medicine for
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Washington University School of Medicine
Richard L. Bucciarelli, MD,of Gainsville, FL, passed away on September 20, 2015.
Dr. Richard L. Bucciarelli attended medical school at the University of Michigan ('72) and did his training in pediatric cardiology and neonatology at UF ('78). He worked as a neonatologist in Utah before returning to Gainesville ('82). His passion was advocating for children's health care through his roles as Chief of neonatology, UF's VP for health and governmental affairs, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Federal Government Affairs and Access to Care, and Regional Director for Children's Medical Services. In addition, Dr. Bucciarelli was the Chair of the Pediatric Policy Council, serving in that role from 2011-2014. He dedicated his career to child advocacy, and he leaves this world a better place for children because of his efforts. Read Obituary
Edmund C. Burke, MD, of Rochester, MN, passed away on May 13, 2015.
Dr. Burke’s career at Mayo began in 1948 as a Fellow in Pediatrics and was invited as faculty in 1951 and joined the Emeritus staff after 34 years of service. In his professional life as a Pediatric Nephrologist, Ed’s accomplishments were numerous. He contributed to over 100 publications while on staff of the Mayo Department of Pediatrics, was a Professor in the Mayo Medical School, sat on the Medical School Admissions Committee and represented Mayo staff on several Health Exchange Programs between the US and Russia, having become proficient in Russian language. Dr. Burke was President of the Irish-American Pediatric Society, Chairman of MN Pediatric Society, Delegate Chair of the American Academy of Pediatric Society (AAP) for 10 years and was the AAP delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) for more than 15 years.
Robert N. Hamburger, MD, of La
Jolla, CA, passed away on October 6, 2014.
Dr. Hamburger was the consummate academic clinician and
translational scientist. His research interest focused on the
prevention and treatment of IgE mediated diseases. Dr. Hamburger
also served as the first Chief of the Division of Pediatric
Immunology and Allergy between 1970 and 1990, establishing one
of the preeminent training programs in the country. He was
responsible for the training of dozens of Allergy Immunology
fellows who have practiced locally and around the world, and
therefore has had a significant impact on the specialty.
Nicholas M. Nelson, MD, of Topsham, ME,
passed away on January 26, 2014.
was educated at Deerfield Academy (1946), Yale University
(1950), and Cornell University Medical College (1954).
Immediately upon graduation from medical school, he began his
internship, followed by a residency at Bellevue Hospital in New
York City. In 1970, he was invited to become the Founding
Chairman of Pediatrics for the Penn State University College of
Medicine in Hershey, PA., and over the next 18 years built an
outstanding department of individuals who loved what he loved -
children, education, and research. Dr. Nelson stepped down as
Chair in 1989 but continued as a professor in the Department of
Pediatrics until his retirement in 1998.
Vaughn I. Rickert, Jr., PsyD, HSPP, of
Indianapolis, IN, passed away on June 17, 2015.
was an internationally renowned scholar and professor of
adolescent medicine. He began his education at Michigan State
University and completed his internship at Johns Hopkins School
of Medicine, The Kennedy Institute in Behavioral Pediatrics. His
research interest focused on the Psychological and behavioral
factors associated with improving health outcomes among
adolescents and young adults with diabetes. Dr. Rickert was the
Professor of Pediatrics and the Donald P. Orr Chair in
Adolescent Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and
Riley Hospital for Children as the Director of the Section of
Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Rickert was also a past president of
the Society for Adolescent Medicine, a multidisciplinary
professional society devoted exclusively to the health and
well-being of adolescents.
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