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Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Child Health Research Center Grand Opening Snapshots - 02/02/2012

CHRC Building Front The Child Health Research Center (CHRC), a joint project of the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and LA BioMed, had its Grand Opening Ceremony on Monday, January 30.

The ceremony included an informal building tour, refreshments and remarks by Dr. Adam J. Jonas, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics; David Meyer, President and CEO of LA BioMed; and May Vlaming, Project Manager for Shangri-LA Construction. In addition, the Daily Breeze featured a brief story on the opening.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Alumni Interview: Linton Yee, M.D., of Duke University - 01/25/2012

Linton Yee, M.D.Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Resident Alumnus Dr. Linton Yee is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital and Emergency Medicine at Duke University. At the 2011 Annual Duke University Spring Faculty Meeting, Dr. Yee was awarded a Master Clinician/Teacher Award. The award honors individuals with exemplary records of accomplishment and service in clinical care and teaching.

After graduating from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School Of Medicine in 1988, Yee completed his residency in pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in 1991 and his fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 1994.

In addition to Duke University School of Medicine’s emphasis on education, the Harbor-UCLA experience played a key role in the decision to join the faculty at Duke in 2007. Joseph St. Geme, Jr., M.D.– the father of Duke’s current Chair of Pediatrics – had hired many of the pediatric faculty at Harbor-UCLA, whom Yee considered to be instrumental in his training.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics to Open Child Health Research Center on Jan. 30 - 01/19/2012

CHRC Building Front About a year ago, Dr. Adam J. Jonas, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, initiated the construction of a new facility at Harbor-UCLA that would emphasize advances in pediatric research. The Child Health Research Center, a joint project of the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and LA BioMed, is now complete.

The Child Health Research Center is an 8,000 square foot facility that will serve as a hub for translational science and community genetics services. It is the first phase of a Department of Pediatrics program to bring new research efforts to Harbor-UCLA that will integrate with other research programs already on campus. The second phase of the program has begun with the recruitment of new investigators whose research will enhance existing campus efforts and grow the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at LA BioMed. The new facility will also serve as home for the regional portion of the State of California Newborn Screening Program, bringing service to the community.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Faculty Member Dr. Tom Kallay Presents The Simulation and Skills Center - OPEN HOUSE Jan. 25 - 01/19/2012

The Sim Center - Adult Airway Trainer Several years ago, Dr. Tom Kallay, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, undertook the renovation of an existing Harbor-UCLA space. With the aim of fostering the education of all healthcare professionals on the Harbor-UCLA campus using the latest in medical simulation techniques,
The Simulation and Skills Center was born.

Please join Dr. Kallay for The Simulation and Skills Center OPEN HOUSE:
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Refreshments @ Noon
Building B-4 North

Support Kids Pursuing Careers in Science - Be a Judge @ 2012 LA County Science Fair! - 01/17/2012

2010 LAC Science Fair WelcomeThe 62nd Annual Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair is set for March 29-31, 2012. Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty member Dr. Kenneth Zangwill has been a judge and a supporter of the fair for several years.

Join Dr. Zangwill in encouraging young adults to pursue careers in science by judging at the Los Angeles County Science Fair, the longest running regional science fair in the western United States. A rewarding experience for both scientists and science students in Southern California, this mentorship opportunity is open to engineers, researchers, physicians, teachers, and other enthusiasts with science knowledge. Watch this great video to see what it's all about.

Judging only requires a one-day commitment: Friday, March 30 (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.).

Dr. Lance Sieger, You’ve Got Mail! Former Patient Says “Thanks for Saving My Life, I’m Becoming a Doc.” - 01/12/2012

Lance Sieger, M.D. Lance Sieger, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics and the former Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Harbor-UCLA. A well-known figure on campus, Dr. Sieger has worked at Harbor for many years. With a warm smile and a cheerful attitude, Sieger is an upbeat and friendly guy with a tough job. He specializes in treating children with devastating cancers and blood disorders like leukemia, lymphoma and sickle-cell anemia.

In October 2011, Sieger received a remarkable email. The note concerned a letter from a medical student at nearby Charles R. Drew University of Medicine, a young man named Hai Hoang. Hai had asked for help tracking down Sieger to deliver an important message.

Eighth Annual Christmas Toy Run Raises Thousands for Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics - 01/04/2012

2011 Toy Run LogoThe Eighth Annual Christmas Toy Run took place on Sunday, December 4. The Toy Run is a yearly charity motorcycle and classic car ride through the streets of Los Angeles culminating in a toy giveaway at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The donations benefit sick children who cannot be home for the holidays due to hospitalization.

This year the celebration was bigger and even more grand. Over 100 motorcyclists turned out to show their support for Harbor-UCLA pediatric patients. Each rider donated a toy and approximately $8,000 was raised for Child Life Services.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Faculty Dr. Charles S. Grob in LA Times: Healing Power of Hallucinogens - 12/23/2011

Charles Grob, M.D, 2011On November 29, Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty member Charles S. Grob, M.D., was featured in an LA Times article about the therapeutic use of hallucinogens and other street drugs for various conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, chronic pain, depression and terminal illness.

He recently led a research team that found psilocybin ("magic muschrooms") improved the mood of patients with advanced-stage cancer. Grob is the Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Snapshots: Chromotones 2011 Concert - 12/21/2011

Chromotones 2011 (Drs. Chen and Emerson)The annual Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Chromotones concert on Friday, December 16 was a big hit. This year's performance took place in the Assembly Room giving the band and the vocalists plenty of room to "bring the noise." Faculty, staff, residents, prospective applicants and even passers-by turned out to see Harbor-UCLA's most talented group perform.

The orchestra was conducted by maestro Dr. Henry Lin:
Accompaniment - Dr. Ken Zangwill (piano)
Brass - Dr. Joe Lasky (trombone)
Strings - Dr. Agnes Chen (violin), Dr. George Emerson (cello), Dr. Henry Lin (stand-up bass), Mr. Larry Schneider, Chief, Department of Clinical Social Work (violin)
Woodwinds - Dr. Adam Jonas (flute)

The choir was led by soprano Dr. Patti Dickson:
Drs. Sana Ashraf, Hazel Carranza, Clare Kasper, Alejandro Diaz, Thanh Huynh, Nilou Tehrani (Residents)
Kathleen Crowley (Department of Social Work)
Jessica Howard-Anderson (3rd Year UCLA DGSOM Medical Student)

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Presentations @ WSPR 2012 - 12/15/2011

Carmel, CAThe 2012 Western Society for Pediatric Research meeting is being held in Carmel, CA from Jan. 25 to Jan. 28. This year, Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics will again have a strong presence at the well attended annual conference. See below for the papers presented by students, faculty and fellows. A (*) indicates an award-winning presentation.

For the complete meeting schedule, download the program here.