News and Events
In the evening on December 29, 2012, two teens were stabbed inside the South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach. As a regional pediatric trauma and critical care center, the patients were brought to Harbor-UCLA.
One of the fathers provided his thoughts on the event to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on January 23, 2013, "Ricky's father's letter about his 13-year-old son's stabbing at the South Bay Galleria" . Here are some excerpts:
A recent paper by Assistant Professor Michelina Iacovino, Ph.D. (Division of Medical Genetics) has made the recommended reading list of the Faculty of 1000. The paper, entitled "BCL6 controls neurogenesis through Sirt1-dependent epigenetic repression of selective Notch targets," was published last month in the journal Nature Neuroscience. This is the second of Dr. Iacovino's papers to make the Faculty of 1000 list of "must read" articles in biology and medicine. Her first-author paper entitled "HoxA3 is an apical regulator of haemogenic endothelium" published in 2011 in the journal Nature Cell Biology also made the list.
Dr. Iacovino joined our faculty this past summer along with two other new investigators, Dr. Rebecca Stockton and Dr. Tsui-Fen Chou. The group form the heart of the department's new Child Health Research Center, which also houses the Newborn Screening Area Referral Center.
Dr. Carol Brown and Dr. Basil Ibe at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students - 11/13/2012
This past week saw Dr. Carol Brown, M.D. (Division of Neonatology) and Dr. Basil Ibe, Ph.D. (Division of Neonatology) representing Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics at the ABRCMS meeting in San Jose, California. Held each year ABRCMS is the largest annual gathering for minority students engaged in biomedical, behavioral, or mathematics research. Dr. Ibe moderated the session on physiology for the conference, and Dr. Carol Brown manned the Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics booth with Dr. Patricia Dickson (Division of Medical Genetics).
A reminder that Daylight Savings Time will end on Sunday, November 04, 2012. Clocks should be set back one hour at 2:00 a.m. ("Fall Back")
Dr. Julie Noble, Professor of Pediatrics, has developed a "mini medical school" in cooperation with Meyler Street Elementary School in Torrance. The "mini medical school" program began last year when Dr. Noble was asked to establish a teaching curriculum for fourth and fifth grade high-achieving students.
This week Dr. Patricia Dickson received a $275K NIH grant award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) for her submission to investigate brain-directed enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) for treating MPS (mucopolysaccharidosis) type IIIB. Her grant submission received a near-perfect score. Dr. Dickson’s grant will study the use of glycosylation-independent lysosomal targeting (GILT) in MPS IIIB, a technology that improves the effectiveness of ERT.
Gangadarshni Chandramohan, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, will be helping to raise money to fight kidney disease at the 2012 National Kidney Walk. Lend your support by walking or donating to the National Kidney Foundation:
L.A. Kidney Walk
October 21, 2012 @ 9 a.m.
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
Dr. Kenneth Zangwill Awarded Phase II SBIR Grant to Further Develop Rapid Diagnostic Tool - 09/10/2012
Kenneth Zangwill, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and co-director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, is co-principal investigator of a project that was recently awarded $1 million from the US Army Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR). SBIR is a competitive federal program that provides funding to domestic small businesses for research and development projects that have the potential for commercialization. Dr. Zangwill's proposal, entitled “Rapid Diagnostic Tools for Wound Infections," is in its second phase of funding from SBIR and aims to further develop technology to quickly detect and characterize bacterial and fungal infections.
Dr. Pamela Okada completed her pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA and is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Okada, along with many other Harbor-UCLA grads, has dedicated her life to caring for children.
An expert on pediatric emergency medicine, Okada was featured in several episodes of "Children's Med Dallas," a television series that recently concluded its second season. The show airs on a local ABC affiliate and takes viewers behind the scenes at Children's Medical Center, the seventh largest pediatric healthcare provider in the United States.
She is featured in episodes 1, 3, and 4 of season 2.