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Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Alumni Interview: Lisa Schimmenti, M.D., of University of Minnesota - 06/11/2012

Lisa Schimmenti, M.D.Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics resident alumna Dr. Lisa Schimmenti is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Genetics and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology for her research and patient care in ophthalmic genetics.

Dr. Schimmenti received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She completed her pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and her fellowship in Genetics and Metabolism at the University of Minnesota.

Three New Scientists Bring The Promise of Therapeutic Discoveries to Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics - 06/04/2012

CHRC Lab This summer, Tsui-Fen Chou, Ph.D., Michelina Iacovino, Ph.D., and Rebecca Stockton, Ph.D., will join the Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty in the Division of Medical Genetics to help develop innovative therapeutic treatments.

All three investigators will be based out of the Child Health Research Center (CHRC), an 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility intended to serve as a hub for translational science research for children. The establishment of the CHRC was the initial phase of a joint effort of the Department of Pediatrics and LA BioMed to emphasize advances in pediatric research.

Dr. Patricia Dickson Awarded Sizable Grant to Develop Stem Cell Treatments for Pediatric Neurodegenerative Disorders - 05/30/2012

Drs. Patti Dickson and Philip SchwartzPatricia Dickson, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Medical Genetics, is co-principal investigator of a project that was just awarded a $5.5 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The aim of the project is to develop a stem cell based therapy for the treatment of children affected with mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I), a rare and fatal genetic disorder that causes neurodegeneration as well as defects in other major organ systems. She is working with lead investigator Philip H. Schwartz, Ph.D., senior scientist at the CHOC Children's Research Institute and managing director of the facility's National Human Neural Stem Cell Resource.

Remembering Dr. David L. Rimoin, Renowned Geneticist, 1936-2012 - 05/29/2012

David L. Rimoin, M.D., Ph.D.With great sadness, the Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics family mourns the sudden and tragic passing of David L. Rimoin, M.D., Ph.D., a former Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. On Sunday, May 27, Dr. Rimoin passed away of pancreatic cancer which had just been diagnosed a few days prior. He was 75. Dr. Rimoin was the director of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute and a pioneer in researching skeletal disorders and abnormalities. By recruiting Dr. Michael Kaback at Harbor-UCLA in 1970, he was instrumental in developing mass screenings for Tay-Sachs, a lethal genetic disorder. He will be missed and we honor him for his excellence in medicine and his tremendous kindness as a physician, a colleague, a mentor, and a friend.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Faculty Member Dr. Frans Walther Receives Prestigious Gates Foundation Grant - 05/17/2012

Frans Walther, M.D., Ph.D.On May 9, Frans Walther, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics, received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations Grant award from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Walther was one of 107 researchers to be awarded a new grant. The Grand Challenges Explorations initiative fosters projects that aim to improve the health of people in the developing world through innovative and unconventional ideas. If projects are successful in their first phase of research, they may receive additional funding of up to $1 million.

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Faculty Dr. Carol Berkowitz On AAP's "Healthy Children" Talk Show - 05/14/2012

On May 9, faculty member Carol Berkowitz, M.D., 2011Carol Berkowitz, M.D. was a guest on AAP's "Healthy Children... The Talk Show for Parents." The internet radio show focuses on children's health issues and features top pediatricians and medical experts from around the world.

Dr. Berkowitz was a guest on two shows:
Coping With Perinatal and Postpartum Depression
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Residency Graduation 2012 - "PediProm" - Saturday, June 16 - 05/14/2012

The annual Department of Pediatrics Residency Graduation Dinner ("PediProm") will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club in Redondo Beach.

5:00 p.m Reception (no host) / 5:45 p.m. Dinner & Program

For more details or to RSVP, contact Lisa Payne.

Dr. Charles S. Grob Featured in New York Times Story: Facing Death With the Help of Hallucinogens - 04/24/2012

Mystical TreeOn April 20, Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty member Charles S. Grob, M.D., was featured in a five page New York Times Magazine story about the therapeutic use of psilocybin ("Magic Mushrooms") and other hallucinogens to treat various conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, chronic pain, depression and terminal illness.

The article explains how Dr. Grob conducted his research and takes an in-depth look at the one of his patient's experience using psilocybin to help alleviate her symptoms of anxiety and depression as a result of end-stage cancer.

Faculty Members Named Southern California "Super Doctors" by LA Mag...Again! - 04/16/2012

2012 LA Magazine Super DoctorsCongratulations to the 14 Harbor-UCLA pediatric faculty members who were named as Southern California "Super Doctors" in the January 2012 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. The feature is a regular yearly survey that the magazine conducts, and Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics consistently shows a strong presence:

Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics Faculty Dr. Ruey Chang Designs Innovative Pulse Oximeter for Infants - 04/12/2012

Ruey-Kang R. Chang, M.D., M.P.H.Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics faculty member Ruey-Kang R. Chang, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, has developed a new and improved pulse oximeter to help detect congenital heart disease in newborns. A pulse oximeter is a probe that is attached to the finger or the foot and measures oxygen in the blood. Low oxygen levels indicate the need for further testing to investigate possible heart-related problems.

The challenge with pulse oximeters currently in use lies in getting an infant to sit still long enough to properly attach the probe. Dr. Chang addressed this problem by designing a boot that can easily be slipped on. He says “Properly attaching the probe to an infant’s hand or foot takes a lot of time, and a lot of training. The pulse oximeter in the form of a boot can be easily attached over a baby’s foot – it’s trouble-free, and it saves time and money.”