News and Events
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) has awarded the 2013 Miller-Sarkin Award to Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics alumna Dr. Iris Wagman Borowsky. This award is given each year to a member of the APA who has excelled in mentorship of learners or colleagues on a national level. The Miller-Sarkin award is named for Dr. Steven Z. Miller and Dr. Richard T. Sarkin, two academic pediatricians who were known for their exceptional mentoring and teaching and who died tragically in a plane crash on their way to a conference on humanism in medicine. They post-humously received the first award that bears their names in 2005.
On Wednesday, April 24, the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) and the MPS Research Laboratory celebrated the tenth anniversary of the approval of Aldurazyme for the treatment of MPS I. Aldurazyme, or recombinant human alpha-L-iduronidase, was developed in the Department of Pediatrics by Dr. Emil Kakkis and is now used worldwide for the treatment of mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type I disease. Held at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Country Club, the event brought together MPS I families, industry partners, scientists, laboratory technicians and clinical trial personnel who helped develop Aldurayzme, including Dr. Elizabeth Neufeld (Professor Emerita, UCLA) who received a special award for contributing the basic discoveries that made Aldurazyme possible. Genzyme Corporation (Boston) and BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Novato) were recognized for their pioneering efforts on behalf of people and families with MPS I.
The winners of BioMed Central’s Annual Research Awards were announced last week, which are given to publications of exceptional quality published in open access journals. Among the ten recipients was Dr. Virender Rehan's 2012 paper entitled "Perinatal nicotine exposure induces asthma in second generation offspring," which topped the Translational Medicine Category. The full press release can be found here.
The Harbor-UCLA Department of Pediatrics is excited to announce the Intern Class of 2013.
Welcome and congratulations to all!
|Heekyung Chae, M.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
|Reis Harney, M.D.
John A Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
|Chie Kurihara, M.D.
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University
|Alexander Lau, M.D.
Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California
|Jonathan Maynard, M.D.
New York Medical College
Daylight Savings Time starts this weekend! Remember to set your clocks forward one hour at 2 AM Sunday morning (March 10).
Dr. George Emmanoulides, Pediatric Cardiologist, Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics legend, 1926-2013 - 01/29/2013
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dr. George Emmanoulides on Thursday, January 29, 2013.
George C. Emmanouilides, M.D., a beloved teacher, role model, master clinician, and Professor Emeritus was born in Drama, Greece in 1926, the eldest of seven children. He graduated magna cum laude from Aristotelian University Medicine School in 1951, followed by residency training in internal medicine and military service in Greece. In 1955, he came to the U.S. with a position as a rotating intern at Oak Park Hospital, Illinois.
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")