2012 News

Dr. Ariel Feldstein
Dr. Ariel Feldstein awarded UC Proof of Concept Commercialization Gap Grant

Dr. Ariel E. Feldstein’s proposal, ‘Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets for Liver Damage" won a competitive UC Proof of Concept Commercialization Gap Grant.

Jacobs Medical Center
Jacobs Medical Center

Jacobs Medical Center will include four hospitals in one location: the existing Thornton Hospital, plus the Hospital for Advanced Surgery, the Hospital for Cancer Care, and the Hospital for Women and Infants. Architecturally, this timeless and transformative building will center on the individual patient experience of those seeking a variety of specialized care.

Jane Burns
Infectious Disease: Blowing in the Wind?

Jane Burns MD - The infectious agent of Kawasaki disease is not only reaching Japan from the Asian mainland by Pacific winds, but it seems to be crossing the Pacific Ocean to infect children in Hawaii and the North American mainland.

Friedlander MD
Worldwide Increase in Adolescent Onychomycosis Discovered

Although still uncommon Friedlander MD et al discover a worldwide increase in Adolescent Onychomycosis.

Sequencing Genomic Protein Creation

New technology of exome sequencing is not only a promising method for identifying disease-causing genes, but may also improve diagnoses and guide individual patient care.

Sujana Award
Sujana Gunta MD, awarded Research Award for Basic Science at the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN) Annual Meeting.
Lars Bode
Anti-Malarial Drug Target Identified

An international team of scientists, led UC San Diego Pediatric Department Researchers have identified the first reported inhibitors of a key enzyme involved in survival of the parasite responsible for malaria.

New Director of UC San Diego’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Center

Dr. Maike Sander, Professor of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, was recently named the Director of UC San Diego’s Pediatric Diabetes Research Center.

Howard Taras
Taras Honored As One Of San Diego’s Health Heroes

Howard Taras, MD, professor of pediatrics, was chosen by the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County as one of San Diego’s Health Heroes. Honored as one of San Diego’s Health Heroes, Dr. Taras was instrumental in a campaign persuading the Legislature to pass a law so children with epilepsy can get seizure medication at school.

Christina Chambers
Chambers et al: Women on Anti-Depressants Less Likely to Breastfeed

Research findings published by Chambers et al reveal women exposed to certain antidepressants during pregnancy were significantly less likely to breastfeed their babies compared to unexposed women. The results of the study were recently published online in the Journal of Human Lactation.

Nizet Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

February 3, 2012, La Jolla, CA - Victor Nizet, MD, professor of pediatrics and pharmacy and Division Chief of Pediatric Pharmacology and Drug Discovery at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

Sandra Daley
Dr. Sandra Daley Receives Over $700K to Increase Diversity in Health Professions

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded $742,222 to UC San Diego’s Dr. Sandra Daley, professor of pediatrics and director of the Comprehensive Research Center in Health Disparities, to fund the Health Careers Opportunity Program/San Diego Regional Consortium (HCOP/SDRC).

Lars Bode
Nature Review: Bode et al. Discovers New Reason to Breastfeed

Nature Review Research Highlight, January 2012: Dr. Lars Bode, Assistant Professor in neonatal medicine and pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at UC San Diego’s Department of Pediatrics, recently published in GUT that human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) significantly lowered the risk of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) in neonatal rats.

Kerri Boutelle
Boutelle et al. Develop New Ways to Treat Overeating

La Jolla, January, 2012 - Kerri Boutelle, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are developing new ways to treat overeating in children and adults.Their study, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, describes two new methods for reducing overeating.

Christina Chambers
USA Today Features Dr. Chambers’ Research: Drinking Late in First Trimester May Be Most Hazardous

The study appears online Jan. 16 ahead of print publication in the April issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Chambers et al stressed that their research illustrates there is no safe amount of drinking during pregnancy, since the amount of drinking that produces fetal alcohol syndrome in infants varied from woman to woman.

UC San Diego’s Pediatrics Study Featured in Wall Street Journal: Stricter Thinking on Alcohol During Pregnancy

Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones, a professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego and a co-author of the study, speculates that genetic differences may at least partly explain why some babies are more affected than others. He and other researchers are also investigating whether a mother's health and nutrition may play a role, studying pregnant women in Ukraine where the incidence of FAS is high.