2011 News

Dr. Alysson Muotri
UC San Diego’s Alysson Muotri Speaks on Uncovering Autism Links at Poptech! 2011

December, 2011, La Jolla, CA - Dr. Alysson Muotri, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego was named a 2011 PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow. He presented at the prestigious PopTech! Conference in Maine this past fall, on how he uses stem cells to understand autism.

La Spada, MD, PhD
Genetic Dysfunction found in Non-neuronal cells for Neurological Disorders

La Jolla, November 9, 2011 – Al La Spada, MD, PhD, et al, used a variety of transgenic mouse models to show that SCA7 results from genetic dysfunction in associated non-neuronal support cells to affected neurons. In collaboration with researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and University of Washington, the findings were published in the November 9 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Jane Burns
Kawasaki Disease Triggers May Be Wind-Borne

La Jolla, November 10, 2011 - In an issue of Scientific Reports published on November 10, 2011, Prof. Jane Burns et al suggest large-scale wind currents from Asia to Japan and across the North Pacific may be linked to Kawasaki Disease (KD).

2011 Symposium
Third Annual Pediatrics Translational Research Symposium at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, 2011

October 25th, 2011 – UC San Diego’s Department of Pediatrics and Rady Children’s Hospital proudly hosted the third annual Pediatric Translational Research Symposium on Advanced Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Held at the Acute Care Pavilion at Rady Children’s Hospital, the Symposium was well-attended, with over 100 attendees.

Rady Hospital

Advances in Genomic Medicine & Personalized Therapies

Faculty, Fellows, Residents, and Clinicians invited to our Annual 2011 Pediatric Translational Research Symposium that will be held: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Acute Care Pavilion Conference Room, Rady Children’s Hospital Campus (Kearny Mesa) from 8:30 am – 4:15 pm; *Breakfast, Lunch, & Refreshments will be provided; * Parking Validation Available

Sheila Gahagan, MD, MPH
Gahagan named Chief of New Pediatrics Division at UC San Diego

 

September 26th, La Jolla - Sheila Gahagan, MD, MPH, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Division Chief of Child Development and Community Health, has been recently appointed as Division Chief of Academic General Pediatrics, joining this group with the Division of Child Development and Community Health.

Mark Sawyer, MD
Dr. Mark Sawyer Interviewed by Infectious Diseases in Children

 

In an interview with Infectious Diseases in Children, Dr. Mark Sawyer says vaccination rates are not as strong as they should be, and young babies are at the highest risk for pertussis, a whooping cough that is nearly as contagious as chickenpox.

Dr. Jeffrey Schwimmer
Obese kids may face social, emotional woes

 

Dr. Jeffrey Schwimmer, a pediatric gastroenterologist and an associate professor of pediatrics at UCSD and RCHSD, said the physical health risks of obesity in childhood can have lifelong consequences. Those include sleep apnea and fatty liver disease, which can, over time, cause irreversible damage to the liver, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Dr. Mamata Sivagnanam
Sivagnanam Receives 2011 NASPGHAN Young Faculty Investigator Award

 

September 19, 2011, La Jolla, CA – Dr. Mamata Sivagnanam, Asst. Professor and physician-scientist in the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, was awarded this year's NASPGHAN Young Faculty Investigator Award.

Kerri Boutelle
What’s in a kids meal? Not Happy News, Researchers Find

 

The study of data compiled by Dr. Kerri Boutelle et al. in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego, appearing this week in the new journal Childhood Obesity, showed that convenience resulted in lunchtime meals that accounted for between 36 and 51 percent of a child’s daily caloric needs.

Dr. Maike Sander
Sander Receives 3 Transformative Collaborative Project Awards from Beta Cell Biology Consortium (BCBC)

 

August 24, 2011, La Jolla, CA - Dr. Maike Sander, Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, was awarded over $2M collectively in 3 Transformative Collaborative Project Awards from the Beta Cell Biology Consortium (BCBC).

Residents
Meet UC San Diego's New Pediatric Chief Residents, 2011-2012

 

August 21st, 2011, La Jolla, CA – UC San Diego’s Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, welcomes 3 new Chief Residents for the 2011-2012 academic year – Drs. Megan Browning, Monique Mayo, and Tina Udaka.

Dr. Alysson Muotri
UC San Diego’s Alysson Muotri named 2011 Poptech Science Fellow

 

Dr. Alysson Muotri, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Cellular & Molecular Medicine, University of California, San Diego has been named a 2011 PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow. Muotri's work is currently using stem cells to study possible causes – and cures – for autism and other mental disorders.