Saint Louis University Department of Pediatrics' Pediatric Research Colloquium meets every second and fourth Tuesday from 12:15-1 p.m. in the Husmann Room. Learn what fellow faculty members are doing in academics and present research projects (finished, just starting, or even well thought out ideas/hypotheses) in an informal collegial way.
Contact Lisa McNeil at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or if you are interested in presenting at the Pediatric Research Colloquium.
Dr. Braddock's research interests and goals are to investigate the prevalence of, consequences (including dysmorphology and longitudinal variation) of prenatal teratogen exposures and birth defects.
Dr. Broom's current research is focused on:
Dr. Halloran is interested in the effects of pregnancy on infant and child health whether it is obesity in pregnancy or late preterm delivery. She uses birth certificates and insurance claims data to assess outcomes.
We have developed CHARGE Syndrome Clinical Database Project (CSCDP), an extensive clinical database within Qualtrics (a SLU-contracted survey tool). Parents or adults with CHARGE syndrome can enter data in the 12 sections of clinical information via a web-based survey tool. We intend to collect as much information as possible on a very large cohort for local "data mining" and as an adjunct to others researching CHARGE syndrome. Provisions are in place to share data with other researchers.
Dr. Hillman is interested in ventilator-induced lung injury and the progression of
inflammation and injury toward bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants.
The focus of his current work is to evaluate the biochemical processes and signaling
pathway activated by the initiation of ventilation at birth and developing ways to
decrease this injury. He use preterm lamb models to evaluate modes of ventilation
and lung injury.
Dr. Jain's research interests include pediatric liver diseases. He am part of several multicenter trials relating to pediatric liver diseases. He has a special interest in TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition) associated liver disease and am looking at gene targets and novel molecules that would help in the amelioration of a potentially fatal complication of a life-saving therapy.
Dr. King's hospital pediatrics areas of focus are GJ outcomes in neurologically impaired children, and inpatient identification and management of obesity. She is currently working on developing scholarly activities in the area of medical education with a focus on clinical reasoning.
Neonatal inflammation and immunity: Premature neonates are particularly prone to hyper-inflammatory responses that can lead to chronic inflammatory disorders in critical organs, including the brain, eyes, lungs and intestines. Our goal is to understand how neutrophils, alone and in their interactions with other immune cells, direct inflammatory responses in neonates. To achieve this, our studies are focused on in vitro and in vivo studies of human preterm and term neonates and neonatal mice. Neonatal neutrophil function & production: Neonates have increased susceptibility to the development of neutropenia, defined as subnormal numbers of circulating neutrophils. Studies to better understand the mechanisms that regulate neutrophil production and survival in neonates are primarily focused on two conditions commonly associated with neutropenia: preeclampsia (a pregnancy disorder associated with neonatal neutropenia) and neonatal sepsis.
Dr. Kutz's research interests include: diagnostic imaging (decreasing radiation, role
of fetal Hg), abuse prevention, medical needs of children in foster care/out of home
Dr. Ladage's goal is to develop a clinic to provide comprehensive medical services for refugee children entering St. Louis which will include initial screening as well as long term primary care. The clinic will also provide a longitudinal academic experience for SLU medical students pursuing distinction in global health care or service. In addition, she has an interest in the impact of early trauma on social/emotional development and attachment in children adopted internationally.
Dr. Lowrie is interested in researching PICU outcomes, as well as pediatric sedation
outcomes, processes and quality.
Dr. Montaño's research interests include the development of registry and growth charts for patients with MPS IVA; development of bone targeting system for mucopolysaccharides; enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) pre-clinical trial for patients affected with MPS IVA; metabolism for keratan sulfate; substrate reduction therapy for mucopolysaccharidoses; gene therapy in Morquio A disease; studies on chondroitin sulfate metabolism; characterization of hyaluronidases; molecular evolution of glycosaminoglycans; molecular evolution of peptidoglycan receptor proteins (PGRP) and innate immunity.
Dr. Myers' research has mainly been growth hormone studies in subjects of all ages with Prader-Willi syndrome. She has also done some diabetes research, and is currently a study evaluating the transition process for adolescents.
Dr. Nakanishi is currently involved in a retrospective study on the efficacy and safety of an ED migraine protocol a prospective ED study of IV valproic acid in status migrainous in children a prospective study of hylenex in the treatment of dehydration in very young children (<2 years of age).
Dr. Noyes is currently involved in clinical trials in cystic fibrosis, newborn screening for CF, and vocal cord dysfunction in adolescents and college athletes.
Robert S. Ream's current research focuses on describing contemporary practice in pediatric organ donor management across the 58 US organ procurement organizations. This intense period of clinical management typically extends from the declaration of brain death to the recovery of organs in the operating room. The ultimate goal is to determine which aspects of donor management are associated with a greater number of organs donated per donor and improved post transplant organ function. Important liaisons include Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS), the Organ Donation Research Consortium (ODRC) and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO).
Dr. Sadiq's research interests include melatonin use in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
Dr. Sallee's research interests include medical education, parenting and child safety.
Dr. Scalzo's current research interests include studying the use of simulation to train physicians in cognitive and psychomotor pediatric emergency medicine skills. He is beginning an ONR-funded project to develop and validate a virtual pediatric simulator to train physicians on high-stakes pediatric emergency medicine scenarios.
Dr. Siegfried's research interests include drug development for unmet areas of need
in pediatric dermatology, especially severe inflammatory skin disease (atopic dermatitis,
psoriasis, overlap) the associated complications of inflammatory skin diseases in
children (eczema herpeticum, widespread molluscum, cutaneous Strep, antibiotic-resistant
Staph aureus) and pathogenesis (skin barrier defects, altered microbiome and immune
Dr. Sobush primarily studies distal airway epithelial cell dynamics in both the developing
and adult lung during periods of both steady state and injury in mouse models. Specifically,
his work focuses on Club (or Clara) cells as the localized progenitor cell population.
Dr. Strand is involved in clinical research regarding neonatal resuscitation, particularly in the delivery room setting. She also studies educational methodology for teaching/learning neonatal resuscitation skills.
Dr. Zand's research focuses on how individual factors interact with environmental influences in a transactional manner throughout the developmental course of childhood to influence positive adaptation among children and their families. Specifically, she investigates processes that foster resilience in high-risk populations of children from birth through emerging adulthood (low income, deaf/hard of hearing, medically fragile), and applies this knowledge to the development and/or adaption of early intervention/prevention programs.