InTouch Fall 2007

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InTouch logo smallJohn LavigneCover Story John Lavigne, PhD, Chief Psychologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, is keenly aware of the psychological problems that young children may face, and the challenges that pediatricians can encounter in treating them. Read more >>

Awards and Honors Children’s Memorial Research Center was recently awarded two grants from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. The grants will support Dr. Xiaobin Wang’s study, “Application of genomics and proteomics approach in understanding biological mechanisms of food allergy,” and Dr. Hans-Georg Simon’s study, “Rebuilding a heart.” Read more >>

Mary J.C. Hendrix, PhD, was honored with the 2007 Murray L. Barr Award by the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Read more >>



 Ram Yogev, MD, has been appointed Deputy Director for Research — Clinical Sciences.
Michael Kluppel Michael Klüppel, PhD, joined the Human Molecular Genetics Program at Children’s Memorial Research Center from the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada, where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Wrana. Read more >>

Hui-Ju Tsai

Hui-Ju Tsai, MPH, PhD, joined the Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research (CHR) Program at the research center as a tenure track assistant professor in 2006. Tsai’s training is in molecular biology, epidemiology and statistical genetics. Read more >>
Xin Liu Xin Liu, MD, PhD, joined the Smith CHR Program and the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine as a tenure track assistant professor in January 2007. Liu’s research includes applied and methodological studies in genetic epidemiology, with the overall aim to decipher the mechanisms underlying complex traits. Read more >>


Philip Iannaccone, MD, PhD, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Deputy Director for Research -- Basic Sciences.

Philip Spina, CRA, has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Research News

Jonathan Necheles  “The Teen Photovoice Project: A Pilot Study to Promote Health through Advocacy” was published in the Fall 2007 issue of Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. The study’s first author was Jonathan Necheles, MD… Read more >> 
Helen Binns Commenting on Mattel’s massive recall of toys with lead paint, Helen Binns, MD, MPH, said “While exposure to lead-containing toys presents a real and unnecessary additional hazard to children, we should not forget the danger of other exposures in the home." Read more >>
 Catherine Webb The American Heart Association has issued new recommendations to help reduce congenital heart defects in babies. Those tips, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, come from experts who reviewed research on uninherited risk factors for congenital heart defects. They included Catherine Webb, MD, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Memorial Hospital… Read more >>
 Holly Falk-Krzesinski Early career women faculty in the fields of science, technology and medicine at Northwestern University are learning the language of success. An important institutional step forward and a first for the university, the “Navigating the Professoriate Program” is addressing the concern that women faculty remain significantly underrepresented, especially in the higher ranks. Read more >>
A group of researchers have determined that folic acid supplements appear to reduce the risk of stroke, particularly in people who do not get enough of this B vitamin. Read more >>

Neural Repair Club imageEvents

The Chicago Neural Repair Club, hosted by the Children’s Memorial Research Center Neurobiology Program, kicked off its 10th anniversary on September 24, 2007 by featuring Serge Przedborski, PhD, from Columbia University. Read more >>

2007 Travel Awards See the list of awardees >>


Ruttenberg giftThe David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation has made a generous gift of important photographs from its collection to Children’s Memorial Research Center. Read more >>

Student News

 Kathleen Somera-Molina Kathleen Somera-Molina, in the laboratory of Mark Wainwright, PhD, Division of Neurology, Children’s Memorial Hospital, was invited to present at the Sixth Annual St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium, Memphis, TN, in March 2007. Read more >>
 Jennifer Krcmery Jennifer Krcmery, in the Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (IGP) of Northwestern, in the laboratory of Hans-Georg Simon, PhD, Developmental Biology Program, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH. Read more >>
 Neil Blackledge, Chris Heier, Chris Ott Top prizes went to three graduate students in the Human Molecular Genetics Program for the 2007 Chicago Graduate Student Association (CGSA) Poster Session held on September 20. Read more >>

Profile: Peggy Jones

Peggy JonesIn this issue we have the opportunity to interview the editor of InTouch, Peggy Jones, MILS. In addition to producing InTouch and the Children’s Memorial Research Center Annual Report, Peggy is the librarian for the research center. Read more >>




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