DeRienzo Wins 2013 Snyderman Award for GME Research
May 20, 2013
Christopher DeRienzo, MD, MPP, now completing the second year of a three-year neonatology fellowship, has won the 2013 Ralph Snyderman, MD, GME Research Award.
May 15, 2013
The Duke Healthy Lifestyles program has received second place in the third round of the Childhood Obesity Challenge conducted by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine (AJPM), an online competition for innovative ideas to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.
May 13, 2013
Scholars@Duke, a new public website designed to bring together information about the research and teaching activities of Duke faculty members, went live Monday, May 13, 2013 at scholars.duke.edu.
After Brain Injury, New Astrocytes Play Unexpected Role in Healing
April 24, 2013
The production of a certain kind of brain cell that had been considered an impediment to healing may actually be needed to staunch bleeding and promote repair after a stroke or head trauma, researchers at Duke Medicine report.
John Sleasman Named Chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology
April 23, 2013
Joseph St. Geme, MD, Chair of the Duke Department of Pediatrics, announced today that John W. Sleasman, MD, Robert A. Good Endowed Chair of Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, will join the Duke School of Medicine as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.
Duke Students Deliver Health Care in Rural Honduras
April 9, 2013
A team of Duke nursing and medical students, led by Dennis Clements, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Primary Care Pediatrics, saw more than 400 patients at a clinic in rural Honduras last week.
Kinney to Receive Duke Medical Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award
March 14, 2013
Thomas R. Kinney, MD, the Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, will receive the 2013 Duke Medical Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award during this year’s Medical Alumni Weekend, scheduled for October 17-20.
Cheifetz Selected to Be Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
February 11, 2013
Ira Cheifetz, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Critical Medicine, has agreed to become the Interim Chair of the Duke Department of Pediatrics, effective July 1, 2013.
Stop Typecasting Overweight Kids
January 28, 2013
Sarah Armstrong, MD, Director of the Duke Healthy Lifestyles Program, discussed the innovative program, which is aimed at both children and their families.
Will Zebrafish Transform Medicine?
January 17, 2013
Nicholas Katsanis, PhD, said that since 2010, Duke researchers have made zebrafish models for 20 children and found "stone-cold causal or very strong leads" for their problems.
Kids Care / CMNH Research Grants
January 17, 2013
Each year a substantial portion of the net proceeds from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fund raising is allocated to the Kids Care / Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) Research Grant funds managed by the Department of Pediatrics.
An End to Odysseys
January 1, 2013
For many of us, having our genomes in hand today isn’t likely to make any profound difference in our lives, but Duke geneticists have found that for children and their families affected by rare and mysterious genetic diseases, early indications are a completely different story.
Rare Genetic Disorder Causes Muscle Weakness
October 11, 2012
Edward Smith, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Neurology, said the most promising research for spinal muscular atrophy is in the area of gene therapy.
Anti-cancer Drug Fights Immune Reaction in Some Infants With Pompe Disease
October 11, 2012
Adding a third anti-cancer agent to a current drug cocktail appears to have contributed to dramatic improvement in three infants with the most severe form of Pompe disease.
FDA Approves DUCORD Product from Duke for Stem Cell Transplants
October 8, 2012
Duke University School of Medicine has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to market DUCORD, a stem cell product derived from umbilical cord blood, for use in transplants between unrelated donors and recipients.
Children Underrepresented in Drug Studies
October 1, 2012
The number of clinical trials enrolling children is far lower than for adults, and the scope of research is also narrower, according to an analysis of public-access data conducted by researchers at Duke University.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September 6, 2012
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we are reminded that this once deadly disease now has an overall cure rate of 80 percent.
Duke Researcher Receives Grant for Sarcoma Research
August 24, 2012
A grant awarded to Corinne Linardic, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, willl help fund studies examining a pediatric cancer that strikes the soft tissue.
Top Doctors 2012
August 24, 2012
Twenty-seven Duke Children’s doctors were recognized as Top Doctors by U.S. News & World Report in 2012. Doctors across the country nominated their peers as those who they believe are the most worthy of referral. The most important criterion for physician selection was excellence in patient care.
Duke Researchers Find Gene Mutation for Childhood Disorder
August 2, 2012
Every person has genetic mutations. Most have no harmful effects, but some can lead to disabling disorders. Duke researchers recently identified a gene mutation for a disorder that is commonly misdiagnosed in children as epilepsy.
Infectious Diseases Fellowship Opportunities
July 25, 2012
There is currently a fully-funded opening for training in the Duke Pediatrics infectious diseases fellowship beginning July 1, 2013. This opening is made available through an NICHD T32 training grant.
For many cystic fibrosis patients the only available option is to manage the symptoms, but a new drug aims to treat the disease at its source.
Bordley Receives Faculty Mentor AwardJuly 20, 2012
Duke Pediatrics has honored Clay Bordley, MD, MPH, with the Faculty Mentoring Award. This award recognizes mentoring excellence by a department faculty member who exemplifies a deep commitment to fostering the professional and personal development of trainees and junior faculty.
Targeted Gene Therapy Enhances Treatment for Pompe Disease
June 25, 2012
Gene therapy to replace the protein missing in Pompe disease can be effective if the patient's immune system does not react against the therapy.
Duke Children's Ranked in "U.S. News" Best Children's Hospitals 2012-2013
June 5, 2012
U.S. News & World Report has released the 2012-13 Best Children's Hospitals rankings of America's top pediatric facilities in 10 pediatric specialties. Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center was ranked among the top 50 nationally in all 10 areas of specialty.
Newly Discovered Breast Milk Antibodies Help Neutralize HIV
May 23, 2012
Antibodies that help to stop the HIV virus have been found in breast milk. Duke researchers have shown that the B cells in breast milk can generate neutralizing antibodies that may inhibit the virus that causes AIDS.
Zebrafish Study Isolates Gene Related to Autism, Schizophrenia and Obesity
May 16, 2012
What can a fish tell us about human brain development? Researchers at Duke University Medical Center transplanted a set of human genes into a zebrafish and then used it to identify genes responsible for head size at birth.
New Treatment Helps Children With Pompe Disease Live Longer
May 8, 2012
Priya S. Kishnani, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Medical Genetics, said in a nationally distributed Ivanhoe Broadcast News item that the Myozyme treatment developed at Duke allows these young patients "to have dreams, to be able to go to school, to ride a bicycle, to celebrate birthdays."
Sequencing Works in a Clinical Setting to Help Get a Diagnosis
May 8, 2012
Advanced high-speed gene-sequencing has been used in the clinical setting to find diagnoses for seven children out of a dozen who were experiencing developmental delays and congenital abnormalities for mysterious reasons.
Duke and WakeMed Team Up on Pediatric Care
April 23, 2012
Duke Children's Subspecialty Clinic on the Duke Raleigh Hospital campus is moving to a new site adjacent to WakeMed's campus in Raleigh.
Katsanis Receives 2012 E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics
March 9, 2012
Nico Katsanis, PhD, Jean and George Brumley, Jr. Professor of Cell Biology and Pediatrics and Director of the Duke Center for Human Disease Modeling will receive the E. Mead Johnson Award for Research in Pediatrics at the 2012 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting in Boston this April.
Office of Pediatric Education Receives APA Teaching Program Award
February 22, 2012
The Office of Pediatric Education recently received the 2012 Academic Pediatric Association Teaching Program Award.
Experimental Procedure Changes Charlotte Area Girl's Life
February 21, 2012
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, discussed cord blood transfusion for an 11-month-old girl to test its effect on hydrocephalus.
Four Department of Pediatrics faculty member were recently elected to the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR). The Society for Pediatric Research honors young pediatricians who have demonstrated creativity and productivity in research addressing child and adolescent health and disease.
Stem Cell Fraud: A 60 Minutes Investigation
January 8, 2012
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, assisted a 60 Minutes investigation of an Alabama physician who will ship stem cells from South America to the US and claims cures for cerebral palsy and other illnesses.
Cancer Drugs Help the Hardest Cases of Pompe DiseaseJanuary 5, 2012
Research led by Duke University Medical Center has resulted in successful GAA enzyme replacement therapy for children who were predicted to have or who had an immune reaction blocking the effects of the enzyme replacement therapy.
In Memorium: Thomas Eliot Frothingham, MDDecember 28, 2011
Thomas Eliot Frothingham, MD, who founded and served as Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics from 1973 to 1988, died on December 27, 2011, at the age of 85.
Kids Care Grants
December 8, 2011
Each year a portion of the net proceeds from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fund raising at Duke Children’s is allocated to the Kids Care Fund.
Kirby Announces RetirementDecember 1, 2011
Margaret Kirby, PhD, retired from her position as Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and Professor of Cell Biology and Biology on December 1, 2011.
Study: Peanut Therapy Cures Kids' Allergies
November 25, 2011
Reports on the results of an oral desensitization therapy trial conducted by Duke researchers in which children who had been allergic to peanuts were able to eat peanuts after treatment.
Mental Health Referrals
November 27, 2011
Mental health disorders are more common in children and adolescents than people realize. Barbara Keith Walter, MD, PhD, explains when to seek a mental health referral for a child.
HIV and Hepatitis B Among Children in Tanzania
November 16, 2011
Ann Buchanan, MD, MPH, is a Medical Instructor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases working at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania. Her research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of mycobacterial infections in HIV-positive children.
Pediatrics Announces New Division of Global Health
September 8, 2011
Coleen Cunningham, MD, recently appointed Chief of the Division of Global Health and Chief of the Pediatric Division of Infectious Diseases, talks about the primary mission of the new Division of Global Health.
Documenting Medicine to Make Deeper Connections
September 4, 2011
John Moses, Jr., MD, Associate Professor in the Division of Primary Care Pediatrics, discusses a project that teams clinicians with the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.
Newest Screen for Newborns Will Indicate Heart Problems August 22, 2011
About one in every 120 babies are born with congenital heart disease (CHD), of which about 25 percent is critical, requiring special care early in life. Alex R. Kemper, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, discusses a federal advisory panel recommendation that all newborns should undergo pulse oximetry to check for heart defects.
National Children's Study July 7, 2011
Emmanuel "Chip" Walter MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University and Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, Professor of Epidemiology, UNC-Chapel Hill, discuss the National Children's Study, one of the richest research efforts geared towards studying children’s growth, health and development. [view video]
How Kids Metabolize Drugs June 15, 2011
Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, explains how children metabolize drugs. [view video]
Duke Explores Stem Cell Treatment for Cerebral Palsy
May 17, 2011
Duke researchers are exploring a stem cell treatment that may repair brain damage in children with cerebral palsy at the root of the disease.
Drug Helps Young Sickle Cell Patients
May 17, 2011
Courtney Thornburg, MD, MS, Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Clinic, led a national study examining the effectiveness of a drug, hydroxurea, in children as young as one year old.
Spring Faculty Meeting Awards
May 10, 2011
At the annual Spring Faculty Meeting, held at the Doris Duke Garden Center on May 4, 2011, the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at Duke University presented the following awards to Department of Pediatrics faculty.
Duke Professor Receives Top Scientific HonorMay 4, 2011
Rebecca H. Buckley, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at the Duke University School of Medicine, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her life-saving research in pediatric immunological diseases.
Food Allergy Awareness Week May 4, 2011
The week of May 9-15 is set aside this year to observe Food Allergy Awareness Week to acknowledge those who live every day with the concern that their exposure to certain foods may have the potential to trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction.Goldberg Receives Renewal for NICHD Neonatal Research Network Award
March 30, 2011
Ronald N. Goldberg, MD, Chief of the Division of Neonatology, received a $1M grant renewal from the NICHD to participate in an ongoing multicenter clinical program.
Kurtzberg Honored as "Health Care Hero"February 28, 2011
The Triangle Business Journal
has recognized Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Duke Pediatric Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation with a 2011 Health Care Heroes Award.
Allergy Treatment Helps Kids Tolerate Some Peanuts
February 8, 2011
A peanut solution given under the tongue can desensitize a child's deadly peanut allergies, but further testing will be needed to determine if it may permanently eliminate their reactions to the foods, according to researchers from Duke University Medical Center.
Duke Pediatrics Opens New Sleep Lab
February 2, 2011
Beginning Friday, February 4, 2011, a new two-bed sleep lab will be opening at Duke Children’s Consultative Services of Raleigh.
Kids Care GrantsJanuary 4, 2011
The Kids Care Fund awards grants to support patient/family needs, child advocacy programs, entertainment and educational activities for patients and families receiving care at Duke Children’s.
Duke Children's Miracle Network Research Award Applications
December 3, 2010
Each year a substantial portion of the net proceeds from the Children's Miracle Network are allocated to support clincial, basic or applied research projects within the Duke Children's community. Best Doctors 2010 Award WinnersNovember 23, 2010
More than 300 Duke physicians were named by their colleagues around the state as among North Carolina 's very best -- the doctors whom they would select for their own medical care or that of their families.
McGann Named Glenn and Muriel Kiser Professor of Pediatrics November 23, 2010 Kathleen McGann, MD, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vice Chair of Education has been named the Glenn and Muriel Kiser Professor of Pediatrics, recognizing her broad leadership role in medical education in the Department of Pediatrics. October 26, 2010
Duke University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics received $17.2 million from the estate of Glenn A. Kiser, MD to fund children’s health research and pediatric physician education. The gift is the largest in the history of the Department and will effectively sustain Pediatrics' ongoing commitment to excellence in research and education related to children’s health.
New National Initiative to Rigorously Study Pediatric Dosing and Safety of Prescription Medicines
September 30, 2010
Danny Benjamin, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, discusses a new initiative he will lead for the Pediatric Trials Network to examine drugs and dosing information for kids. "Virtually all pediatric use is off-label," and physicians make their best estimate of the proper dose," he said.
What You Should Know About the Flu
September 7, 2010
Tony Moody, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, comments about the H1N1 virus and the vaccine to prevent it.
September 6, 2010
Wesley Burks, MD, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology discusses peanut allergies and an experimental treatment that uses peanuts to build up tolerance.
September 8, 2010
Philip M. Rosoff, MD, Director of Clinical Ethics and Professor of Pediatrics, talks about plastic surgeons evaluating patients' motivations for cosmetic procedures and if they justify the risks.
Questions Abound as Pediatric Clinical Trials Move Overseas August 23, 2010
The majority of pediatric clinical trials conducted under a Congressional provision granting patent extensions to pharmaceutical companies in exchange for performing research on drug safety and efficacy in children involve sites outside the United States, raising scientific and ethical questions, according to researchers at Duke Clinical Research Institute.
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center received special recognition in a number of subspecialty areas in the 2010-2011 edition of "Best Children's Hospitals,” ranking in the top 30 children’s hospitals in the country in cancer, neonatology, respiratory diseases, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, and gastroenterology.
Rebecca Buckley, MD, Professor in the Department of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology, comments on the significance of “Bubble Boy Disease" now being a part of national U.S. newborn screening guidelines.
Food Allergy Awareness Week May 9, 2010
The week of May 9-15 is set aside each year to focus public attention on this growing health problem. This year's theme, Respect Every Bite, reminds us of the daily threat faced by people with food allergy. Transplant Combination a Medical First
April 26, 2010
Laura Margaret Burbach's new lungs and bone marrow came from the same donor, and this is the first time this transplant combination has been attempted.
April 15, 2010
The Duke Department of Pediatrics has been named one of the top 10 pediatric programs in the medical school specialty rankings of the annual America’s Best Graduate Schools edition of U.S.News & World Report.
March 18, 2010
A $10.2 million commitment from the Robertson Foundation to create a state-of-the-art Translational Cell Therapy Center (TCTC) will advance Duke Medicine’s pioneering cell therapy research and treatment programs for children and adults with cancer, cerebral palsy, stroke and brain injuries suffered at birth.
Cord Blood Breakthrough
February 21, 2010
Joanne Kurtzberg, MD, Director of the Pediatric Blood & Marrow Transplant Program, is featured in this video about her work with cord blood transplants. [view video]