April Department Highlights

Congratulations to the following department members on their achievements!

Pediatrics Science Day 2013:

The Department of Pediatrics Celebrated research on March 21 with its 31st Annual Science Day. There were 13 oral presenters, 23 poster presenters and Stephen  Kingsmore, M.D. gave the keynote address during Grand Rounds.

  • Oral Presentation Winner: Amanda Posgai
  • Poster Presentation Winner: Liya Pi, Ph.D.

UF Lifetime Achievement Award:

Janet Silverstein, M.D., received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Florida’s Faculty Council. Last year, Dr. Silverstein was president of the Pediatric Endocrine Society and she has made numerous valuable contributions to the field of pediatric endocrinology.

CATCH Grants:

Two pediatric faculty members received Community Access to Child Health Grants:

  • Lindsay Thompson, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor: A Neighborhood Mother-Baby Medical Home Clinic
  • Sarah Ritchie, M.D., Assistant Professor: Prenatal Breastfeeding Education and Outreach

Three pediatric residents also received Community Access to Child Health Grants:

  • Diana Montoya-Fontalvo, M.D. (Mentor, Vini Vijayan, M.D.): Cocooning in High School
  • 2013 – Olivia Potter, D.O. (Mentor, Stephanie Ryan, M.D.): Gainesville LGBTQ Youth Group
  • 2013 – Nasim Moshtagh, M.D. (Bahareh Keith, M.D.): Staying Ahead of Asthma

UF Research Opportunity Seed Fund Award:

Bryon Petersen, M.D., was granted a Seed Fund award  for his “Developing a Functional Bio‐artificial Liver Device Utilizing a De‐Cellularized Matrix as a Platform” proposal. The program  targets interdisciplinary, faculty-initiated research projects, and focuses on new projects that emphasize novel research.


CTSI Pilot Project Award:

CTSI Pilot Project Awards support the growth of interdisciplinary and investigator-initiated research and provide three categories of support: trainee, junior faculty and novel methods and technologies.

Rena Harrington, M.D., pediatric endocrinology clinical fellow,  received a trainee award: for her “Hypoglycemia in Prader-Willi Syndrome: A Pilot Study”

CTSI Academy of Research Excellence Spring 2013 Candidate:

William Slayton, M.D., Chief, Pediatric Hematology & Oncology is one of 14 investigators selected to pursue a six-month Master Certificate for Excellence in Human Subject Research and Protections. This is an advanced, practically-oriented program to develop excellence in human-subject research. Completion of the program leads to membership in the CTSI Academy of Research Excellence.

Learn more about these CTSI initiatives.