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Discovery About How Heart Forms Sheds Light on Deadly Disease

Drs. Maria Luisa Sequeira-Lopez, Yan Hu and Brian Belyea were recently featured in a UVA Today article

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Fate of Renin Cells During Development

Rhian Touyz, MD, PhD interviews Ariel Gomez, MD, corecipient of the 2016 Excellence in Hypertension Award about his research into the fate of renin cells during development and disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2kOpXw2a2s  

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Probing the Secrets of Cell Identity

Dr. Ariel Gomez’s research was recently featured in a UVA Today article.

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Congratulations to Masafumi Oka, MD and Vidya Kusma Harinathan, PhD!

Congratulations to Masafumi Oka, MD and Vidya Kusma Harinathan, PhD, who were both selected to receive the Kidney Council New Investigator Travel Award. This award will be presented to them at the Annual Business Meeting/Awards luncheon of the 2016 Council on Hypertension on Friday, September 16 in Orlando, Florida.

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28th Annual Research Symposium

Our 28th Annual Research Day Symposium offered an outstanding presentation of the scholarly assembly of Pediatrics’ trainees and faculty mentors’ research. The day commenced with an excellent presentation by our keynote speaker, Alessio Fasano, MD, W. Allan Walker Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Mass General Hospital for Children. The poster session was held in the lobby of th …

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Congratulations to the 2016 Research Trainee Competition Winners!

Congratulations to our Winners! 2016 Kendig Award Winner  The 2016 Kendig Award goes to Matthew Harer. Research Trainee Competition Winners Maria Florencia Martinez |  Super-Enhancers in the renin cell Erika Rhone | Genomic-derived markers to identify calcineurin inhibitor nephrotoxicity in pediatric kidney transplant recipients Sarah Miller | Low birth weight associated with poor executive functi …

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Jennifer Charlton, MD Recieves ASN Research Grant

Jennifer Charlton, MD Jennifer Charlton, MD recently recieved the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant from the American Society of Nephrology. The purpose of the Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant is to provide funding for young faculty to foster evolution to an independent research career by providing transition funding toward successful application for an RO1 grant.

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2016 Betsy and Stuart Houston Lecture | Mario Capecchi, PhD

Mario R. Capecchi, PhD, a Nobel Laureate whose work can be applied either directly or indirectly to nearly every medical field of research, spoke at the University Tuesday. Capecchi, with Sir Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies, received the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the use of embryonic stem cells to introduce gene modifications in mice. His lecture filled t …

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Brian C. Belyea, MD | 2016 Young Physician-Scientist Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr. Belyea who was recently selected by the The American Society for Clinical Investigation for the Young Physician-Scientist Award of 2016. The ASCI Council Young Physician-Scientist Awards, initiated in 2013, recognize young physician-scientists who are supported by NIH K awards or similar significant career-development awards, are early in their first faculty appointment, and …

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NIH K Award Symposium Outstanding Investigator Award | Jennifer Charlton, MD

Jennifer Charlton, MD was recently awarded the Outstanding Investigator Award at the NIH K Award Symposium for her work, “Chronic Kidney Disease: Early Diagnosis by Contrast-Enhanced MRI”. The Department of Medicine’s K-awardee mentoring program, launched by DoM Vice Chair for Research Eric Houpt, MD, hosts regular meetings of this cohort to provide support, guidance, and opportunities for network …

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Congratulations, Dr. Maria Luisa Sequeria Lopez!

Congrats to Dr. Maria Luisa Sequeira Lopez for her elected position as the next vice chair and subsequently the new Chair of the Angiotensin Gordon Research Conference  

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Gap Funding Award | An Interview with Santina A. Zanelli, MD

Project name Role of kainate receptors on modulation of synaptic transmission and seizure susceptibility to hypoxia in neonatal mice Gap funding award $50,000. Time frame One year Q: Please describe your project. Seizures in neonates are a vexing clinical problem with lack of consensus on diagnosis and management. The problem is further compounded by the disappointing efficacy of currently availab …

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Congrats, Jorge Giron and Julia Wisniewski!

Congratulations to the winners of the Innovative Grants! The titles of the grants were “Adhesins of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, a health burden in cystic fibrosis patients” (Jorge Giron) and “Influence of detergent skin cleanser use on Development of Atopic disease in Children” (Julia Wisniewski). We are proud of you! Jorge Giron, PhD Julia Wisniewski, MD

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UVA Discovery a Major Step Toward Growing Kidneys

UVA Today recently featured an article about some of our CHRC research staff. In a significant step toward growing replacement kidneys, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified the cells that give rise to the blood vessels within the kidney. It’s a discovery of critical importance, as efforts to grow kidneys have long been frustrated by the inability to create t …

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CHRC Featured in Fall PULSE Issue

PULSE – Philanthropy in Action, a newsletter focusing on new programs, gifts, volunteers, needs, and other timely issues at the UVA Health System, ran a story in it’s most recent bi-annual publication featuring the Child Health Research Center. The story highlights the establishment of the CHRC Speaker Series. Each entry, as well as past archives, of the speaker series can be accessed by the bar t …

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Dr. Ariel Gomez is awarded the UVA Distinguished Scientist Award.

R. Ariel Gomez, MD On November 11, 2015 Dr. Ariel Gomez, along with Dr. Anindya Dutta, Dr. Doug Bayliss, and Dr. Jack Stankovic,  was honored with the University of Virginia Distinguished Scientist Award during an award dinner held at The Colonade Club in Charlottesville. The UVA Distinguished Scientist Award, founded in 2006, recognizes faculty from the basic, medical, or engineering sciences who …

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Innovative Science and Excellence in Pediatric Research Grant

General Information: The Child Health Research Center is searching to fund innovative, paradigm shifting, and/or technology advancing projects through an Innovative Science and Excellence in Pediatric Research Grant.  Funding will support projects in basic, translational, and/or clinical research to obtain preliminary data for external funding. Amount: $12,500: One grant for Young Investigators ( …

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Maddy Deal Pilot Project Grant Awarded to Vidya Kusma Harinathan, PhD

Please join us to congratulate Vidya Kusma Harinathan, PhD, Instructor of Research, Pediatrics! She is the winner of the 2015 Maddy Deal Pilot Project Grant entitled “Membrane Immunoassay for Detecting Single cell Renin Secretion.” Please congratulate Vidya! We are very proud of her!

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CHRC Speaker Series

The Child Health Research Center Presents: Intestinal Selection of Immunogenic Antigens (ISIA) -or- The Agouti Box Steven Zeichner, MD, PhD Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine The George Washington University School of Medicine Senior Investigator, Children’s Research Institute • Children’s National Medical Center Friday , April 3rd, 12:00 pm Building MR5, 3r …

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Congrats, Eugene Lin and Yan Hu!

Please join us to congratulate our graduate students who won basic research awards at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Young Investigators Fo
rum, held at the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore, MD. This event allows trainees from Mid-Atlantic research programs to present their basic and clinical research on kidney diseases. Eugene Lin (1st place) (mentors: Ariel Gomez, Maria Luisa Sequeira Lopez) Yan Hu (5th pl …

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