March 31, 2015

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Margaret Young from the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit is the latest Texas Children’s Super Star leader. “I believe a Texas Children’s Super Star goes above and beyond daily – not just when there’s a need or a call to assist,” Young said. “A Super Star leader is impactful, has influence and can make a difference.”

Read more of Young’s interview:

Q&A: Margaret Young, October – December 2014 Leader

Your name, title and department. How long have you worked here?
Margaret Young, MHA, RN, Bone Marrow Transplant. I have worked at Texas Children’s for 15 years and in Bone Marrow Transplant for three years.

What month are you Super Star for?
Super Star Leader for October-December 2014

Tell us how you found out you won a super star award.
I was going about my day as usual engrained in completing my various responsibilities, and I was notified by my assistant clinical director we had an impromptu budget meeting with our director. I was thrilled….!!! I gathered all my notes and reports and proceeded to the conference room. As I walked in the conference all the staff members, my fellow peers, ACD, and AVP were already in the room clapping and smiling. Indeed I must say I was surprised and thrilled and then asked “What’s this for?” I then looked at the banner which stated Super Star Leader. The decorations and food were great!

What does it mean to be recognized for the hard work you do?
The Super Star recognition means to me that someone has really recognized how hard I truly work each day. I treat every day like a new day and know that tomorrow is not promised. So, I have to make the best of today.

What do you think makes someone at Texas Children’s a super star?
I believe a Texas Children’s Super Star goes above and beyond daily – not just when there’s a need or a call to assist. A Super Star leader is impactful, has influence and can make a difference.

What is your motivation for going above and beyond every day at work?
My motivation for going above and beyond daily is seeing the potential and growth of our staff. I challenge the staff every chance I get to do more and become more. We’re great at what we do but there’s still so much more for us to conquer and accomplish and see the benefits of our hard work.

What is the best thing about working at Texas Children’s?
The best thing about working at Texas Children’s is the people.

Anything else you want to share?
I’m extremely humbled and grateful for this recognition. This recognition motivates me to do more!

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Dr. Huda Zoghbi received the 2015 Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Prize for Distinguished Achievement in Developmental Psychobiology, awarded by Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Zoghbi is the director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s, a professor of molecular and human genetics, pediatrics, neuroscience and neurology at Baylor College of Medicine, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

As a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Zoghbi has pioneered research on Rett syndrome and other rare brain disorders, and has advanced research of more common conditions including autism and adult neurodegenerative diseases.

In one of her most well-known achievements, Zoghbi provided a definitive genetic diagnosis for Rett syndrome and opened the door to a biological understanding and a search for treatment. Rett syndrome is a genetic neurological disease that usually affects young girls. Girls born with the disease develop normally for one or two years, but then begin to show progressive loss of motor skills, speech and other cognitive abilities.

Zoghbi has also found other genes, including Math1, an essential gene governing the development of cells critical for hearing, balance, and breathing, and the genes for spinocerebellar ataxia 1 and 6. Her work has led to a better understanding of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

“We’re thrilled that Dr. Zoghbi is this year’s recipient,” said Dr. B.J. Casey, director of the Sackler Institute and the Sackler Professor of Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. “She’s dedicated herself to this field for decades and has made remarkable achievements. But we’re also recognizing her leadership in the field of neuroscience and her track record of mentoring young scientists as they embark on their own careers.”

The prize is named for the Dr. Mortimer D. Sackler, one of the most creative scientists in the field of developmental psychobiology. The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. endowed the prize in a gift in 2009.

“To have a prize bearing the name of someone who’s made such remarkable achievements in this field is a great honor,” Zoghbi said. “There are so many deserving scientists and physician-scientists out there who have done fantastic work. I feel truly honored to have been selected.”

Zoghbi plans to donate the $100,000 prize money to a mentorship fund that she established to help young female scientists get their work – specifically research on “bold, new ideas” – off the ground.

March 24, 2015

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Dr. Sunita Misra, a child neurology resident at Texas Children’s, recently received the 2015 Roger and Mary Brumback Sage Award of Excellences for her study on Dravet Syndrome.

Her award-winning study analyzed the quantity and type of medications that are required to stop prolonged seizures in children with Dravet Sydrome, a severe childhood epilepsy syndrome that causes patients to experience dozens or even hundreds of seizures a day.

In her study, Misra and her team also analyzed the triggers and complications resulting from the long seizures, and how many episodes led to emergency room visits or hospitalizations for prolonged seizures.

The Roger and Mary Brumback Sage Award of Excellences is awarded to the recipient of the best junior member presentation at the annual meeting of the Southern Pediatric Neurology Society.

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Dr. Steve Abrams, Neonatology Fellowship Program Director, congratulates Dr. Sudeepta Basu, third-year fellow, the 20th annual Arnold J. Rudolph Memorial Grand Rounds award recipient. The award recognizes third-year fellows in neonatal-perinatal medicine for outstanding teaching, patient care, scientific inquiry and professional integrity.

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State Rep. Donna Howard honored Dr. Julie Boom, director of Texas Children’s Immunization Project, before the State Legislature earlier this month for being named Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Childhood Immunization Champion for Texas.

This annual award, given by the CDC Foundation and the CDC, honors exemplary childhood immunization advocates across the 50 U.S. states, eight U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, and the District of Columbia.

“This prestigious award recognizes individuals across the United States who have worked to protect the health and safety of children by ensuring that vaccination is a priority,” Howard said to her legislative colleagues. “After being nominated by her peers, Dr. Boom was chosen by health care professionals, community supports and other leaders for her contributions to pediatric health care in our state.”

When Boom was a medical resident, she treated a 3-year-old girl who died of meningitis. This experience inspired her to devote her career to promoting immunization through education, research, and the development of improved immunization technology and practices. Boom led the development of an automated software tool that forecasts what vaccines each child will need and when, according to the recommended schedule. To remind parents about the importance of vaccines, she helped create Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotten Story, a book featuring 20 families affected by vaccine-preventable illnesses.

To watch a video of Boom being honored on March 4 during the 84th Legislative Session, click here and go to time code 34:06.

February 3, 2015

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The Clinical Research Center will present the Clinical Research Award for Fourth Quarter 2014 to Dr. Carla Davis, Pediatrics-Allergy & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine.

The award was established by the Clinical Research Center in collaboration with the Research Resources Office to recognize and honor individual contributions to protecting the best interest of the research subjects and compliance with applicable rules and regulations.

Dr. Davis’s research activities in the CRC focus on allergy and immunology related issues.

Congratulations to Dr. Davis.

The 15th Annual Reba Michels Hill Grand Rounds were held recently. Awards were given to Neonatology non-physicians who have made a significant contribution to advancing the quality to which Dr. Hill was dedicated, compassionate commitment to education, patient care, research and family.

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Dr. Steve Welty, chief of Neonatology, presents the Reba Michels Hill Awards to Nurse Coordinator Ann Demny (center), Texas Children’s Newborn Center; Manager Jennifer Gallegos, Advanced Practice Provider Services, Texas Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and Manager Shino Thomas (not pictured), Advanced Practice Provider Services, Neonatology.