Volume 10, Issue 2, June 2016

CDI Fall Submission Cycle

The Children’s Discovery Institute (CDI)
requests applications from all Washington University faculty members and postdoctoral trainees for its fall submission cycle. Applications for the following funding mechanisms will be considered for funding: Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Educational Initiatives, and Faculty Recruitment/Scholar Awards. More information about these funding mechanisms as well as the CDI’s submission forms and guidelines can be found on the CDI website (http://www.childrensdiscovery.org/Grants.aspx). Letters of Intent must be submitted by August 1, 2016. Proposals will be due October 15, 2016.

Call for Proposal Details

Research Awards

New clues identified in childhood cancer syndrome

Children with the inherited cancer syndrome neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) are prone to developing brain and nerve tumors as well as myriad other medical problems, including autism, epilepsy and bone defects.

While the disorder is caused by a mutation in a single gene, the range and severity of clinical abnormalities vary widely, making the impact of NF1 on children and adults difficult to predict and treat.

But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help doctors determine which issues are likely to manifest in patients with NF1. The findings indicate that varying mutations in the NF1 gene may lead to different clinical outcomes.

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Persistent childhood asthma sets stage for COPD

Children with mild to moderate persistent asthma are at greater risk of developing chronic lung disease as young adults and, therefore, may require lifelong treatment even if their asthma symptoms subside for extended periods, according to a major national study.

The study – led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School – is published May 12 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers tested lung function and development in 684 children with asthma during a two-decade span beginning in the mid-1990s, when participants were ages 5 to 12. The results showed that 75 percent of the participants experienced abnormal lung growth patterns by early adulthood that increased the likelihood of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive condition that makes breathing difficult and has no cure.

“It is astonishing,” Robert C. Strunk, MD, the Donald B. Strominger Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, said in an interview earlier this year before he died of cardiac arrest on April 28. “For people barely into adulthood to already have COPD is terrible. As the disease evolves, they are likely to have health problems that will make it difficult to participate in normal day-to-day responsibilities such as holding a job.” More details

Office of Faculty Development

Brian Hackett, MD, PhD, Director

Bess Marshall, MD, Associate Director

Janet Braun, Program Coordinator




Faculty Development


The department of pediatrics is committed to the professional development of all faculty members. Mentoring is seen as a key initiative in the success of this goal.

At Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), outstanding mentoring is pervasive, with wide-ranging influence in both the scientific and clinical arenas. Many great scientists and clinicians frequently give credit to a mentor or multiple mentors who provided guidance, encouragement, and support – both professionally and personally.

The faculty and staff of OFD understand that cultivating a successful mentoring relationship can present unique challenges for both parties engaged in the process. Visit our career development information on our website for a set of resources to potentially enrich the mentoring relationship, for both individuals seeking a mentor and those seeking to provide guidance.

If you would like to establish a mentoring committee or one or more mentors, please contact the office and we will be happy to assist.

New faculty orientation

We request all new faculty to attend OFD's faculty orientation on August 26 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm in NWT10A. Please register here. Lunch is provided.











Spotlight on Women in Medicine and Science

Save the Date

September 22, 2016

1-3 pm in EPNEC Seminar B

WUSM female faculty members highlight their work in  diverse fields of science as well as share the unique challenges they may have faced in their careers in academic medicine.


New Assistant Ombuds at WUSM

Congratulations to James J. (Jim) Fehr, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology, who will begin his new role as Assistant Ombuds July 1, 2016.  Dr. Fehr will work closely with Karen O'Malley, Ph.D., Principal WUSM Ombuds.  Drs. O'Malley and Fehr serve as designated impartial and informal dispute resolution practitioners whose major function is to provide confidential and informal assistance to WUSM faculty in resolving a variety of workplace issues.

For more information please go to the Office of the Ombuds website.


Work-Life Balance

Outsourcing daily tasks

In terms of efficiency, personal outsourcing is incredibly valuable as it allows you to get more out of the 24 hours a day that we are all given. While you are working, someone else can be doing your shopping, your taxes and life management tasks. This article is a very basic primer to the most common things that can be (and should often be) outsourced to others, freeing up your time for higher value activities.

The important thing to remember about personal outsourcing is that you absolutely must know how much your time is worth (usually per hour). This is the only way to find out if something is worth outsourcing or not.

Visit the OFD website for articles about the value of outsourcing and local resources to use.

If you have experience with a resource, please let us know and we can add that to our database.


Lactation room programs expand on Medical Campus

As part of continuing efforts to support nursing faculty, staff and students, the number of lactation rooms at the School of Medicine has grown from 21 to 37 in the past two years and is expected to reach 49 rooms by 2018. Privacy and security features also are being enhanced.

Note: Peds lactation room on NWT8145 will not require badge access.

Please visit this link for important details.

Summer time for the Kids

Have you begun the search for summer camps for your children?  The St.Louis Post Dispatch has teamed with Blueprint4Summer STL to provide a database of thousands of camps which can be searched by interest, location, age etc.

Go to blueprint4summer.com to begin planning your summer. 



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