Happy Summer from the UA Steele Children's Research Center and the Department of Pediatrics.
Below is a summary of recent stories about our research, faculty, residents, fundraising events
and more, exemplifying our mission: "To teach, To heal, To discover."

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PANDA event
14th Annual PANDA 'Children Helping Children' Fashion Show Raises $475,000 for Autoimmune Research at the Steele Center

The 14th annualPANDA "Children Helping Children"Fashion Show and Luncheon held at the Phoenician in May in Scottsdale  raised approximately$475,000 for theSteele Center.   Read More  View Slideshow

Dr. Lisa Kopp Receives Hyundai Hope on Wheels Grant for Pediatric Cancer Research

Lisa Kopp, MD,
assistant professor and researcher with the  Steele Center, received a $75,000 Hyundai Scholar Grant from Hyundai Motor America's "Hyundai Hope on WheelsŪ" program for her pediatric cancer research. Read More

Larry Ronstadt, 9, Donates Birthday Toys to Kids of Steele, for Fellow Patients

Larry Ronstadt, 9, knows from experience how receiving a toy while hospitalized or receiving treatment at an outpatient clinic can brighten one's day. That's why he asked for birthday gifts that could be given to other children coping with illness and he donated them to Kids of Steele, the family auxiliary of the Steele Center. Read More  AZ Star story 

Angel Charity
Steele Center Named Beneficiary of Angel Charity for Children, Inc.

The Steele Center has been named a 2013 beneficiary of Angel Charity for Children, IncThe Steele Center will receive $537,230 to increase the number of its clinical trials for pediatric cancer patients and expand its basic science pediatric cancer research. Each year, approximately 65 children with cancer and blood disorders are cared for by Steele Center physician-scientists at The University of Arizona Medical Center - Diamond Children's and its affiliated outpatient pediatric cancer clinics. In addition to children in active treatment, long-term care and follow up is provided for hundreds more. Read More 

Dr. Fayez K. Ghishan First Peds Gastroenterologist to Receive Prestigious Lectureship.

Dr. Fayez Ghishan, head of the Steele Children's Research Center, has become the first pediatric gastroenterologist awarded the Horace W. Davenport Distinguished Lectureship - the most prestigious recognition by the Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology Section of the American Physiological Society. The Davenport award recognizes distinguished lifetime achievement in gastrointestinal and liver physiological research - including accomplishments in teaching, training and activities within the APS - and honors people whose contributions have implications that extend beyond the boundaries of gastrointestinal and liver research interests. Read More 

Dr. Typpo
Clinical Trial Seeks to Optimize Nutrition Delivery for Critically Ill Infants, Children

When a child is hospitalized in critical condition, optimal delivery of nutritional support plays a vital role in the outcome. Unfortunately, no solid data exists regarding the best way to feed critically ill children. "There are important gaps in knowledge regarding timing, route, dose and type of nutritional support needed for critically ill infants and children," said Dr. Katri Typpo, assistant professor in the department of pediatrics and a researcher with the UA Steele Children's Research Center. Read More 

Lucy Han
Research Determines Feasibility of Newborn Screening in Tucson

Research by UA medical student Lucy Han finds that implementing recommended pulse oximetry screening guidelines is feasible at Tucson's Elevation. A recent simple pulse oximetry test revealed a potentially life-threatening critical congenital heart defect in a newborn that was surgically repaired.  Read More

Dr. Claire Larmonier Awarded Prestigious Grant to Explore Protein's Role in GI Diseases

Steele Center researcher Claire Larmonier, PhD, has received a four-year, $459,406 KO1 "Mentored Research Scientist Development" award from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NDDK). She will explore the role a protein plays in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), a chronic, uncontrolled inflammation in the intestinal tract. IBD is caused by an inappropriate and persistent activation of the immune system against normal intestinal bacteria.
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Dr. Ghishan and Gavin
Steele Center Receives $10,000 Grant to Support 'PANDA Share a Hug' Program

The men's Scottsdale Active 20/30 Club has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Phoenix Women's Board of the Steele Center - known as PANDA (People Acting Now Discover Answers). This grant will support the"PANDA Share a Hug"program, enabling PANDA to purchase more than 1,000 stuffed panda bears that will be given to pediatric patients treated by Steele Center physicians. Read More 


Tiny Bryanna Beats the Odds, But Her Harrowing Case Illustrates Whooping Cough's Grave Danger for Infants

Tiny Bryanna Robles was in respiratory failure from whooping cough and her parents were agonizing over a controversial, high-risk and last-ditch intervention.  Read More 

Dr. Deepti Deshpande and her Team Receive Gold Seal from Joint Commission for 'Pediatric Asthma Program"

Diamond Children's is the first pediatric medical center in Arizona to be awarded the prestigious, Joint Commission "Gold Seal of ApprovalŪ" for its Pediatric Asthma Program. In achieving Joint Commission disease-specific certification, Diamond Children's has demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest level of care for its patients with asthma. It is one of only nine programs in the U.S. to receive this designation. Read More

Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults Receives Top Quality Rating for Vaccine Administration

The Arizona Elks Clinic for Children and Young Adults received and unprecedented 96 percent compliance rating from their Vaccines for Children (VFC) program audit, conducted by the Arizona Immunization Program Office (AIPO). Read More

Dr. Sean Elliott Nominated for Distinction in Medical Student Teaching

Sean P. Elliott, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, has been nominated by the UA Academy of Medical Education Scholars (AMES) and UA College of Medicine - Tucson Dean Steve Goldschmid, MD, for an Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award.  Read More 

Dr. Alan Bedrick Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Alan D. Bedrick, MD, professor and chief, Section of Neonatology and Developmental Biology, received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Pennsylvania State University. This award is the highest honor that Penn State bestows upon an alumnus. The award salutes the achievements of outstanding alumni whose personal lives, professional achievements and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater. Read More

10th Annual 'Shoot for Smiles' Charity Basketball Game Between UA Pediatric Residents and Faculty Benefits Casa de los Niņos

The Department of Pediatrics annual "Shoot for Smiles" charity basketball game, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on May 21. This friendly competition between residents and faculty benefited the pediatrics residency program's chosen charity, Casa de los Niņos. View video

Pediatric Resident Volunteers in Guatemala

Pediatric resident Dr. Marie Olson volunteered in Guatemala to help Mayan children and adults by working in the ER, assisting in deliveries of at-risk infants, working in the pediatric clinic and more. Read More
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