Pediatrics News

Peds FIN Post Go-Live Workday Updates with Marsha Cannon

Our sessions with subject matter expert Marsha Cannon continue to review updates on Workday and as a sounding board with time for Q&A around topics impacting your work.  The next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 18 at 1p.m. CT. 

Please reach out to Olivia Johns on Microsoft Teams or at with any questions. These continue to be recorded along with notes for future reference here in Box.

Office of Faculty Development

2022 Education Skills Program

The goals of this program are to enhance skills as educators, to develop longitudinal peer networking and mentoring opportunities, to create productive education interest groups, and to enhance the culture of education within our department. This series includes ten sessions starting Jan. 7 on Fridays, from 12-1:30 p.m. — full schedule is pending. The program will be presented virtually via Zoom. If you are interested or would like to recommend someone, please email

Welcome back!

Please welcome Megan Shaffer back in the OFD after a brief absence! Please direct OFD and WUPS questions to Megan at or to one of the co-directors.

See OFD News

Bhushan Katira, MD

Faculty Feature

Bhushan Katira, MBBS

Bhushan Katira, MBBS, comes to us from Toronto, along with his son Vedaant and wife Nupur. Katira is originally from India and grew up in Mumbai. Born to a teacher mother and a doctor father, Katira inherited his love for medicine and teaching. Impressed by his father’s medical practice and a drive to help others, Katira decided to pursue…. Read more.

Faculty News

Anthony W. Orvedahl, MD, PhD NIH awards 4 medical school scientists prestigious ‘high-risk, high-reward’ grants

Carol Kao, MD – Pediatric COVID-19 vaccine trial underway

Andrew C. Glatz, MD – Glatz to lead pediatric cardiology division

Funded Awards

Congratulations to Megan Cooper, Amjad Horani, Cynthia Ortinau, Anthony Orvedahl, Ronald Rubenstein, Gregory Storch, Phillip Tarr, Andrew White, Neil White and Yiming Zhang. Read this month’s funded awards page to learn more.

Funding Opportunities

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R01 Series – new: Feb. 5
U01 – new: Feb. 5
K Series – new: Feb. 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: March 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: Feb. 25

Musculoskeletal Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Grants. Proposals due Nov. 10, 2021.

CRE² Research Working Groups. Applications due Dec. 1, 2021.

McKelvey Collaboration Initiation Grants. Proposals due March 1, 2022.

CRE² Scholar Grants. Applications due April 1, 2022.

CRE² Seed Grants. Applications due April 1, 2022.

ICTS & CRE² Partnership: the Just-in-Time Core Usage Funding Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

CRE² Graduate Studio Small Grants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For COVID-19 related funding opportunities, please visit the OVCR COVID-19 website.

Education & Postdoctoral Opportunities

Continuing Education: Short Courses Offered for October 2021:

Introduction to SPSS (M88-551): Oct. 30-Nov. 13
Contact to register.

Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research. Applicants are encouraged to apply by Nov. 15, 2021.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Health. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

TL1 Translational Sciences Postdoctoral Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees. Meet them on this month’s new employees page!

IT News

We are so proud to announce the Department of Pediatrics hosted an extremely successful school supplies drive this year. We collected countless pencils, backpacks, disinfecting supplies, paper products and so much more!

Scott Rich and part of the drive committee dropped the supplies off on Oct. 19 with St. Louis Public Schools. Take a look at some of the pictures below!

Thank you for your participation and assistance. You’ve helped provide students with the supplies they need to learn.

On a separate note, BJC and WUSM are working on a joint project called Mobile Distributed Antenna System (MDAS) which will upgrade the cellular antenna systems across the medical center campus to allow cellular signals from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. They are currently upgrading the MDAS infrastructure in St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and the new MDAS system is expected to be completed and fully functional in SLCH by mid-December. Other areas of the medical center will be upgraded over the next year.

Research News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) application cycle opened Sept. 1, 2021 and will close on Nov. 18, 2021. Please see this procedures document for important information regarding the LRP process and obtaining approval from the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS) (see LRP Application).

Nov. 2Introduction to R: Visualization of COVID-19 Data Using R
Nov. 9 – Submitting an R Grant: What to Know When You Apply
Nov. 10Winter MIH Mock Study Section
Nov. 10 – RMS 101: Proposal Prep, Budget, and Routing
Nov. 17RMS 102: Submissions, Child Records, and Proposal Tracking
Nov. 18All of Us Researcher Workshop

Upcoming Events

The Jeffrey Modell Pediatric Translational Immunology Conf.
Nov. 5, 2021: 1-2 p.m. – Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Debra Warren
Case Presentation: Dr. Raja Dandamudi, Nephrology
Research Talk: Dr. Hrish Kulkarni, Pulmonary/Critical Care

The Jeffrey Modell Pediatric Translational Immunology Conf.
December 3, 2021: 1-2 pm – Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Debra Warren
Case Presentation: Dr. William Orr, Pediatric Cardiology
Research Talk: Dr. Lynn Hassman, Ophthalmology

Pediatrics Molecular Medicine Seminar (PMMS) Series
Zoom Meeting – Link will be sent by Pediatric Molecular Medicine every Monday

11/4/2021Mary Dinauer
11/11/2021Tarin Bigley (Yokoyama Lab) / Sarah Greene (Weil Lab)
11/18/2021Tamara Hershey (Psychiatry and Radiology)
11/25/2021No Seminar
12/2/2021Ahmed Said