Daphna Barbeau, MD
Participating in a project with Martha Douglas-Escobar, MD that collects cord blood of healthy neonates in addition to cord blood of infants thought to have hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy so to investigate the amount of certain biomarkers in the blood as a means of quantifying the extent of ischemic injury.
Diana Montoya-Williams, MD
Awarded a 2013 CATCH grant for studying of cocooning in high school. Project mentor is Vini Vijayan, MD. The “Seventh Period: Cocooning in High School” program aims to assess the Tdap vaccination status of a pregnant teenager and household contacts, provide intensive education regarding symptoms of pertussis as well as vaccination against pertussis, link the teenager and family to community resources for immunization delivery, and develop a toolkit for continual evaluation and assessment of immunization delivery. The overall project goal is to increase rates of Tdap vaccination resulting in better health outcomes for vulnerable populations as a whole.
Onyeka Osakwe, MD
In the past presented two posters at the 2011 Pediatric Academic Societies Conference, “Longitudinal Trends in the Management of Staphyloccus Aureus Infections by Pediatric Hospitalists” and “Comparison of MRSA Colonization among Children in University Day Care Facilities”. Current research project is a national survey partially funded by the NIH aimed at determining the knowledge, attitude, and practice of pediatric sub-specialists in the US on the application standardized instruments for measuring Patient-reported outcomes in routine clinical practices and barriers to implementation.
Olivia Potter, DO
Awarded a 2013 CATCH grant to develop, organize, and create LGBTQ Youth Groups and a preliminary youth leadership council for Gainesville, Florida. Project mentor is Stephanie Ryan, MD.
Michelle Spencer, MD
Awarded a 2014 CATCH grant for project entitled “Operation Superbugs! Combating Antibiotic Resistance.” Project mentor is Dr. Vini Vijayan, MD. Antibiotic resistant bacteria or “superbugs” have been recognized by the CDC as a major public health threat. Children have the highest rates of antibiotic use. This project focuses on bringing the medical and general community (churches, shelters, daycares and schools) together to implement educational programs for parents of young children about appropriate antibiotic use thereby reducing misuse and antibiotic resistance in Alachua County.