University of California, Los Angeles

10833 LeConte Ave, MDCC 22-442
Los Angeles
CA
90095
USA
Contact Person: Tiki Valentino, Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (310) 825-5235
Fax: (310) 206-4764

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Paul A Krogstad, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Biochemistry and replication of HIV and other retroviruses; treatment of pediatric HIV disease; studies of Thymopoiesis in children and adolescents; Picornavirus pathogenesis and replication

TRAINING PROGRAM ASSISTANT DIRECTOR:
RESEARCH INTEREST:

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Yvonne J Bryson, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pathogenesis of perinatal pediatric HIV-1 infections; laboratory and clinical studies of pediatric HIV and HIV vaccines; antivirals; neonatal immunity; HSV infections; and international studies

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: James D Cherry, MD, MSc
RESEARCH INTEREST: The epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases; viral and bacterial vaccines; epidemiology and molecular biology of Bordetella pertusis infectious

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: Jaime Deville, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pediatric HIV infection, effects of antiretroviral therapy on immune reconstitution; primary therapy of HIV infections; childhood immunizations; Pharmacokinetics of pediatric drugs

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: Karin Nielsen, MD, MPH
RESEARCH INTERESTS: HIV vertical transmission; international clinical trials for prevention of perinatal HIV transmission and early treatment of HIV infection in children; antiretrovirals in HIV infection studies of reduction of maternal-infant mortality

TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS’ PUBLISHED PAPERS OR RESEARCH PROJECTS: Jhaveri R, et al. Effect of hepatitis C virus core protein on cellular gene expression; specific inhibition of clyclooxygenase 2. J Infect Dis. 2005 May 1:191(9):1498-506. Jhaveri R, et al. Varicella-zoster virus: an overlooked cause of aseptic meningitis. PIDJ 2003;96-7. Nally JE, Chow E, et al. Changes in lipopolysaccharide O antigen distinguish acute versus chronic Leptospira interrogans infections. Infect Immun. 2005;73:3251-60. Chow EL, et al. Reassessing Reye Syndrome. Arch Pediatric Adolescent Med.2003;157:1241-2. Ching N, Lasky J, Lazareff J, Moore TB, Nielsen K. Enlarging parietal mass with lytic skull lesion. PIDJ.2004;23:589 Ziring D, Tran R, Edelstein S, McDiarmid SV, Vargas J, Cortina G, Gajjar N, Ching N, et al. Infectious enteritis after intestinal transplantation: incidence, timing, and outcome. Transplant Proc. 2004;36:379-80.

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS: T32-HD07512 – Human & Molecular Developmental Pastdoctoral Training Program PIDS Scholar Glaser Fellow

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: Our three-year program is designed to train fellows for positions in academic infectious diseases and to qualify them for subspecialty boards in pediatric infectious diseases. In addition, we welcome those interested in international health and combined training to obtain a Master’s of Pubic Health degree from the UCLA School of Public Health. Clinical training involves infectious diseases seen in a tertiary care hospital, as well as infectious diseases seen in a general pediatric hospital. This includes inpatient and outpatient consultations and participation in scheduled clinics. There are opportunities for clinical infectious disease rotations in other participation in scheduled clinics. There are opportunities for clinical infectious disease rotations in other countries particular in Latin America. The program includes formal training in clinical microbiology, (virology, bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, and serology), as well as participation in department academic pediatric courses, which include epidemiology, study design, biostatistics, and grant writing. Research is an integral part of the program in all three years. Fellows may work with mentors in different departments at UCLA depending on their interest. Our research projects have considerable variability and include clinical studies with supportive laboratory research and basic molecular biologic studies. Present areas of research include studies relating to new vaccines (safety, efficacy, immunogeniety), anti-viral studies, and molecular virologic studies relating to retroviruses, basic and applied studies of Hepatitis C, Leptospirosis and Syphilis. In addition, we have international projects involving epidemiology and studies on HIV, bacterial and parasitic pathogens.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS: UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center
 
NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS:
 
FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1 to 2
 
TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD:
 
FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: Yes
 
VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, H1B, Other
 
IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT?  YES/NO
 
THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:
 
Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site:
 
Microbiology laboratory:  YES
Clinical virus isolation laboratory: YES
Molecular diagnostics: YES
Other – Please specify:
 
Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology as:
 
Didactic lectures:  YES
Hands on experience: YES
Infection Control Meetings/Membership: YES
 
Opportunity to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas:
 
Bacteriology/bacterial infections: YES
Epidemiology and statistics: YES
Infection control/hospital epidemiology: YES
Immunizations/Public health: YES
Mycology/fungal infections: YES
Parasitology/parasitic diseases: YES
Virology/viral diseases: YES
Antimicrobial agents: YES
Other – Please specify:
 
Research opportunities in the section’s program could be describes as:
 
Basic (bench): YES
Molecular: YES
Translational: YES
Epidemiologic: YES
Clinical: YES
International/Public Health: YES
Health Services: YES
HIV, Basic: YES
HIV, Clinical: YES
ACTG Site: NO
Other – Please specify:
 
Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience n the laboratory of investigator(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section: YES
 
Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in a field such as Public Health, Education, Clinical Sciences, or Epidemiology (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): NO
 
Other – Please specify:
 
Graduate school courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): YES
                                 
Program provides substantial clinical experiences for trainees in special areas/hosts:
 
HIV: YES
Bone marrow transplantation: YES
Solid organ/transplantation: YES
Travelers/adoptees: YES
Adults: YES
Congenital immune deficiencies: YES
Other – Please specify:
 
Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactic lecture course for fellows (includes epidemiology, statistics, research design, and academic careers): YES
 
Program has an NIH-sponsored training grant: NO
 
The Infectious Diseases Service is the primary care provider for HIV-infected children and adolescents: YES
 
Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 12
 
Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 21
 
Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 27
 
Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: (2002-2007) 7