Welcome New Employees

Employee Title PI
Ryan Johnson Research Technician II Shoykhet
Caroline Davitt Research Technician I Manary
Kristie Smith Coordinator Field Research Manary
Jules Gikundiro Research Technician I Rubin
Marwa Mikati Research Technician I John
Danielle Alfano Instructor Cole
Anjali Anders Instructor Cole
Nathalie El Ters Instructor Cole
Sarah Laughlin Clinical Research Coord I Bacharier
Brooke Polk Assistant Professor (PEFA) Ferkol

Funded Awards

Employee Title PI
John Constantino SLCH Foundation/Restricted Funding Request IDDRC Functional Genomics Symposium
Melanie Fields BJHF-ICTS/Clinical and Translational Research Funding Cerebral Oxygen Metabolism And Functional Connectivity...
Jane Garbutt ICTS/BJHF/ICTS Development of an Examroom-to-Newsroom Strategy to Enh...
Lori Holtz Doris Duke Charitable Foundation/Clinical Scientist Development Award Transmission and Development of the Human Infant Virome
Monica Hulbert State of Missouri - Department of Health & Senior Services Pediatrics Hemoglobinopathy Resource Center (Sickle Ce...
Peter Michelson CFF CF Center Program
Cynthia Ortinau CDI/FR Understanding the Mechanisms of Impaired Development i...
Ryan Pitman CFF Use of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food to Improve Growth...
David Rudnick NIH/R01/University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Understanding Mechanisims that regulate Liver Growth a...
Shalini Shenoy NIH/U54/Regents of the University of California Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium
Neil White NIH/U01 Admin Supp/Case Western EDIC Yr 6: Long-term Effects of Glycemia on the Compli...

Funding Opportunities



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

NIH Due Dates

Washington University Internal Competitions -
Federal Sources

Washington University Internal Competitions -
Private Funding Sources

Research News:

Release of a new myIRB application on August 11th, the myIRB team will be hosting a series of demonstratios
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2017 Request for Applications, American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants (ACS-IRG) due September 15
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Announcing the New Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee Director, Meredith Moore, Ph.D.
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Applying the RCAST for ER or Inpatient Subjects in Clinical Trials
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Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Program Q&A, July 25th from 11-12 in FLTCH, Room 214. LOI deadline August14, 2017
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Sigma Aldrich plastic chemical containers safety recommendations
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Children’s Discovery Institute call for proposals by August 1
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KL2 Career Development Awards 2017 Application Cycle Information, open June 1-September 15
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NIH Mock Study Section November 14, 2017, 12:00-4:00, CAM., Conference Room 1, LOIs due August 18, 2017
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New Procedure for Advertising Postdoctoral Openings
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Did You Know?

Like Snapchat from the operating room, new app eases anxiety for patient families:
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Announcement of New WashU IT Services Organization for Researchers
WashU IT Services Organtization for Researchers

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t.”
— Pete Seeger, American folk singer

Faculty Feature

Cindy Ortinau, MD

Cindy Ortinau is a St. Louis native who spent the first part of her childhood living in St. Louis City. Her family then moved to the suburb of Oakville where she attended Oakville Senior High School (yes, I know you fellow St. Louis natives were going to ask!). Cindy comes from a very large family and the majority of her relatives still live in St. Louis. So, if you know any Ortinau’s in the area, she is almost definitively related to them. Cindy’s father works as an electrician at Ameren and her mother works in retail. She is the oldest of four siblings. She has a brother who owns his own graphic design business and lives in Ohio with his wife and newborn twins, another brother who works in finance and lives in St. Louis with his wife and two sons who are five- and two-years-old, and a sister who is a postdoctoral student at Baylor.

Cindy was extraordinarily shy as a child and was always the “quiet one” in her classes. However, at home she was known to be quite bossy amongst her three younger siblings. Her parents will also tell you that she was a very active child who enjoyed jumping and flipping on the couch, which prompted them to put her in gymnastic classes. She fell in love with the sport, and although she competed throughout her childhood, she proved to be a much better coach than gymnast. She began coaching competitive gymnastics in high school and continued to do so throughout college/medical school. Cindy will tell you that if she had to choose any other career outside of medicine, she would definitely go back to coaching.

After high school, Cindy moved across the state to Kansas City, where she completed a 6-year combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine. She returned home to St. Louis for Pediatric Residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship here at Washington University/St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Throughout her medical training, she always thought of herself as a clinician and never considered the possibility of a research career. In fact, she actually dreaded completing the research portion of her fellowship. After seeking advice from many faculty members, she chose a mentor and a laboratory that would allow her to focus her fellowship research project on two clinical topics she was passionate about, congenital heart disease and neurological outcomes. Much to her surprise, she discovered a love for clinical research and quickly realized the importance of translating clinical questions into research questions to inform/change clinical practice. During this time, she also discovered another love, her husband Christopher McPherson, a clinical neonatal pharmacist here at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

After her fellowship, Cindy decided to do something she never thought she would – pursue a career as a clinical investigator. She has focused her research efforts on the application of magnetic resonance imaging to understand brain injury and brain development in the congenital heart disease population. In 2014, her and her husband moved to Boston where she joined the faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and chose to shift her focus to fetal brain development in the cardiac population. While she formed invaluable collaborations and learned a ton about fetal imaging during her time in Boston, she was thrilled to be recruited back to Washington University this past September and once again call St. Louis home. Since rejoining the faculty, she has continued her existing collaborations on multi-site imaging studies with colleagues in New Zealand and Boston and is excited to be started a new fetal magnetic resonance imaging study here at Washington University. She is also thrilled to be a part of the newborn medicine faculty during a time when the neonatal intensive care unit is expanding and to have the privilege to work with extraordinary and wonderful colleagues in her Division. And, of course, she is ecstatic to live in Cardinals Nation again! When Cindy is not working on her research or in the NICU, she enjoys cooking, running/hiking, yoga, and reading.

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