October 9, 2023

Ohio State awarded funding from National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been selected by the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to be part of a nationwide effort to build a robust data infrastructure that can capture information on key exposures and outcomes for pregnant people and their infants. Ohio State is one of 22 sites and the only one in Ohio selected to receive funding for the four-year study. The goal of the project is to ensure timely reporting of key exposures and outcomes that impact pregnant people and infants, improve data quality, share evolving outcome data, create clinical strategies and build a strong collaborative network. This is an expansion of prior MATernaL and Infant NetworK to Understand Outcomes Associated with Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder during Pregnancy (MAT-LINK) research that Ohio State and Nationwide Children’s Hospital participated in. Kara Rood, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Kristen Benninger, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, are leading the initiative at Ohio State in collaboration with Nationwide Children’s.
DARPA taps Ohio State for AI development project
The Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected performers for In the Moment (ITM) program to create the foundation for trusted algorithmic decision-making in challenging domains, such as medical triage. The ITM program is separated into four technical areas. Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and The Ohio State University Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design will work with a team led by CACI International that will design and execute the program evaluation, focusing on how key human attributes lead to the trusted delegation of decision-making. As a part of this project, Ohio State faculty will use their Virtual Reality Mass Casualty Triage Simulation to evaluate human health care professionals’ trust in artificial intelligence when making critical mass casualty triage decisions. Nicholas Kman, MD; Douglas Danforth, PhD; Ashish Panchal, MD; Jillian McGrath, MD, and Jeremy Patterson are investigators on the project.
Malvestutto elected to HIV leadership role
Carlos Malvestutto, MD, an infectious disease specialist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and associate professor of internal medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the College of Medicine, was elected to a three-year term of the HIV Medicine Association board. Aligned with the Infectious Diseases Society of America, HIVMA represents the interests of HIV health care providers and researchers and their patients by promoting quality in HIV care and advocating for policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice.
Ohio State researchers honored for best scientific paper
Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are recipients of the Gayle G. Arnold Award from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM). Amy Darragh, PhD, Jill Heathcock, PhD, and Thais Cabral, PhD, were recognized for their scientific paper titled The Baby CHAMP Comparative Efficacy Trial: Effects of high dosage CIMT and Bimanual rehabilitation for infants and toddlers with Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy. AACPDM presents the award during its annual meeting to the authors of the best scientific paper. The Gayle G. Arnold Award is the most prestigious award of AACPDM. It is named in honor of Dr. Gayle Arnold, a developmental pediatrician and past president of AACPDM.
Ohio State receives NIH grant to study neurodevelopment effects of youth tackle football
The Ohio State University College of Medicine’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences has received a 5-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services to study the neurodevelopmental effects of youth tackle football. The findings will help inform community stakeholders and policymakers in their appraisal of the cost and benefit of children participating in youth tackle football. Jaclyn Caccese, PhD, assistant professor, is principal investigator of the study. 

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