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Fubon Foundation

The pediatric surgical research program is generously supported by the Fubon Foundation. As a part of its mission, the foundation has established a pediatric surgical research fellowship for international scholars. Research fellows will spend two years conducting research in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at UCLA. Interested applicants may forward their applications and two reference letters to Dr. James Atkinson, jatkinson@mednet.ucla.edu.

Previous Fellows

 

Noboru Oyachi, M.D.

Date: 4/00 – 4/03

Reseach focus: fetal intestinal motility

Dr. Oyachi is a surgery resident from Japan.  His work involved understanding the development of motility in the fetal intestine.  He published several papers during his research fellowship and presented his results at the American Pediatric Surgical Association meeting in 2003.

Oyachi N, Lakshmanan J, Ross MG, Atkinson JB.  Fetal gastrointestinal motility in a rabbit model of gastroschisis.  J Pediatr Surg. 2004 Mar;39(3):366-70.

Oyachi N, Acosta R, Cho MH, Atkinson JB, Buchmiller-Crair TL, Ross MG.  Ontogeny of cholinergic regulation of fetal upper gastrointestinal motility.  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2003 Aug;14(2):102-6.

Oyachi N, Lakshmanan J, Ahanya SN, Bassiri D, Atkinson JB, Ross MG.  Development of ovine fetal ileal motility: role of muscarinic receptor subtypes.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Oct;189(4):953-7.

Acosta R, Lee JJ, Oyachi N, Buchmiller-Crair TL, Atkinson JB, Ross MG.  Anticholinergic suppression of fetal rabbit upper gastrointestinal motility.  J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2002 Mar;11(3):153-7.

 

Danieal DeUgarte, M.D.

Date: 7/00 – 6/02

Research focus: intestinal regeneration using small intestinal submucosa

Dr. DeUgarte is a surgery resident at UCLA.  His work involved the regeneration of intestinal tissues using stem cells and biological materials.  He published many articles and presented at numerous national meetings.  He will start pediatric surgical training in Michigan in July 2005.

De Ugarte DA, Asch MJ, Hedrick MH, Atkinson JB.  The use of tissue expanders in the closure of a giant omphalocele.  J Pediatr Surg. 2004 Apr;39(4):613-5.

De Ugarte DA, Choi E, Weitzbuch H, Wulur I, Caulkins C, Wu B, Fonkalsrud EW, Atkinson JB, Dunn JC.  Mucosal regeneration of a duodenal defect using small intestine submucosa.  Am Surg. 2004 Jan;70(1):49-51.

Churchill BM, De Ugarte DA, Atkinson JB.  Left-colon antegrade continence enema (LACE) procedure for fecal incontinence.  J Pediatr Surg. 2003 Dec;38(12):1778-80.

De Ugarte DA, Puapong D, Roostaeian J, Gillis N, Fonkalsrud EW, Atkinson JB, Dunn JC.  Surgisis patch tracheoplasty in a rodent model for tracheal stenosis. J Surg Res. 2003 Jun 1;112(1):65-9.

De Ugarte DA, Etzioni DA, Gracia C, Atkinson JB.  Robotic surgery and resident training.
Surg Endosc. 2003 Jun;17(6):960-3. Epub 2003 Mar 28.

De Ugarte DA, Roberts RL, Lerdluedeeporn P, Stiehm ER, Atkinson JB.  Treatment of chronic wounds by local delivery of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor in patients with neutrophil dysfunction. Pediatr Surg Int. 2002 Sep;18(5-6):517-20. Epub 2002 Jun 15.

De Ugarte DA, Boechat MI, Shaw WW, Laks H, Williams H, Atkinson JB.  Parasitic omphalopagus complicated by omphalocele and congenital heart disease. J Pediatr Surg. 2002 Sep;37(9):1357-8.

 

Devin Puapong, M.D.

Date: 7/02 – 6/03

Research focus: intestinal distension by mechanical pressure

Dr. Puapong is a surgery resident at Kaiser Sunset.  He continued the work initiated by Dr. DeUgarte and started work on increasing intestinal size using mechanical pressure.

De Ugarte DA, Puapong D, Roostaeian J, Gillis N, Fonkalsrud EW, Atkinson JB, Dunn JC.  Surgisis patch tracheoplasty in a rodent model for tracheal stenosis.  J Surg Res. 2003 Jun 1;112(1):65-9.

 

Hsiao Huei Chao, M.D.

Date: 10/02 – 9/03

Research focus: intestinal cell focal adhesion kinase

Dr. Chao is a surgery resident from Taiwan.  She worked on the molecular mechanisms by which intestinal cells adhere to surfaces.  She presented her work at the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeon in 2003.  She is currently a pediatric surgeon in Taiwan.

 

Min Lee, M.S.

Date: 7/03 – current

Research focus: intestinal tissue engineering and scaffold manufacturing

Mr. Lee is a graduate student in the biomedical engineering program at UCLA.  He is developing a biodegradable scaffold for intestinal regeneration.

  

Jinyoung Park, M.D.

Date: 4/03 – current

Research focus: intestinal lengthening by mechanical force

Dr. Park is a pediatric surgeon from Korea.  He is working on intestinal lengthening using mechanical force.  He presented his results in the annual meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons in 2004.

Enterogenesis by mechanical lengthening: morphology and function of the lengthened small intestine.
Park J, Puapong DP, Wu BM, Atkinson JB, Dunn JC. J Pediatr Surg. 2004 Dec;39(12):1823-7.

Carrie Blalock, M.S.

Date: 1/04 – current

Research focus: intestinal neural tissue engineering

Ms. Blalock is a graduate student in the biomedical engineering program at UCLA.  She is working on neural crest stem cells to regenerate the enteric nervous system.

 

Paul Chang, M.D.

Date: 7/04 – current

Research Focus: intestinal smooth muscle tissue engineering

Dr. Chang is a pediatric surgeon from Taiwan.  He is working on the regeneration of the intestinal smooth muscle.

 

Julianne Mendoza, M.D.

Date: 7/04 – current

Research Focus: neural crest stem cells and Hirschsprung’s disease

Dr. Mendoza is a surgical resident at UCLA.  She is studying a mouse model of Hirschsprung’s disease and the delivery of neural crest stem cells.

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