Focus on Collaboration
Over the past year, our Division has made significant progress in areas of strategic focus including Patient and Employee Safety, Outcomes and Clinical Excellence, Patient and Family Experience, and Research and Community Health. We continue multi-disciplinary collaboration on patients treated within and outside of Cincinnati Children’s.
Improving Care for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
We continue to focus on improving the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections in adolescent women. Jill Huppert, MD, was awarded a five-year $625,000 research sub-award agreement to collaborate with Johns Hopkins University on a study titled “Center for Point-of-Care Technologies Research for Sexually Transmitted Diseases.” Over the same period, Dr. Huppert also secured over $86,000 from industry-sponsored funding for STD diagnostic tests. In addition, her quality improvement work on improving STD care was published in Pediatrics.
Preserving fertility for patients with cancer
We are collaborating with Hematology /Oncology to build the Oncofertility program, which focuses on protecting future fertility for patients being treated with chemotherapy or radiation. Leslie Ayensu-Coker, MD, is enrolling patients in an innovative project, Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation, which allows the storage of ovarian tissue before treatment with gonadotoxic drugs. Ayensu-Coker also was awarded the ACOG/Merck Research Award in Adolescent Preventive Services for her oncofertility work.