Conference Presentations, Lectures, Grants

The following are recent conference presentations by members of the Department of Pediatric Urology at DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Published Abstracts / Conference Presentations / Invited Lectures

1. Elder, J.S. Tips and tricks in pediatric robotic urological surgery. 3rd Annual Pediatric Robotic Urological Surgery Course, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX, March 2014.

2. Elder, J.S. Priapism secondary to sickle cell disease in male adolescents: effect of exchange transfusion. American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Amelia Islands, FL, April 2014.

3. Elder, J.S. Vesicoureteral reflux and bladder/bowel dysfunction; Management of antenatal hydronephrosis. European Paediatric Surgeons’ Association, Dublin, Ireland, June 2014

4. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Caruso JA, Goldfarb SD, Lakshmanan Y. Cystinuric Renal Stones Linked to Fibrosis: Proteomics Based Evidence. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 2014 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference, Miami 2014

5. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Lakshmanan Y, Caruso JA.Pediatric Urolithiasis and Cardiovascular Disease: What Do They Have in Common? Accepted as Poster at the 2014 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference, Miami 2014

6. Cambareri G, Giel D, Bayne A, Corbett S, Schurtz E, Kovacevic L, Sukhu T, Wopat R, Chiang G. A National Multi-Institutional Cooperative on Urolithiasis in Children: Age is a significant predictor of urine abnormalities. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 2014 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference, Miami 2014

7. Cambareri G, Giel D, Bayne A, Corbett S, Schurtz E, Kovacevic L, Sukhu T, Wopat R, Chiang G. Stone disease in obese children resembles the adult population based on a national multi-institutional cooperative assessment of 24-hour urine parameters. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 2014 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference, Miami 2014

8. Who Should Perform Pediatric Nephrectomy - Urologist of General Surgeon?” Kristina Suson, Cortney Wolfe-Christensen, Jack Elder, Yegappan Lakshmana. 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Urologic Association.

9. “Trends and Outcomes in Pediatric Sickle Cell-Associated Priapism.” Abd-El-Rahman Abd-El-Barr, Jesse Sammon, Ramesh Kumar, Quoc-Dien Trinh, Kristina Suson, Yegappan Lakshmanan, Jack Elder. 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Urologic Association.

10. 25 Year Perspective on Alpha Blockers in Voiding Dysfunction: A Meta-Analysis.” Kristina Suson, Larisa Kovacevic, Yegappan Lakshmanan. 2014 Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urologic Association.

11. Emergency Department Management after Ultrasound for Testicular Torsion: What Happens Next?” Kristina Suson, Cortney Wolfe-Christensen, Jack Elder, Yegappan Lakshmanan. 2014 Annual Meeting of the North Central Section of the American Urologic Association.

12. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Caruso JA, Goldfarb SD, Lakshmanan Y. Renal Cystine Stones Linked to Fibrosis: Proteomics-Based Evidence. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology, Porto, Portugal (September 2014).

13. Suson, KD. March, 2014. Vesicoureteral Reflux and Bladder/Bowel Dysfunction. Michigan Urological Society Annual Board Review Conference. Livonia, Michigan.

14. Suson, KD. May, 2014. Cloacal Exstrophy: Background, Presentation, and Initial Surgery. 2014 Bladder Exstrophy Bootcamp, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center. Baltimore, MD.

15. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Caruso JA, Lakshmanan Y. Atherosclerosis-Related Proteins Identified in Urine of Non-obese Children with Hypercalciuria and Kidney Stones. Accepted as Poster at the 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology, Porto, Portugal (September 2014).

16. Kovacevic L, Wolfe-Christensen C, Lakshmanan Y. Screening for Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Children with Nocturnal Enuresis: Key to Successful Management? Accepted For Oral Presentation At The International Children's Continence Society (ICCS) Meeting, Cairns (September 2014)

17. Kovacevic L, Wolfe-Christensen C, Lu H, Ljugjuraj M, Abdulhamid I, Thottam P, Madgy D, and Lakshmanan Y. Resolution of Nocturnal Enuresis in Children with Sleep-Disordered Breathing after Adenotonsillectomy: The role of Antidiuretic Hormone and Brain Natriuretic Peptide. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The International Children's Continence Society (ICCS) Meeting, Cairns (September 2014)

18. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Lakshmanan Y, Caruso JA. Proteomic Evidence Of Multi-Systemic Involvement In Kidney Stone. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 25th Annual Congress Of The European Society For Pediatric Urology, Innsbruck, Austria (May 2014)

19. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Lakshmanan Y, Caruso JA. Hypercalciuric Renal Stones Linked To Atherosclerosis: Proteomics-Based Evidence. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 25th Annual Congress Of The European Society For Pediatric Urology, Innsbruck, Austria (May 2014)

20. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Wolfe-Christensen C, Ljugjuraj M, Abdulhamid I, Thottam P , Madgy D, And Lakshmanan Y. Improved Brain Natriuretic Peptide Following Adenotonsillectomy (T&A) Does Not Correlate With Nocturnal Enuresis Resolution. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 25th Annual Congress Of The European Society For Pediatric Urology, Innsbruck, Austria (May 2014)

21. Kovacevic L, Wolfe-Christensen C, Lu H, Lugjuraj M, Abdulhamid I, Thottam P, Madgy D, And Lakshmanan Y. Adenotonsillectomy Improves Quality Of Life In Children With Nocturnal Enuresis And Sleep-Disordered Breathing. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 25th Annual Congress Of The European Society For Pediatric Urology, Innsbruck, Austria (May 2014)

22. Kovacevic L, Cambareri G, Corbett S, Giel D, Schurtz E, Sukhu T, Chiang G. Should we direct our efforts towards volume and dietary magnesium adjustment? A multi-institutional analysis of 24 hour urine studies and BMI percentiles in pediatric stone formers. Accepted For Oral Presentation At The 25th Annual Congress Of The European Society For Pediatric Urology, Innsbruck, Austria (May 2014)

23. Kovacevic L, Lu, H, Caruso JA, Lakshmanan Y. Urine proteomic analysis in cystinuric children with renal stones. The 16th Congress of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, Shanghai, China. 2013.

24. Johnson, M., Rakhmatulina, E., Wolfe-Christensen, C., & Lakshmanan, Y. (September, 2013). Routine screening voiding cystouretherogram is unnecessary in children born with multicystic dysplastic kidney. Presented as an unmoderated poster at the 2013 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

25. Elder, JS. Vesicoureteral reflux: Is treatment necessary? Northwest Ohio Urological Society Meeting, February 2013.

26. Elder, JS. Trends in minimally invasive surgery of the upper urinary tract in children. American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2013.

27. Elder, JS. Management of perinatal spermatic cord torsion: is there a controversy? SPU Fall Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, September 2013.

28. Elder, JS. Discussant, Pediatric Podium Session I, North Central Section, AUA, Naples, FL, October 2013.

29. Elder, JS. Challenges in the Management of Urinary Tract Infections in Infants; Antenatal Hydronephrosis: 2013 Update (State of the Art Lecture. 4th World Congress of Pediatric Surgery, Berlin, Germany. October 2013.

30. Elder, JS. Toilet training, Management of nocturnal enuresis, management of antenatal hydronephrosis. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Mid-Michigan Hospital, Midland, MI, November 2013.

31. Suson, K.D., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Zerin, J.M., Elder, J.S., & Lakshmanan, Y. (September, 2013). Unintended consequences of ultrasound in evaluation of undescended testes. Oral presentation at the 2013 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

32. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Guy, W.C., Kovacevic, L., Elder, J.S., & Lakshmanan, Y. (September, 2013). Children’s Self-Report of Psychosocial Difficulties: How Does it Correlate with their Parents’ Report, and Severity of Dysfunctional Voiding?  Oral presentation at the 2013 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

33. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Molzon, E., Fedele, D.A., Mullins, L.L., Lakshmanan, Y., & Wisniewski, A.B. (September, 2013). Challenges to Rearing a Child with a Disorder or Sex Development: Mothers Are at Greatest Risk. Moderated poster at the 2013 Pediatric Urology Fall Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

34. Kovacevic L, Wolfe-Christensen C, Lakshmanan Y. (May, 2013) The role of diet in hypocitraturic children with kidney stones. Abstract presented at the 2013 European Society for Pediatric Urology (ESPU) 24th Annual Congress Genoa.

35. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Wolfe-Christensen C, Mirkovic J, Thottam PJ, Madgy D, Lakshmanan Y. (Aprill, 2013). Why does adenotonsillectomy not correct enuresis in all children with sleep-disordered breathing? Abstract accepted for presentation at the 2013 American Urological Association Meeting, San Diego

36. Kovacevic L,  Thottam PJ, Abdulhamid I, Madgy D, Wolfe-Christensen C,  and Lakshmanan Y. (April, 2013) Can polysomnogram predict resolution of enuresis in children with obstructive sleep apnea requiring adenotonsillectomy? Oral presentation at the 2013 American Urological Association Meeting, San Diego

37. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Manolis, A., Guy, W.C., Kovacevic, N., Zoubi, N., El-Baba, M., Kovacevic, L.G., Lakshmanan, Y. (August, 2013). Elimination Disorders: Evidence for Multidisciplinary Care. Abstract accepted for presentation at the 2013 American Psychological Association Meeting. Honolulu, HI.

38. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Manolis, A., Guy, W.C., Kovacevic, N., Zoubi, N., El-Baba, M., Kovacevic, L.G., Lakshmanan, Y. (April, 2013). Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction: Evidence for Multidisciplinary Care. Moderated poster presented at the 2013 American Urological Association Meeting. San Diego, CA.

39. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Manolis, A., Guy, W.C., Kovacevic, N., Zoubi, N., El-Baba, M., Kovacevic, L.G., Lakshmanan, Y. (April, 2013). Parenting Stress in Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction. Moderated poster presented at the 2013 American Urological Association Meeting. San Diego, CA.

40. “Unintended Consequences of Ultrasound in Evaluation of Undescended Testes.” Kristina Suson, Cortney Wolfe-Christensen, Michael Zerin, Jack Elder, and Yegappan Lakshmanan. 2013 Pediatric Urology Fall Congress.

41. “Bilateral Cystic Dysplasia with Unilateral Obstruction: Bridge to Definitive Reconstruction.” Janae Preece, Mohammad Khan, Kristina Suson. 2013 Fall Meeting of the Society for Fetal Urology.

42. Quenneville, K. (September, 2013). Does Core Strengthening Exercises Improve Voiding Dysfunction in Children: A Prospective Study. Poster presentation at the Children's Hospital of Michigan Nursing Research Conference. Grosse Pointe, MI

43. Friedman, A.A., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Toffoli, A., Elder, J.S., & Lakshmanan, Y. (October, 2012). History of recurrent urinary tract infection not predictive of abnormality on voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) or dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) renal scan. Oral Presentation at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. New Orleans, LA.

44. Kovacevic, L., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Consolacion, F., & Lakshmanan, Y. (October, 2012). Management of monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis (MNE) : American versus european perspectives. Oral Presentation at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. New Orleans, LA.

45. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Fedele, D.A., Grant, D., Veenstra, A.L., Kovacevic, L., Elder, J.S., & Lakshmanan, Y. (October, 2012). Factor analysis of the pediatric symptom checklist in a population of children with voiding dysfunction/enuresis. Oral Presentation at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. New Orleans, LA.

46. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Fedele, D.A., Kirk, K. Mullins, L.L., Lakshmanan, Y., & Wisniewski, A.B. (October, 2012). Stress is differentially associated with parenting style and mental health of caregivers of children with a disorder of sex development. Oral Presentation at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. New Orleans, LA.

47. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Kovacevic, L., Mirkovic, J., & Lakshmanan, Y. (October, 2012). Lower Health-Related Quality of Life and Psychosocial Difficulties In Children with Nocturnal Enuresis: Is Snoring a Marker of Severity? Oral Presentation at the 2012 American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. New Orleans, LA.

48. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Wolfe-Christensen C, Toton M, Vangipuram KV, Lakshmanan Y. Is Improved Arousal the Reason for Resolution of Nocturnal Enuresis after Adenotonsillectomy in Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing? International Children’s Continence Society Conference, London 2012.

49. Lakshmanan, Y. Urologic Emergencies. GI and GU Emergencies in Children.

   Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Conferene, October 18, 2012. Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

50. Lakshmanan, Y. Scrotal swellings in children. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan 55th Annual Clinic Days, November 2nd, 2012.  Detroit, MI.

51. Lakshmanan,, Y. Management of the Neuropathic Bowel. Spina Bifida Association Annual Education Days conference, December 8, 2012.   Detroit, MI.

52. Carroll, K., & Wolfe-Christensen, C., (February, 2012). Disorders of Sex Development: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Treatment. Children’s Hospital of Michigan Nursing Grand Rounds.

53. Kovacevic, L., Carroll, K., Wolfe-Christensen, C., & Lakshmanan, Y. Children’s Hospital of Michigan CME lecture series in Pediatric Medicine – Urotherapy: Management of Voiding Dysfunction and Bedwetting in Children.

54. “Clitoral Mass in a Prepubescent Female.” Garjae Lavien, Eric Massanyi, Kristina Suson, Ming-Hsien Wang. Accepted to Fall 2012 Society of Fetal Urology meeting.

55. “Use of Traction for Immobilization in the Modern Staged Repair of Classic Bladder Exstrophy.” Kristina Suson, Angela Gupta, Nima Baradaran, Andrew Stec, Paul Sponseller, John Gearhart. European Society for Paediatric Urology 23rd Annual Meeting.

56. “Complexities of Müllerian Anatomy in 46XX Cloacal Exstrophy Patients.” Kristina Suson, Janae Preece, Heather DiCarlo, Nima Baradaran, John Gearhart. American Academy of Pediatrics 2012 National Conference.

57. “The Fate of the Complete Female Epispadias and Female Exstrophy Bladder: Is There a Difference?” Kristina Suson, Janae Preece, Nima Baradaran, Heather DiCarlo, John Gearhart. American Academy of Pediatrics 2012 National Conference.

58. “Impact of the AAP Guidelines for the Management of Urinary Tract Infections in Children on the Diagnosis of VUR: Evaluation Using a Historical Series.” Kristina Suson, Ranjiv Mathews. American Academy of Pediatrics 2012 National Conference.

59. “Hypospadias: Patient/Parent Perception of Functional and Cosmetic Outcomes.” Angela Gupta, Kristina Suson, Ranjiv Mathews. American Academy of Pediatrics 2012 National Conference.

60. “Persistent Flank Pain and Voiding Dysfunction: A Case of Missed Anterior Urethral Valves.” Janae Preece, Kristina Suson, Ming-Hsien Wang. American Academy of Pediatrics 2012 National Conference.

61. Friedman, A., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Toffoli, A., Jones, T., Slovis, T., Elder, J.S., Lakshmanan, Y.History of recurrent urinary tract infection and other factors are not predictive of abnormality on voiding cystourethrogram. American Urological Association 2012 Meeting.

62. Kovacevic L, Wolfe-Christensen C, Edwards L, Sadaps M, Lakshmanan Y. Urolithiasis in Children with Hypocitraturia-Is Diet the Culprit? ESPU 23nd Annual Congress Zurich, 2012

63. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Lakshmanan Y. The effect of biphosphonates on crystallization in synthetic urine. ESPU 23nd Annual Congress Zurich, 2012

64. Kovacevic L, Chen R, Wolfe-Christensen C, Toton M, Koplejewska M, Yih J, and Lakshmanan Y. Enuretic Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Separate Entity? AAP Boston, 2011

65. Kovacevic L, Wolfe-Christensen C, Edwards L, Sadaps M, Lakshmanan Y. From Hypercalciuria to Hypocitraturia-A Shifting Trend in Pediatric Urolithiasis? AAP Boston, 2011

66. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Mattoo T. The Effect of Grape Seed Extract (GSE) on Oxidative Stress in PAN-induced Podocyte Injury. 44th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Nephrology, 2011

67. Kovacevic L, Lu H, Lakshmanan Y. Urinary turbidity as a marker of crystallization:Is  spectrophotometric assessment useful? ESPU 22nd Annual Congress Copenhagen, 2011

68. Kovacevic L, Yin J, Koplejewska M, Lakshmanan, Y . Renal bladder ultrasound evaluation in primary nocturnal enuresis: Is it really necessary?  ESPU 22nd Annual Congress Copenhagen, 2011

69. Kovacevic L, Dabaja A, Jurewicz M, Reynolds B, Thomas R, Rutt A, Madgy D, Lakshmanan Y. The effect of adenotonsillectomy on enuresis in children with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. ESPU 22nd Annual Congress Copenhagen, 2011

70. Wolfe-Christensen C, Edwards L, Kovacevic L, and Lakshmanan Y. Psychosocial Problems Associated with Voiding Dysfunction – A Closer Look. AAP Meeting, 2011

71. Wolfe-Christensen C, Veenstra AL, Kovacevic L, Elder JS, and Lakshmanan Y. Is It Necessary to Screen for Psychosocial Difficulties In Pediatric Urology Patients? AAP Meeting, 2011

72. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Reiner, W., Wisniewski, A.B., & Schast, A.E. (October, 2011). Psychosexual outcomes in children with disorders of sex development: Adjustment and acceptance. Symposium presented at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting. Toronto, Ontario.

73. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Fedele, D.A., Kirk, K., Phillips, T.M., Mazur, T., Mullins, L.L., Chernausek, S.D., Lakshmanan, Y., & Wisniewski, A.B. (October, 2011). Degree of external genital malformation at birth in children with a Disorder of Sex Development and subsequent caregiver distress. Oral presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Convention and Exhibition. Boston, MA.

74. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Fedele, D.A., Kirk, K., Phillips, T.M., Mazur, T., Mullins, L.L., Chernausek, S.D., Lakshmanan, Y., & Wisniewski, A.B. (June, 2011). Relationships of illness-specific characteristics to anxiety and depression in caregivers of children with a disorder of sex development. Poster presented at the National Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences. Oklahoma City, OK.

75. Jeong W, Jhaveri J, Ghani KR, Sammon J, Penna FJ, Sukumar S, A Friedman, Dabaja A, Elder JS. Robot-Assisted Lower Pole Heminephrectomy for Ureteral Duplication in a Pediatric Patient. Video presentation at 27th Annual European Association of Urology Congress.  Paris, France; February, 2012.

76. Doherty PJ, Friedman AA, Migeon CJ, Macura K, Salmasi AH, & Lakshmanan Y.  Absence of Prostatic Growth in Large Cohort of Adult Female Patients with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). Oral Presentation at American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology Meeting.  Boston, MA; October, 2011.

77. Friedman A, Doherty P, Migeon C, Macura K, Salmasi AH, Lakshmanan Y.  Absence Of Prostatic Growth In Large Cohort Of Adult Female Patients With Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). Oral Presentation at Michigan Urological Society Resident Day Meeting. Livonia, MI; May, 2011.  (Won first prize First Prize in Clinical Research)

78. Friedman A, Elder JS, Diaz M.  Adolescent Varicocele Size Larger Than The Left Testis Is Strongly Associated With Testicular Growth Arrest.  Oral Presentation at North Central Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting.  Rancho Mirage, CA; October, 2011.

79. Friedman A, Elder JS, Koyle M, Mingin G, Smith G.  Bladder Dysfunction Following Intravesical or Unilateral Extravesical Ureteral Reimplantation.  Oral Presentation at North Central Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting.  Rancho Mirage, CA; October, 2011

80. Friedman A, Doherty PJ, Migeon CJ, Macura K, Salmasi A, Lakshmanan Y. Prostatic Growth In Large Cohort Of Adult Female Patients With Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH).  Moderated Poster at North Central Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting.  Rancho Mirage, CA; October, 2011.

81. Friedman A, Doherty PJ, Migeon CJ, Macura K, Salmasi AH, Lakshmanan Y.Absence Of Prostatic Growth In Large Cohort Of Adult Female Patients With Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH).  Poster presentation at Organization for the Study of Sex Differences, Oklahoma City, OK; June, 2011.

82. “Intracranial Anomalies and Cloacal Exstrophy: Is There a Role for Screening?” KristinaSuson, Paul Colombani, George Jallo, John Gearhart. 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association.

83. “Does Family History Impact Management of Patients with Primary Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)?” Kristina Suson, Ranjiv Mathews. 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association.

84. “Characterization of Exstrophy Bladder Smooth Muscle Cells in Culture: A Preliminary Report.” Kristina Suson, Andrew Stec, Larissa Shimoda, John Gearhart. American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 National Conference.

85. “Transforming Growth Factor Beta 1 Mediates Migration in Cultured Human Control and Exstrophy Bladder Smooth Muscle Cells.” Kristina Suson, Andrew Stec, John Gearhart, Larissa Shimoda. American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 National Conference.

86. “Characterization of Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome in a Cohort of Children with Vesicoureteral Reflux.” Kristina Suson, Ranjiv Mathews. American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 National Conference.

87. “Management of Dysfunctional Elimination Syndrome in Children with Vesicoureteral Reflux.” Kristina Suson, Ranjiv Mathews. American Academy of Pediatrics 2011 National Conference.

88. Gjolaj, N., Behen, M.E., Guy, W., Veenstra, A., Wolfe-Christensen, C., & Chugani, H.T. (May, 2011). Abnormal white matter integrity in children with histories of early deprivation and the Inattentive/Overactive phenotype. Poster presentation at the 23rd Annual Conference of the American Psychological Society. Washington, DC.

89. Behen, M.E., Veenstra, A., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Palance, M., Patel, B., & Gorka, B. (May, 2011). Differences in symptom presentation in children with and without comorbid behavior disorders. Poster presentation at the 10th annual International Meeting for Autism Research. San Diego, CA.

90. Gorka, B., Veenstra, A., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Patel, B., Mader, C., & Behen, M.E. (May, 2011). Use of the pervasive developmental problems subscale on the Child Behavioral Checklist 1.5 to 5 to screen for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presentation at the 10th annual International Meeting for Autism Research. San Diego, CA.

91. Gjolaj, N., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Palance, M., Gorka, B., Veenstra, A., & Behen, M.E. (May, 2011). The association between the Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS) with measures of global intellectual and adaptive functioning in the assessment of children with ASDs. Poster presentation at the 10th annual International Meeting for Autism Research. San Diego, CA.

92. Eddington, A.E., Fedele, D.A., Hullmann, S.E., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Chaney, J.M., & Mullins, L.L. (2011, April). Pathways to coping: Caregiver satisfaction for an interdisciplinary intervention for mother of children newly diagnosed with cancer. Poster presentation at the National Conference on Child Health Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

93. Fedele, D.A., Kirk, K.D., Wisniewski, A.B., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Mullins, L.L., & Bonner, M.S. (2011, April). A comparison of female caregivers of children diagnosed with disorders of sex development and type 1 diabetes. Poster presentation at the National Conference on Child Health Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

94. Hullmann, S.E., Molzon, E.S., Wolfe-Christensen, C., & Mullins, L.L. (2011, April). Behavior problems, adaptive functioning, and health-related quality of life in children with cancer.  Poster presentation at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

95. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Lakshmanan, Y., Fedele, D.A., Kirk, K., Phillips, T.M., Mazur, T., Mullins, L.L., Chernausek, S.D., & Wisniewski, A.B. (April, 2011). Differences in anxiety and depression between male and female caregivers of children with a developmental sex disorder. Poster presentation at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

96. Wolfe-Christensen, C., Page, M.C., Colaluca, B., Bailey, L., Austin, R., & Bashore, L. (April, 2011). Efficacy of cognitive remediation for attention deficits due to treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia or brain tumor in children: A pilot study. Poster presentation at the National Conference in Pediatric Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

97. Perry-Avery, J.M., Behen, M.E., Wolfe-Christensen, C., Guy, W., Halverson, S., & Veenstra, A. (February, 2011). WISC profile analysis of children with early orphanage experience as a function of duration of deprivation. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Boston, MA.

Awarded Grants

1. Distress in Females with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation (R2-2012-78)

Role: PI - Cortney Wolfe-Christensen

2. Short-Term Outcomes of Interventions for Reproductive Dysfunction Studies 1-3

NICHD - R01HD07457901A1

Role: Collaborating Site - PI - Yegappan Lakshmanan, MD

3. Urine Proteomic Analysis in Cystinuric Patients with Renal Stones

Rare Kidney Stone Consortium (DK83908)

Role: PI - Larisa Kovacevic,MD

4. Is Adenotonsillectomy the Therapy of Choice for Enuresis in Children with Sleep-Disordered Breathing?

Society for Pediatric Urology

Role: PI – Larisa Kovacevic, MD

5. The Effect of Adenotonsillectomy on Enuresis in Children with Sleep-Disordered Breathing

Children’s Research Center of Michigan (R2-2011-43)

Role: PI – Larisa Kovacevic, MD

6. Screening and Diagnostic Markers in Children with Stones: Is Proteomics the Answer

Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation (R1-2012-19)

Role: PI – Larisa Kovacevic, MD

Ongoing Projects

PI: Yegappan Lakshmanan MD

  1. A Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Titration Study Evaluating the Efficacy, Safety, Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics of Oxybutynin Chloride Tropical Gel for the Treatment of Detrusor Overactivity Associated with a Neurological Condition in Pediatric Subjects (Industry Sponsored)
  2. A 14-Day, Open-Label, Multicenter, Dose-Escalating, Sequential Cohort Study to Evaluate Pharmacodynamics (Urodynamics) and Pharmacokinetics, Clinical Efficacy, Tolerability and Safety, Following Multiple Doses (mg/kg/day) of a Darifenacin Liquid Oral Suspension ivgen b.i.d. in Children, Ages 2-15 Years, with Neurogenic Detrusor Overactivity. (Industry Sponsored)
  3. Short-Term Outcomes of Interventions for Reproductive Dysfunction – Studies 1 & 2
  4. Outcomes with streamlined postnatal investigations for Antenatal hydronephrosis
  5. Role of VCUG in MCDK and antenatal hydronephrosis
  6. Impact of native vesicoureteral reflux after renal transplant

PI: Jack S. Elder, MD

  1. Surgical Approach and Outcomes in Boys with an Inguinal Undescended Testis
  2. Outcomes in Patients with Priapism Secondary to Sickle Cell Disease
  3. Health Outcomes in Children Undergoing Minimally Invasive Surgery for Upper Urinary Tract Disorders
  4. Use of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Varicocele: Health Outcomes
  5. Varicoceles in Adolescent Males: Assessment of Testicular Volume

PI: Larisa Kovacevic, MD

  1. Children with Enuresis and ADHD: A Separate Entity?
  2. Pediatric Urolithiasis: Risk Factors, Metabolic Work-Up, Role of Diet, Proteomics, and Detection of Markers for Early Kidney Damage.
  3. The Effect of Adenotonsillectomy on Enuresis in Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome.
  4. Urine Proteomic Analysis in Cystinuric Patients with Renal Stones
  5. Urinary Turbidity as a Marker of Crystallization
  6. The Effect of Biphosphonates on Crystallization in Synthetic Urine

PI: Kristina Suson, MD

  1. What happens to children who present to the ER with scrotal pain?
  2. Impact of socioeconomic status of psychologic profile of patients presenting with lower urinary tract symptoms
  3. Does socioeconomic status impact presentation and management of children with lower urinary tract symptoms?
  4. Does CEVL improve resident education in disorders of sex development? (Collaboration with Lurie Children's Hospital and Oklahoma University Children's Hospital)
  5. Does gender predict renal anomalies in children with cloacal exstrophy? (Collaboration with Johns Hopkins Children's Center)
  6. Evaluation of recurrent Febrile UTI in Young Adult Women
  7. DISCERNing the quality of information parents find about UDT online

PI: Kerrie Quenneville, MSN, FNP-BC

  1. Does Core Strengthening Exercises Improve Voiding Dysfunction in Children: A Prospective Study

PI: Cortney Wolfe-Christensen, PhD

  1. Investigation of whether HPA dysregulation in patients with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia results in a neurological susceptibility to psychological distress.
  2. Urology and Gastroenterology Collaborative Study of Psychosocial Difficulties in Children with Elimination Disorders
  3. Parent and Child Functioning in the Context of Pediatric Urological Conditions
  4. Imaging Findings in Pediatric Urological Conditions
  5. Screening of Psychological Adjustment of Children Presenting to an Outpatient Pediatric Urology Clinic
  6. Short-Term Outcomes of Interventions for Reproductive Dysfunction – Study 3
  7. Long-Term Surgical Outcomes in Artificial Urinary Sphincter Placement in Children
  8. Prevention of the Development of Bladder Bowel Disorder