Annual Research Symposium

Pediatric Research Symposium moves to Spring – May 13-14, 2019

The annual Department of Pediatrics Research Symposium – ‘Research Day’ – is moving from its long-standing fall date to a spring event.  This change in schedule will provide students, residents and fellows with more opportunities to experience and participate in the many activities of the research symposium. In order to change over to this new timeline, there will not be a symposium held in 2018. The next PRS is scheduled for May 13-14, 2019.  Drs. Brigid Gregg and David Selewski will again serve as program chairs and they invite you to communicate any ideas or recommendations as we move forward in planning next year’s symposium.


Please see below  highlights from the 2017  Symposium.


Monday, November 13, 2017

  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM  Poster Session (Towsley Lobby)
  • 4:00 PM - Taubman Visiting Professor keynote (Dow Auditorium, Towsley)

Identification of Genetic and Pharmacologic Targets to treat Plexiform Neurofibromas

D. Wade Clapp, MD
Richard L. Schreiner Professor and Chairman
Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief for Riley Hospital for Children
Indiana University School of Medicine

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

  • 8:00 AM - Grand Rounds/Plenary Keynote Speaker (Dow Auditorium)

Lessons learned from the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children Cohort Study

Susan L. Furth, MD, PhD
Division Chief, Nephrology
Laffey-Connolly Endowed Chair in Pediatric Nephrology
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM - Plenary Session Presentations
  • 10:00 - 12:15 - Breakout Sessions/Oral Presentations
  • 12:30 - 1:30 PM - "Research Round Tables" / Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 PM - “Integrating Rigor, Reproducibility, and Transparency in Grant Applications and Progress Reports” ~ Carey Lumeng, MD, PhD

  Symposium Program Objectives

The objective of the Pediatric Research Symposium is to present new research in the Pediatric world that can be taken back to the clinics for practical implementation. As a result of their participation in this activity, physicians will be able to improve specific aspects of care and better perform research to identify new ways to improve care.

This event has been planned for faculty, residents, students and others performing research in pediatrics at the University of Michigan. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for participants to (1) be informed of state-of-the-art research in Pediatrics by inter/nationally recognized keynote lecturers; (2) present and discuss their current research in an educational forum; (3) compete for awards promoting young investigators in Pediatric research; (4) be informed of peers’ research across all Pediatric specialties; and (5) have the opportunity to interact and form collaborations with other Pediatric investigators.


2017  Abstract Awardees

Abstract Awards

Bailey Anderson, MPH (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Gabriel Cara-Fuentes, MD (Faculty)

Vanessa Cardenas, MD (Fellow)

Eric Chang, MD (Fellow)

Hunter Gits, MSc (Medical Student)

Ian Gonzalez, BS (Graduate Student)

Payal Kenia, MD (Resident)

Jeremy Lynn (Undergraduate Student)

Cambrynne Rietberg (Undergraduate Student)

Lucia Russo, PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Stefanie Stallard, BA (Medical Student)

Courtney Strohacker, MD (Faculty)

Laurie Svoboda, PhD (Staff Scientist)

Angela Weyand, MD (Faculty)

Honorable Mention / Featured Posters

Jennifer Bermick, MD (Faculty)

Zachary Carlson (Undergraduate Student)

Cameron Griffin, BS (Graduate Student)

Sergey Zolov, PhD (Research Staff)

Zubin Modi, MD (Fellow)

Carolyn Vitale, MD (Fellow)



Abstracts: Posters & Talks (numbered)
Oral Presentations Schedule-PRS2017