Annual Research Symposium


All those interested or engaged in Pediatric/child-health research are invited to submit an abstract and encouraged to attend.

 Click here for abstract guidelines and submission. 



 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 Preliminary Schedule

Monday, November 13

  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM  Poster Session (Towsley Lobby)
  • 4:00 PM - Keynote Speaker (Dow Auditorium, Towsley)
    D. Wade Clapp, M.D., Richard L. Schreiner Professor and Chairman
    Department of Pediatrics
    Physician-in-Chief for Riley Hospital for Children
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM  Poster Session continues

Tuesday, November 14

  • 8:00 AM - Grand Rounds/Plenary Keynote Speaker (Dow Auditorium)
    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 - 12:00 PM - Awardee Presentations
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM - Resident Guided Abstract Tour
  • 12:15 - 1:30 PM - Research Round Tables / Lunch




 See below proceedings from the 2016 Pediatric Research Symposium:

2016  Abstract Awardees

  • Erin Carlton, MD  -  Fellow Award for Clinical /Health Services Research
  • Robert Cesaro, BBA  -  Medical Student Award for Clinical / Health Services Research
  • Louis Dang, MD, PhD  -  Faculty Award for Basic Science Research Award
  • Steven Grzegorski, BS  -  Graduate Student Award for Basic Science Research
  • Melanie Halsey  -  Undergraduate Student Award for Clinical / Health Services Research
  • Feras Hares, MS  -  Medical Student Award for Basic Science Research
  • Prashanthi Kandavel, MD  -  Resident Award for Clinical / Health Services Research
  • Carl Koschmann, MD  -  Faculty Award for Clinical /Health Services Research
  • Danny Luan  -  Undergraduate Student Award for Basic Science Research
  • Charu Rajput, PhD  -  Fellow Award for Basic Science Research
  • Jonathan Troost, PhD  -  Staff Award for Clinical / Health Services Research
  • Sergey Zolov, PhD  -  Staff Award for Basic Science Research

 2016 Program Highlights/External Speakers

 Monday, October 10, 2016

  • Taubman Institute Visiting Professor Lecture:  4-5:00 PM (Dow Auditorium/Towsley)

Interrogating the regenerative capacity of human beta cells in patients with type 1 diabetes

Jake A. Kushner, MD
Pediatrics, Diabetes and Endocrinology
McNair Medical Institute Scholar
Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology
Baylor College of Medicine

 Tuesday, October 11, 2016

  • Symposium Plenary Session / Grand Rounds: 8-9:00 AM

    JAMA, Child Health, and Medical Journalism

    Howard C. Bauchner, MD
    Professor, Pediatrics
    Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health
    Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

2016 Program Highlights/Oral Presentations

Pediatric Grand Rounds – Dow Auditorium

8:00     JAMA, Child Health, and Medical Journalism. ~ Howard Bauchner, MD


Plenary Session – Dow Auditorium (9-10:00 AM)

 9:00     Clinically Integrated Sequencing in the Management of Children with High-Risk Brain Tumors.  ~ Carl Koschmann, MD

 9:15     Angiopoietin-2 and Von Willebrand Factor Propeptide are elevated in high-risk pediatric Septic Patients.  ~ Erin Carlton, MD

 9:30     Modeling Dravet Syndrome Caused by SCN1A Mutations Using Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.  ~ Louis Dang, MD, PhD

 9:45     RORα-dependent Type 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells Are Required and Sufficient for Mucus Metaplasia in Immature Mice. ~ Rajput Charu, PhD

Breakout Session 1  -  Sheldon Auditorium (10:30 – 11:45 AM)

10:30-10:45     IFN-γ blocks development of an asthma phenotype in rhinovirus-infected baby mice by inhibiting ILC2s.  ~ Mingyuan Han, PhD

10:45-11:00     Environmental Conditions Influence the Expression of the Streptococcus pyogenes R28 Adhesin Promoting Vaginal Mucosal Carriage. ~ Michael Watson, MD, PhD

11:00-11:15     Targeting of T cells to the AML-specific antigen CLL-1 as Anti-Leukemia Therapy.  ~ Sergey Zolov, PhD

11:15-11:30     Hyperoxic Exposure Alters the Environmental Conditions of Lung and Gut Microbiota in Newborn Mice.  ~ Antonia Popova, MD

11:30-11:45     Multi-disciplinary Pediatric End-of-Life Training Improves Staff Preparedness and Lessens Staff Distress.  ~ Melanie Halsey

Breakout Session 2 – Dow Auditorium (10:30 – 11:45 AM)

10:30-10:45     A Pilot Emergency Department (ED)-Based Intervention for Child Passenger Safety.  ~ Michelle Macy, MD, MS

10:45-11:00      Maternal Restriction and Child Food Intake: A Multilevel Lag Sequential Analysis of Maternal Restriction Type and Likelihood of Child Bites. ~ Robert Cesaro, BBA

11:00-11:15     Evaluation of Social and Regional Determinants of Health Disparities and Their Effect on Risk Assessment Among Adolescent Youth.  ~ Yolaine Civil, MD

11:15-11:30     Coping Strategies and Challenges of Raising a Child with an ASD for Parents in the United States and the Arab World.  ~ Marwa Ayyash, BS, MS

11:30-11:45     A Clinical Outcome Assessment of Proteinuria in Patients with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis.  ~ Jonathan Troost, PhD

Breakout Session 3 - Sheldon Auditorium (1:15 - 2:30 PM)

1:15-1:30         Impact of Weight Loss and Regain on Obese Adipose Tissue Physiology. ~ Danny Luan

1:30-1:45         MCV/WBC Ratio as a Predictor of Response to Thiopurine Medications in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  ~ Prashanthi Kandavel, MD

1:45-2:00         Evaluating the Effects of Self-Reported Adherence and Feedback in Pediatrics with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. ~ Blake Lancaster, PhD

2:00-2:15         Trends in vitamin D deficiency in a primary care pediatric population. ~ David Hanauer, MD

2:15-2:30         Prevention of Perianal Fistula Complications Among Pediatric Patients with Crohn’s Disease. ~ Jeremy Adler, MD, MSc

Breakout Session 4  -  Dow Auditorium (1:15 - 2:30 PM)

1:15-1:30         Myocardial Oxidant Stress and Ventricular Dysfunction in an In Vivo Model of Cardiopulmonary Bypass with Cardioplegic Arrest.  ~ Feras Hares, MS

1:30-1:45         Evaluation of Sildenafil Treatment Guidelines in Neonates with Pulmonary Artery Hypertension associated with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia. ~ Parin Shah, PharmD

1:45-2:00         Exome sequencing in venous thromboembolic disease identifies mutation burden in PROS1, PROC, SERPINC1 and STAB2.  ~ Karl Desch, MD

2:00-2:15         Multiple Thrombosis Modifier Loci Identified Through a Sensitized Mutagenesis Screen.  ~ Steven Grzegorski, BS

2:15-2:30         Noise Pollution in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  ~ Jeffrey Weatherhead, MD