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Pediatric Research Conferences are Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in Wadlington Conference Room 2202 at Children's Hospital.

2015 - 2016

Justin N. Baker, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM
Chief, Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care
Attending Physician, Quality of Life Service
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Memphis, TN
"Decision Making and Advance Care Planning in Children with Complex Chronic Conditions – Findings from the St Jude Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care"

Stephen Patrick, MD, MPH, MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy
Division of Neonatology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome:  Informing Public Health Systems"

Scott Smith, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"IgE: Fighting the War on Worms"

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Meeting

Tracy McGregor, MD, MSCI
 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Genetic Medicine
"Predictive AK1 Research"

Fall Break - Williamson County

James Matthew Luther, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
Clinical Pharmacology
"Aldosterone and Glucose Metabolism"

Jonathan David Mosley, MD, PhD
Instructor of Medicine
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Department of Internal Medicine
"Elucidating longitudinal disease relationships from cross-sectional data based on shared genetics"

Peggy Kendall, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Allery, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
"B lymphocyte signaling links microbiome and autoimmunity"

Don Arnold, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
"Acute asthma assessment:  You can't manage what you can't measure"


David Frank, MD, PhD
Instructor, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
"Wnt signaling-responsive cells define an alveolar epithelial progenitor cell niche during alveologenesis"

Faculty Meeting Video

Fred Lamb, MD
Cornelius Vanderiblt Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care
"Molecular localization of superoxide signaling; how cells play safely with fire"




Holiday - Metro and Williamson Counties schools closed

Jonathan A. Kropski, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
"Emerging insights from families with pulmonary fibrosis"

Ritu Banjeree, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Mayo Clinic
"The Subversive Spread of Superclone ST131 E. coli:  Implications for Antimicrobial Stewardship"

Audrey Brumback, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics
Center for Integrative Neuroscience
University of California, San Fransisco
"Autism: cells, circuits, and behavior"

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Meeting

Jennifer L. Herington, PhD
Instructor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
"Large-scale drug discovery strategy to identify small molecule regulators of uterine contractility"

Metro and Williamson County Schools out for Presidents' Day

Richard Ho, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology/Oncology
"OATP Transporters:  Emerging Roles in Cancer Pharmacology"

Valentina Kon, MD
Margaret T. and H. Laird Smith Endowed Chair
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
"HDL:  Not your grandmother's lipid"

Emma Larkin, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Center for Asthma and Environment Research
"Host and Viral Genetic Interactions in Infant RSV Infection"

Maribeth Nicholson, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
"Clostridium difficile Infection in the Pediatric Patient"

Metro and Williamson County Schools Spring Break

No meeting

Jeff Reese, MD
Associate Professor
Division of Neonatology
Department of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Early Detection of Preterm Labor using Non-invasive Imaging of the Cervix"

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Meeting

Christian Rosas Salazar, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Early-life acute RSV infection and the respiratory microbiome: Impact on childhood wheezing illnesses"

Susan Guttentag, MD
Julia Carell Stadler Professor of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Director, Mildred Stahlman Divivsion of Neonatology
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital
"Off the beaten path… Protein targeting and its role in disease"

Amy Weitlauf, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Programs to increase engagement and reduce stress for parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder"

No Research Conference scheduled

Sara Van Driest, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"Big Data for Small Patients: Leveraging the EMR to Improve our Care of Children"

K12 Scholars

John Benjamin, MD, MPH
“Regulation of Elastin Assembly during Saccular Stage Lung Development”

Nathan Bingham, MD, PhD
“Attenuation of diet-induced hypothalamic inflammation and microglial activation by bile acids”

Justin Gregory, MD
“Peripheral Insulin Delivery's Contribution to Insulin Resistance in Type 1 Diabetes”

Jennifer Sucre, MD
"Developing 3-Dimensional Human Models of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia”

Memorial Day

Department of Pediatrics Faculty Meeting

No Research Conference scheduled

No Research Conference scheduled


Research Conference Archive

Sponsorship Statement: Sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Department of Pediatrics.

Accreditation Statement: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement:Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement:It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity. Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.

Contact Leslie Bowman at (615) 936-7488 or email leslie.bowman@Vanderbilt.Edu if you have questions.


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