10th Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference - CANCELLED

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This event was cancelled in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

We hope you will take time to peruse the Abstract & Poster Book and take action! 

  • Contact the corresponding authors with questions and ideas for collaboration
  • Note if the authors provided a poster and click the link to view the poster that would have been presented at the event
  • Note whether an abstract was related to a pilot grant or trainee award, and learn about funding opportunities you may not have been aware of!

Important Links

  • Register by May 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM

  • Add to Calendar

  • Full Agenda

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Associate Director for Clinical Affairs, MD/PhD Program, Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Emory + Children's Center for Childhood Infections & Vaccines (CCIV); and Medical Director, Ponce Family & Youth Clinic, Infectious Diseases Program, Grady Health System

  • Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology; Hematologist, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Chief Innovation Officer, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Technology Center

Keynote Speakers

  • Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, FASTMH, FAAP, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine; Professor, Pediatrics and Molecular & Virology and Microbiology; Co-Head, Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine; and Health Policy Scholar, Baylor College of Medicine
    Presentation Title: "Vaccine Diplomacy in an Age of War, Political Collapse, Climate Change, and Antiscience" 
  • Anne Kimball, MD, MPH, Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Presentation Title: "Emerging Threats to the Health of Adolescents – CDC’s Investigation of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Associated Lung Injury"
  • Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPHSarah and A. Watson Armour Chair in Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders; and Hematology Section Head, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; and Professor of Pediatrics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University​
    Presentation Title: "Towards a Genetic Cure for the First Molecular Disease"

Please join us from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for:

  • Exciting Presentations from Keynote Speakers
  • Presentations Selected from Submitted Abstracts
  • Scientific Poster Sessions
  • Networking

PLUS a Special 10th Anniversary Reception with Door Prizes (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) & Complimentary Evening Aquarium Admission (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)!

**Prizes include tickets to Atlanta area restaurants and attractions, including Buckhead Life Restaurants, Fernbank Museum, Botanical Gardens, and World of Coke!**


The Emory University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Emory University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Thank you to our 2020 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference Sponsors:


 Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors


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To learn more about sponsoring this event, please contact Karol Flowers

Sponsor Flyer

Bronze  $1,000

  • Sponsor’s logo on marketing materials promoting the event
  • Sponsor's hyperlinked logo on pedsresearch.org website
  • Acknowledgment, incorporating sponsor’s logo, in final program
  • Display of sponsor’s logo during sponsorship PowerPoint presentation, to be shown in meeting room during breaks
  • Two complimentary conference registrations ($100 value)

Silver  $5,000

  • Bronze benefits, plus:
  • Complimentary exhibit space (6’ tables)
  • Four total complimentary conference registrations ($200 value)

Gold  $10,000

  • Silver benefits, plus:
  • Six total complimentary conference registrations ($300 value)

Platinum  $20,000+

  • Silver benefits, plus:
  • Twelve total complimentary conference registrations ($600 value)

The abstract deadline has passed. No additional abstracts can be accepted.


  • Abstracts submitted to other conferences are welcome.
  • The maximum length of all abstracts is 350 words.
  • Abstracts may include plain text only: no figures, graphs, or tables can be included.

Abstract Submission Links:

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting an abstract does not automatically register you for the conference!  Neither you nor any investigator listed on your abstract will automatically be registered to attend. Click here to register.

A limited number of travel awards may be given to oral and poster presenters from academic institutions greater than 100 miles outside metro Atlanta based on merit and need.

Notification of selection for oral or poster presentation and travel awards will be sent via email in early May 2020.


What makes a high quality abstract?

  • Significance to child health
  • Innovative ideas or approaches
  • Clearly defined methods
  • Data and results (if pending, state whether they will be available by the date of the conference)
  • Properly formatted according to the instructions and free from grammar or punctuation errors

Who can submit an abstract?

  • Child health researchers of any level may submit abstracts, including students, trainees, staff and faculty.

Can I submit more than one abstract?

  • Yes. There is no limit to the number of abstracts one person may submit for this conference.

What information will I need to submit my abstract?

  • Contact details for the corresponding author or staff person
  • One or two keywords that describe the abstract
  • Whether the abstract is related to a pilot grant awarded by the Pediatric Research Alliance or a pediatric research center
  • If the abstract relates more to basic research, clinical or translational research, outcomes research or technology
  • If you would like the abstract to be considered for both poster and/or oral presentation and would like to be considered for a travel award
  • Abstract title
  • Abstract authors IN CORRECT FORMAT. Please do not copy and paste from another source without correctly formatting names per the abstract submission form instructions. 
  • Abstract in PLAIN TEXT ONLY. The system does not allow for the inclusion of tables or figures.

The best address to use for the Georgia Aquarium parking deck entrance using GPS is 246 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30313.  

Parking in the official Georgia Aquarium parking deck is included with your registration; please pick up a parking voucher at the registration desk when you arrive. 

Once in the parking deck, USE THE WEST ELEVATORS located on the corner of Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd and Luckie Street and follow signs to the Oceans Ballroom.  PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW SIGNS TO THE MAIN ENTRANCE/East Elevators. The East Elevators will take you to the main entrance of the aquarium, not the ballroom. 

Click here for detailed directions and parking information.

Taking MARTA:

The main thing you need to know when arriving by MARTA is that you do not enter the conference area through the regular front entrance of the aquarium. The entrance to the conference center is by the parking deck off Ivan Allen, Jr. Blvd.  

MARTA by Train:
The Georgia Aquarium is a 10-15 minute walk from the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station on the Blue/Green line or from the Civic Center or Peachtree Center Stations on the Red/Gold line.

MARTA by Bus:
Bus service is available to the Georgia Aquarium from the Civic Center MARTA bus station and Five Points MARTA station via Route 32.

The following hotels are within walking distance of the Georgia Aquarium. Click here for a map.

Ask for the "GA Tech rate" to receive the most current discounted room rate.

Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown
431 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
1-866-974-9288 or 404-332-5522

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303

Embassy Suites Centennial Park
267 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
275 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

1) What is the cost to attend the conference?

  • The general registration fee is $50 until May 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM or $60 at the door.
  • The registration fee for students, residents, fellows and postdocs is $15 until May 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM or $60 at the door. 

2) Why is there a fee to attend the conference?

  • Participation in this conference has grown substantially since the first conference was held many years ago. While we have been fortunate to continue to receive generous contributions from most host institutions and several sponsors, it is now necessary for us to charge a nominal registration fee to help cover expenses. Registration fees cover approximately 20% of the total cost of the conference.

3) How can I pay the registration fee?

  • If you register before May 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM, you may pay via credit card, Emory smartkey or CHOA cost center. Simply select the ticket type you would like on the registration page.
  • If you register on site, you may pay via credit card. Only credit cards will be accepted on site. No smartkeys or cost centers will be accepted on site.

4) Is the registration fee waived for anyone?

  • The registration fee is not waived for anyone, but is significantly reduced for those students and trainees (residents, postdocs and fellows) who register in advance.
  • The registration fee is not reduced for students or trainees who register on site, even if they are presenting a poster. Everyone who registers on site the day of the conference must pay the $60 registration fee.
  • Postdocs include only those individuals whose official titles include postdoctoral. It does not include postdoctoral staff members such as Research Associates and Research Specialists.

5) What if I miss the advanced registration deadline? Can I still attend?

  • Yes, you may still attend the conference if you miss the advanced registration deadline; however, the registration fee will be higher. Everyone who registers on site the day of the conference must pay the $60 registration fee.

6)  Will I get a refund if I can no longer attend the conference?

  • You may receive a refund of your full registration fee until 30 days prior to the conference. After May 12, 2020, no refunds will be given.

7) Will CME credits be provided?

  • Yes. The Emory University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Emory University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

8) Is this conference suitable for high school students?

  • While the focus of the conference is child health research, the content itself is for adult researchers. If a student under age 18 is interested in attending, the student should contact Jennifer Villasenor.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: If you have not already registered for the conference, you must do so prior to Friday, May 29 at 1:00 PM. You may pay the $50 registration fee via Emory smartkey, CHOA cost center or credit card. If you do not register online by this time, you will need to pay $60 via credit card to register on-site the day of the conference. Click here to register.


  • There is no specific size requirement for posters, but your poster must fit into a space that is 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. If your poster is longer than 4 feet in any direction, the edges will be concealed by adjacent posters and/or hang off the bottom of the posterboard.
  • Rolling poster boards and pin tacks will be provided for each poster.  
  • Posters may not be laminated or they will fall off the boards.
  • Presenters should arrive at the aquarium between 7:00 AM and 7:45 AM to locate their assigned board and display their poster.
  • Presenters will be assigned to stand by their poster during one of two poster sessions. Presenters will be notified of their assigned poster session via email prior to the conference. 

You can find your poster number in the PDF of abstracts that is emailed to all registered attendees and posted to this website approximately one week prior to the conference. Press CTRL+F to search for your name.


If my poster has already been printed and presented at another conference, may I display the same poster at this conference? 

  • Yes, as long as it is not larger than 4’ high by 4’ wide.

Are there any other guidelines I should follow when I create my poster? 

  • Yes; they are available here.

How do I get my poster printed? 

  • Please contact Wallace Graphics at tia@wallacegraphics.com or 678-513-9500.

Do I have to get my poster printed at Wallace Graphics?

  • You may get your poster printed at a location of your choice. If you decide not to use Wallace Graphics, please ensure that you use the most current logos for each institution. The most current logos are available here.

IMPORTANT: If you have not already registered for the conference, you must do so prior to Friday, May 29 at 1:00 PM. Select the ticket type, "Planning Team Member." There is no charge for this ticket type. If you have already registered and paid for a ticket, please contact Shantisa Fulgham and she will be happy to issue a refund for the amount you paid.

You will have 10 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience. The time schedule will be adhered to strictly out of respect for other presenters. If you exceed your 10 minutes, the moderator will interrupt and open the floor to questions.

Your specific presentation time will be provided when the final conference program is released about one week prior to the conference. The program will be emailed as a PDF to all registered attendees and posted on the conference webpage. 


  • Use tables, lists, graphs, figures and diagrams whenever possible
  • Use brief bullet points, not full sentences
  • Avoid small (less than 20 pt.) font sizes
  • Assume 45-60 seconds for each slide and therefore have a maximum of 10-14 slides


  • Face the audience, not the computer or slides
  • Speak slowly and clearly into the microphone
  • Orient the listener to graphs, figures and diagrams (for example, 'the x-axis represents...')
  • Practice in advance to make sure your talk is 10 minutes long

Your PowerPoint slides must be emailed to Julie Sullivan no later than Friday, June 5 at 1:00 p.m. Please do not approach the AV table the morning of the conference and ask to make changes to your slides. Time for making changes to AV materials before/during the conference is very limited and reserved for our keynote speakers. Thank you for understanding!

Complimentary conference registration is provided for up to two representatives of each pediatric research core or resource if registration is completed prior to Friday, May 29 at 1:00 PM. Click here to register and select the Planning Team Member ticket type. 

IMPORTANT: If core or resource representatives do not register prior to Friday, May 29 at 1:00 PM, they will be required to pay $60 via credit card to register on-site the day of the conference.

If you would like information about your core or resource to be included in the conference program, please complete the online Core/Resource Information Form at the following links. Please indicate in the form if you would also like to display a poster about your core or resource. The Core/Resource Information Form will remain open until Friday, April 24, 2020 at 1:00 PM. To present a poster or be included in the program, you must complete this form before it closes.