34th Research Symposium 2022
34th Annual Research Symposium
The Child Health Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, hosted the 34th Annual Research Day Symposium on
May 26, 2022 at UVA Children’s Battle Building. The annual event celebrates excellent scholarly research by Department of Pediatrics’ faculty and trainees including residents, medical fellows, medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates. There were 36 posters, three oral presentations, five trainee awards, a lifetime achievement award, and engaging discussion about research focused on improving the lives of children. Participants were excited the event was in-person for the first time since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
James P. Nataro, MD, PhD, MBA, Benjamin Armistead Shepherd Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, presented the keynote address entitled Enteric Infection: The Question is the Answer. Over 100 people attended the address and joined Dr. Nataro at UVA Children’s to view and discuss research posters.
Dr. Nataro presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Science to Richard D. Stevenson, MD, Division Head, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the luncheon. The Edwin and Mary Kendig Award for Pediatric Fellows and five awards for best trainee posters were also presented.
Research Day Highlights
Research Day Trainee Awards
Megan Elliott, Edwin and Mary Kendig Award for Pediatric Fellows
“Gabapentin Use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)”
Jason P. Smith, 1st Place, Hiroko Nishimura Trainee Award
“Using Natural Language Processing to Cluster Single Cell Omics”
Philip Mollica, 2nd Place, Trainee Poster Award
“Evaluating the Potential of a Chimeric Inhibitory Receptor to Address Cytokine Related Toxicities Seen in Patients Receiving CAR‐T Cell Therapy”
Evan Rajadhaksha, 3rd Place, Trainee Poster Award
“Gene dysregulation in the adult kidney of a murine model of preterm birth may provide a link between low nephron number and sodium regulation”
Josh Donovan, 4th Place, Trainee Poster Award
“LTMK2 activates canonical TGF‐B1 signaling pathway by inhibiting PP1c”
Tenth Annual Research Trainee Competition
The Research Trainee Competition was held on May 13, 2022 and featured platform presentations by residents, medical fellows, medical students, graduate students, and undergraduates. Trainees of any member of the Department of Pediatrics or associated with the CHRC were encouraged to participate. The top three presentations from the Trainee Competition presented oral presentations at the annual Research Day on May 26.
Amanda Lulu, First place
“Developing a new targeted therapy for rhabdomyosarcoma: 𝛼v𝛽3 and HER2 as promising targets for bispecific CAR T-cell therapy”
Alexander DeGoes Martini, 2nd place
“Fate of the Foxd1 Progenitors Cells In The Developing Kidney Vasculature”
Katye Herring, 3rd place
“Defining the Notch Proximitome in T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”