The Eighth Annual Johns Hopkins All Children’s Research Symposium, held Oct. 17-18 on the hospital’s St. Petersburg, Florida, campus, highlighted research in child health and disease among Johns Hopkins Medicine investigators here and in Baltimore, often in collaboration with the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and others.
Winners of Top Abstracts, awarded by this year’s judges panel, ranged from studies of immune deficiency and blood disorders to factors associated with response to non-invasive ventilation in children with acute viral bronchiolitis. The Symposium’s poster session on Oct. 17 was held simultaneously with the All Children’s annual Quality Improvement Poster Session, and featured 55 original research abstracts accepted by the Symposium’s Abstract Review Committee in the areas of basic science, clinical/translational research, and research conducted by a student/trainee. A total of 120 attendees — primarily from St. Petersburg, Tampa, Orlando and Baltimore — attended the Oct. 18 presentations.
Invited speakers included:
- David Valle, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins University Institute of Genetic Medicine and professor of Pediatrics and Ophthalmology (Baltimore);
- Douglas Graham, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Aflac Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA);
- C. Jason Smithers, M.D., director of the Esophageal Airway Treatment Service, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Department of Surgery
- Joshua Ewen, M.D., medical director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Clinic and Laboratory at the Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore);
- Alfred Asante-Korang, M.D., director of Transplant Cardiology and Heart Failure, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute;
- Sheela Magge, M.D., M.S.C.E., director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore);
- Giovanni Cucchiaro, M.D., director of the Chronic Pain Program, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
Laszlo Nagy, M.D., Ph.D., co-moderator of this year’s Research Symposium, professor of Medicine and Basic Biomedical Sciences, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research, echoed his sentiments from last year’s event: “It was clear from the cutting-edge research presented at this year’s Symposium and from the collaborations among basic and clinical scientists that Johns Hopkins All Children’s is making great strides in its trajectory toward establishing itself as a leading pediatric academic health system, with research as a core component of its mission.”
Symposium co-moderator Neil Goldenberg, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, director of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and associate dean for Research at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, provided additional context. “The level of collaboration and engagement in research that is 100% focused on the goal of improving children’s health is truly remarkable. It’s an honor to work alongside such passionate and talented researchers, and to take inspiration from the patients for whom many of us and our colleagues are privileged to provide care. These children are ‘the why’ of all we do in research, and collaborative interdisciplinary research is how we’re making great strides.”