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Pediatric Research Day

Celebrating the promise of today's research becoming tomorrow's medical advances

Pediatric Research Day is a biennial event that celebrates the promise of today's research becoming tomorrow's medical advances. This event also is an opportunity for researchers and caregivers at Penn State College of Medicine, other Penn State campuses and in the community to discover new applications for their work or to talk about potential areas for collaboration.

"We are the region's leading provider of medical care for children, and we continually seek innovations to improve the quality of care we deliver. By investing in research, we are able to discover better approaches to preventing and treating childhood diseases and to utilize today's most advanced therapies. By sharing our knowledge through forums such as Pediatric Research Day, we contribute to improving children's health everywhere," said Barbara Miller, MD, Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, and Vice Chair for Research, Penn State Children's Hospital.

Contact us

Beth Brennan with questions at

Registration is required

  • Research Day is free for everyone who would like to attend.   
  • Lunch is free to all registered guests.

Registration will open up closer to our event in 2018.

Steps to submit an abstract:

  1. Prepare the abstract using the template provided. Abstracts must fit on one standard US 8.5x11 inch sheet of paper and be a maximum of 300 words. Use Arial 10-point type or larger. Allow one-inch margins on all sides. Abstracts will be reproduced exactly as submitted.
  2. E-mail the abstract to no later than Friday, March 11, 2016.  Only completed abstracts will be accepted.

Please note the following when e-mailing:

  1. Is the abstract Basic Science, or Clinical?
  2. What is the funding source?
  3. All submissions will be included in the Abstract Book and expected for Poster Sessions. Would you like  to be considered for an oral presentation?
  4. What size Poster will you have?  
  5. Would you like your abstract to be considered for a Young Investigator Award?
  6. Final Abstract Submissions must be approved by a Senior Author. Please include this approval with your abstract submission.

Investigators who submit an abstract will receive a receipt confirmation within seven working days. If you do not receive a confirmation within seven working days, please send an e-mail to

Please click here for Young Investigator Award Guidelines.

Check back in 2018 for our program agenda.


2016 Key Note Lecturer

Jonathan A. Finkelstein, MD, MPH
Donald Berwick Chair and Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes
Department of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics and of Population Medicine
Harvard Medical School

2016 Basic Science Young Investigator Award

Kristin K. Fino, PhD received the Basic Science Young Investigator award based on the abstract “SP-R210 (Myo18A) Enhances Influenza A Virus Pathogenicity by Alveolar Macrophages and Dendritic Cells In Vivo”.

2016 Clinical Young Investigator Award

Steven D. Hicks, MD, PhD received the Clinical Young Investigator award based on the abstract "Predicting Concussion Symptoms in Children Using miRNA Biomarkers".

2016 Resident Young Investigator Award

Keun Hee Oh, MD received the Resident Young Investigator award based on the abstract "Listeria Meningitis and the Continued Utility of Ampicillin as Part of Empiric Therapy in Neonatal Sepsis ".



  • How do I get to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center? Go to our maps and directions page for directions.
  • What are the costs for attendance? Research Day is free for everyone who would like to attend.  Registration is required.  Lunch is free to all registered guests. 
  • Will I receive Educational Credits for attending?  Yes, credits currently pending.

Additional resources

  • Awards and Photos
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Cancer Institute
Penn State University