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Pediatric Research Day

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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.

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Ninth Pediatric Research Day - Innovation:  Forecasting the Future of Pediatric Research

Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA

A Key Note Lecture will be given by Pieter Dorrestein, PhD, Director, Collaborative Mass Spectrometry Innovation Center Co-Director, Institute for Metabolomics Medicine Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The day will also feature a presentation and technology demonstration by Conrad Tucker, PhD, MBA, Principal Investigator and Site Director, NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation, Pennsylvania State University.

Registration is required

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

Registration is now open.

Steps to submit an abstract

Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters and will also be printed in the research day program. Note that abstracts that do not adhere to these guidelines may not be reviewed or printed.

  • Use the template provided with 1-inch margins. Send the document to us as a Word file. PDF files will NOT be accepted. (Word document)
  • Edit the title and authors/affiliations as instructed in the template.
  • The title should be in bold Arial 12 point font.
  • The authors and body of the abstract must be in Arial 11 point font.
  • Do not edit the header.
  • Use the headings provided for the body of the abstract: Objective, Methods, Results, Conclusion.
  • You may include 1-2 brief background sentences in the Objective section if it is necessary to explain the rationale for your project or its relevance to child health to a general audience. The bulk of your abstract should be used to describe the methods and results.
  • The body of the abstract (excluding title, authors/affiliations, figures and tables) can be no more than 300 words.
  • One or two figures or tables may be added. Figures and tables must be within the 1-inch margins and legible without magnification. Figures must be readable in black and white.
  • We will not accept reports of single cases or quality improvement projects that have not been evaluated by an IRB. We will evaluate abstracts describing case series and abstracts describing quality improvement projects with a research component that have been approved by the IRB or that were evaluated by the IRB and deemed not to need approval (e.g. if you discussed the project with Penn State IRB members or staff by phone or email and were told the project did not require approval).
  • Abstract reviewers and research day attendees have a variety of backgrounds and include basic science and public health researchers, clinicians, and trainees - we recommend that you keep this in mind when composing your abstract.
  • Make sure that your conclusions are supported by your results. Be particularly careful about claims of causation.
  • Email your abstract to
  • Indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for the New Investigator Award (rules for eligibility are listed below).
  • 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

Guidelines for New Investigator Awards

New Investigator Awards will be given based on the quality of the abstract and poster presentations.

In order to apply for a New Investigator Award, the candidate must either be a trainee or be no more than seven years from the end of their most recent formal training and be employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Associate, or Instructor, or Assistant Professor.

The following guidelines must be adhered to for consideration for a New Investigator Award

  1. The candidate must submit an abstract for consideration (abstract deadline is Wednesday, January 17, 2018) and request that the committee consider the abstract for a New Investigator Award.
  2. The candidate must be available to present the abstract at Pediatric Research Day if chosen as a finalist.
  3. Members of the Pediatric Research Day Committee will decide if the quality of the abstract is adequate for consideration.
  4. Members of the Pediatric Research Day Committee will choose the awardees. Award winners will be announced on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Awardees will also receive a plaque.

Check back in 2018 for our program agenda.

Check back for information on making scientific posters and links to resources for making well-designed posters.
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