2018 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference: Precision Medicine

2018 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference: Precision Medicine Banner Photo

Conference Evaluation

Conference Materials


Conference Co-Chairs

  • Clinton H. Joiner, MD, PhDVice Chair for Research, Emory Department of Pediatrics; Aflac Children’s Chair for Hematology and Director, Section of Hematology, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; and Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Scott J. Hollister, PhDPatsy and Alan Dorris Chair in Pediatric Technology; Director, Center for 3D Medical Fabrication (3DMedFab); Director, Tissue Engineering & Mechanics Laboratory (TEM); and Professor, Wallace A. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
  • Beatrice E. Gee, MD, AB, FAAPMedical Director, Sickle Cell and Hematology Program, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding; and Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director for Translational Science, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

Keynote Speakers

  • Will Parsons, MD, PhDDirector, Center for Precision Oncology, Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine
  • Charmaine DM Royal, PhDAssociate Professor, Departments of African & African American Studies, Biology, and Community & Family Medicine, Duke University
  • Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, PhD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Professor of Orthopedics and Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic

Special Lunch Sessions:

  • The Engineer Will See You Now

  • Meet the Mentors

Presentations Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Scientific Poster Sessions

Technology Demonstrations


Complimentary Evening Aquarium Admission & Door Prizes


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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



The deadline to submit an abstract has passed. Email notification of selections for oral and poster presentations was sent in early May.

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.


  • Abstracts on any topic related to child health research are encouraged. 
  • Abstracts related to precision medicine will be given priority when selecting abstracts for oral presentation.
  • Anyone may submit an abstract, including but not limited to principal investigators, trainees, students, and staff.   
  • The maximum length of abstracts is 350 words and you may submit more than one abstract.

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. You may indicate your interest in being considered for one of these awards on the abstract submission form.

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.

Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown
431 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
1-866-974-9288 or 404-332-5522
Use code 81494 for the Georgia Tech discounted rate.

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
Use this link to receive a discounted rate.

Embassy Suites Centennial Park
267 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313
Use code 0560032796 for the Georgia Tech discounted rate ($148/night) or use this link.

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
275 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
Use code 0087541 for the Georgia Tech discounted rate ($148/night) or use this link.

IMPORTANT: If you have not already registered for the conference, you must do so prior to Friday, May 25 at 12 PM. You may pay the $40 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 $50 to register on-site the day of the conference. Click here to register. 


To be considered in the poster competition, poster presenters must submit a PDF of their poster online by May 25 at 12:00 PM (noon). Finalists will be selected prior to the conference, and conference attendees will vote for the winning posters the day of the conference. Poster competition finalists will be notified via email prior to the conference.  Click here to log in and submit your PDF.


  • Posters must be no more than 4 feet high and 4 feet wide to ensure they fit on the provided poster board.
  • 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. 


1) If my poster has already been printed and presented at another conference, may I display the same poster at the 2018 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference? 
Yes, as long as it is not larger than 4’ high by 4’ wide.

2) Are there any other guidelines I should follow when I create my poster? 
Yes; they are available here.

3) How do I get my poster printed? 
Please contact Ginger Singleton at MegaBytes (ginger@megabytesdigital.com). MegaBytes will ensure that your poster content is inserted into the approved CHOA format.

4) Do I have to get my poster printed at MegaBytes?
You may get your poster printed at a location of your choice. If you decide not to use MegaBytes, please ensure that you use the most current logos for each institution.

Deadline to register a technology demonstration: April 16, 2018

If you are interested in providing a demonstration of child-health related technology at the conference, please complete this application by April 16, 2018.  For questions, contact Erin Kirshtein.

PLEASE NOTE: Submitting a technology demonstration application does not automatically register individuals for the conference! Neither you nor any persons listed on application will automatically be registered to attend, even if your application is approved and payment is received. Click here to register individuals.

1) What is the cost to attend the conference?

The registration fee is $40 until May 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST or $50 at the door.

2) I don't remember paying a registration fee to attend this conference in the past. Is the fee new?

Yes. Participation in this conference has grown substantially since the first conference was held 6 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 cover expenses. Registration fees cover approximately 20% of the total cost of the conference.

3) How can I pay the registration fee?

You may pay via credit card, Emory smartkey or CHOA cost center. Simply select the ticket type you would like on the registration page.

4) Is the registration fee waived for anyone?

The registration fee is waived ONLY for students, residents, postdocs and fellows.

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

Yes, you may still attend the conference if you miss the online registration deadline; however, the registration fee will be higher. Anyone who registers on site the day of the conference will be charged a $50 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 8, 2018, no refunds will be given.

7) Will CME credits be provided?

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Children’s designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.