2021 Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference

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Conference Co-Chairs

Claudia R. Morris, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine
The Wilbur Fisk Glenn Jr. Distinguished Faculty Chair for Clinical & Translational Research
Research Director, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research
Emory University School of Medicine

Hee Cheol Cho, PhD
Urowsky-Sahr Scholar in Pediatric Bioengineering
Director of Heart Regeneration Program, The Heart Center at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics and Dept. of Biomedical Engineering @Emory University and Georgia Tech

Keynote Speakers

Lou Ignarro, PhD
Nobel Prize Recipient in Physiology or Medicine 1998
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles
Professor, King Saud University

Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD
Mark S. Siegel Family Foundation Distinguished Professor
Executive Director, Smidt Heart Institute
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA
Division Chief, Pediatrics & Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Research, Center for Diversity and Health Equity
University of Washington and Seattle Children's Research Institute

Internal Speakers

Evan J. Anderson, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine Associate Co-Director for the Emory T32 Vaccinology Training Grant
Multiple PI of the Emory Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit (VTEU)
Associate Division Chief for Clinical Research for the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division
Emory University School of Medicine

Brian Vickery, MD
Associate Professor
Pulmonology, Allergy & Immunology, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep Department of Pediatrics Emory University
Director, Food Allergy Center at Emory + Children’s

Please join us from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for:

  • Exciting Presentations from Keynote Speakers
  • Presentations Selected from Submitted Abstracts
  • Scientific Poster Sessions
  • Networking

PLUS a Special 10th Anniversary Reception with Door Prizes (4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.) & Complimentary Evening Aquarium Admission (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.)!
**Prizes include tickets to Atlanta area restaurants and attractions, including Buckhead Life Restaurants, Fernbank Museum, Botanical Gardens, and World of Coke!**

The Emory University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Emory University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Thank you to our 2021 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference Sponsors:


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The abstract submission deadline was Monday, March 1, 2021 at 1:00PM. No additional abstracts will be accepted.


  • Any child health researcher can submit abstracts, including students, trainees, staff and faculty.
  • Abstracts submitted to other conferences are welcome.
  • You may submit more than one abstract.
  • All authors must approve the abstract before it is submitted.
  • Abstracts should represent your own original research project. Technology abstracts should represent novel or existing research projects, and should not be advertisements of currently available technology.


  • ​Abstracts must include the following sections: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
  • Maximum 350 words not including the title and authors.
  • Plain text only: no figures, graphs or tables.
  • Students, fellows and residents - include the name of at least one mentor in your author list. Make sure your mentor approves your abstract before you submit it!
  • Do not submit duplicate abstracts. If you need to make a change after you’ve submitted your abstract, email your change to Jennifer Villaseñor.

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.

Abstract Submission Links

Notification of selection for oral or poster presentation will be sent via email in early May 2021.

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.

Ask for the "GA Tech rate" to receive the most current discounted room rate.

Hyatt House Atlanta Downtown
431 Marietta St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
1-866-974-9288 or 404-332-5522

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303

Embassy Suites Centennial Park
267 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown
275 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313

1) What is the cost to attend the conference?

  • Advanced registration - before May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM
    • In-person (includes breakfast, lunch and snacks): $50 general / $15 trainees (students/residents/fellows/postdocs)
    • Virtual: $20 general / no cost for trainees
  • ​After May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM
    • ​In-person: $60 for everyone
    • Virtual: $20 for everyone

2) Why is there a fee to attend the conference?

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

3) How can I pay the registration fee?

  • If you register before May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM, you may pay via credit card, Emory speedtype or Children's cost center. Simply select the ticket type you would like on the registration page.
  • If you register after the deadline, you may pay via credit card only. 
  • There are no registration fee discounts for trainees who register after the deadline.
  • There are no registration fee discounts for poster presenters.

4) Who is considered a trainee?

  • Students, residents, fellows, and postdocs.
  • Postdocs include only those individuals whose official titles include postdoctoral. It does not include postdoctoral staff members such as Research Associates and Research Specialists.

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

  • Yes, you may still attend the conference if you miss the advanced registration deadline; however, the registration fee will be higher. Everyone who registers after the deadline must pay $60 (to attend in-person) or $20 (to participate virtually).

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 11, 2021, no refunds will be given.

7) Will CME credits be provided?

  • Yes. The Emory University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Emory University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

8) Will the conference be held in-person or virtually? Why is there a price difference to attend the conference?

  • The option to participate in-person will depend on COVID-19 related restrictions at the time of the event. If the in-person component is cancelled, in-person registrations will automatically be refunded the difference in ticket prices.

Additional Information

New to writing abstracts? Check out our "Top Ten Pearls for Abstract Submissions" recording and slides.

Just want to see an example of a great abstract? Check out this excellent submission by Dr. Waitman Aumann.

What to Include in Each Section

  • Background: Significance to child health and purpose of the research project, including the hypothesis
  • Methods: Study design - include:
    • Type of study, e.g. prospective/retrospective, observational, randomized placebo controlled trial, case-control, chart review, etc.
    • Setting/population
    • Outcome measures, both primary and secondary
    • Statistical analyses used
  • Results: Include demographics, sample size, and results for the primary and secondary outcomes described in the methods
  • Conclusions: The take home message. Don't just repeat the results: why is this study relevant?

What Else?

  • Proper formatting according to the instructions. Do not copy and paste from another source without correctly formatting per the instructions:
    • Title must be in Title Case
    • Author names must be written as: Last Name, First Name; Last Name, First Name; and Last Name, First Name
  • Free from grammar or punctuation errors

What information will I need to submit my abstract?

  • Contact details for the corresponding author or staff person
  • One or two keywords that describe the abstract
  • Whether the abstract is related to a pilot grant awarded by a pediatric research center
  • If the abstract relates more to basic research, clinical or translational research, outcomes research or technology
  • If you would like the abstract to be considered for both poster and/or oral presentation

IMPORTANT: If you have not already registered for the conference, you must do so prior to Friday, May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Click here to register.


  • Must be one PDF page.
  • Title of poster must match the title of the abstract.
  • FILE NAME of poster PDF must start with the corresponding author's last name.


  • There is no specific size requirement for posters, but your poster must fit into a space that is 4 feet high and 4 feet wide. If your poster is longer than 4 feet in any direction, the edges will be concealed by adjacent posters and/or hang off the bottom of the posterboard.
  • 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. 

You can find your poster number in the PDF of abstracts that is emailed to all registered attendees and posted to this website approximately one week prior to the conference. Press CTRL+F to search for your name.


If my poster has already been printed and presented at another conference, may I display the same poster at this conference? 

  • Yes, as long as it is not larger than 4’ high by 4’ wide.

How do I get my poster printed? 

  • Please contact Wallace Graphics at tia@wallacegraphics.com or 678-513-9500.

Do I have to get my poster printed at Wallace Graphics?

  • You may get your poster printed at a location of your choice. If you decide not to use Wallace Graphics, please ensure that you use the most current logos for each institution. The most current logos are available here.

IMPORTANT: If you have not already registered for the conference, you must do so prior to Friday, May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Click here to register and select the ticket type, "Planning Team Member." There is no charge for this ticket type. If you have already registered and paid for a ticket, please contact Shantisa Fulgham and she will be happy to issue a refund for the amount you paid.

The time schedule will be adhered to strictly out of respect for other presenters. If you exceed your allotted time, the moderator will interrupt and open the floor to questions.

Your specific presentation time will be provided when the final conference program is released about one week prior to the conference. The program will be emailed as a PDF to all registered attendees and posted on the conference webpage. 


  • Use tables, lists, graphs, figures and diagrams whenever possible
  • Use brief bullet points, not full sentences
  • Avoid small (less than 20 pt.) font sizes
  • Assume 45-60 seconds for each slide


  • Face the audience, not the computer or slides
  • Speak slowly and clearly into the microphone
  • Orient the listener to graphs, figures and diagrams (for example, 'the x-axis represents...')
  • Practice in advance to make sure your talk is the intended length

Your PowerPoint slides must be submitted in the abstract portal no later than Friday, June 4, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. Please do not approach the AV table the morning of the conference and ask to make changes to your slides. Time for making changes to AV materials before/during the conference is very limited and reserved for our keynote speakers. Thank you for understanding!

Complimentary conference registration is provided for up to two representatives of each pediatric research core or resource if registration is completed prior to Friday, May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM. Click here to register and select the Planning Team Member ticket type. 

IMPORTANT: If core or resource representatives do not register prior to Friday, May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM, they will be required to pay $60 via credit card to register on-site the day of the conference.

If you would like information about your core or resource to be included in the conference program, please complete the online Core/Resource Information Form at the following links. Please indicate in the form if you would also like to display a poster about your core or resource. The Core/Resource Information Form will remain open until Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM. To present a poster or be included in the program, you must complete this form before it closes.