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

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.

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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.

1) What is the cost to attend the conference?

  • Advanced registration - before May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM
    • Pay by credit card, speedtype or cost center
    • $20 general / no cost for trainees
  • Late registration - after May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM
    • ​Pay by credit card only
    • $30 for everyone, including trainees

2) 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.

3) 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 $30.

4)  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.

5) 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.

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

  • This will be a virtual-only event due to COVID-19 related restrictions. Previously purchased in-person registrations will 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 to avoid paying an increased price. Click here to register.

Detailed instructions for poster presenters 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.

More information about delivering an oral presentation through the conference virtual platform will be provided soon. Please note:

  • 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.


  • Ensure your camera is positioned appropriately so the audience has a clear, direct view of your face. 
  • Test your microphone in advance to ensure your sound is clear and audible.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • 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.

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 $30 via credit card to register late.

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 virtual 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.