2024 Annual Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference

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2024 General Co-Chairs

Lynn Gardner, MD, MBA, FAAP
Vivien Sheehan, MD, PhD
W. Hong Yeo, PhD


Conference Highlights

  • Keynote Lectures
  • Networking/Mentoring Session
  • Selected Oral Abstract Presentations
  • Poster Sessions and Competition
  • Social Hour and Door Prizes


Keynote Speakers

John Rogers, PhD, SM
Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery (and by courtesy Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry and Dermatology)
Director of the Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics
Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
McCormick School of Engineering
Northwestern University

James Dahlman, PhD
McCamish Foundation Early Career Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
Emory University

Yates Coley, PhD
Associate Investigator
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Affiliate Assistant Investigator in the Department of Biostatistics
University of Washington

Additional Speakers

Benjamin Kopp, MD, MPH, ATSF, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Division of Pulmonology, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis and Sleep (PACS)
Co-Director, Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Airways Disease Research (CF-AIR)
Co-Director, Pediatric Residency Investigative Scholars at Emory (PRISE)
Director, Pulmonary Sickle Cell Program and Pulmonary & Sleep Physician Research
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Emory University School of Medicine

Elizabeth Stenger, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor
Division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT - Bone Marrow
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Cellular Therapy Laboratory
Co-director, Sickle Cell Disease Curative Therapies Program
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Maisha Standifer, PhD, MPH
Director, Health Policy 
Morehouse School of Medicine

Victoria Gray
Special Guest Speaker

The abstract submission deadline is April 1, 2024


  • 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 original research project. Technology abstracts should describe novel or existing research projects and not advertise 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 Megan Vallowe: megan.vallowe@emory.edu

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 Link

Notification of oral or poster presentation selection will be emailed in May 2024.

1) What is the cost of attending the conference?

  • Early registration - until May 24, 2024
    • ​$100 general & $30 for trainees
    • Pay by credit card, SpeedType, or cost center
  • Late registration - after May 24, 2024
    • ​​$125 per person
    • Pay by credit card only, online or at the door

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?

  • You may still attend the conference if you miss the early registration deadline; however, the registration fee will be higher ($125).

4)  Will I get a refund if I can no longer attend the conference?

  • You may receive a refund of your registration fee if a cancellation request is received at least 30 days prior to the conference. After May 7, 2024, 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 5.5 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) Where can I find guidelines for my poster presentation?

  • For general guidelines for posters connected to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, you can go here: https://www.pedsresearch.org/research/support-services/presentation-poster-and-publication-guidelines/
  • Specific guidelines for the conference posters include the following:
    • Your poster will not exceed 3.5 feet in height or 3.5 feet in width to ensure that it fits on the provided poster board.

    •  You will arrive at the conference center by 7:00 AM on Friday, June 7, 2024 to locate your assigned poster board and display your poster.  You will leave your poster displayed at least until 3:15 PM.  Any posters not removed by 5:00 PM may be discarded.  

    • You will stand by your poster during the poster session that you are assigned.  The designated poster sessions are from 10:15AM - 11:00AM and 2:25PM - 3:10 PM.  You will be notified of your assigned poster session via email prior to the conference.

7) If my poster has already been printed and presented at another conference, may I display the same poster at the 2023 Southeastern Pediatric Research Conference? 

Yes, as long as it is not larger than 3.5’ high by 3.5’ wide.

8) I'm affiliated with Emory/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: Are there any other guidelines I should follow when I create my poster? 

Yes; they are available here: https://www.pedsresearch.org/research/support-services/presentation-poster-and-publication-guidelines/

9) I'm affiliated with Emory/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Who do you recommend for poster printing?

We recommend Wallace Graphics (see link above) for poster printing. Wallace Graphics require a 2 week lead time to print posters.


Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
800 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

From the North via I-75

  • Take I-75 South
  • Take Exit 250 toward 10th Street/14th Street
  • Stay straight past 14th St until 10th Street (next intersection)
  • Turn left on 10th Street
  • Turn right at Spring Street NW
  • Hotel is on the right at 800 Spring Street NW, halfway up the block, past the corner of 5th and Spring Streets

From the North via I-85

  • Take I-85 South
  • Take Exit 84 toward 14th Street/10th Street
  • Keep Left at the fork, follow signs for 10th Street Northwest
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto 10th Street North West
  • Turn right onto Spring Street NW
  • Hotel is on the right at 800 Spring Street NW, past the corner of 5th and Spring Streets

From the South

  • Using I-85 North or I-75 North
  • Take Exit 250 toward 10th Street/14th Street
  • Merge onto Williams Street NW
  • Turn right at 10th Street NW
  • Turn right at Spring Street N
  • Hotel is on the right at 800 Spring Street NW, halfway up the block, past the corner of 5th and Spring Streets

Public Transportation

The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is conveniently located near MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) stations. Attendees can use the MARTA rail system to reach the Midtown station within walking distance of the conference center.