Pediatric Research Day

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
September 20, 2023

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital will host its 12th annual Pediatric Research Day on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, from 7:45 4 p.m., in the Chesney Auditorium and Faculty Office Building Auditoriums.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers and clinicians from Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the Children’s Foundation Research Institute and other institutions to facilitate discussions on the latest research findings, medical advances, and scientific innovations.

The overarching theme of the 12th Pediatric Research Day is "Research and Diversity: Superpowers When Linked." The James C. Hunt Keynote Address will be given by Russell J. Ledet, MD, PhD, MBA, triple board resident at the University of Indiana School of Medicine. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to hear presentations on current research and network with investigators working in a wide range of scientific and medical fields.

View the 2023 abstract booklet.

All submitted abstracts for 2023 have been accepted as poster presentations.

Pediatric Research Day 2023 Schedule

7:45 - 8:00 a.m.

8:00 - 8:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Jonathan McCullers, MD
Dunavant Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UTHSC
Pediatrician in-Chief, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Senior Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs

Trey Eubanks, MD, FACS
Interim President and Surgeon-in-Chief, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Amali Samarasinghe, PhD
Associate Professor, Pulmonology, Allergy-Immunology and Sleep
Research Day Organizer

8:10 - 9:10 a.m.
Keynote Address

Keynote Address: James C. Hunt Visiting Distinguished Professorship
"From Security Guard to Physician Scientist: My Journey in Medicine"
Russell Ledet, MD, PhD, MBA
Resident, University of Indiana School of Medicine

9:10 - 9:30 a.m.
Coffee Break

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Session 1

Session Chairs: Cynthia Cross, MD | Medical Chief, Community Health and Regional Services
Shalini Narayana, PhD | Director, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Laboratory
9:30 – 9:40 am
Introduction by Session Chairs
9:40 – 10:10 am
The Family Resilience Initiative: From the Bedside to Research and Back
Sandra Arnold, MD | Division Chief, Infectious Diseases
Jason Yaun, MD | Division Chief, Outpatient General Pediatrics
10:10 – 10:25 am
Food Allergy and Health Disparities
Heema Shah, MD
Outstanding Abstract Award: Clinical Fellow
10:25 – 10:55 am
My Research Journey in Sickle Cell Disease
Kenneth Ataga, MD | Director, UTHSC Center for Sickle Cell Disease
10:55– 11:10 am
Swinging by the ED: A 10-year Analysis on Playground Injuries of the Head and Neck
Andrew Franklin 
BioLegend Abstract Award: Medical Student
11:10 - 11:15 a.m.
The BIG Initiative at Le Bonheur
Robert Davis, MD
Professor, Pediatrics, CMBI
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Poster Session and Lunch

1:20 - 3:30 p.m.
Session 2

Session Chairs:  Elisha McCoy, MD  |  Division Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Negar Noorizadeh, MD  |  Instructor, Pediatric Neurology
1:30 – 1:40 pm
Introduction by Session Chairs 
1:40 – 2:10 pm
Early Language in TSC
Tanjala Gipson, MD
Associate Professor; Division of Child Development
2:10 – 2:25 pm
The Role of Tracheal Aspirate in Antibiotic Usage in a Level IV NICU
Reid Petersen
BioLegend Abstract Award: Medical Student
2:25 – 2:40 pm
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Magnetoencephalography Can Be Sufficient Indicators for RNS Placement 
Austin Varner, MS
Outstanding Abstract Award: Research Staff
2:40 – 2:50 pm
Resources at the CFRI
Dennis Black, MD
Scientific Director, Children’s Foundation Research Institute 

2:50 – 3:00 pm
Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Eosinophils: Focus on a Cell that Bridges Many
Amali Samarasinghe, PhD 
Associate Professor; Pediatric Heart Institute
3:30 – 3:45 pm
Association between Maternal Iron Deficiency Anemia and Cord Blood Lead Levels in Infants
Shannon Isennock, MD
Outstanding Abstract Award: Clinical Resident
3:45 - 4:15 p.m.
Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks

Key Dates

Registration Opens Aug. 3, 2023
Abstract Submission Opens Aug. 3, 2023
Abstract Submission Closes Aug. 29, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Abstract Withdrawal Deadline Sept. 5, 2023
Registration Closes Sept. 13, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

  • Posters must be displayed from Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. until Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. Authors are responsible for removing their posters by Sept. 21 at 9 a.m. Any posters that are not removed by this time will be discarded.
  • First authors must be present at their posters on Sept. 20 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on for judges.
  • Posters must fit stands that are 4’× 6’ and the title, authors and affiliations must be legible at the top.
  • Pushpins and velcro stickers will be available to presenters.