Pediatric Medical Student Research Forum

Medical Student Research Form 2023

2024 Event Information

Saturday, August 31, 2024 
Disney’s Yacht Club Resort 

This program is sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), the Society for Pediatric Research, the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics, and the College of Medicine. Pediatrics is an ever-changing field of discovery and innovation, and today’s research will lead to tomorrow’s cures! 

  • The Pediatric Research Forum for Medical Students is an exciting opportunity for students to share their research with peers.
  • The event takes place August 31, 2024, at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Florida in adherence of all Disney safety protocols. 
  • The forum, open to all medical students, will take place in conjunction with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting. 
  • Oral and poster presentations will be available for basic science, clinical research, and case report/series. 

2024 Keynote Speaker

Krithika Lingappan, MD, MS, PhD

Dr. Krithika Lingappan is a federally-funded successful Physician-Scientist in Neonatology. She is presently a tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Pennsylvania at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr.Lingappan’s lab has made several seminal contributions and she has created a unique niche in the field of sex-specific differences in the premature neonate with original and high-quality rigorous research. Her publications have elucidated the molecular mechanisms behind sex-specific differences in the pathogenesis of disease processes including bronchopulmonary dysplasia to directly address knowledge gaps in the molecular mechanisms behind the sexually divergent incidence of BPD and identify novel molecular pathways for future therapeutic targets. She has raised awareness about the importance of sex as a biological variable in neonatal lung injury and repair by conducting rigorous and reproducible research and reporting it in a transparent fashion.

Program Schedule

Time Event
7:15am – 7:45am Poster Set-Up
7:45am – 8:15am Breakfast
8:15am – 8:30am Welcome Remarks
8:30am – 9:45am Oral Presentations (Group 1)
9:45am – 10:00am Transition to Posters
10:00am – 11:30am Poster Presentations (Odd)
11:30am – 11:45am Transition to Keynote
11:45am – 12:45pm Keynote Presentation – “Sex as a Biological Variable in the NICU: From Bedside to Bench and Back”
12:45pm – 1:00pm PMSRF Group Photo
1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch & Career Discussions
2:00pm – 2:30pm Break and Exhibits
2:30pm – 4:00pm Poster Presentations (Even)
4:00pm – 4:15pm Transition to Orals
4:15pm – 5:30pm Oral Presentations (Group 2)
5:30pm – 5:45pm Forum Conclusion and Awards Presentation

Abstract Submission & Registration 

Submitting an Abstract (Required for Acceptance) 
Submission Deadline is 11:59pm June 23, 2024. You will receive an email notification of acceptance and presentation type by July 5, 2024. 

Registration (Required for All forum attendees) 
Attendance will be limited to a total of 80 registrants to comply with Disney safety protocols. The cost to attend and present at the forum is $100 per student. Registration information will be made available to students following their abstract acceptance notification. 

Hotel Accommodations (If you require a room) 
The Florida Chapter of the AAP has secured an amazing hotel room block at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort for a discounted rate. Information on how to book a room will be included in your abstract acceptance notification email. 


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