Annual Pediatrics Science Day

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The primary purpose of Pediatrics Science Day is to give trainees, whether students, post-docs, residents, fellows, or junior faculty, the opportunity to present their research to their colleagues, and to obtain scientific feed-back in a friendly environment. We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts that either have been recently presented at or have been submitted to national research meetings. However, most importantly, we would like to encourage the participation of all trainees in this unique opportunity!

In addition to abstract submissions, residents and fellows may also submit interesting clinical cases which include a brief case presentation, summary of unusual disease presentation or perplexing diagnosis, and a literature review of novel diagnostic methods and treatments.

2019 Guest Speaker

Richard Finkel, MDWe are pleased to announce that Richard Sanford Finkel, MD, Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Nemours Children’s Hospital has accepted his invitation to be the key note speaker for this year’s Pediatrics Science Day.

Richard S. Finkel, MD is Chief, Division of Neurology at Nemours Children’s Hospital and Professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida.  He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and completed his Pediatrics, Neurology and Neuromuscular training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.  Dr. Finkel held positions at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia prior assuming his current position in Orlando in 2012. Clinical practice and research interests have focused upon pediatric neuromuscular disorders, especially spinal muscular atrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, inherited neuropathies and neurometabolic disorders. Dr. Finkel has participated in numerous clinical trials, natural history genotype-phenotype studies and the development of standard-of-care guidelines; and has contributed to the development of outcome measures, clinical trial design, and biomarker identification for neuromuscular disorders. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He is an associate editor of two neuromuscular journals and a co-editor of the Swaiman pediatric neurology textbook. Dr. Finkel delivered the Bengt Hagberg memorial lecture in 2017 and received the Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology in 2018 for his work in spinal muscular atrophy.

Below, Dr. Finkel speaks on the topic of his presentation during the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) 2018 Presidential Plenary Session, entitled: Spinal Muscular Atrophy Is a Treatable Neurodegenerative Disease. This video clip was filmed at the AAN Annual Meeting 2018, Los Angeles, CA, US, April 2018.


2019 Program Schedule

Please follow this link to see an overview of this year’s schedule.

Submitting an Abstract

Follow the Abstract Submission Guidelines and then complete the Abstract Submission Form and upload your abstracts by the Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:59pm deadline.

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