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2020 Pediatrics Research Retreat

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the 2020 Pediatrics Research Retreat was canceled. A complete abstract directory, including an announcement regarding the best abstract award winners and finalists is available on the Department of Pediatrics intranet (Duke NetID and password required).

The Department of Pediatrics Research Retreat will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. This annual event offers the opportunity for students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, residents, research assistants, research associates, research scientists and faculty members in the department to engage in collaborative discussions and showcase current research.

  • As in the past, awards will be given to trainees for the best clinical/translational, basic science, and improvement science abstracts. 
  • New this year are best poster awards, judged during the poster session and announced and awarded at the keynote session.
  • CME credit is available for both the poster session and the keynote session.

Keynote Address

Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD, MA, Professor of Statistics, Rice University; Director, Children’s Environmental Health Initiative; Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine, will present the keynote address.

Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda specializes in research on environmental health, especially how the environment shapes health and wellbeing among children. She is the founding director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper. She is a leader in the rapidly evolving field of geospatial health informatics. She is Professor of Statistics at Rice University, and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Miranda has applied spatial analytic approaches to a wide range of scientific issues. She maintains an active research portfolio, with a funding history that includes the USEPA, NIH, CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the USDA, the State of North Carolina, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Wallace Genetics Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, and The Duke Endowment. Her research group received the 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Award.

Dr. Miranda served on the faculty at Duke University for 21 years, where she was an award-winning teacher and scholar. She served as Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment and the University of Michigan from 2011-2015 and then as provost at Rice University from 2015-2019. Her responsibilities as provost included promoting and supporting excellence in all dimensions of the University's academic, research, scholarly, and creative programs and activities. She was responsible for developing and implementing plans for $230 million in strategic programmatic investments, as well as $250+ million in major renovations of university facilities.

Dr. Miranda is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Duke University, where she earned her AB in mathematics and economics and was named a Truman Scholar. She has a PhD and MA from Harvard University, where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2019.

Save the Date

What: 2020 Pediatrics Research Retreat
Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Where: Duke University Medical Center
Time: 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Keynote address: Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD, MA
Seminar title: Canceled

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 7:00 am
(2020 Call for Abstracts / Submission Form is attached below.)

Agenda (Tentative)
A detailed agenda will be posted when it becomes available.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Platform presentations accepted to upcoming PAS meeting 

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Poster viewing/judging 

3:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Top abstract presentations, keynote address
Duke North, Room 2001

Call for Abstracts

Submission deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020 at 7 am

This is an opportunity to share your research design, progress, and new insights with others in the Duke community. Final results are not required, and ‘works in progress’ and posters that have been recently presented at other meetings are welcome. Open to all trainees (including students), research staff, and faculty. All submitted abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation; trainee abstracts will be peer-reviewed, with the ‘best’ abstract in each category selected for oral presentation.


  • Basic/Translational Research
  • Clinical Research [includes Educational and Health Services]
  • Improvement Science [improve a problem using Quality Improvement (QI) methods]