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2021 Pediatrics Research Retreat

Friday, April 2, 2021
Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD

The 2021 Department of Pediatrics Research Retreat will be held on Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20. This annual event offers the opportunity for all members of the department to engage in collaborative discussions and showcase current research. This year we have also invited our colleagues at Duke NUS/SingHealth to participate, so be sure to join us and check out their work!

Event Access

The Retreat will be held virtually, and a detailed agenda is included below. Links to the Zoom meetings and the poster session will be distributed through Outlook Calendar Invites from Pediatric Research. Please click here if you do not have Outlook calendar invites and would like to attend. 

Summary of Events

We are excited that the poster session this year will be hosted by Virtual Poster Session on April 20 from 1:30-3:30pm. This is a comprehensive online platform that will allow you to view all 120 posters, listen to the presenters’ recorded talks, and interact with presenters virtually. These features will make the poster session as close to a traditional in-person poster session as possible.

  • The PAS Session on April 19 will be held via Zoom and will feature practice talks for investigators giving oral platform talks at the upcoming PAS 2021 Meeting or ANY other upcoming meeting. Please email Pediatric Research if you’d like to participate. 
  • The Poster Session on April 20 will be held via Virtual Poster Session. The posters will be organized by Tracks (Clinical Research, Improvement Science, Basic/Translational Research), and sorted by abstract number and presenting author last name. During the session, there will be links associated with each poster for attendees to: 
    • Chat with the presenter, live via Zoom during a specified hour of the poster session
    • Join the discussion, an asynchronous chat platform similar to a message board to enable discussions between presenting authors and viewers
    • Watch the presentation, a pre-recorded video of the poster presentation. 

The full 2021 Pediatrics Research Retreat Abstract Book, including all abstracts that will be featured during the poster session, is posted on the department intranet [login required]. 

  • The Best Abstracts/Keynote Session on April 20 will be presented via Zoom and will feature presentations from our 3 best abstract winners and a keynote address from Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame (see bio below)

We look forward to seeing you there!


April 19, 2021

Time Topic / Speaker
8:00-10:00am Practice Platform Presentations for PAS Meetng (via Zoom)
[Details coming soon]

April 20, 2021

Topic / Speaker
Poster Session (via Virtual Poster Session)
1:30-2:30pm Odd-numbered Posters available for virtual "Chat with Presenters"

Even-numbered Posters available for virtual "Chat with Presenters"

Notes: The 2021 Pediatrics Research Retreat Abstract Book with numbers is posted on the department intranet and will be attached to the Outlook Invite. 

The Poster Session will be online starting April 14, 2021 for poster viewing, listening to presentations, and to "Join the Discussion" for text chat. Link and password will be included in the Outlook Invite.

3:30-5:30pm Top Abstracts and Keynote Address (via Zoom)
3:30pm Opening Remarks 
Ann M. Reed, MD
Samuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Duke Children's
3:35pm Recognition of Top 2 Improvement Science Abstracts
Heather McLean, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Hospital Medicine)
Vice Chair, Quality
3:40pm Top Improvement Science Abstract
Mary Buckley, MD
Third Year Rheumatology Fellow
Title: Kawasaki Disease Pathway: Improving Outpatient Follow-up and Management
3:55pm Recognition of Top 5 Clinical Research Abstracts
Laura Schanberg, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Rheumatology)
4:00pm Top Clinical Research Abstract
Lilianna Suarez
Medical Sudent
Title: The Implementation of a Clinic-Based Food Pantry in a Pediatric Weight Management Program

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Jennifer Li, MD
Beverly C. Morgan, MD, Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Cardiology in the School of Medicine (Cardiology)

Keynote Address
Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD
Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame
Director, Children's Environmental Health Initiative
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Statistics, Rice University
Title: Social and Environmental Stressors in Children's Health

5:00pm Recognition of Top 5 Basic/Translational Research Abstracts
Andrew Landstrom, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Assistant Professor in Cell Biology
5:05pm Top Basic/Translational Research Abstract
Cesar Lopez Angel, MD, PhD
Research Track Resident
Title: Preexisting CMV immunity is associated with blunted vaccine-specific cellular and humoral responses and increased risk of HIV-1 acquisition in a phase IIb HIV-1 vaccine efficacy trial
5:20pm Closing Remarks
William J. Steinbach, MD
Samuel L. Katz Distnguished Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Division of Infectious Diseases
Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Vice Chair, Research

Keynote Address

Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD

Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame
Director, Children's Environmental Health Initiative
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University and Baylor College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Statistics, Rice University

Title: Social and Environmental Stressors in Children's Health

Marie Lynn Miranda, PhD, began her tenure as Charles and Jill Fischer Provost of the University of Notre Dame on July 1, 2020, the fifth provost at Notre Dame since the position was established in 1970. The University’s second-ranking officer, the provost is elected by the Board of Trustees and, at the direction of the president, exercises overall responsibility for the academic enterprise.

A distinguished scholar in the field of children’s environmental health, Miranda is especially well-known for her research on childhood lead exposure. She served as provost at Rice University from 2015–19 and as dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment for the four years prior to that.

In addition to her responsibilities as provost, Miranda is a professor of applied and computational mathematics and statistics at Notre Dame, maintaining an active research portfolio. She is a leader in the rapidly evolving field of geospatial health informatics and is the founding director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI), a research, education, and outreach program committed to fostering environments where all people can prosper. Her interest in the joint effects of social and environmental exposures has led her to study the impact on health of racial residential segregation in particular.

Miranda’s research has generated more than $60 million in funding from federal, state and foundation sources, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Environmental Defense Fund, among others. Her research group at CEHI was among the inaugural winners of the EPA’s Environmental Justice Achievement Award in 2008.

As the provost at Rice, Miranda was responsible for developing and implementing plans for $230 million in strategic programmatic investments as well as over $250 million in major renovations of university facilities. She placed an emphasis on the success of first-generation students and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, a focus that helped narrow the disparities in graduation rates and time to degree. She also prioritized increasing the gender and racial diversity of the faculty and academic leaders, resulting in substantial increases in underrepresented minority and women faculty.

Miranda spent the first 21 years of her academic career on the faculty at Duke University, her alma mater, during which time she won the university’s top teaching award and founded CEHI.

An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of Sigma Xi, she is an adjunct professor of pediatrics at Duke as well as Baylor College of Medicine. She sits on the boards of the Environmental Defense Fund and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and has provided extensive service to the NIH.

Miranda graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics and was named a Truman Scholar. She received her master’s and doctorate from Harvard University, where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her father, Constancio Miranda, earned his master’s in civil engineering from Notre Dame in 1962.