On May 31, Akron Children’s Hospital will hold its first Research Day. Hosted by the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, Research Day will highlight impactful research performed by physicians, scientists and trainees at Akron Children’s.
“Research Day will provide a glimpse into our vision to build a research program that makes a powerful impact on our patients, our hospital and our community,” said Akron Children’s Chief Research Officer Michael Kelly, MD, PhD. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with some incredible scientists that are engaged in pediatric research locally, regionally and nationally, and interact with leading researchers in their fields that have made Akron Children’s their home.”
Research Day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with Postgraduate Day scientific poster presentations by residents and fellows in the first and second floor lobbies of the Considine Professional Building. A student program will round out the morning, including a presentation about medical simulation by Dr. Wendy Van Ittersum, which will be followed by an interactive “Lunch with Scientists.”
The afternoon will begin with keynote speaker Christopher Forrest, MD, PhD, a professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and the director of CHOP’s Applied Clinical Research Center. Dr. Forrest will discuss his experiences working in collaborative pediatric research through PEDSnet: a national pediatric learning health system.
Those who attend in the afternoon will also get to hear from some of Akron Children’s leading researchers:
- Richard Hertle, MD, FAAO, FACS, FAAP will talk about his 25 years of experience in vision research and how professional, patient and community cooperation has resulted in new treatments of eye disease in children.
- Bruce Cohen, MD, FAAN will present on his involvement in the clinical research of mitochondrial diseases.
- Anita Jeyakumar, MD, MS, FACS, FAAP will discuss her work delineating possible genetic etiologies of hearing loss in minority populations.
- Kirsten Kusumi, MD, MS will present her clinical and translational data about kidney stone-associated bone disease.
All afternoon sessions will take place in the Considine Auditorium and will be moderated by Teresa Volsko, MBA, MHHS, RRT, CMTE, FAARC, director of respiratory care, transport and communication center.
“Whether you’re here for all or part of Research Day, we hope you’ll take some time to learn about the incredible research happening right here in our community,” said Dr. Kusumi, who is the planning committee chair for Research Day.
“Research is true teamwork. It requires people joining together to build regional awareness of the power of pediatric research to advance the health of kids throughout northeast Ohio,” said Dr. Kelly. “This includes the physicians and patient care staff at our hospital, scientists at regional and national academic centers, our community organizations and institutions, the children and families who participate in research studies – and everyone at Akron Children’s. This spirit of collaboration is what Research Day is all about.”
Research Day is free to attend and open to all Akron Children’s employees and community members regardless of research involvement. Registration is requested whether attending one or multiple sessions. The event is 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Networking opportunities and refreshments will be provided to all who attend throughout the day. Continuing Medical Education (CME) will be available for those who qualify.
To register: www.akronchildrens.org/researchday
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