University of Nebraska Medical Center

CHRI Conference Attendee Information


Program Agenda

Friday, November 3

The doors at the Scott Conference Center (SCC) will open at 7:00 am, and a breakfast buffet will be provided. Program starts at 8:00 am. 


Lot 9 is exclusively used for SCC guests and provided at no cost. It is located across the street from the SCC main entrance on Pine Street.

Directions from I-80: Take exit 449 for 72nd Street North, Continue down 72nd Street, Take a right on Pine Street, SCC is located at 6450 Pine Street

Directions from Dodge Street: Turn South off Dodge Street, Take a left on Pine Street, SCC is located at 6450 Pine Street

More information about the Scott Conference Center.


Keynote Speaker 8-9 a.m.

Tomi Pastinen

Tomi Pastinen, MD, PhD

Dee Lyons/Missouri Endowed Chair in Pediatric Genomic Medicine; Director, Genomic Medicine Center; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; Research Professor of Cancer Biology, University of Kansas School of Medicine

Plenary and Abstract Speakers 9-11:30 a.m.

Mohan Krishnan

Mohan Krishnan, PhD

Mohan Krishnan, PhD, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UNMC - Charting the Cellular Inflammatory Response in RBC Transfusion Associated Necrotizing Enterocolitis Using a Preclinical Approach

Rebekah Gundry

Rebekah Gundry, PhD

Rebekah Gundry, PhD Stokes-Shackelford Professor and Chair, Cellular/Integrative Physiology; Director, Center for Heart and Vascular Research, UNMC - Modern Views of the Human Heart: What ‘omics can do for you, and your patient!

Chris Schaffer

Christopher Shaffer, PharmD, PhD

Christopher Shaffer, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science, UNMC - "Personalizing" Pediatric Pharmacology

Abstract Competition Speakers

Andrea Baraldi Cunha, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy, Munroe Meyer Institute, UNMC -Real-world Tracking of Modified Ride-on car Usage in Children with Mobility Delays 

Kaja Ali Mohiddin Sheik, Graduate Student, School of Interdisciplinary Informatics, UNO - Development of MoveUp General Health Control Application for Parents and Caregivers

Jabeen Taiba, MPH, PhD Candidate, Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area (MSIA), Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health, UNMC - Association between Exposure to Pesticide Mixtures and Pediatric Cancer in Nebraska

Panelist Discussion: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Role of the Investigator in Advocacy Leading to Policy

Don Coulter

Moderator: Don Coulter, MD

Don Coulter, MD, Director of the CHRI Pediatric Cancer Research Group, Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC

Ann Anderson Berry

Panelist: Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD, Executive Director, CHRI, Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC

Tony Vargas

Panelist: Tony Vargas

Nebraska State Senator Tony Vargas

Jessica Beckstrand

Panelist: Jessica Beckstrand

Jessica Beckstrand, Director, "What About Kids?" Research Initiative, American Childhood Cancer Organization

Patient Centered Research Presentation: 12:15-12:30 p.m.

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD, featuring Gary Peters, Pediatric Cancer Patient Family Advocate

watanabe galloway

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD

Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, PhD, Professor, Dr. Tim Hawks Chair in Cancer Prevention and Population Science, and Associate Director for Buffett Cancer Center Community Outreach & Engagement

State of CHRI Presentation: 12:30-1:00 p.m.

Ann Anderson Berry

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD, Executive Director, CHRI, Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC State of CHRI

Afternoon Agenda 

CHRI Area of Emphasis Breakout Groups: 1-3 p.m.

Social Networking Hour: 3 p.m.

The Global Health Area of Emphasis Breakout Session

The Global Health Area of Emphasis Breakout Session, uniquely, will be offered over two days. Part one of the breakout will be offered virtually on Tuesday, October 31 at 9:00 a.m. CST (9:00am CDT/ 2:00pm GMT/UTC) via Zoom. Part two will be offered in person on Friday, Nov. 3 during the conference breakout session segment.

International affiliates (who are located outside of the U.S. at the time of the conference) should register for the "international affiliate virtual attendance" option (no cost associated) to receive the Thursday virtual breakout session link as well as the Zoom webinar link to watch select sessions from the Friday, Nov. 3 event remotely. All other registrants should select their appropriate membership tier and attend in-person (please contact CHRI@unmc.edu for further clarification).