University of Nebraska Medical Center

CHRI Conference

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CHRI Scientific Conference

The CHRI Scientific Conference is on Friday, Nov. 3 at UNO's Scott Conference Center. Doors will open at 7:00 a.m. and the program will start at 8:00 a.m. The Grand Rounds presentation that day will be incorporated into the Scientific Conference agenda and will start at 8:00 a.m. followed by the plenary session. *CME credits will be offered.

CHRI Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m. Grand Rounds Keynote presentation from 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

9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Plenary Session 

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, 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!

Christopher Shaffer, PharmD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science, UNMC

"Personalizing" Pediatric Pharmacology

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

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Role of the Investigator in Advocacy Leading to Policy

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

Senator Tony Vargas

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

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

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

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

Patient-Centered Research

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

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1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Breakout sessions with presentations from CHRI's six Areas of Emphasis (AOE) 

3:00 p.m. Social Networking Hour

Please be aware that the CHRI Conference is an in-person event.*

*Exception: 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).

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Abstract Competition & Poster Symposium

Abstract submission will be open until September 26, 2023.

Outstanding scientific work submitted will be recognized at the Conference as follows:

Three (3) submissions will be asked to present during the morning plenary session at the CHRI Conference. Four (4) submissions in each of the 6 AOEs will be asked to present during the AOE Breakout Sessions and the subsequent four (4) high-scoring submissions will be invited to bring a poster and participate in a rapid-fire, five minute, presentation at the event. Notifications to presenters will be made by October 10, 2023.

Investigators who submit must be registered or register for the CHRI Conference by the registration deadline (October 21, 2023)

Please note that case studies and QI projects are not eligible for submission. 

Submit an Abstract

Abstracts will be evaluated according to the following criteria below. Please make sure to address each criterion while limiting your entry to 400 words. Submitted abstracts will not be edited for typing, spelling or grammatical errors. 

  • Background: Is the background sufficient to frame the hypothesis or question under investigation?
  • Significance of the Problem: Is the significance of the problem under study conveyed convincingly?
  • Hypothesis, Problem OR Question: Is the hypothesis, problem or question well focused and clearly stated?
  • Experimental Design: Is the design described adequately? Is it an appropriate approach to the question under study?
  • Results/Data: Are specific results given and stated clearly?
  • Conclusions: Are stated conclusions supported by the data presented? Are conclusions appropriate in scope?
CHRI Conference - Welcome Reception
Chanda Chacón, MPH, FACHE - President & CEO, Children's Nebraska
Welcome Reception Networking
Welcome Reception Networking
CHRI Conference Abstract Presentations
CHRI Conference Networking
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