University of Nebraska Medical Center

CHRI Conference

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Make plans to attend our flagship event on Nov. 3 and 4: the Child Health Research Institute Conference.

The CHRI Conference will be primarily an in-person event that also includes some virtual elements. Thursday, Nov. 3 events will go from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Children's Hospital & Medical Center Glow Auditorium and Solarium (light appetizers served). The Friday, Nov. 4 schedule will run from 8:00 a.m.. to 3:30 p.m. at UNO's Scott Conference Center, with breakfast and lunch served. Complimentary parking will be available at both locations, but we ask that you indicate if you need guest parking at Children's Hospital for the Thursday session so we can best accommodate our guests.

Event Agenda

Thursday, November 3, 5 – 7:00 p.m. at Children’s Hospital

5:00 p.m.


Chanda Chacón, MPH, FACHE, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center President & CEO and Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD, CHRI Executive Director; Vice President of Research, Children's Hospital & Medical Center; Dr. John and Patti Sparks Chair of Pediatric Research at UNMC

Opening statement 

Chair of the CHRI National Scientific Advisory Board, Margaret (Peggy) K. Hostetter, MD, Professor Emerita, Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 

5:15 p.m.

“Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs of Physician Scientists”

CHRI National Scientific Advisory Board Member, Phyllis A. Dennery, MD,  Professor and Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Chair of Pediatrics; Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University; Pediatrician in Chief, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Networking reception in the Children’s Solarium

Friday, November 4, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at UNO’s Scott Conference Center 

7:00 a.m..


8:00 a.m..

Welcome and Grand Rounds - “Envisioning our Future Partner in Children’s
Health Care: Could it be the EHR?”

CHRI National Scientific Advisory Board member, Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, FAAP, FAMIA, FACMI, Vice President of Applied Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania Health System and David L. Cohen University Professor of Pediatrics, Informatics, Engineering and Communication, Perelman School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania  

9 - 9:30 a.m..

"Targeting Delivery of Dexamethasone Ameliorates Post Traumatic Brain Injury Neuroinflammation and Prevents Bone Loss in the Murine Model"

Xin Wei, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, UNMC

9:30  - 10 a.m.

"Omega 3- fatty acid: Potential for Mitigation of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes from In Utero Opioid Exposure in a Chronic Stress Rat Model" 

Gurudutt Pendyala, PhD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology, UNMC

10 - 10:30 a.m.

"Longitudinal Transcriptome Changes during S. Epidermidis CSF Shunt Infection"

Gwenn L. Skar, MD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC; former CHRI Scholar

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 - 11 a.m. 

"Maternal Vitamin D Levels and the Relationship to Neonatal Anthropometric Measurements"

Matthew VanOrmer, BS, PhD Candidate, UNMC

11 - 11:15 a.m..

"Omega-3 Fatty Acid Nutritional Status During Pregnancy is Associated with Infant Inflammatory Marker Concentrations"

Rebecca Slotkowski, BS, MD/PhD Candidate, UNMC

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

"The Role of Omega-3 Derived Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators in the Mitochondria of Trophoblast Cells in the Setting of Placental Stiffness"

Taija Hahka, BS, MS and PhD Candidate, UNMC

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Buffet Open

12 - 12:30 p.m.

The Relationship of the Microbiome and Intestinal Profiling on Inflammation After Cardiopulmonary Bypass

Jeffrey Salomon, MD, MBA, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC; CHRI Scholar

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

"Novel Therapeutic Targets for Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Brain Injury"

Eric Peeples, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UNMC; CHRI Scholar

1 - 3 p.m.

Area of Emphasis Tracks featuring the Juried Abstract and Poster Symposium


Registration is available by membership tier type (full, associate, affiliate and trainee) as well as for non-members. If you are not sure which tier you belong to, please reach out to chri@unmc.edu. As long as you have submitted your membership application, you can register at the tier you applied for. You do not need official acceptance to register. Learn more about CHRI membership.

Registration will close on October 21 at 5 p.m. Payment can be made via e-check, credit card or University of Nebraska cost center.

*There is a special international affiliate rate for virtual attendance. Please email chri@unmc.edu for instructions.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Abstract submission will be open until September 22, 2022.
  • Outstanding scientific work submitted will be recognized at the Conference as follows:
  • The top 3-4 submissions will be asked to present during the morning plenary session at the CHRI Conference on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Scott Conference Center
  • The top 4 submissions in each of the 6 AOEs will be asked to present during the AOE Breakout Sessions in the afternoon on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Scott Conference Center
  • The subsequent 4 high-scoring submissions will be invited to bring a poster and participate in a rapid-fire presentation event on Friday, Nov. 4 at the Scott Conference Center
  • Investigators who submit must be registered or register for the CHRI Conference by the registration deadline (October 21, 2022)
  • Please note that case studies and QI projects are not eligible for submission.

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

    Exception: The Global Health Breakout Session will be offered in a hybrid format due to the nature of its theme and its members’ locations. We welcome submissions from our international affiliate members, as long as they can plan to attend to present via Zoom during the specified times (Friday, Nov. 4 at 1:00pm Central Time).

    Notifications to presenters will be made by October 10, 2022.

    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?
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