University of Nebraska Medical Center

CHRI Pediatric Research Forum

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The Child Health Research Institute's annual Pediatric Research Forum is an opportunity for medical scientists and trainees to network and share their current work via abstract submissions and a poster session. 

This year's forum will be held May 9-10 at Children’s Nebraska. Forum events will start in the Glow Auditorium at Children’s Nebraska at 4:30 p.m. on May 9 with welcoming comments by Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD, CHRI Executive Director.  CHRI Member Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD, FACS, Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, will deliver the keynote speech. First place award winners in each submission category will present their research following Dr. Subramanyan’s talk. A reception and poster exhibit in Children’s solarium will conclude the evening.

On the morning of May 10, the Department of Pediatrics will feature a resident investigator sharing their work and then announce the winners of their annual teaching and academic awards (this will be the Grand Rounds for Friday).

All are welcome to attend. 

Please contact chri@unmc.edu with any questions.

Trainee Awards

For those interested, CHRI will review trainee-level abstract submissions to recognize exceptional research. The submission form will have an option to designate your interest in being considered for an award. The categories for submission include:

  • Undergraduate Students
  • Medical Students
  • Graduate Students (Master and Doctoral)
  • Residents/Fellows

Awards will be granted to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category (must meet minimum requirements). Case reports/case studies and unfinished research will not be considered for an award but may still be featured in the forum. First place award winners will be asked to present during the live portion of the forum on May 9.

A sample of the scoring criteria is available below. 

BACKGROUND – Is the background sufficient to frame hypothesis or question under investigation?

SIGNIFICANCE OF PROBLEM – Is the significance of the problem under study conveyed convincingly?

HYPOTHESES, 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?

Abstract Guidelines
  • Please prepare a Word doc of your abstract to submit in addition to completing the required online sections

  • Include abstract title and list all authors
  • Should not contain tables, charts, or pictures
  • Be no more than 400 words (not including title, authors and affiliations)
  • Must be submitted by 12:00 a.m. (midnight) on April 1, 2024
  • Late submissions will NOT be accepted
  • Submitted abstracts will NOT be edited for typing, spelling, or grammatical errors
  • All who submit an abstract will automatically be registered for the event
Poster Guidelines
  • CHRI will supply boards (36" x 48") to adhere your posters. Your poster should be no larger than 36" x 48" to fit on the board/easel. The poster can be horizontal or vertical. 
  • You are welcome to use one of our branded templates or your own.
  • UNMC Printing Services is available to both UNMC and external parties to help with poster printing needs. If using their services, please place your order by Monday, May 6 at 4:30pm to ensure your poster is proofed and printed in time.
  • Finished posters will need to be dropped off at Children’s Nebraska on May 9th in the Solarium on the 2nd Floor of Wiebe Tower before the start time of the event. We will have volunteers staffed throughout the day so you can set up your poster with provided tacks. Posters should be taken down by the investigator or team member at the conclusion of the event. Please reach out to chri@unmc.edu if you have questions or concerns about this arrangement.