Executive Director's Note, Feb. 2020

andersonberry-jpgFebruary at CHRI is a busy month, and we are excited to share all that we have in progress for you to be able to complete your research more effectively and efficiently.

The Pediatric Writing Workshop on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 was our best attended yet with a number of people joining by Zoom for one or both of the days. We will be evaluating a number of different possible formats to meet our growing research population’s needs. Please be sure to provide your feedback in the post-event survey if you attended the workshop.

If you are planning to submit a federal grant application, we have an opportunity to participate in a mock study session for an internal review. This will need to be accounted for in your writing timeline, but is considered best practice in increasing the chances of funding. This is at no cost to you. Learn more about the Research Studio and how it can help to improve your grant application.  

Our six areas of emphasis (AOE) are almost complete with their initial meetings and we are exploring their thoughtful recommendations. While each AOE are unique, there are similar themes in need for support, as well as very exciting and diverse plans and goals. It’s an amazing opportunity to bring together dedicated and inspired researchers to explore collaborations and set goals.

Also in the planning stages is the CHRI Pediatric Research Forum. The forum will be held on May 7-8, with a research keynote address from  Gurudutt Pendyala, MD, on the impact of opioid exposure on the developing brain. There will be two separate poster sessions, one Thursday afternoon and one Friday morning, so please make plans to attend at both times. Additionally, new this year we will have awards with gift card prizes for best research projects in trainee categories – undergraduate, medical student, resident, fellow, MD/PhD and graduate student! Please don’t forget to submit your abstract by March 31.

Our membership is growing. If you aren’t yet a member please make sure to submit your application now, and encourage your trainees and colleagues to do so as well.

And last but not least, don’t forget that February 29 is Rare Disease Day. How fitting it is to hold this on the rarest of days. Here at CHRI, we are thinking about rare diseases on a regular basis. Bill Rizzo, MD, and his team support research in rare diseases around the world, and his work dovetails neatly with the wonderful work our faculty and clinical teams do for these patients every day as many come to Omaha for their care. Another example of how our research mission supports our clinical mission, and that together the two grow faster to meet our mission.

Please let me know how we can help you in your research endeavors. We are working daily to expand our support of your work.


Best regards,