Executive Director's Note, Jan. 2020

andersonberry-jpgHello and Happy New Year!

We are looking forward to a very exciting and busy 2020 for CHRI. Dr. Rizzo, the staff and I are all working on developing processes and projects that will make your research smoother and easier. A few notes on what we have planned:

Coming up at the end of January is the next CHRI Pediatric Writing Workshop. We have a lot of registrants so far, so it should be a dynamic and interactive session. Please register if you are available. As always, you can come for one or both days. Last session’s paper-in-a-day theme resulted in a publication for all attendees. We have requests to repeat that content in an upcoming workshop, so if you missed it, keep your eye out for the next session; we will get that scheduled again.

Additionally, we are working to get ready for the CHRI Pediatric Research Forum May 6 and 7. Abstract submission will be open soon. We will have an engaging keynote speaker and lots of excellent research posters to review. We will have two separate poster sessions this year, one Thursday afternoon and one Friday morning. I am also excited to announce trainee awards for research abstracts. More details to come, so watch your email.

As you know, we are working to grow the membership of CHRI, which is a major goal for 2020. There are four categories of CHRI membership for our Child Health Researchers. You can find all of the details about qualifications and benefits for the member categories on our CHRI website here. Our goal is to meet the needs of all of our researchers and utilize our resources in the most efficient way possible to ensure we can help meet all of your research goals! If you have questions, please feel free to email me at alanders@unmc.edu.

Our Areas of Emphasis (AOE) groups (listed below) are gaining momentum, and many have had an initial planning meeting to identify goals and necessary resources. If you are interested in taking an active role in one or more of these groups, please reach out to the AOE leader, or Jackie and Emily at chri@unmc.edu and they will help you get involved.

Finally, congratulations to Dr. Don Coulter who has been named the Pediatric Cancer Research Group Director by Dr. Gold and CHRI leadership. We are so lucky to have a leader with Dr. Coulter’s skills invested in pediatric cancer research for Nebraska!

Warm regards and best wishes for success in 2020,

Ann Anderson Berry, MD, PhD

Interim Executive Director, CHRI