2023 Research Retreat

We are excited to announce the 2023 Department of Pediatrics Research Retreat program. This year's retreat will take place on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 12:00 noon - 4:30pm and will feature keynote speaker Lisa A. Robinson, MD, FRCP(C), FASN, FCAHS.

A full schedule of the week's events is available here.

Please contact Rachel Vitolo at rachel.vitolo@vumc.org with any questions.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lisa Robinson is the Vice Dean of Strategy & Operations at Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She leads the Faculty’s academic strategic planning, oversees academic affairs, and serves as the Vice Dean lead for the Faculty’s Offices of Inclusion and Diversity, Indigenous Health, and Access and Outreach. She is a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Medical Science, and a Staff Physician and former Head of the Division of Nephrology at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Robinson is a Senior Scientist in the Program in Cell Biology at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute and holds a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Vascular Inflammation and Kidney Injury. Her research program integrates molecular biology, cell biology, advanced microscopic, and biochemical approaches with experimental models of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and kidney injury. She is also the President of the American Pediatric Society.


Research Week Schedule

Abstract Book (PDF)

Poster Templates

  • All second- and third-year clinical fellows are expected to present a poster. However, residents, first-year fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members within three years of their Vanderbilt faculty appointment are also welcomed to participate.

    Only one abstract will be reviewed per resident, fellow or faculty member. All submissions will result in poster presentations.

    Poster boards will be 4ft x 6ft in size; posters should be prepared to fit within this area. Posters/abstracts from PAS or other meetings are accepted. VUMC poster templates are available here: https://www.vumc.org/marketing-engagement/branded-products

  • All third-year fellows will participate in a data blitz.

    Presenters will be given 4 minutes during the data blitz session to introduce the data that they will later present during the poster session. The purpose of the data blitz session is for poster presenters to entice those attending the retreat to visit their posters, NOT to present complete results. Please keep to the strict 4-minute time limit so that everyone will have time to present.

    Fellows should prepare four PowerPoint slides:

    • The first slide should contain the title, the names of all authors on their poster, the institution(s) where the research was performed and any acknowledgements/funding sources.
    • The second slide should contain an overview of the background to the study and the key question being addressed.
    • The third slide should contain brief information about the experimental design used to address the question (you can use a diagram, timeline and/or bullet points).
    • The fourth slide should contain ONE figure OR photo (only one photo or figure will be permitted). Presenters should not attempt to communicate all their findings during the data blitz. Instead, the goal of the presentation should be to advertise their work and tempt attendees to visit their poster presentation where they can deliver their take-home message.

    Data blitz slides are due Friday, April 7, 2023 and should be uploaded to REDCap here: 2023 Dept of Pediatrics Research Retreat Data Blitz Slides Submission Form

    Slides should be submitted as .pptx or .ppt files ONLY. Slides should be 16:9 slide size.

    PowerPoint Template