Photo of research presentation during the 2022 DCRI Symposium.

Pediatrics & DCRI Annual Symposium

16th Pediatrics and Darby Children’s Research Institute Annual Symposium

May 9th - May 10th, 2024



15th Pediatrics and Darby Children’s Research Institute Annual Symposium

Insights into the Pathophysiology and Social Factors Impacting Childhood Disorders


Thursday, March 23, 2023 - MUSC Drug Discovery and Bioengineering Building Lobbies

4:00 p.m. - In Person Poster Session & Reception

Friday, March 24, 2023 - Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (7th floor main conference room)

7:30 a.m. Breakfast – Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (7th floor, next to main conf. room)

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction (Co-Chairs, Allison Eckard, MD, Dieter Haemmerich, PhD, Denis Guttridge, PhD)

8:05 a.m. Keynote Address - Introduction: Allison Eckard, MD

8:10 a.m. Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University - "Emerging Understanding of the Immune Determinants of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children”

8:40 a.m. Q&A session

Session 1: Translational Sciences in Pediatrics
Co-Chairs: Stephen Thacker, MD & Elizabeth M. Wallis, MD

8:50 a.m. Austin M. Hahn, PhD - “Novel Approaches to Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders”

9:05 a.m. Q&A session

9:10 a.m. Heidi Steflik, MD - “Hospital Costs Associated with Acute Kidney Injury in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Analysis of Data from the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) Database”

9:20 a.m. Q&A session

9:25 a.m. Caroline McWhorter - “Predicting Comorbidities of Pregnancy: A Comparison Between Total and Free 25(OH)D and Their Associations with iPTH”

9:35 a.m. Q&A session

9:40 a.m. Break – Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital (7th floor, next to main conf. room)

10:15 a.m. Keynote Address - Introduction: Denis Guttridge, PhD

10:20 am Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, FAAP – Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School - “The Epidemic of Firearm Injuries: Can We Bend the Curve?”

10:50 a.m. Q&A session

Session 2: DCRI Research Highlights
Co-Chairs: Ramin Eskandari, MD & Jacqueline M Kraveka, DO

11:00 a.m. Katherine Chetta, MD - “Free Fatty Acid and HAMLET-Like Complexes in Human Milk: Implications for Preterm Nutritional Health”

11:15 a.m. Q&A session

11:20 a.m. Jezabel Rodriguez-Blanco, PhD - “The Small-Molecule in Clinical Development, Minnelide, Targets Metastatic MYC Amplified Medulloblastoma”

11:30 a.m. Q&A session - “MyoD Acts as an Oncogene in Rhabdomyosarcoma”

11:35 a.m. Alexander Oles

11:45 a.m. Q&A session

11:50 a.m. Announcement of Poster Awards

Session 3: 2022 Pediatric Department Pilot Grant Awardees
Co-Chairs: John Costello, MD & Denis Guttridge, PhD

12:00 p.m. Jordan Klein, PhD - “Coaching Children with Anxiety and Autism Through Telehealth (CAT)”

12:15 p.m. Q&A session

12:20 pm Martin Kang, PhD - “Gene Therapy and Gene Editing for Neonatal Respiratory Surfactant Deficiency”

12:35 p.m. Q&A session

12:40 p.m. Announcement of Pediatric Department 2023 Pilot Grant Awardees

12:50 p.m. Closing Remarks - Andrew Atz, M