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The Society for Pediatric Research announces new members

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The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) is pleased to announce 130 new members. New members will be recognized during the SPR Presidential Scientific Plenary and Member Awards Luncheon on May 4 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2020 Meeting in Philadelphia.

The SPR encourages and supports pediatric research endeavors by creating a network of multidisciplinary researchers to improve child health. Collaboration among SPR members creates meaningful progress for the future of children's health.

Active members are independent researchers that have been nominated and seconded by SPR members and approved by SPR Council who are conducting ongoing hypothesis-driven research in a field related to pediatrics.

"We are excited to welcome an outstanding class of new members to the Society for Pediatric Research," said SPR President Joel N. Hirschhorn, MD, PhD. "This impressive group of independent researchers is making significant strides in pediatric research to improve children's health."

Some benefits of SPR membership include:

  • Research and presentation forum: SPR is the founding organization of the PAS Meeting, the premier North American scholarly child health meeting. This annual gathering of 8,000 child health professionals is a forum for research presentation and discussion that is highly relevant to SPR members' research endeavors. Each year, SPR members contribute original and invited science to the program and serve on key committees to shape the PAS Meeting.

  • Honoring pediatric researchers: Each year, SPR honors the outstanding achievements of members through a prestigious awards program and complimentary member award luncheon at the PAS Meeting.

  • Advocacy for child health research: The SPR works through the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) to ensure that lawmakers understand the value of dedicating resources for pediatric research. Through this and other channels, SPR member advocacy has helped achieve year-over-year growth in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds available to support pediatric research, as well as important protection of Medicare payments to hospitals and institutions where SPR members conduct their research.

  • Developing pediatric researchers: SPR offers strategic and practical support for pediatric researcher members. Active members serve as mentors to fellows and junior faculty through the SPR Junior Member Section and the Young Investigator Coaching Program, providing career development guidance. SPR offers early stage investigators special support through the K-Club grant-writing course and via the Bridging to Success grant, which is awarded to a researcher who has submitted a competitive but not yet funded K grant proposal.

The SPR's Call for New Active Members occurs each year from mid-May to late July. For more information about SPR membership, please visit the SPR website.

SPR new members include:

  • Ayse Akcan Arikan, MD; Baylor College of Medicine
  • Deepthi Alapati, MBBS, MS; Nemours AI duPont Hospital for Children
  • Aline Andres, PhD; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Mehreen Arshad, MBBS; Lurie Children's Hospital, Northwestern University
  • Isa Ashoor, MD; LSU Health New Orleans
  • Sudeepta Basu, MBBS (MD), MS (Master of Surgery); Children's National Medical Center
  • Michael Becknell, MD, PhD; Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Jennifer Bermick, MD; University of Michigan
  • Hans Bjornsson, MD, PhD; The Johns Hopkins University, The University of Iceland
  • Sharyn Parks Brown, PhD, MPH; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Jane Brumbaugh, MD; Mayo Clinic
  • Brian Campfield, MD; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Scott Canna, MD; University of Pittsburgh/UPMC Children's Hospital
  • Lama Charafeddine, MD; American University of Beirut
  • Xiaodi Chen, MD, PhD; Women & Infants' Hospital of RI
  • Erika Cheng, PhD, MPA; Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Sarita Chung, MD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Paige Church, MD; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Christopher Cielo, DO, MS; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Eyal Cohen, MD, MSc; Hospital for Sick Children
  • Amélie Collins, MD PhD; Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Thomas Connors, MD; Columbia University
  • Christy Cummings, MD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Ian Davis, MD, PhD; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Aliva De, MD; Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Lisa DeCamp, MD, MSPH; Children's Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Matthew Di Guglielmo, MD, PhD; Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children - Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • Nicolino Valerio Dorrello, MD, PhD; Columbia University
  • S. Amanda Dumas, MD, MSc; Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
  • Dani Dumitriu, MD, PhD; Columbia University
  • Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH; University of Vermont
  • Danielle Ehret, MD, MPH; University of Vermont, Robert Larner MD College of Medicine
  • Osayame Ekhaguere, MBBS, MPH; Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Walter Eppich, MD, MEd, PhD; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Kanwal Farooqi, MD; Columbia University
  • Barbara Felt, MD, MS; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Catherine Forster, MD, MS; Children's National Health System
  • Meg Frizzola, DO; Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Rebecca Fry, PhD; University of North Carolina Gillings Global School of Public Health
  • Sailaja Ghanta, MD; Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Regan Giesinger, MD, FRCPC; University of Iowa
  • Tate Gisslen, MD; University of Minnesota
  • Kristen Glass, MD; Penn State Hershey Medical Center
  • Justin Godown, MD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Chandrika Gowda, MBBS, MD; Penn State University College of Medicine
  • Rachel Greenberg, MD, MB, MHS; Duke University
  • Gregory Justin, MD, MSCI; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Jennifer Guimbellot, MD, PhD; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ajay Gulati, MD; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • William Harris, MD; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Lyndsay Harshman, MD, MS; University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
  • Elizabeth Harstad, MD, MPH; Boston Children's Hospital
  • L. Dupree Hatch, III, MD, MPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Thao (Tina) Ho, DO; University of South Florida
  • Sarah Honaker, PhD; Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Leigh Howard, MD, MPH; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Heba Ismail, MB BCh, MSc, PhD; Indiana University
  • Christina Jacobsen, MD, PhD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Jennifer Jao, MD, MPH; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Ilona Jaspers, PhD; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Youn Hee Jee, MD; Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Emily Johnston, MD, MS; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Jennifer Kalish, MD, PhD; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sarah Kandil, MD; Yale University
  • Vishal Kapadia, MD; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  • Joshua Kennedy, MD; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Sarah Kizilbash, MD, MS; University of Minnesota
  • Stephan Kohlhoff, MD; State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
  • Aaron Kornblith, MD; University of California, San Francisco
  • Mohan Krishnan, PhD; Johns Hopkins University
  • Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD, MPH; Children's Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California
  • Charitharth Vivek Lal, MD; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Fong Lam, MD; Baylor College of Medicine
  • Andrew Landstrom, MD, PhD; Duke University School of Medicine
  • Mariam LaTuga, MD; Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children's Hospital at Montefiore
  • Kristen Leeman, MD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Belinda Lennerz, MD, PhD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Jason Levy, MD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Tamorah Lewis, MD, PhD; Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Deborah Liu, MD; Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Jennifer Marin, MD, MSc; UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Anita McElroy, MD, PhD; University of Pittsburgh
  • Kenneth Michelson, MD, MPH; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Leena Mithal, MD MSCI; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute
  • Mousumi Moulik, MBBS; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP)
  • Emily Mueller, MD, MSc; Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Donna Murdaugh, PhD; University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
  • Patricia Musolino, MD, PhD; Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Wendy Nemhard, PhD; University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Gabriela Oates, PhD; University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Christiana Oji-Mmuo, MB, BS; Penn State College of Medicine
  • Cynthia Ortinau, MD; Washington University in St. Louis
  • Erin Paquette, MD, JD, MBe (Bioethics); Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Chintan Parekh, MD; Children's hospital Los Angeles
  • Rebecka Peebles, MD; Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Eric Peeples, MD; University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Shahana Perveen, MD; Cohen Children's Medical Center/Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  • Amy Peterson, MD; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  • Elizabeth Powell, MD, MPH; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine/Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Kathleen Powis, MD, MPH, MBA; Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Jay Pruetz, MD; Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California
  • Jayashree Ramasethu, MD; Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Meena Rao, MD, PhD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Sarah Reeves, PhD, MPH; University of Michigan
  • Kenneth Remy, MD, MHSc, MSCI; Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Henry Roane, PhD; State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  • Jonathan Roberts, MD; University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
  • L. Nelson Sanchez-Pinto, MD, MBI; Northwestern University, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital
  • Augusto Schmidt, MD, PhD; University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Sonal Shah, MD, MPH; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Saba Sheikh, MBBS, MSCE; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Elaine Shelton, PhD; Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Andrew South, MD, MS; Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • John Spencer, MD; Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Rachel Stanley, MD, MHSA; Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • Martina Steurer, MD, MAS; University of California, San Francisco
  • Jennifer Sucre, MD; Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
  • Francisco Sylvester, MD; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jay Thiagarajah, MBBS, PhD; Boston Children's Hospital
  • Andrea Trembath, MD, MPH; University of North Carolina
  • Omolara Uwemedimo, MD, MPH; Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/ Northwell (Cohen Children's Medical Center)
  • Roy Wade, MD, PhD, MPH, MSHP; Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Lloyd Werk, MD, MPH; Nemours Children's Health System
  • Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH; Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Aaron Wightman, MD, MA; University of Washington
  • Nicole Yamada, MD, MS; Stanford University
  • Nava Yeganeh, MD, MPH; David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine
  • Dwight Yin, MD, MPH; Children's Mercy Kansas City, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Noelle Younge, MD, MHS; Duke University School of Medicine
  • Joshua Zaritsky, MD, PhD; Nemours

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