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Darby Children’s Research Institute Pediatric Research Symposium

This is now a brand new 2-day event!

Please join us on Friday, April 13, 2018, 8am-4:30pm and Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8am-noon!

MUSC Bioengineering Building, 1st Floor, Room 110

Register and/or submit abstracts

Day 1 Friday, April 13, 2018, 8am – 4:30pm

Abstracts, Posters, Judging event and Award Ceremony
A senior faculty member from the research team should be present for the platform presentation.

ABSTRACTS are due by: Monday, March 5, 2018

The Awards will include:
  • Outstanding Research Poster by a Trainee $300
  • Outstanding Research Poster by a Faculty Member $300
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation by a Trainee $500
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation by a Faulty Member $500
  • The Mitchell Rubin Award for Pediatric Research (Senior Faculty) $300
  • The Mitchell Rubin Award for Pediatric Research (Junior Faculty) $300

Day 2  Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8:00 am - Noon

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Keynote Presentation: “Functional Recovery after Pediatric Brain Injury – Application of Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies”

Dr. Kimberly Kuchinski, MD, MPH

Kimberly Kuchinski, M.D., MPH
Medical Director Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
Allentown, PA

Friday, April 13, 2018, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

The last 10 years have witnessed a dramatic shift in our view of vitamin D. Increased awareness of the detrimental effects of vitamin D-deficiency, and the identification of numerous potential health benefits of supplementation have made vitamin D a hot research topic. What is the next step? The translational potential of vitamin D may be endorsed via the many randomized control trials currently underway, but do we really understand how vitamin D impacts human health? Beyond its classical actions in calcium and skeletal homeostasis, the answer is usually no. One facet of vitamin D physiology that has attracted much attention is its interaction with the immune system. The ability of vitamin D to promote both innate (macrophage/dendritic cell) and adaptive (T cell/B cell) responses, has linked vitamin D to infectious and autoimmune disorders. The presentation will review these actions in a translational setting, whilst highlighting recent advances that may provide a platform for improved use of vitamin D in future supplementation trials. 

Learning objectives:

1.       To familiarize participants with the severity of traumatic brain injury in pediatrics as a public health crisis
2.       To understand neuroplasticity and the application of neuroplasticity in rehabilitation
3.       To enable participants to understand different rehabilitation interventions used to induce neuroplasticity
4.       To explore the pathophysiology of brain injury and beneficial pharmacological interventions after TBI

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