Pediatric Science Day Symposium 2017

Pediatrics Science Days Symposium

Visiting Professor
Ofer Levy, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Sharon Levy, MD, MPH
Visiting Professor
Sharon Levy, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

The 11th Annual Pediatric Science Days Symposium will be held on the SLU medical campus on Wednesday, May 17 - Friday, May 19, 2017.


Wednesday, May 17
Special Joint Pediatrics (School of Medicine) and College for Public Health & Social Justice Research Seminar
Dr. Levy will present "The Opioid Epidemic and Youth".
Dr. Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Developmental Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director, Substance Abuse Program
4:00pm - 5:00pm  Education Union Auditorium, Health Center Campus

Thursday, May 18
Research Symposium
7:30am - 4:30 - LRC, Pitlyk Auditorium A - Health Center Campus 
This all-day event, which highlights diverse areas of research at SLU related to children’s health and well-being, is intended to promote cross-University interactions. Presentations will be comprised of posters and platform talks.

Friday, May 19
Special Joint Pediatrics Internal Medicine, and Molecular Microbiology & Immunology Grand Rounds: 
"Precision Vaccines: Bringing Precision Medicine to Vaccinology"
Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, 
Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Harvard Medical School; Director, Precision Vaccines Program
7:30am – 8:30am - LRC, Pitlyk Auditorium A – Health Center Campus

Academic Roundtable for Early Career Investigators & Trainees 

9:00am – 10:30am - Mund Room - SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital – Health Center Campus 
Dr. Ofer Levy and Dr. Sharon Levy will jointly facilitate an informal discussion of issues related to academic career development and relate these to their own career paths.

About our Visiting Professors: Dr. Ofer Levy, MD, PhD and Dr. Sharon Levy, MD, MPH 

Each year, as part of Pediatric Science Days, we host a distinguished academic pediatrician. For our 2017 Visiting Professor we are honored to host two highly accomplished Visiting Professors – Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; and Director, Precision Vaccines Program, Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sharon Levy, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, and Director, Adolescent Substance Abuse Program 


Dr. Ofer Levy’s research program is focused on studies of immune mechanisms that protect the developing human host against infection, particularly as they relate to vaccine-induced protective immunity. His work has led to novel clinically-based approaches to the development of diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic modalities for immune deficiencies in newborns, children, and in those undergoing chemo-radiotherapy. His work has focused on molecules that can amplify vaccine responses (immune adjuvants) against HIV. As part of research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, his laboratory has developed a novel human tissue platform to assess new vaccine formulations in vitro. This platform is now being used by the Levy laboratory to identify small molecules that can augment vaccine-induced immunity in infants and in the geriatric population in an ongoing NIH-funded study. The Harvard Precision Vaccines Program, of which Dr. Levy is the Director, has been designed to enhance world-wide collaborative research efforts to develop more effective vaccines. Dr. Levy has been funded by the NIH, Department of Defense, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 2005 Dr. Levy has successfully mentored over 30 trainees and junior faculty at his home institution and across the U.S. as well as internationally.  


Dr. Sharon Levy’s program focuses on the effects of substance abuse particularly in the adolescent population. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on drug abuse; she has served as a panelist at the NIH and at the White House, and has lent her expertise to address drug abuse issues both in the academic and lay communities. She is has given numerous seminars to local communities and to academic institutions across the nation as well as at international sites. Her work has been funded by the NIH.  

The Department of Pediatrics would like to thank the Departments of Internal Medicine and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology for partnering with us to present Pediatric Science Days.

For questions related to the program please contact Ms. Jennifer Baine or Dr. Joyce Marie Koenig (; 314-977-3291).



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