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Pediatric Science Days

The Saint Louis University Department of Pediatrics annual Pediatric Science Days and Symposium focuses on all aspects of child health. Each year, as part of Pediatric Science Days, the department hosts a distinguished academic pediatrician. 

This event is jointly sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation.

The 12th annual Pediatric Science Days and Symposium will be held April 26-27 at SLU's medical center. 

Our Visiting Professor

This year's visiting professor is D. Wade Clapp, M.D., professor of microbiology, immunology/biochemistry and molecular biology; the Richard L. Schreiner professor and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Indiana University; and physician-in-chief at Riley Hospital for Children.

Clapp was named Indiana University’s chair of pediatrics in September 2009. He is a neonatologist and a physician/ scientist with an active lab and NIH grant support focusing on translational research. His research has been internationally acclaimed and has resulted in several clinical trials. He is also past director of the M.D./Ph.D. program at IU, which is now an NIH-designated medical scientist training program.

Event Schedule

Thursday, April 26

Research Symposium
Danis Auditorium, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital  

This all-day event, which highlights diverse areas of research 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, April 27

Special Pediatrics Grand Rounds Presentation
8 to 9 a.m.
Danis Auditorium, SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

D. Wade Clapp, M.D., will present work related to basic science, translational and clinical research endeavors to understand the molecular pathogenesis and treatment of neurofibromatosis.

Academic Roundtable for Early Career Investigators and Trainees
9:30 to 11 a.m.
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Clapp will facilitate an informal discussion with trainees or junior faculty on issues related to academic career development. Those in attendance will find that he relates the stories to his own career path. 

Call for Abstracts

Faculty and trainees at any school, department or center at Saint Louis University whose work addresses any aspect of child health and well-being are encouraged to submit their work for presentation at the Pediatric Science Days research symposium on Thursday, April 26.

The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12.

Acceptable content includes any type of research (basic science, translational, clinical, epidemiology/outcomes, etc.), health-related ethical and legal issues, or it may describe a new or ongoing program that addresses health issues in children.

All submitted abstracts will be considered for presentation; however, because of the increasing popularity of this symposium presentation cannot be guaranteed. In addition, no more than two abstracts should be submitted by any one mentor/laboratory. Any abstract that has been recently presented or will be presented at a national or regional meeting is appropriate. Work should not have been presented at a previous Pediatric Science Days symposium. Authors can choose whether they wish to present in poster format only; however, authors may not choose a platform-only presentation. 

Researchers should download complete the abstract submission form and email it to

Download the Abstract Submission Form