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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.

15th Annual Pediatric Science Day

The 15th Annual Pediatric Science Day will be held March 9, 2022.

Pediatric Science Day is an annual event that celebrates pediatric research at Saint Louis University. In addition to hosting a visiting professor whose career has focused on pediatric research, a symposium will highlight research involving any aspect of child-related health from across all campuses at SLU. We particularly encourage the participation of trainees at all levels (undergraduate and post-graduate students, residents and postdoctoral fellows). 

About Our Visiting Professor

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Michael Ombrello, M.D., joined the Pediatric Translational Research Branch as a tenure-track investigator in 2017. Dr. Ombrello graduated from the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 1993. He matriculated to Saint Louis University as a pre-medical scholar, where he earned both a B.S. in biology and an M.D. He obtained residency training in combined internal medicine and pediatrics at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, where he also received subspecialty training in combined adult and pediatric rheumatology. During his rheumatology fellowship, Dr. Ombrello’s desire to explore inflammatory diseases blossomed, leading him to pursue postdoctoral training in the genetics and genomics of inflammation with Daniel Kastner at the NIH. As the inaugural NIAMS Henry Metzger Scholar in Translational Medicine, he performed genomic studies of Behçet’s disease and established an international collaboration to study the genetics of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA). He also identified novel deletions of PLCG2 in 3 families with a novel autoinflammatory disease, PLCG2-associated antibody deficiency and immune dysregulation (PLAID). In 2013 he was appointed by NIAMS as an assistant clinical investigator and established the Translational Genetics and Genomics Unit.

Dr. Ombrello is board certified in both rheumatology and pediatric rheumatology. He leads the genetic investigations of sJIA for the International Childhood Arthritis Genetics (INCHARGE) consortium. He is actively involved in a range of organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology and the Childhood Arthritis Rheumatology Research Alliance. He has received numerous local and national awards and honors, including NIAMS and NIAID Merit Awards, the American College of Rheumatology’s Distinguished Fellow Award, the NIH Fellows’ Award for Research Excellence and the NIH Director’s Award.

Event Schedule

Pediatric Grand Rounds
"Cracking the Code: Using Genomics to Improve the Treatment of Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis."
Special Pediatric Grand Rounds presentation by Michael Ombrello, M.D. 
Time: 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Location: Health Sciences Education Union
Research Symposium 
The Pediatric Science Days Research Symposium will be held at the Health Sciences Education Union Auditorium and Atrium.
Platform Session I
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Morning Break
  • 10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
Platform Session II
  • 10:35 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
  • Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Platform Session III
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Afternoon Break
  • 1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Platform Session IV
  • 2:10 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Poster Session I
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

View Presentation Timetable Here 

A reception will be held at the conclusion of the Pediatric Science Days Research Symposium.
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: Health Sciences Education Union Lounge

Registration Information

The abstract submission period for PSD 2022 has closed. The submission deadline was Friday, January 17, 2022 at 5 p.m.