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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 14th Annual Pediatric Science Days

The 14th Annual Pediatric Science Days will be held April 1-2, 2020. Pediatric Science Days 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, an all-day Research 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).

 Of particular note, this year’s event is a tribute to the life and work of Dr. William Keenan, Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University. Dr. Sherin Devaskar, the Mattel Executive Endowed Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), will honor us as our Visiting Professor. Her role as VP for this year’s program is especially poignant as she is a former SLU faculty member and Director of the Pediatric Research Institute, and served as a clinical neonatologist at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital under Dr. Keenan’s directorship from 1981-1995.

About William Keenan, M.D.

William Keenan, M.D.
William Keenan, M.D.

Dr. William Keenan, Professor of Pediatrics, led the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Saint Louis University and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital from 1980-2010. Dr. Keenan has trained countless students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, many of who have had a positive influence on the field of neonatology. In addition to his educational and clinical endeavors, Dr. Keenan has been a pioneer in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), coordinating national and international efforts to improve the lives of children. He has served on key committees for the Academy of Pediatrics that address neonatal health, including the NRP Steering Committee, Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, and Committee on the Fetus and Newborn. He was recognized for his important work in neonatal health by his 2010 receipt of the distinguished Virginia Apgar Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2010 he organized and has since directed the International Pediatric Association, tirelessly sharing his knowledge and wisdom to “Help Babies Breathe” across the globe.

Our 2020 Visiting Professor

Sherin Devaskar, M.D.
Sherin Devaskar, M.D.

This year's visiting professor is Sherin Devaskar, M.D.  Dr. Devaskar is the Mattel Executive Endowed Professor and Chair of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and attending neonatologist at the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. She also serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Children's Health, and Executive Director, UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute (CDI), and she is the Director of the Neonatal Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Devaskar is the Principal Investigator of the UCLA Child Health Research Career Development Program and the Human and Molecular Development Training grant. Dr. Devaskar’s NIH-funded research program studies the role of pregnancy exposures on the long-term outcome of babies. Her program focuses on premature and growth-restricted babies, the nutrition they receive while in the womb and soon after birth, and the propensity of these babies to develop adult-onset conditions, including obesity, diabetes, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease. She has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. As the epitome of the academic “quadruple threat”, Dr. Devaskar is a terrific role model for trainees and junior faculty.

Event Schedule

Wednesday, April 1
Pediatric Grand Rounds 
Time: 8:00 a.m.
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Danis Auditorium, 1st Floor Glennon Hall
Basic Science Lecture featuring visiting professor, Sherin Devaskar, MD
(Time and location to be determined)

The Grand Rounds presentation and basic science lecture will to followed by a number of events honoring Dr. William Keenan.

Thursday, April 2

Research Symposium
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Danis Auditorium, 1st Floor Glennon Hall

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.

Registration Information

Abstract Submission