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Pediatric Science Day

The Department of Pediatrics of Saint Louis University is delighted to announce the Annual Pediatric Science Day Symposium, focusing on all aspects of child health. The Pediatric Science Day Symposium will consist of a keynote address from a visiting, distinguished pediatric physician-scientist, followed by research and poster presentations, culminating in a reception for all guests and participants.

The 17th annual Pediatric Science Day will be held April 10, 2024, and will be located in Danis Auditorium at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. 

About Our Visiting Professor

Headshot of Joseph St. Geme III

Joseph St. Geme III, M.D., is physician-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He holds the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Endowed Chair in Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Microbiology, Virology and Parasitology Program in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group.

His area of expertise includes bacterial pathogenesis, bacterial colonization, Haemophilus influenzae virulence factors, Kingella kingae virulence factors, meningitis, respiratory tract infections and osteoarticular infections.

Among St. Geme's achievements are more than 130 publications and several discoveries, including the discovery of three families of H. influenzae adhesive proteins (HMW1/HMW2, Hia/Hsf, Hap) that have potential as vaccine antigens and the discovery of a novel subfamily of bacterial autotransporter proteins, referred to as "trimeric autotransporters."

St. Geme has received several professional awards throughout his career and has been elected to the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Pediatric Society, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Medicine. His long-term goals are to identify candidate vaccine antigens and to elucidate common mechanisms in bacterial pathogenesis that will serve as targets for new antimicrobials with activity against a wide range of pathogenic gram-negative bacteria.

St. Geme received a Bachelor of Science from Stanford University in 1979. He earned a Doctor of Medicine from the Harvard Medical School in Boston in 1984. He completed his pediatric residency and a chief residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and pursued postdoctoral training in microbiology and infectious diseases at Stanford University.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics and a Mead Johnson Educational Grant.

About the 17th Annual Pediatric Science Day

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, the symposium will highlight research involving many aspects of child-related health from all campuses at SLU. We particularly encourage the participation of trainees at all levels (undergraduate and postgraduate students, residents and postdoctoral fellows). 

Event Schedule

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds: "Insights into the Determinants of Bacterial Pathogenicity," presented by Joseph St. Geme III, M.D.

Time: 8 to 9 a.m.

Location: Danis Auditorium at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Research Symposium

The Pediatric Science Day Research Symposium will be held in Danis Auditorium at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Session I and II
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Lunch (provided) and poster presentation
  • 1:30 to 4 p.m.: Session III and IV

Location: Danis Auditorium at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital


A reception will be held at the conclusion of the Pediatric Science Day Research Symposium.
Time: 4 to 5 p.m.
Location: Danis Auditorium at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Registration Information

Registration is not required to attend Pediatric Science Day 2024.

The deadline for abstract submission has closed. We hope to see you there.