March 9-12, 2021
Virtual Meeting

Plenary speaker, Dr. Rohan Hazra, MD, Chief, Maternal and Pediatric Infectious Disease Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health

Mentor of the Year, Rose Viscardi, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Preconference sessions on March 9th on quality improvement – science and practice as well as addressing disparities and mentorship of groups under-represented in pediatric research.

  • Early career investigators present their research in a supportive, structured yet relaxed learning environment
  • Regional clinicians are exposed to cutting-edge clinical and basic science from emerging talent
  • Physician-scientists join educational programs on important topics in pediatric research
  • Trainees and experienced physician-scientists network in a informal and friendly setting
Junior MemberFree
Trainee Non-Member$25
Allied Health (Non-Member)$25


  • 11/15/20 – Call for Volunteers (Abstract Reviewers & Moderators).
  • 12/4/20 – Abstracts and Clinical Case Competitions Submissions Due
  • 12/4/20 – Notify Reviewers selected
  • 1/11/21 – Abstract Notifications
  • 3.9.2021 – 3.12.2021 – ESPR 2020 Meeting


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2020 Schedule at a glance


Each year ESPR honors authors of the top abstracts submitted to the ESPR Scientific Meeting as well as a leading mentor.

How many awards are there?

  • Three.

Who is eligible?

  • ESPR Trainee Young Investigator Award Finalists.

What does the award cover?

  • Each award covers the cost of one PAS registration at the trainee registration rate.

How many awards are there?

  • Three

Who is eligible?

  • ESPR Junior Faculty Young Investigator Award Finalists

What does the award cover?

  • Each award covers the cost of one PAS registration at the faculty registration rate.
  • Three Meritorious Poster Awardees will be selected from each poster session.
  • Meritorious Poster Awardees are announced prior to the “Great Debate” (Sunday).
  • Three Clinical Case Competition Finalists will be selected to present cases (Saturday).
  • The Clinical Case Competition winner is announced prior to the “Great Debate” (Sunday).

The ESPR Mentor of the Year Award is presented to an outstanding teacher who has had a major impact on developing research skills in trainees and launching productive research careers. The Award is announced at the Scientific Meeting.

* Not connected to abstract submission

Year Recipient
2020 – 2021 Rose Viscardi
2019 Hallam Hurt
2018 George Porter
2017 Judy Aschner
2016 Satyan Lakshminrusimha
2015 Edmund La Gamma
2014 James Padbury
2013 Phyllis Dennery
2012 Heber Nielsen
2011 Gary Fleisher
2010 Margaret Hostetter
2009 Ivan D. Frantz, III
2008 Jane Newburger
2007 Elizabeth McAnarney
2006 Mark Batshaw
2005 Ian Gross
2004 Stephen Ludwig
2003 Robert “Skip” Nelson
2002 Ira Greifer
2001 William Oh
2000 Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos
1999 Philip Ballard

These are the two awards in:

  • 2021 ESPR Mead Johnson Trainee Diversity in the Workforce Travel Award
  • 2021 ESPR Abbott Nutrition Junior Faculty Diversity in the Workforce Travel Award


The success of the Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Scientific Meeting is driven by presentation of the highest quality original science. Your support and participation, through the submission of your best abstracts and your attendance, is key to our continued success and growth. Abstracts submitted to the 2020 cancelled meeting that were not presented in our June or September 2020 webinars can be re-submitted for consideration for our 2021 meeting

We encourage you to:

  • Submit abstracts of the highest quality detailing cutting edge, hypothesis-driven, novel investigations from your own laboratory or clinical research program. Encourage others in your discipline to submit as well.
  • Encourage junior faculty and trainees to submit their abstracts. Early career stage investigators are especially encouraged to consider submitting their work.

This Meeting is an important opportunity for child health professionals to show their support for academic medicine. The Meeting demonstrates the vigor and enthusiasm of academic medicine by showcasing the best in pediatrics and child health research of this century. We look forward to your abstract submissions.

Key Abstract Submission Dates

  • Call for Submissions Opens: 11/4/2020
  • Submission Deadline: 12/4/20


ESPR solicits interesting clinical cases from residents and fellows for our popular Clinical Case Competition Session.  The top-ranked submissions will be invited for presentation. Cases should be submitted online using the provided template. This template allows submission of the entire case narrative and up to two digital images.

Suggested Content

The Clinical Case:

  • May be an atypical presentation of a common disease or an unusual disease.
  • The final diagnosis must be deducible using the information presented.
  • Should include a comprehensive history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and/or diagnostic imaging, the final diagnosis as well as a brief discussion of the differential and/or final diagnosis.
  • Should be presented in an organized, logical manner such that a very good pediatrician could determine a final diagnosis.


    • Must be submitted by the abstract submission deadline.
    • Include the following headings:
      • History (including the chief complaint, history of present illness, and relevant past medical and family history). Please include only information relevant to the evaluation or final diagnosis.
      • Physical Examination: Vital signs, pertinent physical examination findings.
      • Laboratory testing and/or diagnostic imaging
      • Final Diagnosis
      • Discussion
      • Optional: Up to two digital images or radiographs without interpretation.
    • Fee: $35 per submission.
    • Questions: Direct to


There are a number of options for industry and academic centers to expand their company, institution, and/or product exposure. Opportunities are available on a first come, first-served basis. We invite you to take advantage of these promotional opportunities to heighten your visibility and leave your mark at ESPR!

Meeting Archives

2020 – March 13-15 – Canceled

2019 – March 22 – 24

2018  March 16 – 18

2017 – March 24-26

2016 – March 11-13

2015  March 20-22

2014  March 21-23

2013 – March 22-24

2012 – March 30-April 1

2011 – March 25-27

2010 – March 26-28

2009 – March 11-15

2008 – March 28-30

2007 – March 9-11

2006 – March 17-19

2005 – March 4-6

2004 – March 26-28

2003 – March 21-23

Future Meeting Dates

March 11-13, 2022 – Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing