March 10-12, 2022
Virtual Meeting

The Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) and American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) are joining together this year for the 1st Annual Eastern Medical Research Conference (a combined meeting of the 34th ESPR Annual Meeting and 15th AFMR Eastern Regional Meeting).

For up-to-date information, visit the joint meeting webpage at ESPR-AFMR – 1st Annual Eastern Medical Research Conference.

All accepted abstracts will be published in the April supplement of the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM), the official journal of the AFMR.

Deadline to Submit: January 5, 2022

Elucidating Social and Chemical Environmental Determinants of Health Disparities: Promise of the Exposome
Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH
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Dr. Wright is the Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Children’s Health Research at Kravis Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics and Dean for Translational Biomedical Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

Paul A. Offit, MD
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Dr. Offit is the Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Medical Education Panel: Recognizing and Disrupting Microaggressions

Olanrewaju (Lanre) Falusi, MD
Dr. Falusi is Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s National Hospital, Director of the Leadership in Advocacy, Under-resourced Communities and Health equity (LAUnCH) Track, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington DC.

Enrique Escalante, MD, MSHS
Dr. Escalante is Assistant Program Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s National Hospital


  • Medical Education Panel on Recognizing and Disrupting Microaggressions
  • Award Presentations
  • Full-Length Abstract Presentations
  • Interactive Poster Presentation Sessions

AMA PRA Category 1TM CME Credits will be provided for this meeting.

March 10, 2022 | Pre-Conference Workshops

A Workshop on Common Statistical Errors
John Zupancic MD, MS, ScD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Associate Chief of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Encouraging Diversity in Researchers – A ‘Shark Tank’ Approach to Solutions
Patricia M. Vuguin, MD
Chair, ESPR Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
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This session will be based on the TV show Shark Tank, where investors pitch their product ideas to venture capitalists, who in turn provide feedback – and sometimes funding to get a project off the ground and into the marketplace.

Selected early career and trainee researchers will be invited to come to pitch their ideas on how to enhance diversity in research to a panel of judges. Submission will open shortly.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Award: $500 grant for project and complimentary registration to PAS

  • 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


  • 12/3/21 – Call for Volunteers (Abstract Reviewers & Moderators).
  • 1/5/22 – Abstracts and Clinical Case Competitions Submissions Due
  • 2/2/22 – Abstract Notifications
  • 3/10/22 – 3/12/22 – ESPR 2022 Meeting

2022 Schedule-at-a-Glance

2021 Archive Program


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.
  • Recognition will be given to the most outstanding abstracts in these categories.
  • No application is required.
  • One Mead Johnson Reckitt Quality Improvement Award
  • Meritorious Poster Awardees sponsored by Abbott Nutrition and Mead Johnson Reckitt will be selected from each poster session.
  • Meritorious Poster Awardees are announced February 31, 2022
  • Three Clinical Case Competition Finalists will be selected to present cases  Friday March 11, 2022
  • The Clinical Case Competition winner is announced Friday March 11, 2022

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
2022 Paul Offit
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

These are the two awards in:

  • 2022 ESPR Abbott Nutrition Trainee Diversity in the Workforce Travel Award
  • 2022 ESPR Mead Johnson Reckitt Junior Faculty Diversity in the Workforce Travel Award

Travel Award

Finalists will be chosen based on abstract scores. They will then be asked to submit a bio & essay for consideration by the award committee before the recipients are selected.


  • 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.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: 11/29/2021
    • Submission Deadline: 1/5/22


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 at using the suggested 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: $55 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

2021 – March 9-12

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 10-12, 2023 – In Person at Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing , Philadelphia, PA