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2017 Child Health Symposium

Putting Kids First: Facilitating Multisite Pediatric Studies

April 4, 2017
8:00am-4:30pm
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School

Register by March 28, 2017

The current research landscape presents a variety of challenges for multisite pediatric research. Our speakers will share contemporary findings that update our diverse audience on recent developments in the field of pediatric trials, using personal and recent insights as able.

The purpose of this year's day-long symposium is to bring together outstanding speakers from across the nation with Harvard's Child Health Research community to discuss key areas across the clinical and translational spectrum in relation to facilitating the success of multisite pediatric trials.

Agenda and Speakers

Lee Nadler, MD
Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Medicine
Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Harvard Medical School
Senior Vice President for Academic Integration, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

8:30am │Theme 1 - Pediatric Trials: What is Missing?

Is the Paucity of Pediatric Clinical Trials Harming Child Health?
Christopher Duggan, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Nutrition at Boston Children's Hospital
2017 Child Health Symposium Co-Chair

Innovating in Clinical Translational Research: Can a Rising Tide Lift All Boats?
Mary Purucker, MD, PhD
Director, CTSA Hubs Program, Division of Clinical Innovation
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Real World Data and Clinical Evidence
Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH
Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Director, Computational Health Informatics Program, Boston Children's Hospital

Speaker Discussion and Questions
Moderator: David Williams, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Boston Children's Hospital
President, Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Leland Fikes Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

10:25am │Theme 2 - Regulatory Frameworks and Challenges

FDA Perspective on Pediatric Clinical Trials
Robert "Skip" Nelson, MD, PhD
Deputy Director and Senior Pediatric Ethicist, Food and Drug Administration

Regulatory Framework for Multicenter Trials
Bruce Gordon, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Executive Chairman, UNMC Institutional Review Board

Regulatory Challenges of Clinical Trials in our Hospitals
Susan Kornetsky, MPH
Senior Director of Clinical Research Compliance, Boston Children's Hospital

Speaker Panel Discussion and Questions
Moderator: Ronald Kleinman, MD
Physician in Chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

1:15pm │Theme 3 - Success Stories

Building an NIH funded Asthma Clinical Research Center: A Success Story
Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Director, Asthma Clinical Research Center, Boston Children's Hospital

How to set up a Successful Clinical Trial Network
Bonnie Ramsey, MD
Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Seattle Children's Research Institute
Professor & Vice Chair, Research in Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine

Speaker Discussion and Questions
Moderator: Gary Fleisher, MD
Egan Family Foundation Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Physician-in-Chief, Pediatrician-in-Chief and Chairman, Department of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital

2:45pm │Theme 4 - Moving Forward

What is Needed to Build Trial Networks? Role of the CTSA
James Heubi, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, University of Cincinnati

Partnering to Change the Paradigm in Pediatric Research
Charles Thompson, MD, FAAP
Global Lead, Pfizer Pediatric Center of Excellence
Founder/Chair, International Children's Advisory Network

Community Engagement in Pediatric Clinical Trials
Elsie Taveras MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Academic Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Pediatric Population Health Management, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Speaker Discussion and Questions
Moderator: Perdita Taylor-Zapata, MD
Medical Officer, Obstetric and Pediatric Pharmacology, Eunice Kenndy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

4:25pm │Closing Remarks

Ellen Grant, MD
Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Director of Fetal and Neonatal Neuroimaging Research, Boston Children's Hospital
2017 Child Health Symposium Co-Chair


The Child Health Program works to foster the development of programs, resources, and strategies that support innovative and collaborative research to improve the health and well-being of children. The program works across Harvard University, its affiliated institutions, and the national CTSA Consortium.

Paramount to the initiative's mission is to build capacity among Harvard University's child health community to conduct innovative clinical and translational research across the lifecourse.

To achieve our mission, the Child Health Program works in partnership with Harvard Catalyst programs and resources and Harvard-affiliated institutions to identify and promote strategies that effectively address the unique needs of child health researchers. Efforts include convening the child health research community across affiliate institutions to encourage and support development of the best possible team science and awarding pilot funding to child health researchers for innovative clinical and translation research projects. A further programmatic goal is to encourage the inclusion of children as a key population to consider across Harvard Catalyst programs and resources, particularly those that optimize transfer of knowledge from clinical and translational science laboratories into the development, testing, and adoption of innovative screening tools, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

See coverage of the 2015 Child Health Symposium.

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