Neonatal Research Symposium 2018

Event Date: April 26th, 2018 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Connecticut Children's Medical Center -Main Campus
282 Washington Street - Conference Rooms C & D (Garden Level)
Hartford, CT


Sponsored by Connecticut Children’s Division of Neonatal Medicine and  Department of Research

baby grabbing doctor's handConnecticut Children’s Medical Center is pleased to announce the Neonatal Research Symposium 2018, a forum to showcase advances in science, technology and care.

Conference objectives include: 

  • Showcase major areas of research within the division of Neonatology at Connecticut Children’s, specifically in the areas of:
    • Intestinal health and development influenced by microbiome and immunology
    • Breast milk, lactation and nutritional supplements in infant health and growth
    • Neurosciences research in brain injury and repair
  • Identify emerging trends in research to improve clinical practice in the care of critically ill infants
  • Provide a forum to foster and promote further research collaborations between all major disciplines involved in providing care to the fetus and newborn at Connecticut Children’s and throughout the region

Keynote Speaker

“Stem Cells in Management of Neonatal Problems”
Christine Finck, MD
Executive Vice President, Surgeon-in-Chief, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Peter Deckers Endowed Chair of Surgery
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, University of Connecticut School of Medicine


“Got NICU Milk?”
Elizabeth Brownell, PhD, MA
Perinatal Epidemiologist
Director, Connecticut Human Milk Research Center Division of Neonatology Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics University of Connecticut School of Medicine

“Mucosal Immunology Research”
Adam Matson, MD, MS, FAAP
Attending Neonatologist, NICU, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

“Nutrition – NICU and Beyond”
Shabnam Lainwala, MD
Director, Neonatal Follow up Program
Attending Neonatologist, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut

“Neonatal Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy: Influence of Gestational Age, Sex, and Neuroprotective Agents”
Ted S. Rosenkrantz, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and OB/GYN University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Attending Neonatologist, Connecticut Children’s NICU at UConn Health

“Impact of Processing Methods of Human Milk Analysis”
Kelsey Smith, MA
Research Associate II, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

The event will include a Research Roundtable discussion of ongoing and future research collaboration with subspecialties Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Surgery, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, and others.


3:45 – 4 p.m. Registration
4:00 – 4:10 p.m. Opening Remarks, Dr. Jim Moore
4:10 – 5:00 p.m. Featured Speaker, Dr. Christine Finck
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Neonatal Research Program Highlights: Dr. Matson, Dr. Rosenkrantz, Dr. Brownell, Dr. Lainwala, Kelsey Smith, MA
6:00 – 6:45 p.m. Refreshments- Poster Reviews and Discussion
6:45 – 7:30 p.m. Featured Poster Abstract Presentations
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Research Roundtable Discussion

Call for Abstracts

We are seeking abstracts to be reviewed. The top 3 submissions will be invited to provide a maximum 10-minute podium presentation with 5-minute Q&A at the symposium. All other abstracts will be invited to showcase their work in poster format.

Submit your abstract

Abstracts must be received by March 27, 2018 at 11:59 p.m to be considered for competitive selection for platform presentation. However you may submit an abstract by April 15th for the non-competitive poster presentation.



Please contact Paula Scheiblich.

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