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In This Issue: President's Corner
David A. Imgram photo SPR President
David A. Ingrfam, MD
Dear Colleagues,

With this SPR’s President’s letter, I would like to briefly update you on a few of our activities that have occurred over the summer and highlight future initiatives as we prepare for our Fall Council meeting in November that will be held in Chicago.

I would first like to acknowledge the important work of our SPR representatives, Drs. Tom Green and Leona Cuttler, on the Public Policy Council over the past few months. Consistent with the SPR mission of promoting the careers of physician-scientists and pediatric research, Tom and Leona have provided important information to the leadership of SPR about legislation, which directly affects child health and pediatric research funding. Many of these initiatives are highlighted on our APS-SPR website. Under their guidance, the SPR has formally signed onto to important letters addressed to representatives in Washington D.C. to advocate for issues that are critical to our members and overall mission. In addition, the SPR was proud to present this year’s Advocacy Award to honor Senator Casey from Pennsylvania in September for his tireless work in supporting legislation to promote child health and pediatric research. As Tom’s tenure on the Public Policy nears completion, the SPR would like to formally acknowledge his important work on this committee. In our next newsletter we will announce his replacement for the SPR representative on the Public Policy Council.

During our upcoming Fall Council meeting in November, members of the SPR Council will reexamine the mission and goals of our SPR subcommittees, which were formed a few years ago. The important charters of these of the subcommittees are outlined in detailed in our newly constructed website, and I encourage the SPR membership to visit the website for more information about each subcommittee. As the landscape of pediatric research continues to evolve and change, the leadership of SPR believes it is important to ensure that the current work of each subcommittee is aligned with the mission of SPR. The outcomes of our meeting will be highlighted on our website and in the following newsletter.

One activity that I would like to highlight from our SPR subcommittees is the recent work of our SPR Meeting Content subcommittee. Over the summer, various representatives from a diverse group of Pediatric Societies met in Chicago to plan the invited speaker sessions for the 2013 PAS meeting , which will be held in Washington D.C. this spring. Members of this subcommittee provided scientific topics that would be relevant to our membership for the PAS meeting. I am pleased to report that several of these sessions were advocated for at the PAS planning committee meeting and will now be included at the annual meeting in 2013.

Finally, in our last newsletter to the membership, I highlighted our newly formed “Young Investigator Coaching Program." Details regarding this program are available on the SPR website. The SPR is currently seeking applications for this program and we encourage eligible junior faculty to apply.

We hope this newsletter continues to be a forum to communicate the activities of the SPR and to highlight recent initiatives that are important for promoting pediatric research and the careers of physician-scientists.

David A. Ingram M.D.

PAS Abstract submission deadline is approaching!
November 15, 2012 (Don’t wait! Submit now)

The pride and reputation of the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting has always been predicated on the presentation of the highest quality original science. Your support and participation, through the submission of your best abstracts and attendance, is the key to our persistent success and growth. We encourage you to submit abstracts of the highest quality from your own laboratory or clinical research program for consideration. In addition, help support these meetings by also encouraging junior faculty and trainees, as well as others in your discipline, to submit abstracts detailing cutting edge novel investigations that are hypothesis-driven. The PAS Annual Meeting is an outstanding forums for presentations by young investigators.

Click here for additional details on electronic submission.

2013 PAS Annual Meeting Washington, DC

Registration and Housing will open on November 29th. Register early and save! Please book your hotel accommodations EARLY and through the PAS Housing Bureau.

Click here for more details on the PAS 2013 meeting.

Important Dates to Remember
October 15, 2012 SPR Dues Payment Deadline
October 19, 2012 Deadline to volunteer for a SPR Committee
November 12, 2012 SPR Young Investigator Coaching Program Application Deadline
November 12, 2012 Programme for Global Paediatrics Research Award
November 15, 2012 Abstract Submission Deadline
November 15, 2012 SPR Awards Nomination Deadline

SPR Fellows’ Section Members
The Society for Pediatric Research is pleased to announce the new 264 members to the Fellows’ Section Membership. Please welcome them into the society.

The Fellows’ Section Member of SPR was formed to introduce fellows to our organization, and will provide them with a variety of resources and educational offerings. The SPR Fellows’ Section Member serves as a resource for:

  • Professional and scholarly networking
  • Helping fellows understand the role of SPR and participate in the organization
  • Harnessing the skills needed and awareness of the resources available for academic career development
  • Aide in the transition from fellowship to faculty

  • The Society for Pediatric Research is pleased to announce our 2013 awards program that fosters and honors pediatric investigators in all career stages. We encourage you to consider nomination of outstanding candidates to encourage or promote their scientific accomplishments. These awards will be presented during the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Washington, DC May 4-7). Visit our website at for more information and nomination materials.

    Please consider making nominations and circulate this announcement to your colleagues. This is an excellent opportunity to encourage and recognize individuals for exceptional research achievements in pediatrics as well as support the development of the rising stars.

    The deadline for all nominations is November 15, 2012.

    REMINDER – SPR Dues Payment deadline is October 15
    Be sure and pay your SPR Dues by October 15, 2012, so you can sponsor abstracts for the upcoming PAS Meeting.

    To pay your dues or check to see if your dues have been paid go to

    Young Investigator Coaching Program – Call for Applications
    The Society for Pediatric Research has established a national coaching program for young investigators who have embarked on a career in pediatric research.

    Purpose of the Program: Connecting young pediatric faculty members to successful investigators in the appropriate research field, increasing opportunities for mentoring and networking for new researchers.

    Who can apply: Pediatric faculty members in the first 3 years of appointment who intend to pursue academic pediatric careers with a major component of investigator initiated research.

    Application Deadline: November 12, 2012

    Learn more about SPR Young Investigator Coaching Program

    Updates from SPR Strategic Plan Committees
    The SPR Committees have been working hard to meet the goals outlined in the SPR Strategic Plan. Learn more about each committees' recent activities and initiatives (.pdf).

    Regional Societies' Updates
    The MWSPR, SSPR and WSPR have provided updates on their activities.
    Click here to view the reports

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