E. Mead Johnson Awards for Research in Pediatrics

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Given since 1939, this award honors clinical and laboratory research achievements. Research must be related to pediatrics and published recently, perhaps coming to fruition or attaining recognition during the past few years. Two awards will be presented during the Pediatric Academic Societies' Annual Meeting. Supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition

Kimberly Stegmaier, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Principal Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Attending Physician, Boston Children's Hospital
Institute Member, Broad Institute

Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pauline & Lawson Reed Chair in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati
Lecture Title: Identification of New Vulnerabilities in Childhood Cancer with Integrative Genomics

Kimberly Stegmaier, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Principal Investigator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), has advanced the application of genomics to drug and protein target discovery for pediatric cancers. She is the Co-director of the Pediatric Hematologic Malignancy Program and an attending physician providing clinical care in Pediatric Oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Stegmaier is also an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.

The Stegmaier laboratory develops and integrates chemical and functional genomic approaches to identify new protein targets and small-molecule modulators of malignancy with an eye toward clinical translation. The laboratory has focused on pediatric malignancies notable for the aberrancy of differentiation and/or oncogenic activation of transcription factors: the acute leukemias, neuroblastoma, and Ewing sarcoma. Multiple clinical trials have resulted from her laboratory's research. Dr. Stegmaier has won numerous awards for her work, including the SPR Young Investigator Award, the Sir William Osler Young Investigator Award from the Interurban Clinical Club, and a SU2C Innovative Research Grant.

Dr. Stegmaier was elected to the Society for Pediatric Research in 2007 and the American Society for Clinical Investigation in 2009. She is a strong advocate for pediatric research, serving as a Council Member with the Society for Pediatric Research since 2013 and a Steering Committee Member with the AACR Pediatric Cancer Working Group since 2011. She was recently awarded the A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School for her commitment to training the next generation of pediatric researchers.

Lecture Title: Immune Pathogenesis of Prenatal Infection

Dr. Way is an infectious disease pediatrician working at the scientific interface between microbial pathogenesis, host antimicrobial immunity and cellular immunology. The long-term goals are improved therapies and preventative strategies against communicable pathogenic microbes, and the harmful immunological consequences they trigger in susceptible individuals. His laboratory has made seminal contributions dissecting the molecular-cellular mechanisms responsible for maternal-fetal immunological tolerance, fetal injury after prenatal infection, and infection susceptibility in newborn infants.