Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS)

Poster Presenter, male, at PRESS 2019

 Abstract submission instructions for PRESS 2020 are posted below. Submissions due MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 2020. 

What is PRESS?

PRESS is an annual event through which the Department of Pediatrics celebrates and showcases the depth and breadth of research and scholarly activities performed by Department trainees and sponsored by faculty members. PRESS uses a combination of oral and poster presentations to showcase these activities. 

PRESS 2020

PRESS 2020 will be held Friday, April 24th, 2020. 

Event Schedule
  • 1:00 to 3:00 pm - Formal Oral Presentations: Eight oral Presentations by highly-meritorious abstracts that include a 10 minute talk and 5 minute Q&A. 
  • 3:00 to 3:45 pm - Poster Session A
  • 3:45 to 4:30 pm - Poster Session B
  • 4:30 to 5:00 pm - Awards: In the Wilf Auditorium

For all questions regarding PRESS, contact Emily Kukacka at

Abstract Submission Instructions 

PRESS 2019

PRESS 2019

PRESS 2019

The 33rd Annual Pediatric Research, Education, and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS) was held on Friday, April 5th, 2019. This year we had a fantastic turnout with over 185 people in attendance!

The 2019 PRESS committee would like to thank everyone that helped make PRESS possible this year. A special thanks to our judges who played a vital role in scoring abstract submissions, oral and poster presentations.

2019 PRESS Booklet


Oral Presentations

First Place

Branden Smeeter, Graduate Student, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology
SEMA4C is a Novel Target to Limit Osteosarcoma Growth, Progression and Metastasis
Research Sponsor: Branden Moriarity, PhD & David Largaespada, PhD

Second Place & Margaret Hostetter Awardee

Ellen Ingolfsland, MD, Pediatric Fellow, Neonatology-Perinatal Medicine
Characterization of M1 and M2 Microglial Responses to Phlebotomy-induced Anemia (PIA) at 2 Time Points in the Developing Rat Retina
Research Sponsor: Tate Gisslen, MD

Third Place

Paulina Marell, Medical Student (MS2), Neonatology
Cord Blood-derived Exosomal Catactin-2: a potential biomarker for brain health of neonates at risk of iron deficiency
Research Sponsor: Phu V. Tran, MD

Undergraduate/Graduate/Medical Students: Posters

First Place

Zachary Galliger, Graduate Student, Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation
3D Bioprinting Tracheal Grafts for Pediatric Application
Research Sponsor: Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD

Daniel Cortez, Hayden Garmon, Jessica Kostecki, Eishani Kumar and Breanna Pederson, Undergraduate Students, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Training Laryngoscope
Research Sponsor: Jonathan Strutt, MD

Third Place

Aubrey Hubbard, Graduate Student, Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research
International Incidence Comparisons and Trends in Ovarian Germ Cell Tumors: 1988-2012
Research Sponsor: Jenny N. Poynter, PhD

Hayley Sharma, Medical Student, Global Pediatrics
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Unaccompanied Refugee and Asylum-seeking Minors: a literature review
Research Sponsor: Cynthia Howard, MD, MPHTM & Charles Oberg, MD, MPH

Residents: Posters

First Place

Aaron Westreich, MD, Pediatric Resident, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Factors Affecting Admission and Length of Stay in Patients with Influenza-associated Myositis
Research Sponsor: Manu Madhok, MD

Second Place

Sandy Liu, MD, Pediatric Resident, Pediatric Endocrinology
Case Report: 17 Year old Female Presenting with Throat Pain, a case of likely pediatric myxedema with hypothyroid myopathy and pericardial effusion
Research Sponsor: Bradley Miller, MD, PhD

Pediatric Fellows: Posters

First Place

Steven Skolasinski, Medicine Fellow, Pulmonology, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep
Assessing an Airway Cell Spray Device for In-vitro Application of Cells
Research Sponsor: Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari

Janna Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, Pediatric Fellow, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health
Running the Risk: a Comparison of Mental Health Outcomes among Runaway, Homeless and Stably Housed Youth
Research Sponsor: Annie-Laurie McRee, DrPH

Third Place

Marie Hickey, MD, Pediatric Fellow, Neonatology
Otherwise Healthy Term Infants Exposed to Antibiotics due to Concerns for Sepsis After Birth Demonstrate Altered ERP Performance at 1 Month
Research Sponsor: Cheryl Gale, MD

Post - Doctoral Fellow: Posters

First Place

Maryam Ebadi, MD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Pediatric Hematology / Oncology
Overcoming Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Chemoresistance Induced by the Meninges
Research Sponsor: Peter Gordon, MD, PhD

PRESS 2018