Office of Professional Education

Developing the next generation of physician-scientists: a research and career mentorship opportunity for fellows and early career faculty.

October 10-13, 2019 | Chicago, IL

Call for Research Abstracts: Deadline is June 17, 2019


This unique educational opportunity is designed for pulmonary, allergy and immunology fellows and junior faculty who are in their first few years in an academic role. Thirty fellows whose Basic Science Research or Clinical Research abstracts are selected will be invited to present their research at the Forum where a panel of expert faculty will evaluate their presentations and score them on specified criteria. Selected winners will be awarded a grant to support their future research endeavors in respiratory medicine.Throughout the Forum, attendees will enjoy opportunities to meet and interact with expert faculty and peer researchers. 

See the 2019 Call For Research Abstracts Brochure (PDF)

If you need additional information or would like copies of the “Call for Abstracts” brochure, please contact Mandy Comeau of National Jewish Health, at 303.728.6585 or comeaum@njhealth.org


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The Fifteenth Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum

We are delighted to announce the Fifteenth Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum, which will take place October 10-13, 2019 in Chicago, IL. This Forum is a unique educational opportunity designed for pulmonary, allergy and immunology fellows and junior faculty who are in their first few years in an academic role.

The goals of this program are to facilitate mentoring relationships with expert faculty in respiratory medicine, expand connections to peer investigators, improve the quality of scientific investigation and enhance the communication and presentation of associated research findings.

Throughout the Forum, attendees will enjoy opportunities to meet and interact with expert faculty and peer researchers. Opportunities to meet with specific expert faculty during scheduled meals will be available. Along with scientific presentations from the Young Investigators, expert faculty will provide several presentations over the course of the Forum on topics highly relevant to developing a career as a physician scientist.

Eligible candidates are invited to submit an abstract of their research (clinical or basic science) to a panel of expert faculty for review. Abstracts will be blinded and scored by the expert faculty. Based on these scores, the top 30 abstracts are accepted (15 clinical research and 15 basic science research). It should be noted that the final selection of abstracts is based on the quality of the research and the number of abstracts received in each category.

At the forum, the 30 fellows will present their research in podium format and expert faculty will evaluate their presentations and score them on specified criteria. Selected winners will be awarded a grant, as outlined below, to support their future research endeavors in respiratory medicine.

This Forum has been a successful program for the past 14 years. Previous participants indicate that it is one of the best programs they have attended because of its focus on research, interaction with other young investigators, and the mentorship that is provided by world renowned experts in respiratory medicine.

As the leading respiratory hospital, National Jewish Health is committed to growing young scientists to become leaders in the research and treatment of respiratory diseases, and is excited to be sponsoring this important forum.

Target Audience:

US-based Fellows (MDs, DOs) currently enrolled in a pediatric, pulmonary, allergy and immunology fellowship program and/or physicians who have transitioned from fellowship to an academic role in the past 2 years and are conducting research on airway diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular disease, lung transplant, allergic rhinitis, genetics of airway diseases, or bronchiectasis, in either pediatric or adult  populations.

All attendees will be required to attend all program meals and activities. 

Presentation Format: 

Young Investigator presentations will be podium format with 8 minutes dedicated to the formal presentation followed by 7 minutes of questions and answers from expert faculty and peer investigators. 

Brief Agenda:

Thursday, October 10, 2019
11:00 – 5:00 PM    Rehearsal Sessions
6:00 – 8:30 PM      Welcome Reception/Buffet Dinner
   
Friday, October 11, 2019
7:00 – 3:00 PM  Buffet Breakfast
  Young Investigators’ Presentations
  Meet-the-Professor Buffet Lunch
6:00 – 8:30 PM      Buffet Dinner
   
Saturday, October 12, 2019
7:00 – 3:00 PM  Buffet Breakfast
  Young Investigators’ Presentations
  Meet-the-Professor Buffet Lunch
6:00 – 8:30 PM      Awards Dinner
 

 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss new and emerging areas of respiratory research that offer new inroads to effective therapies and treatment
  2. Identify best practices for designing a research study and multidisciplinary research team that may improve on current approaches to respiratory research
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of peer research presentations
  4. Incorporate peer/expert faculty feedback effectively to enhance research presentations
  5. Discuss key strategies for career development as a physician scientist
  6. Describe comprehensive process for securing grant support for research


Credit Designation and Compliance:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education by National Jewish Health. National Jewish Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

National Jewish Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 

Contact:

If you need additional information or would like copies of the “Call for Abstracts” brochure, please contact Mandy Comeau of National Jewish Health, at 303.728.6585 or comeaum@njhealth.org

Abstract Submission Deadline:

All abstracts must be received by Noon PST, June 17, 2019. Submit abstracts via email to abstracts@njhealth.org.
 

Eligibility:

  • US-based Fellows (MDs, DOs) currently enrolled in a pediatric, pulmonary, allergy and immunology fellowship program and/or physicians who have transitioned from fellowship to an academic role in the past 2 years and are conducting basic science or clinical research on airway diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary vascular disease, lung transplant, allergic rhinitis, genetics of airway diseases, or bronchiectasis, in either pediatric or adult  populations.
  • Fellows enrolled in basic science or clinical research programs during the 2018-2019 academic year. Young investigators transitioning to initial faculty positions in the last 2 years are especially encouraged to participate.
  • PhD-only research Fellows are not eligible.
  • Candidates must be based in the United States (training must be completed at a US-based institution).
 

Abstract Policies and Procedures:

All work must be unpublished original research in an area related to lung diseases. Publication as an abstract alone does not preclude eligibility; however, an abstract will not be accepted if it has been published as an article before October 1, 2019. Abstracts/papers to be presented at future medical meetings are eligible for submission. Only 1 abstract submission of original work will be accepted. 

Submission deadline is Monday, June 17, 2019. All accepted abstracts will be published in a program workbook. The publication of this workbook will not preclude publication or presentation elsewhere. 
 

Selection Process:

Expert faculty will review all abstracts and 30 finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Scientific importance – will this research make a difference in diagnosis, treatment or quality of patient care?
  2. Quality of research – is the hypothesis feasible and will the stated methodology enable this research to be completed in a meaningful way?
  3. Enhance knowledge – will the research improve our knowledge about the disease or treatment?
  4. Does the research answer a question that needs to be answered or provide new findings that may change the way we diagnose or treat a condition?
  5. Overall presentation of abstract – Is the abstract informative and thoughtfully written; does it outline the question to be addressed; and is the research proposed able to provide an answer?
 

Finalists:

The 30 finalists accepted for presentation will be provided with the following: 

  • One (1) roundtrip, economy-class ticket from their city of origin to Chicago, IL. 
  • Reimbursement for ground transfers to and from the program hotel in Chicago, IL
  • Three nights’ lodging (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at the Warwick Allerton Hotel
  • All group buffet meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the duration of the program.
     

Awards:

An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, October 12, 2019, at which the award winners in each of the 2 categories (basic science and clinical) will be announced.

Instructions for Abstract Preparation and Submission:

1. Identification: Abstracts that do not have complete identification information may not be accepted. Your submission should include the following information:

Your submission MUST include the following information:

  • Full Name, degree(s)

  • Mailing address (PO Boxes will not be accepted)

  • Daytime telephone, fax, pager, e-mail address,

  • Current institution

  • Previous institution (where research was conducted, if applicable)

  • Year of fellowship (1, 2, 3) or year 1 or 2 as faculty

  • Category of research: basic science or clinical research


2. Format:

Title and Author:
Abstracts should consist of a brief title (bold) descriptive of the research and include first and last names and degrees of all authors with the presenting author’s name underlined. Also include the name and location of the institution where the research was completed. Please do not identify authors in the body of the abstract.
 

Text:
Abstract text must be 500 words or fewer. Sans serif font (such as Arial or Helvetica) is preferred. Please do not use font sizes smaller than 10 point.


Figures and Tables:
Please make sure all figures are high resolution (at least 300 dpi). No more than a total of 4 figures and/or tables per submission are permitted. Please limit figures to 1 graph or image each (ie, no multiple-part figures). All figures will be printed in black and white. Legends should be included and are not included in the 500-word limit; figures should be embedded in the abstract file and not included as separate e-mail attachments.


Content:
Organize the body of the abstract in the following manner:

  1. Disclosure of relevant financial relationships (not included in word count).

  2. A sentence stating the purpose of the study, unless stated in the title

  3. A brief statement of methods, if pertinent.

  4. A summary of results

  5. A statement of the conclusions reached. It is not satisfactory to state “the results will be discussed.”


Submission:
Forward an e-mail with the abstract attached as a Microsoft Word document to: abstracts@njhealth.org.

The subject line of your e-mail should read: “Your Last Name, YIF2019.” Submission deadline is Monday, June 17, 2019.


Notification:

  • Abstract Receipt: Notification of abstract receipt will be provided to you via e-mail.

  • Abstract Acceptance: Notification of abstract acceptance or rejection will be provided to you via e-mail in July 2019.

Program Faculty:

 

Jay Kolls, MD (Program Chair)
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
John W Deming Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine 
Director, Center for Translational Research in Infection and Inflammation 
Tulane School of Medicine 
New Orleans, LA
   

Janet Lee, MD (Program Co-Chair)
Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA
   
Neil Aggarwal, MD
Neil Aggarwal, MD
Chief, Lung Biology and Disease Branch, Division of Lung Diseases,
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH,
Bethesda, MD
   

Rafeul Alam, MD, PhD
Professor and Chief, Division of Allergy & Immunology
Veda and Chauncey Ritter Chair in Immunology
Department of Medicine
National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO
   

Leila Kheirandish-Gozal, MD, MSc.
Professor and Director of Child Health Research Institute
Department of Child Health
University of Missouri School of Medicine
Columbia, MO
   

Barry J. Make, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO
   

Enid Rose Neptune, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD
   

Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr, MD
Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Vice Chancellor, Clinical & Translational Science
Director, Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine & Science
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
New Brunswick, NJ
   

Lisa R. Young, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Cell and Developmental Biology
Janie Robinson and John Moore Lee Endowed Chairholder 
Director, Center for Childhood Lung Research
Director, Rare Lung Diseases Program
Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN
   
   

Research Advisors:

 
James Chmiel
James Chmiel, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy and Sleep Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health
Indianapolis, IN
   
Tushar Desai
Tushar Desai, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, PCCM
Institute for Stem Cell Biology
Woods Family Endowed Faculty Scholar
Stanford Child Health Research Institute
Stanford University
Stanford, CA
   
Mihaela Teodorescu
Mihaela Teodorescu, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Director, James B. Skatrud Pulmonary/Sleep Research Laboratory
William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran’s Hospital
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Center for Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research/Wisconsin Sleep
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

 

 

This activity is supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP.