Office of Professional Education


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

October 14-17, 2021 • Denver, CO

► Get notified when news about abstract submissions for the 2021 Forum is posted! Let us know you want to be on the contact list by emailing proed@njhealth.org today!

If you need additional information, please contact Mandy Comeau of National Jewish Health, at 303.728.6585 or comeaum@njhealth.org


► Congratulations to our Research Award winners and to all who were selected to present at the16th Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators' Forum held online October 8-10, 2020. Read more.


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 young investigators 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 2020 Call For Research Abstracts Brochure (PDF)

ATS Scholar Publishes Study on Impact of Forum

Learn how the Forum impacts the future of physician-scientists in this study published in ATS Scholar.  View the article.


Please click on the following topics for more information:

Description

Learn why this Forum exists and the impact is has on the future of research in medicine.

 

Activity Information and Agenda

See the tentative schedule of events based on last year's forum.

 

Eligibility and Selection Process

Understand who is eligible to submit abstracts and how judges make their selections.

 

Abstract Submission and Notification Process

Rules for preparing your submission and the timeline for notification.

Faculty Judges and Research Advisors

Meet the Faculty who served at the 2020 Forum.

A Review of Previous Forums

View photos, videos and recaps from 2017 through 2020.


In this video, Barry Make, MD, shares about his role as a research advisor at the Forum and how the rehearsal sessions help the investigators prepare for their presentations and for their careers.​


 

Description

The Seventeenth Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum

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. 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 16 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.

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Activity Information and Agenda

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 and others, in either pediatric or adult  populations. Recognizing the apt attention the current pandemic requires across all healthcare organizations, we also welcome research on COVID-19 to be submitted in this Call for Abstracts.

All attendees will be required to attend all program 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. 

 

2020 Tentative Agenda for Denver, CO Location:

Thursday, October 8, 2020
11:00 – 5:00 PM  Rehearsal Sessions
6:30 – 8:30 PM      Welcome Reception/Buffet Dinner
   
Friday, October 9, 2020
8:00 – 3:40 PM  Buffet Breakfast
  Young Investigators’ Presentations
  Expert Faculty Career-Based Presentations
  Meet-the-Professor Buffet Lunch
6:30 – 8:30 PM      Buffet Dinner
   
Saturday, October 10, 2020
8:00 – 3:40 PM  Buffet Breakfast
  Young Investigators’ Presentations
  Expert Faculty Career-Based Presentations
  Meet-the-Professor Buffet Lunch
6:30 – 8:30 PM      Awards Dinner


Science Never Stops – The Steering Committee for the Young Investigators' Forum will continue to monitor recommendations by the CDC related to COVID-19. In the event that a live conference is not possible, virtual options are under consideration.
 

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:

For additional information, please contact Mandy Comeau of National Jewish Health, at 303.728.6585 or comeaum@njhealth.org

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Eligibility and Selection Process

Abstract Submission Deadline:

All abstracts must be received by June 2021. The exact date will be announced when the abstract submission process is opened.

 

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, allergic rhinitis, genetics of airway diseases, sleep disorders, or bronchiectasis, in either pediatric or adult  populations. Recognizing the apt attention the current pandemic requires across all healthcare organizations, we also welcome research on COVID-19 to be submitted in this Call for Abstracts.

  • Fellows enrolled in basic science or clinical research programs during the 2020-2021 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, 2021. Abstracts/papers to be presented at future medical meetings are eligible for submission. Only 1 abstract submission of original work will be accepted. 

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?

 

Awards:

An awards ceremony will be held on Saturday evening, October 17, 2021, at which the award winners in each of the 2 categories (basic science and clinical) will be announced.

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Abstract Submission and Notification Process

Instructions for Abstract Preparation and Submission:

1. Identification: Abstracts that do not have complete identification information may not be accepted.

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.”

 

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 2021.

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2020 Program Faculty:

Janet S. Lee, MD (Program Co-Chair)
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Environmental Occupational Health
Director, Acute Lung Injury Center of Excellence
UPMC Chair in Acute Lung Injury
University of Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh, PA​
   
Barry J. Make, MD (Program Co-Chair)
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Co-Director, COPD Program
Director, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Respiratory Care 
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO
   
Neil Aggarwal, MD Neil Aggarwal, MD
Chief, Lung Biology and Disease Branch
Division of Lung Diseases
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
Bethesda, MA​
   
William Busse, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Allergy & Immunology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI​
   
Marie Egan, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory) and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
   
Christopher H. Goss, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Co-executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Network
University of Washington​
Seattle, WA​
   
Maria Padilla, MD
Director, Advanced Lung Disease/Interstitial Lung Disease Program
Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Mount Sinai-National Jewish Respiratory Institute
New York, NY​
   
Stokes Peebles, MD
Professor of Medicine  
Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Elizabeth and John Murray Chair in Medicine
Training Program Director, Allergy Immunology Fellowship Program
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN​
   
Irina Petrache, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Chief, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Wollowick Chair in COPD Research
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO​
   

Research Advisors:

Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
University of California at San Diego
Staff Physician, VA San Diego Healthcare System
San Diego, CA​
   
Anthony N. Gerber, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Department of Biomedical Research
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO​
   
Jennifer L. Taylor-Cousar, MD, MSCS, ATSF
Medical Director, Clinical Research Services
Co-Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program
Director, Cystic Fibrosis Therapeutics Development Center Adult Program
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO​


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A Review of Previous Forums

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