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  Children's Research Institute hosts 9th Annual Research Day
May 12, 2009

Washington, DC—Children’s Research Institute at Children’s National Medical Center held its 9th annual Research Day on April 30, 2009. More than 200 posters highlighted the breadth and depth of translational pediatric research conducted at Children’s National.

Scientists, physicians, nurses, graduate students, and hospital staff were on hand to discuss their research and explain the findings to judges and visitors.

“This year’s event is by far the largest in history at Children’s National Medical Center,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Chief Academic Officer. “It truly exemplifies the spirit of collaboration we emphasize here at Children’s National, and displays the depth of our multi-disciplinary work.”

Posters were presented and adjudicated by expert judges across four main categories.
  • Clinical research
  • Community-based research
  • Basic/translational research
  • Education, training, and program development
“Our winners and honorable mentions represent the best and most creative in each category,” said Mendel Tuchman, MD, Scientific Director of Children’s Research Institute. “But every participant should be commended because one thing is clear: our investigators continue to produce impressive research in every area of study, with a shared goal of improving children’s health.”

Prizes were awarded in each category according to the rank of the researcher, including: faculty member, post-doctoral fellow, student/trainee, and staff member.

Additionally, for the first time at Children’s National Medical Center, Angel Soler-Garcia, PhD, Natella Rakhmanina, MD, Parnell Mattison, MD, and Patricio Ray, MD, received a special Research Day award from the American Federation for Medical Research for their poster entitled “EGF, FGF-2, and MMP-2: A novel urinary biomarker profile for children with HIV-nephropathy.” This award is given by a separate selection committee and awarded to a junior faculty member whose clinical and translational research work (involving human subjects) exemplifies dedication to Children’s high standards of research excellence.

Download the full list of winning research presentations.

Contact: Jennifer Leischer or Emily Dammeyer; 202-476-4500
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Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a proven leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is proudly ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit Children’s Research Institute, the academic arm of Children’s National Medical Center, encompasses the translational, clinical, and community research efforts of the institution. Learn more about our research programs at