Shaping Young Researchers
The spirit of metorship within the Department of Pediatrics towards training the next generation of child health clinician scientists is showcased every year duirng Undergraduate Research Day and Child Health Research Day.
Held in the spring, these two events honour the contributions to child health research by trainees, new investigators, and research staff. Both Research Days provide an opportunity for trainees from various programs, faculty members, and staff to learn more about their colleagues' current work and areas of interest, and also provides opportunities for networking.
Both days are a celebration of the year's culmination of hard work by trainees and mentors. By providing engaging research opportunities, the intent is to ignite in students an interest in pursuing a career in child health research.
Almost 40 posters were presented during Undergraduate Research Day (2014), offering students-often for the first time- a chance to display and discuss their research findings with peers, faculty and special guests. Participation is open to all undergraduate students, including medical students who are working on research under the supervision of a Department of Pediatrics faculty member. Project topics are wide-ranging, from sound levels in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to the effect of intestinal microbiota on the development of gastrointestinal tract of mice.
"The day not only creates an environment that encourages research, but it also encourages students to enter reseasrch at a very early stage in their career," say Dr. Anthony Chan, Professor and Associate Chair, Reseasrch in the Department of Pediatrics. "For many students, exposure to research in their early years is a precursor to later graduate or medical studies in which child health research remains a focus."
These contribution from all learners are valued. Chan says an undergraduate students's research project may generate data which has immediate implications or that may contribute toward answering an important question that researchers are currently working on.
Anothe major research event is Child Health Research Day. Participation is open to all postgraduate trainees, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows, and medical students working on research under the supervision of a faculty member. The work of research staff and new investigators fewer than five years from their first academic appointment is also featured. Trainees have the opportunity to compete for awards, including best poster and best oral presentations.
"The day is an opportunity for faculty and learners to showcase how they have been involved in research," says Chan. "A significant amount of time and effort goes into mentoring trainees at every level. We really try to highlight them and their efforts."
This year, Undergraduate Research Day is on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2016. Child Health Research Day is on WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016.
Undergraduate Research Day | 2013
More than 50 undergraduate and medical students and the 27 Faculty supervisors enthusiastically presented the highlights of their research in posters at the Department of Pediatrics Undergraduate Research Day on April 9th, 2013. Photos below...
5th Annual McMaster Child Health Research Day | 2013
The 5th Annual McMaster Child Health Research Day held on June 26, 2013 was a great success and attracted local media attention (read the Hamilton Spectator article: 'In Praise of Pediatrics)'.
The breadth of research in the Department of Pediatrics was showcased in 41 posters presented by trainees, research staff, and new investigators, 6 trainee oral presentations, and one featured oral presentation by new investigator Dr. Melissa Parker. Many thanks to Planning Committee members Dr. Stephanie Atkinson, Dr. Lucy Giglia, Dr. Sandy Raha, Joyce Obeid, Lindsay Akrong, Elizabeth Fonseca, and Nancy Murphy and all of our faculty members who served as judges, session chairs, and research supervisors!
The following trainees received awards for outstanding poster and oral presentations:
Outstanding Poster Presentations
- Resident: Shikha Gupta (Dr. Tapas Mondal), Successful transfer of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease to adult congenital care
- Fellow/PhD: Samantha Anthony (Dr. Anne Klassen), Further development of a conceptual model of health-related quality of life within pediatric oncology – qualitative findings
- MSc/Medical Student: Kal Mungovan (Dr. Elyanne Ratcliffe), Effects of intestinal microbiota on the development of dopaminergic neurons in the mouse enteric nervous system; Asmaa Manan (Dr. Chris Fusch), Artificial Placental: A lung assist device for neonates
Outstanding Oral Presentation
- Lia Abigail Siapno (Dr. Teresa Carter), Social anxiety and autism spectrum disorder in Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy