The Children’s Research Institute Lecture Series encourages interaction between researchers investigating childhood diseases, and stimulates new research through exposure to cutting-edge, ongoing work.

Upcoming Speakers:

Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, PhD
Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, PhDResearch Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Chair of Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics
Associate Director, MD-MPH Program
Senior Research Navigator, NC TraCS

“The Contemporary Crisis in Academic Journal Publishing — We are All in This Together!”

November 12, 2019
12:15 pm-1:30 pm
Bioinformatics 1131

Following the University of California’s system-wide decision to cancel subscriptions to Elsevier among its 10 campuses, the debate surrounding academic journal publishing—and its cost—has come sharply into focus for many universities. Please join Dr. Tolleson-Rinehart for a talk on the “open access wars” and what they mean for academic publishing at large.

Dr. Tolleson-Rinehart’s primary research interests are in health politics and health policy as well as mentoring junior faculty, trainees, and students. She uses her extensive social science training and research experience to help colleagues engage in the use of new research methods, especially in survey research, qualitative methods, and policy analysis.

Kelly K. Ferguson, PhD, MPH

Investigator, Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology Group, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Investigator, Reproductive & Developmental Biology Laboratory, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

“Organophosphate Pesticide Exposure in Pregnancy in Association with Ultrasound and Delivery Measures of Fetal Growth”

December 10, 2019
12:15 pm-1:30 pm
Bioinformatics 1131

The Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology Group conducts research on how maternal exposure to chemicals impacts pregnancy and the development of the fetus and child. They also investigate biological mechanisms of action — such as inflammation, oxidative stress, and endocrine disruption — that connect chemical exposures to adverse birth outcomes. Read more >>

This seminar is being co-hosted by the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility and the Children’s Research Institute.

Timothy R. Gershon, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

“Insight into tumor-stroma interactions in medulloblastoma from scRNA-seq analysis”

January 14, 2020
Bioinformatics 1131

Dr. Gershon is a pediatric neurologist whose research interests focus on neurobiology of cerebellar development and medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor in children. While many medulloblastoma patients achieve long-term survival through combined radiation and chemotherapy, this treatment causes long-term neuro-cognitive impairment and significant risk of incurable recurrence.  Ongoing work in the Gershon Lab is examining the processes that support developmental brain growth as potential oncogenic mechanisms and examining which mechanisms may be targeted in novel therapies to treat medulloblastoma. Read more>>

Past Lectures