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:

COVID-19 Pediatric Research Panel

“Updates on COVID-19 Research in Pediatrics”

Panelists: Stephanie Schwartz, MD; Peyton Thompson, MD, MSCR; Tracie Walker, MD; Zachary Willis, MD, MPH; and Eveline Wu, MD, MSCR

November 10, 2020
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

Please contact childrensresearch@med.unc.edu for web conferencing options to attend this seminar.

For the November seminar, we will be hosting a multi-disciplinary panel discussion focused on ongoing COVID-19 pediatric research at UNC. Drs. Schwartz, Thompson, Walker, Willis and Wu will each give a short presentation highlighting their current clinical research projects, followed by a Q&A. If you have specific questions for the panel, please email them to childrensresearch@med.unc.edu.

Toni Darville, MD and Matthew Vogt, MD, PhD

December 8, 2020
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

Dr. Darville is the Vice Chair of Pediatric Research, Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology. Dr. Darville’s research lab studies the pathogenesis of genital tract disease due to Chlamydia trachomatis. Dr. Darville’s research has discovered immune signaling pathways active in disease development, and continues to pursue studies that explore host-pathogen interactions responsible for induction of disease. She is currently working to develop a vaccine to prevent chlamydial infection, and is pursuing genetic and transcriptional microarray studies to determine biomarkers of disease risk and immune pathways that lead to protection from chlamydial infection and disease. Read more >>

Dr. Vogt is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology. Dr. Vogt is studying the pathogenesis of respiratory viral diseases common to children as well as the humoral immune response to these diseases. Read more >>

Please contact childrensresearch@med.unc.edu for web conferencing options to attend this seminar.

Michelle Hernandez, MD and Allison Burbank, MD

January 12, 2021
12:15 pm-1:30 pm

Dr. Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Her research interests include asthma and the development of novel therapeutics for difficult-to-control asthma in children and teenagers, including effective interventions that can target environmentally induced inflammation to prevent disease in susceptible populations. Read more >>

Dr. Burbank is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Her research efforts centers on the study of novel therapies for asthma. Her focus involves translational and early phase clinical trials examining the airway effects of inhaled and intranasally-administered pollutants, allergens, and other inflammatory stimuli as well as the investigation of novel therapies capable of reducing or preventing these inflammatory responses. Read more >>

Please contact childrensresearch@med.unc.edu for web conferencing options to attend this seminar.

Past Lectures