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:

Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD
Chief, Division of General Pediatric Surgery
Professor of Surgery

“What is the Organ of Origin of Pediatric Sarcomatosis: Focus on a Rare Form of Pediatric Sarcomatosis”

October 1, 2019
5:00 pm-6:30 pm
3116 Mary Ellen Jones

Dr. Hayes-Jordan is a surgeon and researcher who focuses on the study of rare sarcomas, including Desmoplastic small round cell tumors (DSRCT). She developed a first-of-its-kind mouse model that duplicates human DSRCT, allowing scientists for the first time to study the disease in an animal model that replicates the spread of tumors seen in human patients. In the clinical setting, Hayes-Jordan studies refractory and resistant sarcoma tumors, and has conducted clinical trials establishing the proper dosage of chemotherapy for children receiving Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy. Read more>>

Mike Breen, PhD, and Meghan E. Rebuli, PhD

“Air Pollution Exposure Modeling and Non-Invasive Biomarker Analysis for Clinical Studies”

October 8, 2019
12:15 pm-1:30 pm
Bioinformatics 1131

Dr. Breen is a Research Physical Scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Exposure Research Laboratory. Dr. Breen’s current research focuses on the development of air pollution exposure models, integrated with novel personal sensor technologies, to improve exposure and risk assessments for individuals in health studies and citizen scientists. He is a co-investigator for multiple health studies assessing the exposure and effects of air pollutants

Dr. Rebuli is a Post-Doctorate Research Associate in the Curriculum in Toxicology and the Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology at UNC. She studies environmental pollutants and their effects on airways, including studying sex differences in the airway of smokers and non-smokers, and investigating the effects of e-cigarettes and vaping on respiratory pathways and their potential to change susceptibility to viral infections.

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

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

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

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.

Evan S. Dellon, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
Director, Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease’s Biostatistics and Clinical Research Core

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

Dr. Dellon is a gastroenterologist with formal research training in epidemiology, clinical and translational research, and clinical trial design. He leads and collaborates with multidisciplinary research teams in the area of esophageal diseases, with a particular focus on eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Read more >>

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

Past Lectures