Three cheers!

2019 Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Mentor of the Year

Hallam Hurt, MD Hallam Hurt, MD Sincerest congratulations go out to Hallam Hurt, MD, Education Director of CHOP’s Neonatal Follow-up Program, who was recently named the 2019 Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR) Mentor of the Year.

Every year the ESPR presents one Mentor of the Year award to an outstanding teacher who has had a major impact on developing research skills in trainees and launching productive research careers. Hallam truly exemplifies these talents and is extremely deserving of this award.

Neonatology Clinical Research Symposium

Neonatology Clinical Research Symposium EBM Award Rebecca Simmons, MD, left, pictured with Division Chief Eric Eichenwald, MD, and retired neonatologists and evidence-based medicine pioneers, Drs. Schmidt and Kirpalani Our Division recently hosted the fourth annual Neonatology Clinical Research Symposium, highlighting evidence-based medicine (EBM) and innovative, randomized clinical trials in neonatology. The symposium was held in honor of the retirement of pioneering CHOP Neonatologists Barbara Schmidt, MD, FRCP(C), MSC, and Haresh Kirpalani, BM, MRCP, FRCP, MSc, pioneers of EBM in neonatology. Read more in "A Look Back on Two Landmark Careers."

At the symposium, Division Chief Eric C. Eichenwald, MD, announced the establishment of a new Schmidt-Kirpalani Mentorship Award: an ode to the extensive mentoring work of Drs. Schmidt and Kirpalani that will be presented every year at the same time as the Knisely Lectureship. Dr. Eichenwald introduced the award’s inaugural recipient, Rebecca Simmons, MD, attending neonatologist at CHOP, whose research focuses on elucidating the underlying molecular mechanisms that link fetal growth retardation to the later development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in adulthood.

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