NIH R13: Pediatric Dermatology Research Alliance Annual Conference

April 1, 2014  |  Research News
Dawn H. Siegel, MD

Dawn H. Siegel, MD

Dr. Dawn Siegel (principal investigator) and the Medical College of Wisconsin received a two-year, $119,000 R13 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to establish a new pediatric dermatology research conference. The goals of the inaugural meeting of PeDRA were to generate a new forum for interactions between clinicians and basic scientists and to foster collaborative research projects in pediatric dermatology.

In October 2013, Dr. Siegel planned and directed the First Annual PeDRA meeting in Chicago, IL. This 2½ day conference with 75 attendees featured educational seminars including a keynote address, didactic lecture sessions, reports from disease advocacy groups, a poster session, and an interactive evening session in which abstracts of research proposals were discussed. Relationships were cultivated through a speed networking exercise in which the participants shared their ongoing research projects and future goals. A PeDRA business meeting was conducted on the final day. PeDRA has made great progress in its first year in establishing an administrative structure and working committees, as well as in conducting this NIH-funded research meeting. Planning is underway for the Second Annual PeDRA Conference to be held November 7–9, 2014 in Chicago.