Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS
Brenda Poindexter, MD, MS, is currently Chief of the Division of Neonatology at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Marcus Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Poindexter is an accomplished and nationally recognized leader in clinical research. She has led large randomized clinical trials and served as Principal Investigator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver NICHD Neonatal Research Network for over 15 years. Her sustained area of discovery has focused on the nutritional needs of preterm infants and optimal feeding strategies. She has made fundamental contributions regarding protein intake and metabolism, human milk and newborn growth.
Council Position: Hematology, Oncology
Janice Staber, MD
Janice Staber, MD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Hematology/Oncology/BMT at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, IA. The goal of her work is to improve treatment options for patients with hemophilia and other heritable bleeding disorders. Dr. Staber’s current research aims to understand the impact of factor VIII deficiency on brain structure and function as well as determine the mechanism behind these changes. Dr. Staber has been a member of SPR since 2018 and previously served as a speaker for the APS SPR Virtual Chat/Webinar Series on Career Development. Dr. Staber is a previous National Hemophilia Foundation Career Development Awardee and has received funding from multiple societies including American Society of Hematology. Currently, her work focuses on factor VIII deficiency and its neurophenotype. She is currently funded by an NIH R01. At her institution, Dr. Staber facilities a faculty grant preparation group called ‘K Club’ where senior and junior faculty meet every other week to evaluate grant proposals and manuscripts written by junior faculty. She would prioritize career development activities that support junior faculty successful transition to independent research.
Council Position: General Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Hospital Medicine
Sara Van Driest, MD, PhD, is the Director of Pediatrics for NIH’s All of Us Research Program, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in the Division of General Pediatrics. Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Van Driest’s laboratory at VUMC was focused on pediatric precision medicine, specifically using electronic health records and other clinical data to fill knowledge gaps in pharmacogenetics. Now, as Director of Pediatrics for All of Us, she will lead efforts to enroll pediatric and adolescent participants who reflect the diversity of the United States. An SPR member since 2015, Dr. Van Driest has been an active participant in annual meetings, presenting primary scientific findings and proposing and leading innovative sessions. If selected for SPR’s Council, she would represent the viewpoint of a general pediatrician providing primary care in an academic setting, while also serving as a vital channel to inform, provide feedback to, and learn from the experiences of the All of Us Research Program. She would look to collaborate with Council members and others, tapping their collective expertise to inform recruitment of pediatric participants from diverse backgrounds and ensure the collection of high-yield data for the All of Us dataset. Lessons learned from this effort would be shared to help inform and improve the program’s future research efforts.
Council Position: Nephrology
Jacqueline Ho, MD, MSc
Jacqueline Ho, MD MSc is the Division Director of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, as well as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Ho leads an investigative team focused on understanding how microRNAs regulate kidney development, acute kidney injury, and renal fibrosis. An SPR member since 2016, Dr. Ho is passionate and committed to mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists. She has been co-Director of the CHP pediatric physician-scientist training program since 2016 and is active in the National Pediatrician-Scientist Collaborative Workgroup. She has previously served on the American Society for Pediatric Nephrology Program Committee to contribute to PAS programming, and chaired the ASPN Research Committee 2015-2016. Dr. Ho is enthusiastic to lead efforts to re-envisage physician-scientist training, think creatively about supporting trainees and increasing diversity.
Council Position: Neurology
Emily Tam, MDCM, MAS, FRCPC
Emily Tam, MDCM, MAS, FRCPC, is a Child Neurologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Tam leads a CIHR- and NIH-funded program of clinical research focused on understanding metabolic and nutritional risk factors for neonatal brain injury. She also directed the Neonatal Neurology fellowship training program at SickKids since 2014, training 25 neurologists and neonatologists to date. Dr. Tam has played a key role in the standardization of training in neonatal neurocritical care in the US and Canada. She is also actively involved in hospital DEI working groups within Pediatrics and Neurology. An SPR member since 2013, she has consistently had an active involvement at PAS meetings, including abstract review, symposia moderation, poster facilitation, and invited lectures. Dr. Tam has served on the PAS Program Committee since 2021, playing a lead role in coordination of neurology programming at the PAS annual meeting, as well as organizing and chairing pre-conference postgraduate courses. As an Asian Canadian woman, Dr. Tam is passionate about mentoring, incorporating principals of diversity, equity, and inclusivity to promote success in the next generation of clinician-researchers.
Council Position: Health Services Research
Alyna T. Chien, MD MS
Alyna T. Chien MD MS is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chien’s research is focused on aligning incentives with desired child health outcomes, creating novel methods (e.g., the Children with Disabilities Algorithm), and conducting real-world payment experiments. Dr. Chien has been funded by AHRQ, NICHD, NIMHD, and numerous foundations; she routinely publishes in peer-reviewed outlets (e.g., the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Pediatrics, Pediatrics, JAMA, and the National Academies of Science); and she serves as Associate Editor for HSR for Academic Pediatrics. As a member of SPR since 2013, Dr. Chien has been creating community among researchers engaged in child population health and health disparities research and particularly enjoys creating collaborations across the medical and social sciences. In 2021, Dr. Chien co-founded SPR’s Task Force on Child Population Health Research, which has hosted several online and PAS-based networking events over the past two years. In 2022, Dr. Chien began her tenure on the Pediatric Academic Societies Program Committee as the HSR Coordinating Chair. If elected to SPR Council for HSR, Dr. Chien will continue bringing together HSR researchers of all types and stripes to build a vibrant community for now and the future.
Council Position: Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition
Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, FAASLD
Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, FAASLD is a Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as Co-Director for the Center of Clinical and Translational Research and Director, Pediatric Program for the Georgia CTSA. Dr. Vos conducts clinical research that aims to solve the clinical challenges of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) including developing novel diagnostics, therapeutics, personalized nutrition as treatment and prevention algorithms. Dr. Vos has been an SPR member for over 10 years and has served on the Professional Education Committee, the Research Committee and chaired the NAFLD Task Force for the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, a partner institution to SPR. Dr. Vos has chaired two pediatric guideline committees, as well as been a permanent member on an NIH study section and on editorial boards for Hepatology and Hepatology Communications. Dr. Vos is passionate about improving the visibility of pediatric research and access to funding for pediatric researchers, particularly as funding priorities are rapidly changing at the NIH and across foundations. Dr. Vos would prioritize activities that advance principles of transparency, fairness, and equality in research funding opportunities and efficiency to reduce faculty administrative burden in conducting federally funded research.