The Society for Pediatric Research Announces Dr. Eric Austin as 2024 President-elect

HOUSTON, February 27, 2024 – The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) is pleased to announced Eric Austin, MD, MSC, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as the incoming President-Elect beginning June 1. He will serve as president-elect from June 1, 2024 – May 31, 2025, then take office as president from June 1, 2025 – May 31, 2026.

Dr. Austin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, where he leads an NIH-funded translational research program to explore the genomic, clinical and other mechanisms of risk and resilience to pulmonary hypertension across the lifespan, including studies of subjects born preterm or with congenital defects. Stimulated by a passion for supporting the scientific development of Scholars at all career stages, Eric also directs the Vanderbilt Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) Program, which trains and provides mentorship to investigators in the techniques and processes crucial to successful clinical and translational research.

An active SPR member since 2010, Eric currently serves as an SPR Council Member and APS/SPR Journeys & Frontiers in Pediatric Research Group Leader. He is a committed international research collaborator and leader devoted to building research relationships with patients, families, and scientists of all career stages and backgrounds. Eric’s priorities will include expansion of SPR’s scientific career development initiatives with inclusion of scientists at all stages of career, integrated with focused advocacy on scientists’ behalf to support scholarship in pediatrics and inspire clinical researchers of all backgrounds. In addition, Eric will pursue expansion of productive collaborations with our partner organizations, such as PAS, to support these ambitious priorities to enhance child- and family-focused research.


About the Society for Pediatric Research

The Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1929. The mission of the SPR is to create a multi-disciplinary network of diverse researchers to improve child health.  The 4,800 plus members of SPR are recognized independent, productive child health researchers engaging in hypothesis-driven research.  Membership in SPR is a recognized honor in academic pediatrics requiring nomination by academic peers and leaders. For more information, please visit

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