American Pediatric Society
MISSION: Engaging distinguished pediatric leaders to shape the future of academic pediatrics.
VISION: A secure future for academic pediatrics.
APS/SPR Joint Council
Twice annually, the Councils of the APS and the SPR meet in joint session. These meetings serve both to inform each organization’s leadership of the mission-critical activities of the other and, especially, to administer and accomplish joint initiatives of the two groups. These joint initiatives include:
The annual PAS meeting: This meeting brings together organizations dedicated to pediatric research, mentoring, and training and serves as “home” to presentations from several generalist and specialist pediatric organizations;
The Pediatric Research Foundation: Founded by the late Dr. Ralph Feigin, the Pediatric Research Foundation is dedicated to building up an endowment fund that will be used ensure the future of the two organizations and their roles in education and advocacy for academic pediatrics;
Both organizations are also members of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations and the Pediatric Public Policy Council, and the Joint Council meetings provide an opportunity to discuss items and issues of mutual interest in this regard, as well.
International Pediatric Research Foundation
The International Pediatric Research Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization created to ensure the fiscal management of the journal, Pediatric Research. The journal publishes original research papers, invited reviews, and commentaries on the etiologies of diseases of children and disorders of development, extending from molecular biology to epidemiology.
Pediatric Research is the official journal of the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research and the European Society for Paediatric Research. Access to Pediatric Research is free for members. Institutional and individual subscriptions are also available.
American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
MISSION: The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certifies general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality health care during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and the transition into adulthood. The ABP certification provides assurance to the public that a general pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist has successfully completed accredited training and fulfills the continuous evaluation requirements that encompass the six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The ABP’s quest for excellence is evidenced in its rigorous evaluation process and in new initiatives undertaken that not only continually improve the standards of its certification but also advance the science, education, study, and practice of pediatrics.
VISION: The “North Star” for the ABP is and will remain the improvement of health outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults (hereafter, “children”).
American Physician Scientists Association (APSA)
MISSION: APSA strives to be the student physician-scientists’ leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational medicine.
Committee on Federal Government Affairs (COFGA)
The Committee on Federal Government Affairs (COFGA) provides strategic guidance to AAP’s Department of Federal Affairs on advocacy with the White House, Congress and federal agencies. COFGA also works closely with AAP councils, committees, sections, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to analyze federal issues and provide strategies for addressing them at the national level.
Aligned with the components of AAP’s Agenda for Children, issues currently being addressed include: health reform implementation, disaster preparedness, federal appropriations, tobacco regulation, and pediatric practice and workforce issues. COFGA also serves as faculty for advocacy trainings and events such as the Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, helping AAP members understand the federal legislative process, acquire skills and techniques to successfully impact Congress and effectively utilize the media for advocacy.
COFGA members contribute their federal policy expertise to benefit children, whether by testifying before the federal government on a child health legislative priority, writing an opinion piece to a local or national media outlet, or by providing a pediatric perspective to federal legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill.
Committee on Pediatric Research (COPR)
The Committee on Pediatric Research (COPR) makes policy recommendations to the Board of Directors on various aspects of child health research such as identifying major research questions, promoting funding for pediatric research (7 Great Acheivements), and monitoring the status and practice of including children in federally sponsored research studies. For information on including children in research, go to Children and Clinical Studies.
The COPR develops and collaborates with other committees on policy statements and maintains liaison relationships with many national pediatric associations and federal agencies that have a strong interest in promoting child health research. The COPR also reviews applications for the AAP Resident Research Grant.
European Society for Pediatric Research
As one of the oldest and most prolific Pediatric research societies in Europe, the ESPR co-organizes annual conferences, supports investigators with research grants, runs a mentoring program and disseminates cutting-edge findings through its journal Pediatric Research (which is also the official journal of Society for Pediatric Research and American Pediatric Society). SPR and European SPR participate in an awardee exchange program in which each organization invites the other organization to send one of their early investigator awardees to its annual meeting. The hosting organization provides complimentary registration to the awardee.
Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO)
The purpose of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO) is to promote optimal health for children by building on the efforts and expertise of the member organizations, and on the relationships between the member organizations to accomplish shared goals. Member organizations: SPR, APS, AAP, APA, AMSPDC, ABP, APPD
Japan Pediatric Society (JPS)
Through joint collaboration the SPR & JPS has developed “Fostering Leadership Program”, to support and provide opportunities to young Japanese pediatricians who desire to have research experience at high-ranking academic institutions in the United States. This will not only open the wide opportunities for them, but also expand academic and human exchanges between Japan and the United States in the field of pediatric research. SPR and JPS also participates in an awardee exchange program in which each organization invites the other organization to send three of their early investigator awardees to its annual meeting. The hosting organization provides complimentary registration to the awardees. JPS also provides travel support for SPR awardees to attend their meeting.
Regional SPR Societies
Eastern Society for Pediatric Research
The purpose of this society is to further pediatric investigation and research in the eastern United States and Canada, to promote academic careers in pediatrics, and to provide an opportunity for its members and guests (especially trainees and junior faculty members) to meet and present their recent research data for critical review. Join ESPR!
Midwest Society for Pediatric Research (MSPR)
The purpose of this society is to foster scientific pediatric research and to provide a forum for investigators, particularly younger members, to present their work for discussion and criticism by their associates. Join MSPR!
Southern Society for Pediatric Research (SSPR)
The purpose of this society is to further pediatric investigation and research in the southern states and to provide and opportunity for its members to meet periodically to present their data for critical review.
Western Society for Pediatric Research (WSPR)
The purpose of this association is to foster pediatric teaching and investigation, to encourage young investigators and to provide a platform for the presentation of original research.