Regional & National SPR Research Cohort Program

The program is designed specifically to support early career stage pediatric researchers from ALL SPR regions. The goal of this program is to help you succeed as a pediatric investigator by building a collaborative research network.

Lung Biology


Aaron Hamvas, Lurie Children’s Hospital

Krithika Lingappan, CHOP


60-minute meetings at 1pm CT: 

  • July 17
  • August 14
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 13
  • December 11

Human Genetics and Genomics


Wendy Chung, Columbia University

Sarah Morton, Children’s Hospital Boston


60-minute meetings at 1pm CT:

  • July 7
  • August 11
  • September 22
  • November 17
  • December 8
  • January 5
  • February 2 (as a backup)

Neurological Development and Disease


Fernando Gonzalez, UCSF

Kaashif Ahmad, Pediatrix, San Antonio, TX


60-minute meetings at 1pm PST:

  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 14
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 7

What Our Previous Participants Say:

“This was a great opportunity to network with others in a similar field – to hear what other early career colleagues are working on, and to get insights into both the field overall and our specific work from experts in the field. Great opportunity to present our own work and discuss specific career development wins and setbacks.”

“Very helpful to get feedback on my research. Also, helpful to get advice on other aspects of an academic medicine career such as mentoring, work life balance, and advocating for various elements of a research position.”

“I benefitted from specific scientific feedback after the opportunity to present my project, and from longer term research collaboration with other cohort members.”

“Small group discussions tailored to what our group was looking for. Opportunity to present our own work, practice asking questions and bounce ideas off one another – and be candid with asking questions about career development.”

Cohort Format

  • Kick-off at PAS 2023
  • Monthly 1-hour video calls for 6 months, with the first one in July 2023.
  • Potential additional session(s) to be scheduled to present scientific talks to SPR & MSPR Joint Council with special guests from the American Pediatric Association (APS), Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) or other leadership groups.
  • Sponsor-led Cohort calls will follow one of three formats:
  1. Work in-progress presentations by group members
  2. Feedback & trouble-shooting discussions
  3. Collaborative group mentoring

Cohort Member Commitment & Eligibility 

  • Attend all cohort meetings, unless special circumstances arise
  • Early career investigator near the end of fellowship training or within first 5 years of a faculty position
  • Active in research in Cohort topic area

Submission Deadline: February 10, 2023