More than 100 people gathered together for the Institute for Child Health Policy’s second annual research event, Highlighting Children’s Health Research, on Tuesday, Nov. 4 in the Clinical and Translational Research Building. As noted by Kelli Komro, Ph.D., associate director of the Institute for Child Health Policy, the work of 28 different departments, programs, institutes, and centers at the University of Florida and a total of 18 organizations from across the United States and world were represented in the event’s poster session.
“It was inspiring to see the amount of energy surrounding children’s health research at the University of Florida,” said Betsy Shenkman, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Child Health Policy (ICHP) and chair of the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy. “This event turned out beautifully and provided an excellent backdrop for discussing potential collaborations and our research agendas with faculty members across the university.”
The speaker lineup included opening remarks from Shenkman and closing remarks from Komro. Bill Hogan, M.D., M.S., professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy and director of biomedical informatics for the UF CTSI, presented special remarks: “Not Just Big Data—Better Data: The Future of Biomedical Big Data at UF.” In addition, three ICHP faculty members gave brief presentations on their research interests in a segment called ICHP in Clinics and Communities:
- “Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates Among Low-Income Adolescents in Florida” by Stephanie Staras, Ph.D., MSPH, assistant professor
- “Childhood Adversity and Health: What We Know and What Comes Next” by Melissa Bright, Ph.D., assistant research scientist
- “Florida Trends in Pain Reliever Prescriptions and Mortality Among Adolescents” by Chris Delcher, Ph.D., adjunct research assistant professor
“This speaker lineup provided attendees with a flavor of the types of research within the Institute for Child Health Policy,” said Komro. “I also found it enjoyable to catch up with some of our affiliate faculty across campus in a more informal environment and discuss our efforts to improve children’s health.”
After the speakers’ presentations, faculty, staff, and students gathered downstairs for an evening of networking, chatting, and snacking. Spanish guitar music was provided by local musician Karl Weismantel and several ICHP affiliates came out for the event.
“It was energizing to spend an evening seeing and hearing about the diligent efforts of health researchers working across the university to address the pressing problems facing youth and families” said Abigail Fagan, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, criminology and law and ICHP affiliate. “I appreciated the cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas facilitated by the research symposium, and I was very impressed by the turn-out, especially given how busy everyone is conducting their own research and supporting the work of their own departments.”
For a complete list of research abstracts click here, or browse the photo gallery below of the Institute for Child Health Policy’s 2014 Highlighting Children’s Health Research Event, which included faculty members, students, and staff from around the University of Florida who are working to improve children’s health.