What Happened at REI Week 2022

Dr. Vittorio Gallo presenting during REI Week 2022.
Dr. Vittorio Gallo presenting during REI Week 2022.

The 12th annual Research, Education & Innovation Week successfully concluded on April 8, 2022 under the “Frontiers in Pediatric Genomic Medicine” theme, showcasing the incredible research that happens at Children’s National Hospital and at our partner institutions.

This year, 309 abstracts were submitted and exhibited across three days during our live poster sessions. We also had eight keynote lectures and 10 additional events that reached over 1,200 participants just on Zoom, from our partners Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, JLABS @ Washington, DC, Virginia Tech, the FDA and the University Maryland, and from across the world from countries like the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Canada.

Here is what happened each day during the week:

On Monday, April 4, the day kicked off with two sessions from the Clinical and Translation Science Institute at Children’s National titled “Accelerating Clinical And Translational Research: CTSI-CN” and “How to Win a Hackathon.” The day continued with a keynote lecture from Mark A. Rothstein, J.D., who spoke about informed consent for genomic research in children. Afterwards the Children’s National Costco Main Atrium buzzed with life for the first day of live poster sessions, which featured posters on topics like cancer, dentistry and emergency medicine. A CAPE session capped off the day’s activities with Lanre Falusi, M.D., F.A.A.P., speaking on antiracist principles in teaching.

Tuesday, April 5, started with Ben Danielson, M.D., presenting the Jill Joseph Lecture with an engaging speech on justice and equity in health. The second day of poster sessions then started with topics such as imaging, HIV and neuroscience being presented. Our partners at JLABS also presented in the auditorium on “The Next Healthcare Solutions” along with startup companies that they have collaborated with. Christi Corriveau, M.D., then spoke at a CAPE session on wellness-centered leadership.

Posters during the REI Week 2022's live poster sessions.
Posters during the REI Week 2022's live poster sessions.
The busiest day of the week started Wednesday with the Larrie Greenberg lecture, presented by Eric Holmboe, M.D., speaking on enhancing medical education. He was followed by Holden Thorp, editor-in-chief of the Science Family of Journals, who presented on curating science during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our nursing partners then got their turn when Shannon Zenk, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N., spoke on the future of nursing research. Wednesday was also our last day for poster sessions, which include topics ranging from nutrition, psychology to urology. Robert Lefkowitz, M.D., closed out this jam-packed day with his lecture on his two callings in life.

The Global Health team kicked off our fourth day of activities with an open house, which preceded Google’s Ivor Horn, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., a Children’s National alumna, speaking on innovating health outcomes. H. Clifford Lane, M.D., then presented his lecture titled “Global Research in Infectious Diseases: Challenges and Rewards.” Then, Jeremy Kern, M.D., and Ian Chua, M.D., moderated a CAPE session on the medical education pathway on Zoom. Afterwards we were able to celebrate the important research showcased during the week during our closing and awards ceremony which had an incredible turnout and recognized the top posters in basic and translational science, clinical research, community-based research, quality and performance improvement and education, training and program development, highlighting our community’s investment in research.

Our CTSI-CN partners proceeded to close out the week with engaging sessions on the implications of genomic research and tools to accelerate research.

Recording for several of the lectures are available online for the public’s viewing.

The Children’s National Research Institute thanks everyone who participated through abstracts, lectures, and poster sessions in this year’s REI Week. We look forward to seeing you next year at the 13th annual Research, Education & Innovation Week which will happen on April 17-23, 2023.