Pediatric Clinical Research Network SIG

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Annual Report

Co-Chairs: Alex Fiks, MD, MSCE, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Richard Ruddy, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

SIG purpose/mission: The mission of the Pediatric Clinical Research Networks SIG is to foster the development and enhance the operations of collaborative inter-institutional research networks intended to improve child health.

Current SIG goals: To hold a highly productive and informative SIG meeting each year at the Pediatric Academic Societies meetings.

Annual summary: The pediatric clinical research networks (PCRN) SIG met in Baltimore at PAS on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:30-11:30 am Hilton Baltimore's Holiday Ballroom 2. Approximately 30 individuals representing a wide diversity of pediatric clinical research networks attended at least a portion of the three hour session.

After introductions, the SIG conducted two new pediatric clinical research network consultations. The first was for the Organization of Urgent Care Health (OUCH) network. Amanda Montalbano, MD, MPH of Children's Mercy in Kansas City presented. The second was for a Reach Out & Read research network - ROR-Net. Robert Needleman, MD, Alan Mendelsohn, MD and Perri Klass, MD presented on behalf of ROR-Net. Rich discussions followed both presentations, as presenters received insights and advice from the group. The SIG session concluded with presentations by Alex Fiks, MD, the new Director of Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS), and Iman Sharif, MD, the new Director of the APA Continuity Research Network (CORNET), on network transitions. Evaluations of the session are not available at this time.

Other accomplishments for the past year can be seen below: Drs Wasserman and Fiks hosted a "Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Research with Children" discussion at the June 2015 North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) PBRN Conference in Bethesda, Maryland. They will be leading a similar session at the 2016 NAPCRG PBRN session. The sessions provide an opportunity for pediatric clinical research network leaders in primary care to network and address common areas of interest.

Finally, recruitment is under way for new chair or co-chairs of the PCRN SIG.

April 2016 Newsletter Article

The Pediatric Clinical Research Networks Special Interest Group (PCRN SIG) will be meeting at PAS from 8:30 - 11:30 on Saturday morning, April 30th in the Hilton Baltimore's Holiday Ballroom 2.

The PCRN SIG is a forum for PAS members who either are involved in or are planning to establish clinical research networks (defined as enduring multi-site clinical research collaborations).  Representatives of a diverse group of primary care (PBRNs), specialist, and disease-specific networks meet to discuss common challenges and potential solutions to those challenges, offer consultation to those planning or launching new networks, and hear other news on topics of interest to network researchers.

This meeting will feature presentations on two new networks.  Dr Amanda Montalbano of Children's Mercy Kansas City will present on a pediatric urgent care research network being jointly sponsored by the Society of Pediatric Urgent Care and the urgent care subcommittee of the AAP's Section of Emergency Medicine. Drs Robert Needlman, Alan Mendelsohn, and Perri Klass will describe their plans for a Reach Out and Read research network.  After each presentation, attendees will offer consultation to the presenters on starting and building research networks.

In addition, Alex Fiks of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will present and lead a discussion on network transitions.

We look forward to seeing network researchers from both new and experienced networks on the morning of April 30th.  We will send an APA Listserv reminder in mid-late April.

Mort Wasserman

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Alexander Fiks, MD
34th Street & Civic Center Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (267) 426-2304

Richard Ruddy, MD
3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 2008
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
Phone: (513) 636-7973



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