On April 16th, Kennedy Krieger held its first combined research-focused event, the Gary W. Goldstein Research Symposium and Trainee Poster Day. This event, dedicated to showcasing the remarkable work of Kennedy Krieger's trainees along with the groundbreaking projects led by our research faculty and staff, was well attended by leadership, staff, mentors, and trainees across the organization.

The day included:

  • Rapid-fire talks by six trainees and five faculty/staff
  • Poster presentations by over 28 trainees and 17 faculty/staff
  • Keynote presentation by Douglas Robinson, PhD of Johns Hopkins on effective mentorship
  • Goldstein Innovation Grant project highlight by 2020 awardee Luther Kalb, PhD
  • Announcement of 2024 Goldstein Innovation Grant awardees, Guanshu Liu, PhD and Eric Chin, MD
  • Over 170 attendees!

View the program to read more about the event's activities.

Two men stand next to each other and smile. They are standing in front of a wall that recognizes the names of donors to Kennedy Krieger Institute in circular signs.

Congratulations to the following winners! 

Goldstein Research Innovation Grant Awardees

  • Eric Chin, MD: A randomized crossover trial of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain in adults with cerebral palsy: A biopsychosocial foundation for pain treatment trials
  • Guanshu Liu, PhD, Co-PIs, Renyuan Bai, PhD and Verena Staedtke, MD PhD: Engineering EV-AAV for MRI-guided gene therapy of Neurofibromatosis Type 1

Trainee Rapid Fire Talk Winners

  • Dawn Lammert MD PhD. Mentor, Joseph Scafidi DO MS: Neurotransmitter homeostasis and anapleurosis in neonatal brain injury
  • Lukman Ismaila PhD. Mentor, Ann Choe PhD: Impact of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) level on Cortical Reorganization

Poster Presenter Winners

  • Diogo Fortes BA – Best Advocacy Poster. Mentor, Mirian Ofonedu PhD, MSW, LCSW-C: Faith Community Learning Collaborative for Faith Leaders: an inclusive faith support ambassador program
  • Alyssa DeRonda MS – Best Research Poster. Mentors, Keri Rosch PhD and Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus PhD: Unlocking the neural basis for reading fluency in neurodevelopmental disorders: The role of sensory integration and executive functions in reading fluency<