Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network: Improving Health Together

Aurora, CO US
January 23, 2023 to January 24, 2023

Building a North American Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonary Network focused on improving child respiratory and sleep health!

This NHLBI-funded (R13) conference serves as a kick-off meeting for the development of the Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network. Building upon the efforts and discussion at the NHLBI Defining and Promoting Pediatric Pulmonary Health (DAP3H) workshop, the Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network will bring together pediatric pulmonologists, sleep medicine experts, general pediatricians, families and community representatives, and other stakeholders to champion a cohesive set of agendas focused on research, dissemination, and advocacy to promote pulmonary and sleep health in children.

This conference will expand upon the priority areas and research opportunities identified at the DAP3H conference by evaluating and prioritizing action items for the developing Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network. All conference participants are asked to actively engage and contribute by:

•    Reviewing pre-conference materials and responding to pre-conference questionnaires
•    Engaging in panel discussions 
•    Participating in 1 of 4 interdisciplinary working groups during the conference 
•    Collaborating in post-conference activities to advance identified action items.

Please review the conference agenda for additional details.

Registration, Lodging, and Other Considerations

Attendance at the conference is currently limited to invitation only. Interested individuals who wish to be considered are asked to complete this form no later than November 12 (please complete the interest form after this date if you are interested in follow-up activities planned by the network and contact directly if you are hoping to attend the conference). 

The conference organizers will review all applications and send follow-up invites in early December. There is no cost to register or attend the conference; however, you will be responsible for your own travel and lodging arrangements (see below). 

Important Considerations:
•    The conference organizers are pleased to offer junior investigators the opportunity to be considered for a travel award to offset the cost of attendance. These are limited, please indicate your interest in the form linked above.
•    A block of rooms are reserved at the Hyatt Regency Hotel across the street from the conference center. Instructions to book with a reduced rate will be provided to invited attendees.
•    The in-person conference is subject to cancellation due to weather or other public health concerns (i.e. COVID-19). Please keep this in mind when making any travel arrangements. 
•    All conference attendees will be subject to the conference Code of Conduct. Please take a moment to review before registering your interest in the conference.

Interested in attending? Please complete this form by November 12, 2022.
Other questions, concerns, please contact the conference organizers at:
After November 12, 2022 – please complete the form above and contact the conference organizers directly.

For any questions regarding logistics, registration or course credit, please contact Ms. Jade Freeman at

Target Audience

We are seeking early career, mid-level, and senior interdisciplinary investigators (i.e., physician scientists, psychologists, clinical researchers) in general pediatrics, pediatric pulmonology, and sleep medicine to participate in the conference. We are also seeking representatives from the community (parent/patient representatives/other stakeholders). We are especially interested in participation from populations traditionally less engaged in research (e.g., rural settings) and those underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as participants. We are offering 10 travel scholarships to early career investigators interested in attending the conference.

Code of Conduct

Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network Code of Conduct.pdf

Learning Objectives

•    Discuss and summarize critical knowledge gaps and key objectives needed to improve pulmonary and sleep health in children.
•    Review, explore, and incorporate methods to address current inequities impacting child pulmonary and sleep health in clinical care, training, and research.
•    Foster enthusiasm and the success of early-stage investigators through mentoring and leadership opportunities. The Pediatric and Pulmonary Network will pair interested mentor-mentee investigators to work together during and after the conference.
•    Establish a series of action plans that the Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network will champion to improve pediatric pulmonary and sleep heath.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
01/23/2023 - 7:00am MST
Event ends: 
01/24/2023 - 5:00pm MST
Conference Day 1 – Jan. 23, 2023
7:30-8:00AMContinental Breakfast & Coffee

Welcome and Introductions

Stephanie Davis, Megan Tschudy, Robin Deterding

Introduction to the Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network, the conference goals and structure, and the Network’s plans beyond the conference.

Session 1: Current Gaps in Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Health

Speaker - Stephanie Davis

A high-level review and discussion of the identified barriers/gaps hindering the progression of pediatric pulmonary and sleep health from the 2021 DAP3H NIH Workshop.


Intervening Break at 10:30 – 10:45 between Panels 2 and 3

Session 2: Panel Discussion: Changing landscapes, Building Bridges, and Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

Facilitator/Introductions – Emily DeBoer

Discussions and framing of a common understanding of the current landscape of pediatric pulmonary and sleep health, long and short-term trends, the needs and gaps, and the opportunities for systematic improvement. Each panel will present for ~25 minutes followed by an open discussion for ~20 minutes.

  • Panel 1: Epidemiology of child pulmonary health: Changing Paradigms and overcoming current health disparities/inequities
    • Panelists: Sanja Stanojevic, Sharon Dell, Beverley Sheares
  • Panel 2: Centering equity in clinical training, practice, and research – the current state of the general pediatric and pulmonary workforce and the roadmap forward (followed by a short break)
    • Panelists: Debra Boyer, Laurel Leslie, Lisa DeCamp
    • Short Break
  • Panel 3: Expanding collaborations beyond the academic medical center – incorporating community-based partners in research and other initiatives
    • Panelists: Alexander Fiks, Megan Tschudy, Andrew Arthur

Session 3: Exploring Solutions – The Working Group Roadmap

Speakers - Emily DeBoer, Brandon Smith, Kori Flower with Consensus facilitators: Jacqueline McLaughlin and Jacqueline Zeeman

Goals for the working groups will be reviewed along with the planned sessions for the rest of the conference as a ‘roadmap’ for each working group.  The working groups will identify barriers stifling the advancement of pediatric respiratory and sleep health and then identify action steps to address these barriers. The consensus facilitators will explain the processes and tools that will assist the working groups in arriving at consensus opinions regarding gaps and/or action steps.  Gaps and action steps will be prioritized by each working group.

Networking Lunch

Mentor-Mentee pairs are encouraged to take time during the networking lunch to get to know each other and discuss the mentee’s research goals.

Working Group Kickoff

Working groups will assemble in break-out rooms. After introductions, working group leads will review the process and answer remaining questions.

Working groups will be tasked with identifying detailed priorities related to research, clinical practice guidelines, dissemination, advocacy, and health equity.

Working Groups:

  • Building Longitudinal Cohorts to follow lung health during childhood and adolescence (including environmental, genetic, metabolic, clinical information and biosamples)
    • Leads: Christian Rosas-Salazar, Beverley Sheares, Ilona Jaspers, Jon Gaffin, Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá
  • Developing biomarkers as objective predictors/measures/determinants of pulmonary health
    • Leads: Mike Davis, Raouf Amin, Emily DeBoer
  • Developing and implementing sleep and ventilatory control metrics applicable/useful to community/general pediatric practice and sleep specialties.
    • Leads: Ignacio Tapia, Brandon Smith, Ariel Williamson
  • Developing and implementing pulmonary function metrics applicable/useful to community/general pediatric practice and pulmonary specialties 
    • Leads: Clement Ren, Margaret Rosenfeld, Kate Hamlington-Smith

Session 4: Working Groups – In-Depth Review and Prioritization of Gaps and Action Steps

Working groups will dive into discussion of identified gaps, understanding the root causes, potential interconnectedness, and implications/impact if left unaddressed. Potential action steps and needed resources to address these gaps will be discussed.

At @3:00, consensus facilitators will circulate to each working group to collect information from each group regarding barriers/gaps. At @3:30, a web-based tool will be made available to each working group to rank and prioritize each barrier/gap based on the following:

  • Impact
  • Interconnectedness with other gaps (i.e. to address gap X, gap Y would need to be addressed first)
  • Addressability

Consensus facilitators will summarize the results and provide these findings to each group. If a second-round of voting is required after initial review of the results, it may be undertaken. NOTE: full consensus about the relative importance of each gap is not required, this initial process is to generate general agreement regarding the relative importance of the gaps and to inform later discussions about action steps.

Once the relative importance of each gap has been established, the working group is asked to begin more in-depth discussions about action steps, starting with the highest-priority gaps.


Steering Committee, Working Group Facilitators, and Delphi Facilitators Reconvene to Review Day 1

This session is a preparatory discussion for the opening of Day 2. The working group leads will share with the group the discussions, highlight areas of cross-pollination between the working groups, and discuss larger-scale impacts and action steps.


Dinner with Colleagues – End of Day 1

Reception/Banquet Room at the Hyatt-Regency – Dinner provided by Conference Organizers


Conference Day 2 – Jan. 24, 2023
7:30- 8:00AMContinental Breakfast & Coffee

Session 5 – Report out and Discussion from Day 1 Working Groups

Stephanie Davis, Emily DeBoer & Working Group Leads

Each working group will share gaps and prioritization from Day 1. Cross-pollination between the working groups will be discussed. The larger group of conference participants will provide additional input on gaps, priorities, and action steps.

Session 6 – Working Groups: Planning Action Steps for Prioritized Gaps

Working groups reconvene and discuss action steps for prioritized barriers/gaps. Participants will be provided with a structured written format for planning action steps. Questions for working groups include:

  • For each prioritized area, what action steps can be identified?
  • What is the anticipated timeframe for action steps?
  • What stakeholders and participants are needed for these action steps?
  • What, if any, barriers to these action steps are anticipated and how may they be overcome?
  • Which working group participants will take responsibility for following up on action items?


During the lunch break, the Working Group leads will discuss with the conference organizers the identified list of action steps and the consensus results for each prioritized gap. Remaining cross-cutting challenges and larger action plans will be reviewed.


Session 7: Share-out and Large Group Discussion of Action Steps and the next phase of the Pediatrics and Pulmonary Network

Stephanie Davis, Emily DeBoer and Working Group leads

The prioritization of action steps from each working group will be presented to the conference participants at-large. A summary of the cross-cutting gaps/barriers will be presented. The larger group will be asked to provide brief commentary and ideas on each of  the working group’s prioritized action steps, which will be incorporated into summaries and next phases of discussion and planning during post-conference follow-up (~15-20 minutes per working group).

The group-at large will then discuss the cross-cutting barriers/gaps identified and action steps. At @1:45, a web-based tool will be made available for conference participants to provide prioritization ranking of these gaps and action steps. Summary results and discussion will follow.



Wrap-Up & Adjourn

Stephanie Davis, Robin Deterding

There will be a brief summation of prioritized gaps and action steps within and across the working groups. There will be a review of next phases and activities of the Pediatrics & Pulmonary Network.


Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

The conference will take place in the Medical Education Conference Center at Children's Hospital Colorado. Please enter the building through the main entrance and proceed to the 2nd floor conference center.


Discounted hotel rates and information will be available at our partner hotel located 1/4 mile from Children's Hospital Colorado.

The hotel is the HYATT REGENCY Aurora-Denver Conference Center located at 13200 E 14th Place Aurora, CO 80011.

Steering Committee:

Stephanie Davis, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; UNC Children’s Hospital

Emily DeBoer, MD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Children’s Hospital of Colorado

Kori Flower, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; UNC Children’s Hospital

Aruna Natarajan, MD, PhD
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Colin Orr, MD, MPH
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; UNC Children’s Hospital

Brandon Smith, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Johns Hopkins Hospital

Ignacio Tapia, MD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Megan Tschudy, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Johns Hopkins Hospital

Ariel Williamson, PhD
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Funding and Disclosures

Funding for this conference was made possible through a R13 grant (R13HL164034) from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Additional funding for this conference was provided by UNC Children’s and Colorado Children’s Hospital. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Stephanie Davis, MD, planner for this activity, is on the advisory board for Vertex Pharmaceuticals and the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation, is a grant recipient and principle investigator of ReCode Therapeutics, and a consultant for Parion Sciences. 

Emily DeBoer, MD, planner for this activity, is a consultant and owns stock in EvoEndoscopy and is a consultant for Boehringer Ingelheim. 

Michael Davis, PhD, speaker for this activity, is a co-founder of Airbase Breathing Company. 

Sanja Stanojevic, PhD, speaker for this activity, is a consultant for Chiesi Farmaceuticals. 

Sharon Dell, MD, speaker for this activity, is a contracted researched for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim, Parion Pharmaceuticals and GlaxoSmithKline, and an advisory board member and consultant for Sanofi-Genzyme and Regeneron. 

Robin Deterding, MD, speaker for this activity, is consultant and investigator for Boehringer Ingelheim and consultant and owner of Earables, EvoEndoscopy and Now Vitals. 

Clement Ren, MD, MBA, speaker for this activity, is a consultant for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Vyaire, Mannkind and Abbvie.

Jon Gaffin, MD, speaker for this activity, has received funding from Vertex Pharmaceuticals and is a consultant for Syneos Health. 

Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

All of the financial relationships listed have been mitigated. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 12.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 12.50 Attendance


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