Highlights from the 2016 Annual Meeting

June 20 – 21, 2016 – Miami, Florida
Meeting archives available here.

Meeting Quick Stats

  • Attendees at our regular meeting: 268
  • Attendees at the Advanced Methods Workshop: 58

Day 1: Advanced Methods Workshop

The Advanced Methods Workshop provided a thought-provoking jump-start to the meeting for the almost 70 participants who attended. Janne Boone-Heinonen and Sheila Markwardt focused on latent growth curve analysis in perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, followed by Ashley I. Naimi who covered doubly robust g-estimation of structural nested models. Slides from both presentations are now available for SPER members; you must sign in to the SPER web site to access them (click here).

Many thanks to our wonderful presenters!






Day 1: Panel Discussion – Epidemiologic perspectives on precision medicine

Pauline Mendola moderated the discussion of the lively panel, which included Sandro Galea, Michael Joyner, and Nigel Paneth, on the current funding focus on precision medicine and the implications for public health. Following remarks by each of the panelists, the audience eagerly joined in the conversation.


Day 2: Round Table Discussions

As the sun rose over Miami, the two SPER roundtable discussions were already well underway. Brigitta Essen and Russ Kirby led a discussion on the topic of immigration and perinatal and pediatric outcomes, while Sarah Tinker led a discussion on the Zika virus and the many unique challenges its emergence has presented.

Day 2: Plenary Sessions

This year’s plenary sessions covered a wide-range of topics touching on many different aspects of pediatric and perinatal epidemiologic research. New this year was a 30 minute “Speed Poster” session, in which authors were given about 5 minutes to present on their posters – just enough time to pique interest and increase traffic at the full poster sessions later in the meeting.


Day 2: Keynote Address by Sandro Galea

The principles of population health science: Implications for perinatal and pediatric epidemiology research


Poster Sessions

There were 255 posters presented during the two poster sessions. The first poster session was held on Monday night in conjunction with the Welcome Reception; the second session was held over lunch on Tuesday.