Important Meeting Policies

  1. Financial support for the conference is limited to lodging. Lodging will only be covered for the nights of Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27 for those who are sharing a room*
  2. We expect that you will plan to attend the entire conference, arriving prior to the opening session on Friday (October 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM) and departing after the meeting conclusion on Saturday (October 28, 2017 at 3:30 PM).  Those participating in the Early Investigator Forum should arrive by 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 26, 2017.
  3. There are a limited number of Resident/Fellow registration slots available. Financial support for hotel and travel expenses for trainees and some junior faculty** will be available. Residents, Fellows, and Junior Faculty applying for consideration for support are required to submit a paragraph about their career goals and the role that research will play in their career. Be sure to complete the text field above to be considered. You may also submit the paragraph directly to Chezka Solon at by August 25, 2017.
  4. Residents, Fellows, and Investigators are encouraged to submit an abstract for the conference. Information about the abstract submission process will be available at If you have questions regarding abstracts and/or posters, please contact Chezka Solon,, for details.
  5. Patient Advocacy Organizations are being asked to prepare their top clinical questions/research issues considered as priorities for their respective disease areas. These questions will help workgroups in their breakout sessions and will inform other conference discussions about specific research needs and opportunities for collaboration. If you have questions, please contact
  6. Abstracts should only be submitted by PeDRA Active Members or residents/fellows/junior faculty/research associates in collaboration with Active Members.
  7. Abstracts submissions are due September 7, 2017
  8. Registration deadline is October 11, 2017. No same day registration.
  9. There will be no refund of fees for cancellation after October 2, 2017.
  10. Industry colleagues: For detailed policy regarding industry engagement at the Annual Conference, please contact  Sheila Rittenberg

*Financial support for lodging is not available to advocacy or industry partners.  No other financial support (i.e. travel, transportation or M&IE) is offered.

**Junior faculty within the first 2 years of practice and attending the meeting for the first time.