Perinatal Research Society NIH – Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition Young Investigator Workshop


The 2022 Workshop and PRS Annual Meeting will be held September 8-11 in Austin, TX at the Sonesta Bee Cave Hotel.

2021 Young Investigator/Grant Writing Workshop Participants

The PRS Workshop uses immersive, active-writing, and active-oral presentation design, with one-on-one feedback from NIH-funded faculty-mentors drawn from the PRS membership. During the two-day Workshop, young investigator participants compose a clear grant proposal that tells a logical, cohesive story and makes concise statements of scientific premise, significance, innovation, and impact. Young Investigators also learn clear writing and oral communications skills.

The Workshop is funded by awards from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and Reckitt/Mead Johnson Nutrition. Successful applicants attend the two-day Workshop and the two-day PRS Annual Meeting, directly following the Workshop.

A long-term goal of the Society is to encourage young investigators to consider applying for new membership in PRS.

Application Information

We welcome applications from senior post-doctoral or clinical fellows or junior faculty (up to five years as Assistant Professor) engaged in perinatal research. Successful candidates will demonstrate scholarly achievements appropriate for career stage, have identified upcoming grant opportunities that they will pursue, and be prepared to work on their proposal at the Workshop.  Nominees are expected to attend both the Workshop and the PRS Annual Meeting, which directly follows the Workshop.

If selected for an award, the Society will arrange and cover the registration costs for both the Workshop and the Main Meeting, including hotel rooms for four nights and all meals. . The applicant and their institution are responsible for all travel to and from the venue.    

Late applications will not be accepted.

Previous participants cannot apply.

How to Apply

Prior to applying make sure that you have prepared the following documents in PDF or Word format:

Applicant Cover Letter. Please include your full name and degree, complete academic title, address, phone number, email, and gender. Please indicate if you meet the NIH definition of Underrepresented in Health Related or Scientific Fields (for more information on this, please visit NIH Diversity Criteria).  Also, please outline plans for upcoming grant submissions.  (required)

Applicant Curriculum Vitae. Should emphasize accomplishments towards a research career.  (required)

Letter of Nomination. Usually by a PRS member, mentor, Division Head, Department Chair or a supervisor who can indicate how the candidate will benefit from attending the meeting and workshop (including plans for upcoming grant submissions). (required)

Travel Expenses. Statement on institution letterhead confirming institutional support for travel expenses to attend the meeting. (required)  NOTE – if travel expenses requirement cannot be met – some funds may be available. Please indicate if your department cannot pay travel funds.

Application Packets Should be Emailed to PRS at by May 31, 2022

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If you have any other questions about the program sponsored by the NICHD or about the Perinatal Research Society, please contact;PRS at


Workshop Participants 2021

Jin Bai, PhD  PostdocUniversity of California, Irvine
Emily A Callan, MDAsst ProfessorWake Forrest
Sarah Cilvik, MD, PhDPostdocVanderbilt University
Ellen Francis, PhDPostdocUniversity of Colorado
Abhrajit Ganguly, MDAsst ProfessorUniversity of Oklahoma
Thea Golden, PharmD, PhDPostdocUniversity of Pennsylvania
Laura James-Allan, PhDPostdocUCLA
Leena Kadam, PhDAsst ProfessorWayne State University
Ananth Kumar Kammala, PhDAsst ProfessorUniversity of Texas
Megan Oakes, MDFellowWashington University, St. Louis
Priya Pantham, PhDAsst Project ScientistUniversity of California, San Diego
Leeann Pavlek, MDAsst ProfessorNationwide Children’s Hospital
Beth Pineles, MD, PhDFellowU of TX Health Science Center, Houston
Vivek Shukla, MDAsst ProfessorUniversity of Alabama, Birmingham
Shajila Siricilla, PhDResearch FellowVanderbilt University
Sarah Wernimont, MD, PhDAsst ProfessorUniversity of Minnesota
Rebecca Wilson, PhDPostdocUniversity of Florida

Faculty Advisors

Director: Lisa Joss-Moore, PhDProfessorUniversity of Utah
Co- Director: Kurt Albertine, PhDProfessorUniversity of Utah
Irina Burd, MD, PhDProfessorJohns Hopkins University
Ronald Magness, PhDProfessorUniversity of South Florida
Louis Muglia, MD, PhDPresident/CEOBurroughs Wellcome Fund
Rebecca Simons, MDProfessorUniversity of Pennsylvania
James Wynn, MDProfessorUniversity of Florida
Young Investigator/Grant Workshop Memories!