Welcome to the Pendergrass Day website. Here you will find information related to this year's virtual daytime symposium taking place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and anticipated timeline for social distancing, The Pendergrass Planning Committee is moving this year's Pendergrass Symposium to a virtual platform using BlueJeans. Throughout the upcoming weeks, members of the planning committee will be crafting an exciting program including oral presentations, e-posters, a virtual poster session, a poster mad-minute session, the Charagundla Lecture, and our keynote Pendergrass Lecture. Our goal is to preserve as much of the usual format for Pendergrass Day as a virtual conference.
Message from the Committee:
Pendergrass Day is marking 46 years of research and innovation. Dr. Stanley Baum started the tradition of the Pendergrass Symposium in 1976 wanting to mark the end of the academic year with a luminary speaker. Through the decades, the Department has invited world-renowned speakers to deliver the Pendergrass Lecture. In 2008, the Department added two additional components to the Symposium.
The Charagundla Lecture was added to honor the life of Sridhar R. Charagundla, MD, Ph.D., a promising young faculty member and former trainee of the department who unexpectedly passed away at the age of 35. He was a rising star in academic Radiology, known for his innovative work at the interface of imaging science and clinical medicine.
In the spirit of Dr. Charagundla, that same year we started the tradition of inviting our research trainees and house staff to submit one-page abstracts describing research projects they performed while at Penn. A faculty committee reviews and ranks each submission. The top eight are invited to give short oral presentations at the Symposium, and others are invited to present posters. From the top eight, the paper that most exemplifies the outstanding research completed by a trainee receives the honor of delivering the Charagundla Lecture.
A new feature this year will include a “Poster Discussion” talk following a format used in prominent national scientific meetings. Here the top scoring posters will be reviewed by a junior faculty investigator to highlight key results from the top posters during the oral presentation session. This new component is part of an ongoing effort to highlight the outstanding science presented at Pendergrass Day, including both oral and poster presentations.
We look forward to all the outstanding abstracts that will be submitted this year and celebrating our trainees that mark the future of Penn Radiology.