Engage, Learn, Enjoy

Children’s Health Council members enjoy exciting opportunities to engage directly with Weill Cornell Medicine experts and to connect with like-minded parents, grandparents and other individuals.

  • Discovery Panels bring leading physicians together for interdisciplinary discussion around today’s most pressing children’s health issues.
  • Family Science Day gets the whole family involved in science education. Weill Cornell graduate students lead hands-on science activities for Council members and their children.
  • Intimate members-only cocktail receptions and luncheons give Council members the chance to get to know one another and the scientists they support.
  • Faculty-led laboratory tours give Council members an inside look at where, when and how scientific discoveries happen.

Past Events

Navigating COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids with Dr. Sallie Permar
October 26, 2021

Register here: Webinar Registration - Zoom

With COVID-19 vaccines on the horizon for children under 11, many parents have lingering questions about safety. Join us for a talk with leading vaccinologist Dr. Sallie Permar, whose research is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. Following her presentation, Dr. Permar will be joined by distinguished immunologist Dr. Virginia Pascual to address audience questions.

Dr. Sallie Permar, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Nancy C. Paduano Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Virginia Pascual, Drukier Director, Gale and Ira Drukier Institute for Children’s Health and Ronay Menschel Professor of Pediatrics

Virtual CHC All-Member Meeting
June 3, 2021

Members will hear updates on Council activities as well as children’s health updates from faculty advisors Drs. Francis Lee, Virginia Pascual and Sallie Permar. 2020-2021 Children’s Health Investigators Fund recipients Drs. Avital Falk and Jacqueline Gofshteyn will present their research projects and highlight the achievements made possible by Council support. For more information, email chc@med.cornell.edu.

COVID-19 Vaccine Discovery Talk
April 8, 2021

Industry-leading vaccinologist and new chair of the Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Sallie Permar, will discuss how scientists design and test vaccines that are safe and effective for children. She will address the COVID-19 vaccines and answer questions from the audience. For more information, email chc@med.cornell.edu.

Virtual Family Science Day
March 7, 2021

Children ages 3-10 will learn about the brain and our five senses through hands-on experiments. For more information, email chc@med.cornell.edu.

Virtual Lab Tour with Dr. Matthew Smith-Raska
February 18, 2021

Neonatologist Dr. Matthew Smith-Raska demonstrated how he works to unravel the role genetic inheritance plays in the development of pediatric disorders like autism, congenital hear disease and cancer.

Dr. Matthew Smith-Raska, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

CHC All-Member Meeting and Celebration for Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin
November 19, 2020

Children’s Health Council members and faculty gathered virtually to hear updates on Council activities and highlights from the investigators who receive Council support. During the event, the Children’s Health Council honored Dr. Gerald Loughlin as he stepped down from his role of Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics after 18 years of service.

COVID-19 & Kids: The Year Ahead
August 19, 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine experts in pediatric immunology and developmental-behavioral pediatrics discussed what is on the horizon for COVID-related research and strategies to ensure your child's well-being in the year ahead. Click here to watch the full presentation.

Dr. Virginia Pascual, Ronay Menschel Professor of Pediatrics and Drukier Director of the Drukier Institute for Children's Health
Dr. Mary Jo Ward, Associate Professor of Psychology Research in Pediatrics
Panel moderated by Dr. Gerald M. Loughlin, Nancy C. Paduano Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics

COVID-19 & Kids: Ask the Experts
June 9, 2020
Family Science Day
February 8, 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine graduate students lead hands-on science experiments for children of our Children’s Health Council members. This year’s event featured a virtual reality experience for children ages 11 to 14.

Lab Tour
January 31, 2020

Children’s Health Council members and guests toured Dr. Matthew Smith-Raska’s lab and learned about his research on the important role of inherited factors in pediatric diseases such as autism and congenital heart disease.

Dr. Matthew Smith-Raska, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics