Department of Medicine Research Day Poster Awardees

June 29, 2018

Postdoc fellow, Louise Reilly, PhD, mentored by CVRC trainer, Dr. Lee Eckhardt, MD was selected as a Best Poster Awardee for basic science at the Department of Medicine’s annual Research Day event. Her poster was titled, “KCNJ2 mutation decreases adrenergic-dependent IK1 modulation and is linked to CPVT phenotype in novel genetic model.”

On June 15, 2018, the Department of Medicine’s eleventh annual Research Day event resulted in a remarkable experience for more than 200 attendees, 85 poster presenters, 3 plenary speakers, and 12 faculty members delivering oral presentations. Interest in Research Day stretched beyond the physical confines of the Health Sciences Learning Center, as live coverage of the proceedings on the Department of Medicine Twitter account using the hashtag #DOMResearchDay2018 resulted in more than 17,937 impressions. For a photo gallery, click here.

Best Poster Awardees as selected by a panel of faculty judges were:
Basic Science Winners

  • Louise Reilly, PhD, Cardiovascular Medicine, mentored by Lee Eckhardt, MD. Poster title: “KCNJ2 mutation decreases adrenergic-dependent IK1 modulation and is linked to CPVT phenotype in novel genetic model”
  • HungTae Kim, BS, Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism mentored by Dawn Davis, MD, PhD. Poster title: “Cholecystokinin Promotes β-cell Survival in INS-1E Cells, Mouse and Human islets”
  • Maria Mora Pinzon, MD, MS, Geriatrics and Gerontolog,y mentored by Jane Mahoney, MD. Poster title: “From Stepping On to Pisando Fuerte: Adapting an evidence-based falls prevention program for Hispanic/Latino Seniors”
  • Cheri Pasch, BS, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, mentored by Dustin Deming, MD. Poster title: “Patient-derived Organotypic Cancer Spheroids (PDOCS) as Predictive Models for the Treatment of Human Cancers in a Clinically Meaningful Time Frame”
  • Caitlyn Holmes, BS, Rheumatology, mentored by Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD. Poster title: “Defining a Role for Citrullination in Neutrophil Extracellular Trap-like Structures”

Clinical/Translational Winners

  • Kara Goss, MD, MS, Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine. Poster title: “Early Pulmonary Vascular and Right Ventricular Dysfunction in Healthy Young Adults Born Premature”
  • Amy Kind, MD, PhD, Geriatrics and Gerontology. Poster title: “Visualizing Socioeconomic Disadvantage to Inform Programs and Policy: The Neighborhood Atlas”
  • Andrew Merluzzi, BA, Geriatrics and Gerontology mentored by Barbara Bendlin, PhD. Poster title: “Differential Effects of Neurodegeneration Biomarkers on Subclinical Cognitive Decline”
  • Jakob Ohman, MS, Nephrology, mentored by Sana Waheed, MD. Poster title: “Survival Based On Dialysis Modality in the Older Population” 
  • Nnenna Ezah, BA, Rheumatology, mentored by Christie Bartels, MD, MS. Poster title: “Examining Relationships between Smoking, Poverty, and Race in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus”

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