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June 5, 2009

SIU Med School Announces Research Symposium Awards

Eight medical and graduate students and resident physicians received top awards in the 19th annual Trainee Research Symposium at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

The symposium offers various trainees in Springfield an opportunity to gain experience in making formal presentations of their research findings.  Faculty advisors provided assistance for each project.

The top projects in each category, as judged by a panel of faculty, received monetary prizes.  The judging criteria included -- preliminary data and research approach, research design, project creativity, originality, and the potential scientific or medical significance.

The first-place medical student winner was Lisa Shah, a sophomore from Centralia, for her project “Cimetidine-Associated PDA is Mediated via a Cytochrome P450 Mechanism Independent of H2 Receptor Antagonism.”  Her faculty advisor was Dr. Jeffrey Reese, associate professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University.  The second-place medical student winner was Deena Chihade, a sophomore from Forsyth, for her project, “The Potential Role of Tumor Protection by Paclitaxel-Induced Inflammation Mediated by Binding to Toll-Like Receptor 4.”  Her advisor was Sophia Ran, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology at SIU and a member of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute.

The first-place graduate student winner was Mohit Sachdeva, a medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology graduate student from India, for his project, “P53 Represses c-Myc Through Induction of the Tumor Suppressor miR-145.”  His faculty advisor was Yin-Yuan Mo, Ph.D., associate professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology and a member of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute.

The second-place winner was Michael J. Flister, a medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology graduate student from Antioch, for his project, “VEGFR-3 and Prox1 are Elevated by the NF-kB During Inflammatory Lymphangiogenesis.”  His faculty advisor also was Ran.

Third-place went to Vijay Walia, a pharmacology graduate student from India, for his project, “p53-Target Gene hCLCA2 Inhibits Breast Cancer Cell Survival.”  His faculty advisor was Randolph Elble, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology and a member of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute.

The first-place resident was Dr. Anushree Agarwal, an internal medicine resident from India, was recognized for her project, “False Activation of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for Treatment of ST Elevation Mycardial Infarction: Does Emergency Department Volume Matter?”  Her faculty advisor was Dr. Frank Aguirre, professor of cardiology.  The second-place winner was Dr. Kyle Siewert, an orthopaedic resident from Springport, Ind., for his project, “Assessment of Knee Alignment after Bicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty.”  His advisor was Joseph Milbrandt, Ph.D. associate professor of surgery and director of clinical research for surgery.  The third-place award went to Dr. Nishith K. Singh, an internal medicine resident from India, for his project “The Characteristics of Stress Cardiomyopathy Recurrences in 77 North American Patients.”  His faculty advisor was Dr. Frank L. Mikell of Prairie Cardovascular Consultants and a volunteer faculty member at SIU.

Judges for this year’s symposium were Dr. Michael Brenner, assistant professor of surgery; Dr. Joan Esplin, associate professor of hematology/oncology; Dr. Janak Koirala, associate professor of infectious diseases; Mo; Vickram Ramkumar, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology; Dr. Krishna Rao, Ph.D., assistant professor of hematology/ oncology; Donald Torry, Ph.D., professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology; and Rita Trammell, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology.

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Note to Editor:  Lisa Shah is the daughter of Dr. Prashant and Dolores Shah of Centralia.  Deanna Chihade is the daughter of Issam and Juliette Chihade of Forsyth.  Michael Flister is the son of Gail Flister of Antioch and the late John Flister.

 

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