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May 26, 2011

SIU Med School Announces Research Awards for Graduate Students

Twelve graduate students have received top awards in the 21st annual Trainee Research Symposium at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  The symposium offers various trainees in Springfield and Carbondale 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.

[Note:  Advisors are listed after each project name.]

The first-place graduate student winner for oral presentation was Sumedha Karmarkar, a pharmacology student from India, for her project “Resistance of SCN2.2 Neurons to Glutamate Excitotoxicity is Dependent on ERK/MAPK Signaling” (Shelley Tischkau, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology, and Dr. Kathleen Bottum, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine).

Second place was awarded to two graduate students –

Three graduate students were awarded third-place for their projects –

 

The first-place graduate student winner for poster presentation was Navneet Singh, a medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology graduate student from India, for “Loss of G-Protein Coupled Calcium Sensing Receptor Augments Malignancy and Bestows Cancer Stem Cell-Like Properties in Human Colon Carcinoma Cells” (Subhas Chakrabarty, Ph.D., professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology).

Two graduate students were awarded second-place for their project –

Three graduate students were awarded third-place for their project –

Judges for this year’s symposium were Lydia Arbogast, Ph.D., professor physiology; Dr. Laurent Brard, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Michael Collard, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology; Judith Davie, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy; Dr. Saadiq El-Amin, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery; Douglas Fix, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology; Peter Hardwicke, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry; David King, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy; Andrew Sharp, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy; Rita Trammell, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine; and Andrew Wilber, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology.

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