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May 25, 2011

SIU Med School Announces Research Awards for Med Students and Residents

Three medical students and six resident physicians 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.  Family information for medical students is listed at the end of release.]       

The first-place medical student winner was Lacey Stelle, a graduating senior from Bloomington, for her project “Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease an Independent Risk Factor for Transfusion in Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery?” (Dr. Christina Vassileva, assistant professor of surgery). 

Second-place was awarded to two medical students –

The first-place resident physician winner was Dr. Christopher Perro, a surgery resident from New Braunfels, Texas, who was recognized for his project “Preconditioning the Cochlea with Capsaicin Protects Against Cisplatin Ototoxicity” (Dr. Leonard Rybak, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and SIUC distinguished scholar). 

Second-place was awarded to two residents –

Third-place was awarded to three residents –

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 internal medicine; and Andrew Wilber, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology. 

Note to editor:  Lacey Steele is the daughter of Jeffery Steele and Carol Hinshaw of Bloomington.  Antonino Cavataio is the son of Vince and Cathy Cavataio of Staunton.  Pranay Patel is the son of Bholabhal Patel of Mattoon.