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Trainee Research Symposia showcases next-gen lab leaders

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Eighty-five trainee researchers shared findings from their most promising scientific and clinical investigations at the 33rd Annual Trainee Research Symposium on April 18 and 21 at SIU School of Medicine. The two-day hybrid symposium offered trainees in Springfield and Carbondale an opportunity to gain experience in making formal presentations of their research and clinical discoveries. Faculty mentors provided assistance for each project. Presenting trainees included graduate students (30), medical students (31), Residents and Fellows (24).

“This symposium illustrates the innovation and dedication of our graduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, and our faculty at the School of Medicine,” said Don Torry, PhD, professor and associate dean for research. “Two full days of presentations reflect the amazing breadth and depth of scholarly pursuits at the school. The trainees are challenging current thinking about disease understanding, detection, treatment or prevention. Their energy and ideas epitomize our commitment of 'Championing Medicine through Research.'” 

The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to optimize the health and health care for the people of central and southern Illinois.

33rd Annual Trainee Symposium Awardees: Clinical Day
 Medical Students:  
RANKFull Presentations:  
1Nellie RobertsMMICBAndy Wilber
2Avani YagantiPopulation Science & PolicyNicole Summers-Gabr
2Kassidy SheedyOb/GynErica Nelson
3Morgan EngmannInternal MedicineRong Yuan
3Zach SettelmyerInternal MedicineMichael Buhnerkempe
3Emma JohnsOb/Gyn (Pediatrics)Beau Batton
 Lightning Round Presentations:  
1Michael BrownSurgeryStephen Hazelrigg
2Joey MaioccoMMICBAndy Wilber
2Sophia MounceSurgerySowmy Thuppal
3Austin RueMMICBAndrea Braundmeier-Fleming
3Fletcher SummaPhysiologyJacob Nordman
3Hunter JonesFamily and Community MedicineMeghan Golden
 Full Presentations:  
1Ying HuInternal MedicineRamprasad Jegadeesan
2Nicolas ReveltOrthopedic SurgeryD. Gordon Allan
2Nikita GargPediatricsJulie Fleischer
3Maggie ServinGynecology/OncologyJ. Ricardo Loret de Mola
3Sachin AggarwalGastroenterology and HepatologyHarris Siddiqui
3Mohammad-Adnan KhanFamily & Community MedicineJacqueline Vardaros
 Lightning Round Presentations:  
1Saskia D'SaPediatricsPrashanth Porayette
2Adam LipsonNeurosurgeryJeffery W. Cozzens
2Katherine HartsternOrthopedic SurgeryJacqueline Vardaros
3Anthony MiltoOrthopedic SurgeryAndrew Mills
3Saskia D'SaPediatricsMarcela Rodriguez
3Marjorie WilliamsFamily MedicineJacqueline Vardaros
1Harris SiddiquiGastroenterologyAbdul Swied
2Anthony SleimanSurgerySowmy Thuppal
2Temitope AduPharmacologyBen Richardson
 33rd Annual Trainee Symposium Awardees: Graduate Student's Day
 Full Presentations:  
1Nazmul HaquePharmacologyShelley Tischkau
1Emmanuel OjoPharmacologyShelley Tischkau
2Shaswati AthaiyaMMICBSophia Ran
2Caleigh FindleyPharmacologyErin Hascup
3Oluwatosin TewogbolaPhysiologyPhilip Jensik
3Adrian PaterBiochemistryKeith Gagnon
3BreAnna GrigsbyMMICBDon Torry
 Lightning Round Presentations:  
1Rajaram KshertiPharmacologyBen Richardson
2Bristi PoudelPhysiology/AnatomyJoseph Cheatwood
2Seth EddingtonBiochemistryKeith Gagnon
3Han DoMMICBAndrea Braundmeier-Fleming
3Mansi ParasrampuriaBiochemistryKeith Gagnon
3Synda BoumedieneMMICBGabriel Tobon

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