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Trainees gain experience, garner awards at 2024 Research Symposia

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Seventy-four trainee researchers shared findings from their most promising scientific and clinical investigations at SIU School of Medicine’s 34th Annual Trainee Research Symposium April 16 and 19, 2024.

The two-day symposium offered trainees from across the SOM system an opportunity to gain experience in making formal presentations of their research and clinical discoveries. Faculty mentors provided assistance for the projects. Presenting trainees included 18 graduate students, 42 medical students, and 14 residents and fellows.

“The symposia illustrate 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 being done in Springfield and Carbondale.”

The trainees’ advances challenge current thinking about disease understanding, detection, treatment and prevention. “It highlights our commitment to “Championing Medicine through Research,” Torry said.  The mission of SIU School of Medicine is to optimize the health and health care for the people of central and southern Illinois.

The prizewinning studies were:

Medical Students

FULL ORAL PRESENTATIONS

PLACE

NAME

MENTOR & DEPARTMENT

1st

Anjali Patel M1

Andrew Wilber, PhD, Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

2nd

Imadh Khan M2

 

Karen Ho, MD, Vascular Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (SIU sponsor; Diana Sarko, PhD)   

2nd

Devin Compton M2

Andrew Wilber, PhD, Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

3rd

Zach Settelmyer M3

 

Michael Buhnerkempe, PhD, Internal Medicine

3rd

Lauren Kee M2

Mohamed Ahamed, MD, Pediatrics – Neonatology

3rd

Annah Carney M3

Michael Buhnerkempe, PhD, Internal Medicine

3rd

Taylor Badger M4

Andrea Braundmeier-Fleming, PhD, Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology & OB/GYN

 

LIGHTNING ROUND ORAL PRESENTATIONS

PLACE

NAME

MENTOR & DEPARTMENT

1st

Yiyi Ma M2

 

Gina M. Sizemore, PhD, Radiation Oncology, The Ohio State University (SIU sponsor: Don Torry, PhD)

2nd

Georgia Graham M2

Khalil Qato, MD, Vascular Surgery

2nd

Hannah Johnson M2

Brandon Cox, PhD, Pharmacology and Otolaryngology

3rd

Michael Brown M3

Traves Crabtree, MD, Surgery - Cardiothoracic Surgery

3rd

Chris Rossi M2

Phil Rossi, MD, Hopedale Medical Complex (SIU sponsor; Don Torry, PhD)

3rd

Kyle Cole M2

Myto Duong, MD, Emergency Medicine

 

Residents/Fellows

FULL ORAL PRESENTATIONS

PLACE

NAME

MENTOR & DEPARTMENT

1st

Grace Welp

Ricardo Loret de Mola, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

2nd

Fiyinfoluwa Soluade

Subhash Chaudhary, MD, Pediatrics

2nd

Bredesen Hartmann

Brittany Blaise, MD, Dermatology

3rd

Miranda Smith

Jacqueline Vardaros, PharmD, FCM Quincy

 

LIGHTNING ROUND ORAL PRESENTATIONS

PLACE

NAME

MENTOR & DEPARTMENT

1st

Jeffrey Baker (geniculate artery)

Sowmy Thuppal, MD/PhD, Surgery

2nd

Jeffrey Baker (environmental impacts)

Sowmy Thuppal, MD/PhD, Surgery

2nd

Kerrilyn Hewell

Yahia Zeino, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology

3rd  

Celina Chapman

Jacqueline Vardaros, PharmD, FCM Quincy

3rd

Kayla Adams

Clare Zimmerman, MD, Pediatrics

3rd

Cecelia Lai

Marcela Rodriguez, MD, Pediatrics - Infectious Disease

 

Graduate Students

ORAL PRESENTATIONS

PLACE

NAME

MENTOR & DEPARTMENT

1st

Shaswati Athaiya

 

Sophia Ran, PhD, Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

2nd

Rajaram Kshetri

Ben Richardson, PhD, Pharmacology

2nd

Oluwatosin Tewogbola

Phil Jensik, PhD, Physiology

2nd

Savannah Brannan

Ben Richardson, PhD, Pharmacology

3rd

Emmanuel Ojo

Shelley Tischkau, PhD, Pharmacology

Department of Pharmacology

3rd

Xiangwei Fang

Daotai Nie, PhD, Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

3rd

Synda Boumediene

Gabriel Tobón, MD/PhD, Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology

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