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The School of Graduate Studies

Annual Research Day 2015 - April 1, 2015                                                     

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the centerwide ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 . The day will consist of a platform session, two poster sessions, followed by a keynote address, and finally, the Annual Research Day dinner.  

There will be presentations from students in the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the School of Nursing, and the College of Health Related Professions.  Medical residents, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students conducting research with Downstate faculty are also represented.  

Dr. Andrew B. Schwartz, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh, will deliver the keynote lecture, "Recent Progress toward a High-Performance Neural Prosthesis" at 4:00pm in the Alumni Auditorium. A neurophysiologist at the University of Pittsburgh, he has spent three decades mapping the connections between the brain and the body. His path to prosthetics came through a long-held interest in understanding spinal cord injuries. Laboratory studies range from muscle activation and limb mechanics, learning mechanisms, and information metrics to object-hand interaction. Results from this basic science research are used to design and implement upper-extremity neural prosthetics. The prosthetic work began in the early ‘90s and has progressed from demonstrations in monkeys to implementation in a paralyzed human subject. Schwartz's team developed a prosthesis that could mimic complex motions. To run the device using a subjects own brain activity, they implanted electrical sensors into the patient's brain. By the second day, she could give Schwartz a high-five. In 13 weeks, she had a degree of control that the scientist had expected would take a year to master. Andrew Schwartz continues to move this exciting field forward with extraordinary accomplishments.

Annual Research Day provides an excellent occasion for the entire Downstate community to share the results of their research  efforts. Instuctions for presenting are here.  Abstracts and applications were accepted from February 23 to March 13th, 2015.

The schedules are here: Platform Presentations, and Poster Presentations

The abstracts for presentations are here: Platform Presentations, and Poster Presentations


The schedule for the  day will be as follows:

10:00 am - 12:00 noon      Platform Session
12:00 noon – 1:45 pm       Poster Session 1
1:45 pm – 2:00 pm            Intersession (changing posters)
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm            Poster Session 2
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm            Annual Graduate Day Keynote Lecture
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm            Annual Research Day Dinner - Blank Reservation Form  -  Fillable PDF Reservation Form

Faculty from the campus' colleges will judge the presentations. All graduate students past their second year (excluding those students within 6 months of their final thesis defense) are required to make a presentation.

A limited number of travel fellowships will be awarded for the best presentations among those that are judged.  Full travel fellowships in the amount of $1,500 and partial fellowships will be awarded.  The May-Kin Ho and Daniel Dean Travel Fellowship for best Platform Presentation will be announced just prior to the Keynote Lecture.  New this year, the Graduate Student Employee Union Professional Development Scholarships will be awarded to three deserving School of Graduate Studies Students, one in each of the three School of Graduate Studies programs.  Last year, we awarded 4 full fellowships and 6 partial fellowships. Travel fellowships are to be used to cover costs for the student or resident to present their work at a scientific meeting.

Annual Research Day Dinner will also be on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Pacificana Restaurant, 813 55th Street, Brooklyn, meeting at 6:30pm. The menu is a traditional ten course Chinese banquet.  Parking is free with validation on 55th Street, under the restaurant; closest subway is the N 8th Avenue station.  Special diet (i.e., vegetarian) meals will be made available if you request one by March 20th.

We look forward to another exciting day of activities.     

Mark Stewart, MD, PhD