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The School of Graduate Studies

Annual Research Day

Annual Research Day

The School of Graduate Studies held it's centerwide ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018. Annual Research Day 2019 is tentatively scheduled for April 17, 2019. A preview of the application instructions for Annual Research Day 2019 is here.

ARD 2018 consisted of the platform session, three poster sessions, a keynote address, and finally, a dinner for all participants. Presentations were invited from students in the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the College of Nursing, and the College of Health Related Professions. Medical residents, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students conducting research with Downstate faculty are also encouraged to present their research findings.

The Annual Graduate Day Lecture was presented by Richard Rawson, PhD, a preeminent researcher in the area of opiate addiction and abuse. The title of the lecture was, "The opioid epidemic 2018: Recent advances in promoting treatment access and engagement." Dr. Rawson is the retired Co-Director of UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and now Professor Emeritus at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, in which he has been a member for more than 20 years. At UCLA, he was Associate Director and then Co-director of the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs over these 20 years. He is also currently Research Professor, Center for Behavior and Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont, Burlington Vermont.

Annual Research Day provides an excellent occasion for the entire Downstate community to share the results of their research efforts. Faculty from the campus' colleges judged the presentations. All graduate students past their second year (excluding those students within 6 months of their final thesis defense) were required to make a presentation.

A limited number of travel fellowships were awarded. Travel fellowships are to be used to cover costs for the student or resident to present their work at a scientific meeting.

These are the 2018 Annual Research Day Travel Fellowships:

Annual Research Day 2018 Results
Name Title Program or School Sponsor Sponsor's Department
Platform Presentation First Prize Travel Fellowship - up to $1,500
Edward Segar Prediction of disease progression in mycosis fungoides using the immune microenvironment College of Medicine Student Wadgaonkar, Raj Department of Medicine
First Prize for Poster Presentation in the Poster Sessions, May Kin Ho and Michael Dean Travel Fellowship: $1,500
Kristen Lu Novel Mechanisms of Initiation on Nedicistrovirus-like IRESs School of Graduate Studies - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student Christopher Hellen and Tatyana Pestova Cell Biology
First Prizes for Poster Presentation Fellowship - up to $1,500
Maria Munoz-Sagastibelza Drug-loaded microparticles as a treatment approach for pancreatic cancer School of Graduate Studies - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student Laura Martello-Rooney Medicine, Gastroenterology 
Jenny Paredes Immune Checkpoints and Inflammation in Colon Tumors from African Americans School of Graduate Studies - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student Laura Martello-Rooney Medicine, Gastroenterology 
Second Prizes for Poster Presentation Fellowship: $750
Olipriya Das The Role of the C1q Domain of Otolin1 in Otolith Morphogenesis School of Graduate Studies - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student Richard Kollmar Cell Biology
Yeun-po Chiang The effect of SMS gene family deficiency on lipid metabolism  School of Graduate Studies - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student Xian-Cheng Jiang Cell Biology
Adam Newton Expanding NEURON extracellular reaction-diffusion support: simulation of ischemic stroke Post Doctoral Research Fellow Bill Lytton Physiology & Pharmacology
Third Prizes for Poster Presentation Fellowship: $500
Mohamed Kahila ATR inhibition is a promising radiosensitizing strategy for chemotherapy-resistant triple negative breast cancer Resident, Pathology, PGY1 Robert Mutter The Mayo Clinic
Tia Monsouri Self-induced abscesses and repeated septicemia: care at what cost? Resident, Psychiatry, PGY2 Ramaswamy Viswanathan Psychiatry
Veronica Sebastian Hippocampal PKMzeta expression in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease School of Graduate Studies - Neural & Behavioral Science Student Todd C. Sacktor Physiology & Pharmacology
Samir T. Kumar Impact of Diabetes Mellitus on Prevalence of Adenomas at Three Disparate Institutions Resident, Medicine, PGY1 Shivakumar Vignesh Gastroenterology
Tong Wooi Chng Challenging Diagnosis of Thyroid Hormone Resistance Initially as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis Resident, Department of Pediatrics, PGY7 Vivian L Chin Pediatrics



Thank you to all participants, and we look forward to another exciting day of activities next year.

Mark Stewart, MD, PhD