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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

The School of Graduate Studies

Annual Research Day

Annual Research Day 2019 is scheduled for April 17, 2019. A preview of the application instructions for Annual Research Day 2019 is here.



The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the centerwide ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019.

The day will consist of the platform session, three poster sessions, a keynote address, and finally, a dinner for all participants. Presentations are 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 entitled, "Intergenerational Risk of Metabolic Disease-What Can We Do?will be presented by Mary-Elizabeth Patti, MD.  Dr. Patti began her >25-year distinguished research career as a member of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard, and currently serves as co-director of its Advanced Genetics and Genomics Core.  Broadly, Dr. Patti’s research focus is molecular pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes risk and the role of intrauterine exposures influencing the health of children and adults.  Her contributions range from demonstrating the roles of cells (pancreatic beta-cells, myocytes, adipocytes, and stem cells), molecules (lipids, amino acids, bile acids, carbohydrates and hormones), and cell membrane receptors in the pathophysiology of diabetes and obesity.  From transgenic rodents to genome-wide characterizations of candidate pathogenetic genes and clinical studies of epigenetic signatures, Dr. Patti, a clinical endocrinologist-diabetologist, is the quintessential role model of a truly translational clinician-laboratory scientist and educator of numerous students at all levels.

Annual Research Day provides an excellent occasion for the entire Downstate community to share the results of their research efforts. Abstracts and applications will be accepted from March 11th to March 31st, 2019. A link to a copy of the application form and instructions are now available (above). A link to the actual application will be opened on March 11th.

The schedule for the day will be as follows:

10:00 am - 12:30 pm             Platform Session                                        PHAB Room 2E

10:00 am – 11:45 am             Poster session 1                                        PHAB Halls A, B and C

11:45 am – 12 noon               Intersession (changing posters)

12:00 noon – 1:45 pm           Poster Session 2                                        PHAB Halls A, B and C

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm                Intersession (changing posters)

2:00 pm – 3:45 pm                Poster Session 3                                        PHAB Halls A, B and C

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                Annual Graduate Day Keynote Lecture     EB Alumni Auditorium

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm                Annual Research Day Dinner                    Pacificana Restaurant

                                                                                                                 (813 55th St, Brooklyn)

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 exact number of awards that will be made this year has yet to be determined. Last year, we awarded 4 full fellowships and 8 partial fellowships. Travel fellowships are to be used to cover costs for the student or resident to present their work at a scientific meeting.

Information about the Annual Research Day Dinner and the title of the Annual Graduate Day Keynote will be forthcoming.

We look forward to another exciting day of activities.


Mark Stewart, MD, PhD