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The School of Graduate Studies

Annual Research Day

The School of Graduate Studies hosted the centerwide ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019.

The day consisted of the platform session, three poster sessions, a keynote address, and finally, a dinner for all participants. Presentations shown from students in the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Medicine, the School of Public Health, the College of Nursing, and the School of Health Professions. Medical residents, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate students conducting research with Downstate faculty also presented 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.

Each year Annual Research Day provides an excellent occasion for the entire Downstate community to share the results of their research efforts. Annual Research Day 2020 will be announced in January 2020, for a date in April of 2020.

Annual Research Day 2019 had 10 platform presentations and 236 posters presented by trainees at all levels and across the various colleges and programs of this campus.  Many of the presentations were absolutely outstanding.  The closeness of the scores resulted in these awards: The May Kin Ho and David Dean full fellowship and four other full fellowships will be up of $1500 each, 4 half-fellowships will be up to $750 each and 5 third-prize fellowships will be  up to $500 each.  Each fellowship is for the use of the presenter to attend a scientific meeting before Annual Research Day 2020. The results for travel awards are here.