2015 SARP Symposium Winners Announced

Medical students present during the annual SARP Symposium.

Medical student presents during the annual SARP Symposium.

Sixty-four Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine second, third and fourth-year students presented their research projects as part of the annual Scholarly Activity and Research Program Symposium, or SARP.

A panel of faculty judges selected five students to receive a $1,200 travel award to attend a national level meeting or conference of their choosing.

“We congratulate all of our poster presenters for doing a wonderful job on their SARP requirements and for making this year’s SARP symposium a great success,” said Carolyn Mack, associate director for SARP. “Also, a big thank you to all the SARP mentors, reviewers, poster judges, and monitors.”

The following are the top award winners, the name of their research project and their mentor:

Yvette Farran, “Patient-Specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Model Neurological Deficits in Dana Disease,” mentor: Cynthia Perry, Ph.D.

Chase Foster, MS2, “Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow Abnormalities in Subarachnoid Hemorrhage-induced Brain Damage,” mentor: Eugene V. Golanov, Ph.D.

Adiel Carlo, MS2, “The Role of SNARE Proteins in HIV-1 Assembly and Release,” mentor: Anjali Joshi, Ph.D.

Catherine Howard, “Botox in the Bladder,” mentor: Gary Lemack, M.D.

Krisin Ward, MS2, “Analysis of Androgen Receptor Expression in BRCA-associated Breast Cancers,” mentor: Constance T. Albarracin, M.D., Ph.D.

Seven additional students rounded out the top poster presenters for the symposium. These additional students are (in alphabetical order):

Omar Baker, MS3, “The Influence of Primary Care on the Prevalence of Chronic Disease,” mentor: Stormy Monks, Ph.D.

Cadyn Crawford, “Developing a Multiplex Assay to Detect HTLV-1, HTLV-2, and CMV in Donors,” mentor: Debra Bramblett, Ph.D.

Dana Galvan, MS2, “Elucidating the Timing of Osteosarcoma Exosome Uptake in Pulmonary Fibroblast Cells,” mentor: Brad Bryan, Ph.D.

Bethany Janssen, MS2, “Assessing Variables That Optimize In Vitro IL-1 Receptor Antagonist Concentration,” mentor: David K. Harris, M.D.

Alysa Nash, MS2, “A Meta-analysis of Common Interosseous Artery Supply in Superficial Ulnar Artery Cases,” mentor: Thomas Gest, Ph.D.

Lauren Quisenberry, MS2, “Social Media Use by the Healthcare Worker,” mentor: Dr. Salim Surani

Brian Wong, MS2, “Topical Spironolactone in the Treatment of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction,” mentor: Richard W. Yee, M.D.

SARP was held November 11 – 12, 2015.