On Nov. 9 and 10, the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) held its 7th Annual Scholarly Activity and Research Program (SARP) Symposium. The event gives medical students a chance to conduct their own research project with a faculty mentor.
Students can choose to focus their research on one of three categories: basic clinical and translational research; epidemiology, community-based, behavioral, public and environmental health; or medical humanities, qualitative research and medical education research.
This year, 56 second and third-year medical students participated in the symposium, which culminated in a presentation to a panel of faculty judges. After presenting and answering follow-up questions from the panel, four outstanding students each received a $1,200 travel award to attend a national meeting or conference of their choice.
The four awardees were:
- Dennis Vanden Berge, second-year medical student (MS2)
“Outcomes Following Isolated Posterior Interosseous Nerve Neurectomy: A Systematic Review”
Mentor: John Dunn, M.D.
- Allison Mootz, MS2
“Small Molecule Drug Screen in Small Cell Lung Cancer”
Mentor: John Minna, M.D.
- Daniel Bassuk, MS2
“Using the CRISPR/Cas9 System to Prevent T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia”
Mentor: Charlotte Vines, Ph.D.
- Jane Lee, MS2
“Testing of JNK Inhibitors for Neuroprotection in Spinal Muscular Atrophy”
Mentor: Laxman Gangwani, Ph.D.
Six additional students rounded out the top poster presenters for their respective groups:
- Kimberly Ferris, MS3
“Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Reminders for Improving the HPV Vaccination Rates within the Pediatric Population”
Mentor: Melissa Mendez, M.D.
- Jaibel Makiyil, MS3
“Efficacy of Platelet Rich Plasma in Modulating Wound Healing after Photorefractive Keratectomy”
Mentor: Richard Yee, M.D.
- Alexandra Martinez, MS3
“Association of GRIK2 Deletions with Manic Symptoms in Bipolar Disorder”
Mentor: Suzanne Gonzalez, Ph.D.
- Gregory Payne, MS3
“Macrophages Targeted Anti-Glioma Delivery”
Mentor: Huanyu Do, Ph.D.
- Elizabeth Ricks, MS2
“Efficacy of an E-learning Module Using Principles of Spaced Repetition and Adaptive Learning on Student Performance in Anatomy”
Mentor: Dolgor Baatar, Ph.D.
- Matthew Wynn, MS3
“Parity Inhibits Mammary Carcinogenesis by Altering Angiogenic Gene Expression”
Mentor: Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D.
For more information on the SARP Symposium, please contact Carolyn Mack at firstname.lastname@example.org.