SARP Symposium 2014

The 2014 Paul L. Foster School of Medicine Scholarly Activity and Research Program (SARP) Symposium was held November 12 and 13. Students presented their posters to a panel of faculty judges and four students were selected to receive travel awards to attend national level meetings or conferences. The project titles and awardees are:

1) “Does Social Support Moderate the Association of Socioeconomic Status and Subclinical Atherosclerosis?” Zameer Abedin, MS2 (mentor: Norrina Allen, Ph.D., Northwestern University)

2)Suicide Prevention: A Culturally Sensitive Approach to Determine Best Prevention Program for the El Paso AreaEmily Moody, MS2 (mentor: Marie Leiner, Ph.D.)

3)Biochemical Characterization of Tamoxifen-treated Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells Caleb Smith, MS2 (mentors: Cynthia Perry, PhD and Olivera Nesic-Taylor, Ph.D.)

4 )“Examining the Role of AP-1 in Mouse Myoblast Differentiation” Mark Girton, MS3 (mentor: Curt Pfarr, Ph.D.)

Six additional students rounded out the ‘Top 10″ poster presenters. They are:

Rahul Chhana (MS4) Starting a Gastroenterology Fellowship Increased the Adenoma Detection Rate in a University Practice” (mentor: Sharif Elhanafi, M.D.)

Kevin Lowder (MS3) “Prevalence of Eosinophilia among Hispanic Hemodialysis Patients on the US-Mexican International Border” (mentor: Pedro Blandon, M.D.)

Huy Ly (MS3) “Relationship Between Plasma Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid Levels and Depressive Symptoms in the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study”(mentor: Sherwood Brown, M.D., Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center)

Rebecca Rodriguez (MS2) “Mission Thrive Summer: A Comprehensive Summer Health Program for Urban High School Students”(mentor: Christopher R. D’Adamo, Ph.D., University of Maryland SOM)

Gabriel Scott (MS2) A New Look Into Lacrimal Gland Innervation (mentors: Thomas Gest, PhD and Heather Balsiger, MS)

Meredith Wittie (MS2) “Differentiation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells of Danon Disease Patients into Neural Stem Cells” (mentor: Cynthia N. Perry, Ph.D.)