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robust research, re-engergized: 2012 annual fellows and residents research forum

June 11, 2012

CONTACT: Christopher Guadagnino, PhD christopher.guadagnino@tuhs.temple.edu

 

Gerald Criner, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, views one of the more than 40 research posters at Fellows and Residents Research Forum

Gerald Criner, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, views one of the more than 40 research posters at Fellows and Residents Research Forum

 

The Department of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine (TUSM) showcased the talent and creative energy of its youngest physicians on June 6 at the Medical Education and Research Building, with the 2012 Annual Fellows and Residents Research Forum. Created over 25 years ago, the Forum gives Department of Medicine fellows and residents the opportunity to present a year-end summation of their research efforts to members of the Department.

 

With the encouragement and support of faculty facilitators, 24 fellows and 21 residents prepared poster displays and delivered oral presentations on a variety of innovative topics in cardiology, cancer, COPD, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, endocrinology, GERD, gastroparesis, colorectal cancer, infectious diseases, nephrology transplant, and rheumatology.

 

Guenther Boden, MD, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Medicine in TUSM’s Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and a pioneer in insulin resistance research, was honored as the keynote speaker of the forum for his seminal research contributions spanning over four decades. His keynote addressed the question, “Why does obesity lead to insulin resistance, inflammation and cardiovascular disease?”

 

Department of Medicine faculty judged the quality of the research presentations and selected who among the day’s presenters would receive the Sol Sherry Awards for Excellence in Research – named in honor of Sol Sherry, MD, who joined TUSM as professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine in 1968, was its first Distinguished Professor, and served as TUSM’s dean from 1984-86.

 

And this year’s Research Forum honors were …

  

Best Poster Presentation by a Fellow

Alyson Dobracki, DO (Geriatrics)

Under-recognition of weight loss in community-dwelling elders

Mentor(s):  William Zirker, MD

 

Best Poster Presentation by a Resident

Michelle Doll, MD (Rheumatology)

Leptin and leptin receptor antagonism in mouse models of rheumatoid arthritis

Mentor(s):  Philip Cohen, MD

 

Best Oral Presentation by a Fellow

1st Place

Sajad Salehi, MD (Endocrinology)

Comparison of in vivo effects of insulin on SREBP-1c and INSIG-1/2 in rat liver and human and rat adipose tissue

Mentor(s):  Guenther Boden, MD

 

2nd Place

Carolyn Fernandes, MD (Infectious Diseases)

Physician responses to positive blood cultures

Mentor(s):  Peter Axelrod, MD, Thomas Fekete, MD

 

Best Oral Presentation by a Resident

1st Place

Roberto Caricchio, MD (Rheumatology)

Caspase-activated DNase is required for maintenance of tolerance to lupus nuclear autoantigens

Mentor(s):  Philip Cohen, MD

 

2nd Place

Abdulrahman Morad, MD (Cardiology)

Central venous saturation is a surrogate for mixed venous saturation in calculating cardiac output

Mentor(s): Alfred Bove, MD, Brian O’Murchu, MD