Trainee Research Symposium 2014

30th Annual Trainee Research Symposium Awardees – March 5, 2014


J. CLAUDE BENNETT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH BY AN ASSOCIATE FELLOW

AWARDEE: Nathan Erdmann, MD
 Division: Infectious Diseases
Mentor: Paul Goepfert
HLA Class-II associated HIV polymorphisms predict novel CD4 T-cell responses

Semi-Finalist: Clifford Courville, MD
Division: Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
Mentors: Steven M. Rowe
Recovery of acquired cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) dysfunction following smoking cessation

Honorable Mention: Stephen J. Jordan, MD, PhD
Division: Infectious Diseases
Mentor: William Geisler
Identification of T-cell cytokine response that correlate with protection against chlamydia trachomatis


SAMUEL B. BARKER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH BY A GRADUATE STUDENT

AWARDEE: Travis D. Hull
Division: Nephrology/Cardiothoracics
Mentor: Anupam Agarwal/James George
Heme oxygenase-1 expression prevents doxorubicin-induced cardiac toxicity

Semi-Finalist: Cara Schafer
Division: Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine
Mentor: Jessy Deshane
Combination chemotherapy significantly reduces indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase activity in NSCLC patients

Honorable Mention: John Donnelly, MSPH
Division: Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
Mentor: Kenneth Saag
Hospital readmissions after severe sepsis in the United States

JOSEPH REEVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH BY A POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLAR

AWARDEE: Subhashini Bolisetty, PhD
Division: Nephrology
 Mentor: Anupam Agarwal
Heavy subunit of ferritin is a central regulator of macrophage polarization and resolution of injury during obstructive nephropathy

Semi-Finalist: Ravindra Boddu, PhD
Division: Nephrology
 Mentor: Anupam Agarwal
LRRK2 deficiency leads to abnormal accumulation of blood products and macrophages in the kidney

Honorable Mention: Jason Guichard, MD, PhD
Division: Cardiovascular Disease
Mentor: Lou Dell’Italia
Mitochondrial genetic background modulates the mitochondrial and cytoskeletal response to cyclical stretch in isolated adult cardiomyocytes

THOMAS N. JAMES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH BY A RESIDENT

AWARDEE: Reaford “RJ” Blackburn, Jr., MD
Division: Internal Medicine Program
Mentor: Christina Muzny
Molecular testing for trichomonas vaginalis and correlates of infection among men and women attending a sexually transmitted diseases clinic in Alabama

Semi-Finalist: William Crosland, MD
Division: Internal Medicine Program
 Mentor: Fadi Hage
Kidney transplantation improves left ventricular systolic function but not mechanical synchrony by gated myocardial perfusion imaging” 

Honorable Mention: Anand S. Iyer, MD
Division: Internal Medicine Program
Mentor: J. Michael Wells, Mark Dransfield
CT scan-measured pulmonary artery to aorta ratio and echocardiography for detecting pulmonary hypertension in severe COPD
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