30th Annual Trainee Research Symposium -2014

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

Employee of the Month

Becky Wallace has been selected as the Department of Medicine Employee of BeckyWallacethe Month for March 2015!     Becky is an Administrative Associate in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine.  She was notified by Jason Daniel, DOM Executive Administrator and Megann Cain, Senior Director of Development and Strategic Planning/DOM Chief of Staff. Read more...

Research Spotlight

Kirk Habegger, PhDKirk Habegger, PhD

Dr. Kirk M. Habegger is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2006. He conducted his postdoctoral training under the mentorship of Drs. Matthias Tschoep and Randy Seeley at the Metabolic Diseases Institute of the University of Cincinnati from 2009 to 2013. He was promoted to the faculty at UC in the Department of Medicine, before leaving to start his group at UAB.

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