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Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium

Biomedical Sciences & Health Disparities Symposium

The Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held at Kaka`ako in early April drew award-winning research from students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), MDs and Fellows in the JABSOM Residency Programs, the JABSOM Graduate Sciences Programs, and entries from the UH Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and the UH Hilo Daniel K. Inouye School of Pharmacy. Over the two-day symposium, 147 different research entries were presented and judged.

The Dean’s Award for Best Overall Research was presented to Komal Arora, for the Abstract: Characterization of intracellular signaling in an in vitro presynaptic model expressing nicotinic receptors on prolonged exposure to beta amyloid.Arora’s adviser was Robert Nichols, PhD, in the JABSOM Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience Specialization.  Arora’s research placed first in the Post-Doctoral Fellows Division.                         

The Faculty Division Award winner was Randal Wada, MD, of the UHM School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene and JABSOM Department of Pediatrics. His winning submission was Abstract: Translational Behavior Research With Pediatric Oncologists: Using Evidence-based Methods and EMR to Facilitate Stage-Based behavior Change With Survivors of Childhood Cancer.

The Fellow Physicians Division winner was Pai-Jong Stacy Tsai, MD, MPH, forAbstract: Systemic and Placental Leptin and its Receptors in Pregnancies Associated with Obesity.  Dr. Tsai’s advisor was Gillian Bryant-Greenwood, PhD in JABSOM Obstetrics , Gynecology and Women’s Health; Division of  Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

In the Resident Physicians Division, Chrisy Mafnas, MD,  won first place forAbstract: New ACOG Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines in Women >65 Year of Age: A 10-Year Retrospective Analysis. Dr. Mafnas’ advisor was Pamela Tauchi-Nishi, MD, of The Queen’s Medical Center, Department of Pathology.

In the Medical Students Division: Chih-Wei Chang and Gregory Atkinson won first place for Abstract: Computerized 3D Anatomical Modeling using Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Scans of Plastinated Hearts. Their advisor was Scott Lozanoff, PhD, JABSOM Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry & Physiology.

In the Research Support Division: Yvonne Baumer, PhDplaced first for Abstract: Smooth Muscle Cell-Specific CD98 Modulates Atherosclerotic Plaque Phenotype. Dr. Baumer’s advisor was William Boisvert, PhD, of the JABSOM Center for Cardiovascular Research.

In the Graduate Division, Victor Ruthing was recognized for Abstract: “X-linked Eif2s3x can Substitute for Y-linked Eif2s3y in Regulation of Spermatogonial Proliferation and Differentiation in the Mouse.”  Ruthing’s advisor was Monica Ward, PhD, of the JABSOM Institute for Biogenesis Research and Department of Developmental and Reproductive Biology.

In the Undergraduate Division,  Michael Severino won first place for Abstract: Abstract: qPCR Detection of Rat Lungworm (Angiostrongylus cantonensis) DNA in Blood and Tissue Samples from Experimentally Infected Rats (Rattus rattus). Severino’s advisor was Susan Jarvi, PhD, of the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy,  UH Hilo.

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