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COM Research Day

March 27, 2010: First College of Medicine Research Day

OnSaturday, March 27 faculty, post-doctoral fellows and students from the College of Medicine met for a whole day devoted to promoting research and research collaborations among the basic science and clinical researchers.  The event was held in the Dana Center on the Health Science Campus and began with opening remarks by Health Science Campus Provost Jeffrey Gold, M.D.  This was followed by five oral sessions providing an overview of the COM research activities.

 Dr. William Maltese, Chairman of the Dept. of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, began with an overview the research projects currently being carried out by faculty in the area of cancer research.  He was followed by Drs. Bob Blumenthal, Rande Worth, and Stan Stepkowski from the Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Dr. Mike Rees from the Dept. of Urology, who gave an overview of projects with a broad focus of the immune system including the study of infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases and procedures that could be used to prevent the rejection of transplanted organs.  In the third session, Drs. Beata Lecka-Czernik and David Sohn, from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, and Dr. Vijay Goel, from Dept of Bio-Engineering discussed orthopedic and biomedical engineering projects including mechanisms of osteoporosis.  In the 4th session, research related to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases was presented.  Dr. Joe Shapiro, Chairman of the Dept. of Medicine focused on work investigating the effect of renal failure on the development of hypertension and heart failure.  Dr. Sonia Najjar, Director of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (CeDER) in the Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology discussed projects investigating the relationships between endocrine diseases such as diabetes and obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Dr. Bina Joe finished up the section with an overview of the variety of approaches being taken in the Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology to study cardiovascular diseases.  In the fifth segment, Dr. Bryan Yamamoto, Chairman of the Dept. of Neurosciences gave an overview of projects underway in his department including investigation of the development of the nervous system, drugs of abuse and neuroplasticity.

Diane Ammons -thanks for all your help in organizing the event.

After lunch about 120 researchers on campus presented posters summarizing their major research interests

At the end of the day Dr. Debra Gmerek, Assoc. Dean for Research & Director of the Center for Clinical Research led a panel discussion:  a Perspective on Future Translational Research

Afternoon posters sessions promoted discussion among research groups

Dr. Nader Abraham, Chairman of the Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology and Dr. Nikolai Modyanov

Dr. Zi-Jian Xie, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology and Dr. Manohar Ratnam, Dept. Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

Dr. Robert Wang, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology explains his work on protein trafficking to the cell membrane in diseases such as cystic fibrosis to Dr. Claudio Cortes, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Danny Kim, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology with Dr. Jiang Tian, Dept of Medicine

Dr. Tamara Castenada, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology with Drs. Shakila Abdul-Majeed and Surya Nauli, Dept. of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy

Dr. Bina Joe, Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology explains how to identify genes responsible for complicated diseases like hypertension to Dr. Jian-Yu Lu, Dept. of Bio-engineering

Dr. Joshua Park, Dept. of Neurosciences, explains his work to Dr. Rande Worth, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Dr. Jennifer Hill, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology

Dr. Sadik Khuder, Dept. of Medicine, employs statistical techniques to analyze vast quantities of data in bioinformatics

Dr. Akira Takashima, Chairman Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology with Dr. John Turner, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology

Dr. Mark Wooten, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology with his poster on Lyme Disease

Science can be fun.  Students Mithun Khattar and Mugdha Patki.

Dr. Stan Stepkowski, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology, explains how new techniques are being developed to prevent rejection of transplanted organs.

Drs. Noor Khaskhely, Thea Sawicki and Julie Westerink

Drs. Julie Westerink, and Noor Khaskhely, Dept. of Medicine and Dr. Thea Sawicki, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Drs. Rande Worth and Bob Blumenthal, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Bill Maltese, Chairman Dept. Biochemistry and Cancer Biology explains that necrosis and apoptosis are not the only ways for cells to die.  His studies on a new mechanism may help kill cancer cells.

Dr. David Allison, Dept. of Surgery listens to Dr. Ivana de la Serna, Dept. Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

Dr. Jerzy Jankun, Dept. of Urology explains his work to Dr. Bob Blumenthal, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology

Dr. Bob Blumenthal, Dept. Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Dr. Jerzy Jankun, Dept. of Urology, Dr. Kathryn Eisenmann, Dept. Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, and Dr. Jim Willey, Director Cancer Research Center, Dept. Medicine

Daniel Murtagh, student discusses the use of cobra toxin as a therapeutic tool with Dr. Edith Mensah-Osman, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology

Dr. Carlos Baptista, Dept. Neurosciences explains how to preserve tissues by plastination for use in teaching anatomy and pathology

Srinivas Saladi, student with his mentor Dr. Ivana de la Serna, Dept. Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

Angela Burgess, student with post-doctoral fellow Dr. Eric Morgan, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology

Dr. Bina Joe, Dept. Physiology and Pharmacology.  Time to roll it up!

Last Updated: 6/26/15