College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Department of Medicine Research Symposium

The  3rd Annual Department of Medicine Research Symposium was held on Thursday, September 28, 2023.  This event provides an opportunity for faculty, fellows, residents, and students to showcase their research projects for colleagues and the community at large.  This celebration will include an address from keynote speaker, Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, FACC, FAHA Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine Chief Academic and Scientific Officer, followed by awards, poster presentations and a cocktail reception.  Participation in the Research Symposium is open to all faculty, residents, and fellows in the Department of Medicine, as well as students with a Department of Medicine mentor or collaborator

Abstract Awards

Congratulations to the abstract award recipients, who are listed below.

Clinical Fellow Award

Outstanding Submission: Fatima Rawish
"Secukinumab-induced bullous pemphigoid in a patient with psoriatic arthritis"

Graduate Student Award

First Place: Tatiana De Souza
"Characterization of a novel IQGAP1-ADRα2 axis as a target of norepinephrine in lung cancer"

Second Place: Benjamin French
"Short-term exposure to nanoplastic – containing aerosol causes immunomodulation in healthy human"

Resident Award

First Place (tie): Daniel Craig
"Validation of airway epithelial cell TP53 biomarker for lung cancer risk"

First Place (tie): Li Wang
"There is a “WHAT” in my belly – A rare presentation of abdominal pain”

Second Place:  Wasef Sayeh
“The effect of SGLT-2 inhibitors on improving non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: A systematic review and meta-analyses”

Medical Student Award

First Place (tie):  Margo Bush
"Differential expression of organic anion transporting polypeptides in the liver and common comorbidities: Implication for toxicity of microcystins and other xenobiotics"

First Place (tie):  James Bassett
"Differential expression of organic anion transporting polypeptides in the kidney: Implication for cyanotoxins toxicity"

Second Place:  Patrick Gorman
"Comparison of TP53 mutation prevalence in human blood cells from lung cancer patients and control subjects"

Research Fellow Award

First Place: Mengxuan Chen
"GSK3beta: a key regulator of glomerular podocyte injury in diabetic kidney disease"

Second Place:  Yongqing Wang
"Treprostinil inhibits functional activation of scleroderma (SSc) vascular smooth muscle cells (vSMCs) by inhibiting Yap and activating PPARG signaling"

Key note speaker


Raj Gopalan

Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD, FACC, FAHA

 Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine Chief Academic and Scientific Officer
 University Hospitals, Harrington
 Heart and Vascular Institute
 Director, Case Cardiovascular Research Institute
 Herman Hellerstein, MD,
 Professor of Cardiovascular Research
 Professor, Department of Medicine and Radiology
 Case Western Reserve University


Topic: "The Critical Importance of Sustainability in Defining the Future of Healthcare and  Research"

Date: Thursday, Sept 28, 2023       

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location:  1000B Collier Building, 1150 E Medical Loop, Toledo, OH 43614.

Guidelines for abstract and poster SUBMISSIONS:

Abstracts will be accepted through August 11, 2023. If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please review the general guidelines for submission below.

Send related correspondence and questions regarding abstract submissions or notifications to  

Submit Abstract


Follow the steps below to submit your abstract via the Translation website:

  • Create an account
  • Make a new submission 
  • Select meeting abstract
  • Upload a word document with your structured abstract
  • Add your title, keywords, and appropriate author name(s)
  • Submit your abstract

If you have any questions, please contact

Submit Abstract


Click HERE for poster template instructions.  The Department of Medicine will provide complimentary poster printing. 

NOTE:  Posters (in PowerPoint format) should be submitted to Amy Phillips <> no later than September 1st.

Posters will be presented from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center University of Toledo Health Science Campus.

poster presentations

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2023

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center University of Toledo Health Science Campus

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Last Updated: 11/13/23