With topics ranging from malaria and HIV/AIDS to spinal cord injury and neuroengineering, more than 400 participants presented their original research at Discovery 2016 on October 20.
Erol Veznedaroglu, MD, director, Drexel Neurosciences Institute; John K. Lee, an MD/PhD student who introduced the keynote; Drexel University President John Fry; Daniel V. Schidlow, MD, dean of the College of Medicine; keynote speaker Charles Liu, MD, PhD; Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD, dean of the Graduate School; Valerie Weber, MD, vice dean for educational affairs; and Kenny Simansky, PhD, vice dean for research
The research projects represent work from medical students, students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies, clinical residents and fellows, and postdoctoral trainees, as well as students who participated in the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Discovery Day 2016 was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the first time since the event began.
A corps of about 170 judges, including distinguished alumni, Drexel faculty and colleagues from neighboring institutions, generously volunteered their time and expertise to evaluate the posters for awards.
Acclaimed neurosurgeon and biomedical engineer Charles Liu, MD, PhD, who directs the Neurorestoration Center at the University of Southern California, gave a provocative keynote address, with something of interest for everyone. His center aims to turn new technologies into effective therapies to restore neurological function, using an interdisciplinary approach involving neurosurgery, neurology, and biomedical engineering.
The Graduate Citation Young Investigator Award was presented to Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, PhD ’08, by Timothy Manzone, MD, MCP ’89, president of the Alumni Association. DiPatrizio, who earned his doctorate in neuroscience, has done pioneering research into the integrative neurobiology and physiology that control food reward, sensory processing and energy balance.
Michael Bouchard, PhD, director of the Division of Biomedical Science Programs, presented the award for outstanding poster by a senior graduate student to Kaitlin Farrell, an MD/PhD candidate in the neuroscience program, for “Chronic Inflammation and Depression After Spinal Cord Injury.”
Ole Mortensen, PhD, associate professor, pharmacology and physiology; Brielle Ferguson, winner for her platform presentation; Barry Waterhouse, PhD, namesake of the award; and Donna Frithsen, vice president for development. Mortensen chaired the platform presentation selection committee.
Barry Waterhouse Outstanding Platform Presentation
- Brielle Ferguson (Wen-Jun Gao, PhD)
- Patrick Williams (Todd Strochlic, PhD, VMD)
Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster
- Kaitlin Farrell (John Houle, PhD)
- Brett Cornell (Kazuhito Toyooka, PhD)
- Lindsay Festa (Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD)
Outstanding Junior Graduate Student Poster
- Ankita Patil (Peter Baas, PhD)
- Alexander Allen (Brian Wigdahl, PhD)
- Genie Han (Wen-Jun Gao, PhD)
Outstanding Medical Student Poster
- Nicholas Bertha (Michele Marcolongo, PhD)
- William Valentino (Megan Detloff, PhD)
- Alexander Valiga (Ashani Weeraratna, PhD, Wistar Institute)
Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Poster
- Devasena Ponnalagu (Harpreet Singh, PhD)
- Virginie Tardif (Elias El Haddad, PhD)
Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Case Study Poster
- Suresh Mukkamala (Mahesh Krishnamurthy, MD), Easton Hospital
- Mariola Vazquez (Maneesh Jain, MD)
Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Research Poster
- Matthew Meleka (Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD)
- Mark Collin (Brent Becker, MD), WellSpan York Hospital
Outstanding Undergraduate Student Poster
- Ayush Parikh, Drexel University (Seena Ajit, PhD)
- Sydney Wilson, Drexel University (Eishi Noguchi, PhD)
- Jordyn Karliner, Ursinus College (Michael Lane, PhD)
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