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The Department of Surgery’s 5th Annual Research Summit was held at Union South on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Guest speaker, Chancellor Rebecca Blank, spoke on the University’s unique position to capitalize on the creation of a skilled work force and innovative research to create new businesses and grow jobs in Wisconsin. Visiting Professor Dr. Irv Kron, Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia, shared his experience developing an NIH-funded clinical trials network. Over 275 attendees viewed 144 poster exhibits. A highlight of the day was Chairman Craig Kent’s presentation celebrating the research innovations in the Department.

Department of Surgery Research Summit 2014 Award Winners:

The Layton F. Rikkers, MD, Best Oral Presentation Award was given to Jennifer Phillips from the Akhter laboratory for her presentation “β-arrestins Regulate Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress and Collagen Synthesis in Adult Human Cardiac Fibroblasts”

The K. Craig Kent, MD, Best Basic Science Poster was presented to Ajitha Dammalapati from the Chen laboratory for her project “Thailandepsin A, a Novel HDAC Inhibitor, Decreases Tumor Cell Survival and Activates the Notch Pathway in Carcinoid Cancer.”

The Debra A. Hullett, PhD, Best Basic Science Poster Award – Student was awarded to Gopika Nair from the Odorico laboratory for her poster “PTF1a dosage influences pancreatic cell fate decisions in mouse embryonic stem cells.”

The Charles N. Ford, MD, Best Translational-Clinical Poster Award was given to Matthew Winn for his work on “Measuring listening effort using pupil dilation: implications for management of hearing loss.”

The Louis C. Bernhardt, MD, Best Translational-Clinical Poster Award – Student went to Guojun Chen from the Shaoqin Gong laboratory in collaboration with the Dr. Kent laboratory for the project “Periadventitial Application of Rapamycin‐Loaded Nanoparticles Produces Sustained Inhibition of Vascular Restenosis.”


Michelle Ciucci, PhD and Cindi Kelm have been recognized on behalf of the Institute for Biology Education for their mentoring contributions to the Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program (IBS-SRP). The IBS-SRP promotes student research and recruiting as well as directly supporting campus diversity.

The Divisions of Otolaryngology/Audiology was awarded a Friends of UWHC Hospital Services grant for a hearing assistance loop for the clinic waiting room.

Antonia Barber of the African American Women’s Business and Career Magazine will be interviewing Carla Pugh MD, PhD for an article in the February issue profiling brilliant and innovative African American Women. Congratulations Dr. Pugh! Copyright © 2017 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System