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Archive: 8th Annual Medical Student Research Forum


The Department of Surgery has a long tradition of excellence in medical student education. While medical education usually is understood as clinical training, our department has embraced another equally critical facet of this area: education in research. Scientific research is the foundation by which clinical innovation and advanced patient care methods develop. In order to encourage medical students to embrace research as an integral part of their future careers, the Department of Surgery offers medical students the opportunity to work on research projects with our faculty.

The primary time that students and faculty collaborate is the summer between the student’s first and second year of medical school. Often, this student/mentor relationship continues beyond the initial research project to include the student’s entire time in medical school and leads to further research fellowships, presentations at national meetings, journal publications, graduation with research honors, and a career-long commitment to discovery.

Support for student research comes from two main sources: The Herman and Gwendolyn Shapiro Foundation, housed at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH), and the Department of Surgery NIH T35 Short Term Medical Student Research Grant (DK 062709). For the past five years, our department has been able to independently fund six research students through our NIH training grant, which supports the summer research experience, travel to meetings, and a conference. It has also extended the capacity of the UWSMPH Shapiro Foundation to broadly support student research.

Dr. Herb Chen, Principal Investigator on our NIH training grant, submitted a competitive renewal to the NIH this month. The competition for these grants is fierce but Dr. Chen felt that the grant was very strong because of the work that resulted from the students who were funded under this award. Over 25 presentations have been given at national meetings and over 30 publications resulted from the work of our past T35 students. Students who are supported by the Shapiro Foundation have shown strong productivity over the years, and demonstrate the overall strength of our faculty as research educators.

On January 19, 2010, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health sponsored its 8th Annual Medical Student Research Forum in the atrium of the Health Sciences Learning Center. Students who embraced the challenge of research in the summer of 2009 showcased their research outcomes, in either a poster or podium presentation. We are very proud of the following students and their mentors for their accomplishments and hope that this is the beginning of a strong future in the advancement of medical and surgical science.

Podium Presentations

(Running concurrently from 2:30pm-4:00pm)

Francisco Castro Michael Bentz, MD Thoracic Muscle Flap Outcomes†
Alexander Froyshteter Luis Fernandez, MD Activation of Systemic Inflammatory Events Following Brain Death in a Non-Human Primate Model*
Dana Henkel Jon Gould, MD; Patrick Remington, MD (General Surgery and Population Health Sciences collaboration) Trends in Bariatric Surgery For Morbid Obesity in Wisconsin: A Six Year Follow-Up‡
Alex Riordan Gregory Kennedy, MD, PhD Utility of MicroRNA Profile for Predicting Recurrence of Rectal Cancer*
Abigail Taub Gretchen Schwarze, MD A Window of Opportunity and the Problem of Predicting the Value of Future Health States: Case Report and Ethical Analysis of Traumatic Quadriplegia†
Matthew Truong Herb Chen, MD Resveratrol Induces Notch2, Suppresses Growth, and Decreases Neuroendocrine Markers in Medullary Thyroid Cancer*
Linda Youngwirth Herb Chen, MD Parathyroid Hormone Deficiency After Total Thyroidectomy: Incidence and Time to Resolution†


Poster Presentations

(On display all afternoon; students will be present from noon-1:00 pm, and again from 4:00-5:30 pm)

Vinita Alexander Herb Chen, MD Azacytidine Induces Cell Cycle Arrest and Suppression of Neuroendocrine Markers in Carcinoids*
Joy Benavidez Rebecca Sippel, MD A Family History of Thyroid Cancer Is Associated With More Aggressive Disease†
Lemlem Getachew Girma Tefera, MD Adherence to Universal Precautions among Healthcare Workers in Ethiopia: Knowledge, Resources, Application, and Personal Behavior†
Anai Kothari Tracey Weigel, MD An Abbreviated Thoracic Onco Geriatric Assessment (Toga) and Its Components Predict Outcomes of Esophagectomies†
Vu Lam William Burlingham, PhD Investigations of the Impact of Microchimerism on T Cell Clones-Specific for Non-Inhereited Maternal Antigens†
Ian McLaren Stephen Nakada, MD Prevalence, Incidence, and Temporal Trends of Kidney Stones in a Rural Wisconsin Population†
Sarah Kyle Pauley Josh Mezrich, MD; John Fechner, MS The Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Transplantation: The Effects of the AHR Activation or Delection on Skin Graft Survival*
Michael Possin Susan Thibeault, PhD Inflammatory Effects of Laryngitis-Associated Pathogens (Helicobacter Pylori, Staphylococcus Aureus and Staphylococcus Epidermidis) on Vocal Fold Fibroblasts*
William Ragalie Niloo Edwards, MD Cerebral Oximetry as A Postoperative Marker Following Cardiopulmonary Bypass†
Robert Zemple Niloo Edwards, MD; Douglas Weigmann, PhD (Cardiothoracic Surgery and Industrial Engineering collaboration) Improving Cardiac Surgical Care: A Work Systems Approach†

The full schedule of events is available at on the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health website.

*Student research funded by the Department of Surgery T35 NIH Short Term Medical Student Research Grant
† Student research funded by the UWSMPH Herman and Gwendolyn Shapiro fund and mentor matching funds
‡ Independent initiative

Written by: Barbara Benisch Sisolak, Department of Surgery Librarian