Research Summit winners announced

The Office of Research Administration has announced four School of Medicine winners for their poster presentations at the 2017 UMKC Health Science Research Summit on April 26, including a first-place tie.

Sixth-year medical student Kayla Briggs and fifth-year medical student Sai Vanam were each awarded first place for BA/MD students. Clair Smith, a fifth-year student, was awarded second place in the competition.

First prize for non-BA/MD student presentations was awarded to Yashashwi Pokharel, MD, MSCR.

Awards for the winners were provided in memory of former School of Medicine faculty member Loredana Brizio Molteni, MD, FACS.

School of Medicine students presented 51 posters at the event. Each presentation was judged by members of the faculty. This year’s judges were: Darla McCarthy, PhD; Jeffrey Price, PhD; Maria Cole, PhD; Kim Smolderen, PhD; Raymond Scott Duncan, PhD; Jannette Berkley-Patton, PhD; Mian Urfy, MD; Lakshmi Venkitachalam, PhD; Nilofer Qureshi, PhD; Felix Okah, MD, Peter Koulen, PhD; Bridgette Jones, MD; Karl Kador, PhD; Dan Heruth, PhD; Mary Gerkovich PhD; James Stanford, MD; Rosa Huang, PhD; and Paula Nichols, PhD.

The Office of Research Administration also acknowledge Tim Hickman, MD., MPH, for helping students prepare by conducting sessions prior to the research summit and John Foxworth, PharmD, for reviewing the student posters.

All of the student posters presented at this year’s research summit can be viewed on the Student Research website.

Health Sciences Student Research Summit
School of Medicine Winners

BA/MD Student awards
First place (tie)

Kayla Briggs, “Development of a Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery Tertiary Referral Center within the Veterans Affairs Medical System: Early Experiences.” Mentor: Farzad Alemi, MD, MS.
Sai Vanam, “Effects of Cryopreservation on Structure and Quality of Corneal Tissue.” Mentor: Peter Koulen, PhD.
Second place
Claire Smith, “The Cost and Potential Avoidability of Antibiotic-Associated Adverse Drug Reactions.” Mentor: Jennifer L. Goldman MD, MS.

Non-BA/MD Student Award
First place

Yashashwi Pokharel, MD, MSCR, “Heterogeneity in Treatment Effect in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease: Insights from the CLEVER Trial.” Mentor: Kim Smolderen, PhD.