Student Research Day award winners announced

Students and faculty participated in Student Research Day on April 1 at the School of Medicine.

Sarah Jennison, MS 4, Neeti Desai, MS 6, and Nikoo Cheraghi, MS 4, received the top awards from faculty and alumni judges for their oral and poster presentations at the School of Medicine’s annual Student Research Day on Friday, April 1.

The event provides a forum for students and their faculty mentors to present biomedical research that reflects the breadth and depth of faculty research interests at the School of Medicine. This year’s Student Research Day took on a new format that included both oral presentations in the morning in Theater C, followed by poster presentations in the afternoon on the third floor of the medical school.

Nineteen students participated, including six oral presentations and 13 poster presentations.

Jennison received the first prize from both the faculty and alumni judges for her poster presentation, “Cytokines in Lung Following Sterile Damage by Carbon Nanoparticles (CN).” Faculty judges awarded the first prize for an oral presentation to Desai for, “Novel mechanism of calcium dysregulation after oxidative stress,” and Cheraghi received the alumni judges’ first prize for the oral presentation, “Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D3 Concentrations and Cartoid Artery Intima-Media Thickness Among Children with Multiple Modifiable Atheroscleroris-Promoting Risk Factors.”

Other faculty awards include:

  • Poster-second place: Amy Patel, MS 6, “Imaging Findings in Human Bordetella Bronchiseptica Pneumonia.”
  • Poster-third place: Kathleen Doo, MS 5, “Mesothelioma Markers Expressed in Human Cell Line Exposed to Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes.”
  • Oral presentation-second place: Ashley Abraham, MS 5, “Evaluation of a Novel HIV and STD Prevention Program on Adolescent Knowledge and Risk Behaviors.”
  • Oral presentation-third place: Jessica Curry, MS 6, “Weight Loss in the Newborn Nursery.”

To see a list of all of the student presentations, their abstracts and faculty mentors, go to

To view more photos from the 2011 Student Research Day, visit the School of Medicine’s Facebook page at!/album.php?fbid=10150152594794450&id=156658154449&aid=298852

Chief scientific officer of AAMC visits School
as Student Research Day keynote speaker

Dr. Ann Bonham
Ann Bonham, Ph.D.

Ann Bonham, Ph.D., chief scientific officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges, stressed the importance, challenges and future of medical research during her keynote speech for the 2011 Student Research Day on April 1.

Bonham directs AAMC programs that support research and training, addresses policy issues through engagement with key public and private sector officials, works closely with constituents to address their research needs, and represents the association on a national stage regarding research policy and administration.

She especially focused on the social contract of research and made sure to remind her audience of UMKC SOM students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout her lecture to remember the big picture.

“We have to keep in mind the reason we do science,” Bonham said. “It’s the people across the nation, across the globe.”

A member of the University of California, Davis, faculty for nearly 20 years, Bonham played a major role in UC Davis’s expansion of basic biomedical sciences. She was also previously the executive associate dean for academic affairs and professor of pharmacology and internal medicine at the UC Davis School of Medicine. Bonham served as chair of the UC Davis NIH Clinical and Translational Science Center’s Executive Committee and previously served as chair of the department of pharmacology, as well as former vice chair of research for the department of internal medicine and associate chief of research for and acting chief of the division of cardiovascular medicine.

During her presentation, Bonham covered the political, economic and health care reform legislation realities affecting research, and the importance for physicians, researchers and students, “our future,” to consider the vitality of consistently improving and participating in medical research.

“Fundamentally, we need new models of how we think about research: new strategies, new focus, new partnerships,” she said. “And, I like to say, the research program for today and for tomorrow is not your father’s Oldsmobile, but rather something much more efficient, much more modern and that can move into a lot of spaces very quickly.”

Bonham also discussed the AAMC’s agenda to improve health and health care. The process begins with basic to clinical research, she said, then to community-engaged and comparative effectiveness research to care delivery transformation research all the way to implementation research. This progression leads to the need to build an evidence base for health care delivery through science, new institutional pathways to principled partnerships with industry and other entities, and new business models for 21st century investments and impact.

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