AWARDS in nine categories from Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium

Judges had 130 posters to choose from, and have announced the top awards in nine categories from the 2013 Biomedical Sciences and Health Disparities Symposium held April 8 and 9 at the University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM). Our story features a slideshow you may view if you have Flashplayer. If not, you may click to see the photos at SYMPOSIUM SLIDESHOW.

Posters were presented by undergraduates, medical and graduate students, post MD residents, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and our community partners.

Gotaro Kojima, MD.

Gotaro Kojima, MD.

The The Miyawaki Family “Trainee in Neuroscience” Award was presented to Gotaro Kojima, MD from the Department of Geriatric Medicine. Read more about this new award, and Drs. Miyawaki and Kojima in a story at UH FOUNDATION NEWS.

The keynote presentation, “Human Tumor Viruses Levee Tax on Control of Cellular DNA Damage Response” was given by O. John Semmes, PhD,
 who is a Professor and Director of the Leroy T. Canoles, Jr. Cancer Research Center at the 
Eastern Virginia Medical School. His presentation was supported by the Robert T. Wong, MD Endowed Lectureship.

O. John Semmes, PhD,
  Professor and Director of the Leroy T. Canoles, Jr. Cancer Research Center at the 
Eastern Virginia Medical School.

O. John Semmes, PhD,
 Professor and Director of the Leroy T. Canoles, Jr. Cancer Research Center at the 
Eastern Virginia Medical School.

 

Posters were judged by the faculty and nine Dean’s Awards were presented to:

Best Overall: Cynthia D. Anderson, BS, MA, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Advisor: Ralph Shohet, MD
“Ultrasound Targeted Microbubble Destruction AND Nonviral DNA Vectors for Hepatic Gene Therapy”

Faculty Division: Lishomwa C. Ndhlovu, PhD.  Assistant Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology
“Age-Related Expansion of Tim-3 Expressing CD8+ T Cells in Perinatal HIV-1 Infected Children”

Fellow Physicians Division: Pai-Jong Stacy Tsai, MD. Advisor: Timothy Dye, PhD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Hawai`i State Department of Health
“Gestational Diabetes and Macrosomia by Ethnicity in Hawai`i”

Resident Physicians Division: Michael Black, MD. Advisor: Pamela Tauchi-Nishi, MD, Department of Pathology
“Renal Cell Carcinoma:  Expression of hPMS2 and hMSH6 in Correlation with Clinicopathological Features”

Medical Students Division: Howard J. Zee.  Advisor: Jonathan Goldin, MD, PhD (UCLA Faculty Member) Department of Geriatrics, JABSOM
“Utilization of Imaging in an Outpatient Elderly Population”

Research Support Division: Megan A. Vento, BS. Research Associate, Advisor: Kazuma Nakagawa MD, Neuroscience Institute, The Queen’s Medical Center
“Gender Differences in the Use of Early Do-not-resuscitate Orders After Intracerebral hemorrhage”

Post-Doctoral Fellows Division: Yvonne Baumer, PhD. Advisor: William Boisvert, PhD,
Center for Cardiovascular Research
“Cholesterol Crystal Production by Endothelial Cells and its Impact on Early Atherosclerosis Development”

Graduate Division: Cynthia Anderson, BS, MA. Advisor: Ralph Shohet, MD, Center for Cardiovascular Research, Department of Medicine, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
“Ultrasound Targeted Microbubble Destruction and Nonviral DNA Vectors for Hepatic Gene Therapy”

Undergraduate Division: Robin Kaai. Advisors: Matthew Tuthill, PhD, Alan Garcia, PhD, John Berestecky, PhD, Department of Math and Science, Kapi`olani Community College
“Use of Phage Display to Produce Antibodies Against Campylobacter jejuni

 

Community JABSOM Biomed

Dr. Alice Tse, D.M. Palakiko, E. Makahi, and E. Daniggelis presented their poster on Perceptions of Native Hawaiian Community Partners About Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). “Their research demonstrates the importance of involving our community in research studies”, said Dr. Mariana Gerschenson, organizer of the symposium.

For more information about the presentations and the Symposium, click on:

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE, and  SYMPOSIUM INDEX.

Mahalo to Dr. Mariana Gerschenson for her kōkua in compiling the information for this story.

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