On March 20th, the Marshall University School of Medicine hosted its 24th Annual Medical School Research Day. This medical-school wide event, which also encompasses the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, is one of the few times in the academic year that everyone in the school community gathers to learn about the research taking place at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM).
The event included nearly 80 research presentations and a keynote speech by Dr. William Thies, the Chief Medical and Science Officer for the National Alzheimer’s Organization. The goals of Research Day include giving participants an opportunity to formally present their research, involving the community in the ongoing research being performed at JCESOM, and encouraging Continuing Medical Education in clinical research.
The presenters included professors, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, and residents. On the ground floor of the Marshall Medical Center, dozens of research projects were presented. According to Dr. Richard Niles, Senior Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education, the research presented ranged from Vitamin D3 supplementation to chili peppers and small cell lung cancer.
The following members of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program participated:
- Dr. Piyali Dasgupta
- Dr. Jung Han Kim
- Flavia De Carlo, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio’s lab
- Johannes Francois Fahrmann, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Elaine Hardman’s lab
- Rounak Nande, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio’s lab
- Aaron Dom, a medical student and former Medical Sciences Master’s student researching in Dr. Piyali Dasgupta’s lab
- M. Allison Wolf, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio’s lab
- Meagan Valentine, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Simon Collier’s lab
- Miranda Carper, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio’s lab
- Sarah Mathis, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio’s lab
The event followed an Alzheimer’s Disease Symposium, which took place on March 19th. Dr. Richard Egleton of the BMS Graduate Program was a guest speaker.
A few members of the BMS Graduate Program also received honors for their presentations at Research Day. M. Allison Wolf’s poster, entitled “Benzyl isothiocyanate targets chemoresistant and metastatic head and neck cell carcinoma cells,” won in the Poster Basic Science category. A researcher in Dr. Piyali Dasgupta’s lab, Clayton Crabtree, won in the Oral Basic Science category for his presentation, “Capsaicin induces apoptosis in human small cell lung cancer via the TRPV pathway.”
To learn more about the 24th Annual Research Day, look to the event website: http://musom.marshall.edu/research/. You can also download the following pdf documents directly: