Student and faculty researchers presented 85 posters detailing their studies of a
wide range of clinically relevant topics such as: novel therapies for osteoarthritis;
cardiovascular and Alzheimer’s diseases; cancer; diabetes and vision loss; assessment
of anxiety surrounding breast cancer testing; enhancing patient engagement in their
care; and student perceptions of the role of research in medical education.
“This event showcases research that is happening at all levels, not just basic science,”
said Denah Appelt, PhD, professor of neuroscience, physiology and pharmacology. “It allows faculty, students
and staff from across departments to collaborate together.”
Dr. Appelt said she had worked closely with Sue Hingley, PhD, professor, microbiology, to pool data from their respective areas to work on a project
“You can see a disease in someone, but we’re all working towards novel ways on how
to treat those diseases,” she said.
Firas Alsaid (MS/Biomed ’18) conducts research in the lab of Marina D’Angelo, PhD, professor, anatomy. His project involved testing a novel drug invented by Dr. D’Angelo
and her colleagues for its ability to reduce the production of a mediator of inflammation
in gingival cells. Mr. Alsaid said he was interested in working with Dr. D’Angelo
because that work has applications in periodontal disease, and he hopes to become
“This was right in line with what I want to do, career-wise,” he said.
“This year’s Research Day event was enormously successfully because of the intense
effort of our organizers, judges and campus-wide presenters. The quality and breadth
of research displayed in these posters was truly impressive,” said Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD, chief research and science officer.
Prizes were awarded to the day’s top research projects. This year’s winners were:
David Miller DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Awards:
Best in Show: Dillon McCourt (MS/Biomed ’19) Psychology: Rachel Allen (PsyD ’21) Alzheimer’s: Aghilas Belkadi (MS/Biomed ’18) Master’s in Biomedical Science: Anahi McIntyre (MS/Biomed ’18) Excellence in Research: Zein Al-Atrache (DO/PhD '19)
Camille DiLullo, PhD DO Research Award: Michael Bamimore (DO '21) Excellence in Resident Research: Jillian Ploof, DO ’13, neurosurgery resident Excellence in Research Staff Poster: Sarah Blizard, research technician, Division
PCOM Library Young Investigator Award:
1st place: Ina Wyche 2nd place: Frantzia Jean 3rd place: Danisha Robledo
About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy,
physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences,
forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership,
physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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