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PCOM Hosts Annual Research Day

May 9, 2017
Posters by PCOM students, residents, faculty and staff were presented during the College's annual Research Day. Prizes were awarded for top research projects.

Advancements in the field of biomedical science result from an intense effort and exchange of ideas.   Discoveries that someday may be translated into treatments and cures were displayed at PCOM’s annual Research Day, an event designed to foster awareness of ongoing research and promote collaboration among researchers.

Students, residents, faculty and staff presented posters describing their research on topics such as ways to reduce the use of opioid pain medication; family planning in refugee settings; and the role of infection in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Prizes were awarded to the day’s top research projects. This year’s winners were:

The David Miller, DO '60 Memorial Endowed Research Day Awards:

  • Excellence in Research - Best in Show: Mihoko Tanabe (DO ’20), for “Family Planning in Refugee Settings: Findings from a Multi-Country Study.”
  • Excellence in Research - Psychology: Noah Sideman (PsyD ’19), for “Task fMRI and Functional Connectivity Show Concordant Memory Laterality in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy.”
  • Excellence in Research - Masters in Biomedical Sciences: Anahi McIntyre (MS/Biomed ’18), for “Protein Kinase C Epsilon Peptide Inhibitor Exerts Cardioprotective Effects in Myocardial Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury.”
  • Excellence in Alzheimer's Disease Research: Vanessa Valdivia (DO ’21), for “Evaluation of Smell and miRNA Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).”

The Camille DiLullo, PhD, Excellence in Research Awards:

  • DO award: Morgan McCoy (DO ’19), for “Assessment of Clinicians’ Knowledge and Screening Practices of Stimulant Misuse in Adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”
  • Resident award: Mark Ishak, DO, neurosurgery resident, for “Minimally Invasive In Vivo Real-time Identification of Human Astrocytoma with Sulforhodamine 101.”
  • Staff award: Danielle Exler, research assistant, for “Determining Whether Seizures During Early Development Lead to Long-term Behavioral Deficits in Zebrafish.”

PCOM Library Young Investigators Award:

  • Alixandria Colon, Omayris Ramos and Tracy Wong, of Olney Charter High School in Philadelphia, for “Understanding Cervical and Breast Cancer.” Olney is managed by Aspira, Inc. of Pennsylvania, a partner with the College on PCOM Opportunities Academy.

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