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Welcome to Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Through a unique public-private partnership between a cutting edge-research university and a major health care institution, the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine educates physician thought leaders through inquiry, research, and discovery.

The college has four value domains that drive our educational goals and objectives and are interwoven throughout the four-year curriculum: basic science, clinical science, research, and interprofessionalism.

Medical Student Research Symposium hosted virtually

Eight members of the class of 2020 gave oral presentations as a culmination of their four-year research projects during the 2020 Medical Student Research Symposium. In addition, poster sessions were recorded for all members of the class. 

  1. Malek Bouzaher [00.00] (Productivity Distinction)
    Perciyte Coverage and Microvessel Caliber in Normal and Pre-eclamptic Pregnancies
    Mentor: John Chappell, MS, PhD
  2. Anisha Chada (Scholarship Distinction / Video not available)
    Vascular Remodeling in Preeclampsia: Smooth Muscle and Collagen Content in Placental Vessels
    Mentors: John Chappell, MS, PhD and Allison Durica, MD
  3. Judy Chen [8:51] 
    (Most hurdles overcome award)
    Clinical Validation of an Affordable, Reusable Novel EKG Monitor for Children in Low-Resource Settings
    Mentors: Andre Muelenaer, MD, MS and John Bird, MD
  4. Lisa Crisalli (Scholarship Distinction / Video not available)
    The Influence of Anxiety on Outcomes in Pediatric Surgery
    Mentors: Shawn D. Safford, MD and MAS Sarah Parker, PhD
  5. Lindsey Dove [15:38]
    Implementation of Diabetes Self-Management and Strength Training Programs for Older Adults: A Post-Trial Mixed Methods Study
    Mentors: Sallie Beth Johnson, PhD, MPH and Samantha M. Harden, PhD
  6. Soleille Everest [30:12]
    Balance Deficits Remain More than One Year Following Total Hip Arthroplasty
    Mentors: Robin Queen, PhD and Joseph Moskal, MD
  7. Brendon Fusco [37:47] (Productivity Distinction)
    Artificial Potentiation of the Dorsomedial Prefrontal Cortex to Basolateral Amygdala Pathway
    Mentor: Alexei Morozov, PhD
  8. Susan Giampalmo [44:15]
    Opioid Use Disorder Patients in an Emergency Department Buprenorphine Program with Referral to Outpatient Therapy
    Mentor: John Burton, MD
  9. Adam Goode [57:45]
    Use of Observation Status Versus Readmission in Elective Total Knee and Hip Arthroplasty Returns to Hospital: A Single-Institution Perspective
    Mentors: Thomas K. Miller, MD, Joseph T. Moskal, MD, and Trevor M. Owen, MD
  10. Jeffrey Henry [1:02:51]
    The Effects of Ketosis on fMRI
    Mentor: Stephen LaConte, PhD
  11. Nicholas Homsy (Video not available) 
    The Effect of Orthopaedic Referral on Decision for Weight Loss Management
    Mentors: Michael Wolfe, MD and Benjamin R. Coobs, MD
  12. Caleb Hubbard [1:10:58]
    Mild-to-Moderate Hearing Loss Evaluated Through EEG Coherence
    Mentor: Martha Ann Bell, PhD
  13. Darlon Jan (Video not available)
    Investigations into Adenovirus Cardiotropism
    Mentors: James W. Smyth, PhD and Leslie LaConte, PhD
  14. Awaiz Khan [1:17:28]
    The Effect of Hypertonic Saline on Mucus Viscosity in the Mechanically Ventilated Patient
    Mentor: Edmundo Rubio, MD
  15. Margaret Kneifel (Video not available)
    (Best visual design award)
    miRNAs as Potential Biomarkers for the Identification of Night-Shift Workers at Risk of Developing Breast Cancer
    Mentors: Carla Finkielstein, PhD and Kurtis Moyer, MD
  16. Christopher Liao [1:27:53] (Scholarship Distinction)
    (Most exciting discovery award)
    Soluble Amyloid-Beta Oligomers Trigger Disruption of the Astrocyte-Vascular Interface
    Mentors: Ian Kimbrough, PhD and Harald Sontheimer, PhD
  17. Tom Liu [1:41:36] (Scholarship and Productivity Distinction)
    Effect of Myocardial Infarction on Sodium Channel Organization
    Mentor: Robert Gourdie, PhD
  18. Rosemary Mallonee [1:45:15]
    Nighttime, Day-Of-Week, and Month Influence Operative Duration and Turnover Time: A Linear Mixed Model Analysis of 609 Colectomies
    Mentors: Sarah Parker, PhD and Shawn Safford, MD, MAS
  19. Justine McGiboney [1:49:52]
    Outcomes with Third-Line Vasopressors on In- Hospital Mortality in Septic Shock
    Mentors: Frank Biscardi, MD, Bradley Icard, DO, and Anthony Loschner, MD
  20. Sanaz Monjazeb [1:54:29]
    Perioperative Opioid Administration and Postoperative Opioid Consumption: A Retrospective Study
    Mentor: Cassandra Mierisch, MD
  21. Sol Moon [2:00:41]
    The Cooperative Roles of Aiolos and STAT3 in Th17 Differentiation
    Mentor: Kenneth Oestreich, PhD
  22. Robert Nicholson [2:16:37] (Productivity Distinction)
    Utilization of Referral to a Prescription Exercise Program to Reduce Pain and Improve Function Following Discharge from the Emergency Department
    Mentor: Damon Kuehl, MD
  23. Ashley Nyitray [2:26:37]
    Characterization of Peritumoral Hyperexcitability in Adult and Pediatric Glioma: The Role of KCC2
    Mentors: Susan Campbell, PhD and Harald Sontheimer, PhD
  24. Stephen Owen (Video not available)
    Does Delay Discounting Predict Smoking Cessation in those Diagnosed with Head and Neck Cancer?Mentors: Warren K. Bickel, PhD, Jeff Stein, PhD, and Jennifer Vaughn, MD, MPH
  25. Hannah Palmerton [2:38:15] (Productivity Distinction)
    The Effect of Various OR Noise on Fine Motor Skills, Cognition, and Mood
    Mentor: Gary Simonds, MD
  26. Dan Park [2:42:59]
    Efficacy of an Intra-Operative Marcaine Adductor Canal Block during Total Knee Arthroplasty
    Mentor: John W. Mann, MD
  27. Jay Patel [2:52:39]
    Does Repeat Tissue Compression by Robotic Stapling Devices Increase Colonic Anastomotic Leak Rates?
    Mentor: Farrell Adkins, MD
  28. Harsh Patolia [2:57:33] (Scholarship Distinction)
    (Best poster presentation award)
    Agent-Based Model Simulates Pericyte Migration and Recruitment to the Angiogenic Front in Response to PDGF-B Signaling by Sprouting Endothelium
    Mentor: John Chappell, MS, PhD
  29. Steve Siyuan Qian [3:09:15]
    Multi-Parametric Predictors of Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation
    Mentors: Steven Poelzing, PhD and Mark Joseph, MD
  30. Mustafa Rasheed [3:14:00] (Scholarship Distinction)
    The Role of the Ikaros Zinc Finger Factor Eos in TH2 Cell Differentiation
    Mentor: Kenneth Oestreich, PhD
  31. Mercedes Robinson [3:25:41] (Scholarship Distinction)
    Gender Differences in Reward and Punishment Processing Within Depression
    Mentor: Pearl Chiu, PhD
  32. Jean Sabile (Scholarship Distinction / Video not available)
    (Most promising preliminary data for an NIH grant award)
    Targeting Cx43 in Colon Cancer Stem Cells
    Mentor: Samy Lamouille, PhD
  33. Simran Sandhu [3:37:15]
    Evaluating Cooperative Roles for STAT3 and Aiolos in Lymphocyte Mimicry Associated with Metastatic Disease
    Mentor: Kenneth Oestreich, PhD
  34. Brian Saway [3:46:52] (Productivity Distinction)
    (Most likely to change clinical practice this year award)
    Mindfulness in the OR
    Mentor: Terri-Ann Wattsman, MD
  35. Don Scarboro [3:53:18]
    Predictors of Subsequent Hospital Encounters in Patients with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy
    Mentor: David Sane, MD
  36. Farah Shah [3:58:36] (Productivity Distinction)
    PIK3CB and Connexin-43 Inhibition Sensitizes Glioblastoma Cells to Temozolomide
    Mentor: Zhi Sheng, PhD
  37. Mira Tanenbaum (Video not available)
    Targeting the Integrated Stress Response to Prevent Pathological Cardiac Hypertrophy
    Mentor: James W. Smyth, PhD
  38. Jordan Taylor (Video not available)
    Investigating Pathogenic Manipulation of Cellular Junctions to Facilitate Viral Spread
    Mentor: James W. Smyth, PhD
  39. Albert Truong [4:08:10]
    Adaption and Effectiveness of START NOW in the Treatment of Opioid Addicted Individuals Enrolled in Outpatient Based Opioid Treatment
    Mentor: Robert L. Trestman, PhD, MD
  40. Lena Turkheimer [4:13:56]
    Barriers to Breastfeeding in Opiate Sustained Mothers and the Effects of Breastfeeding on NAS Symptom Severity, Infant Pharmacologic Use, and Length of Hospital Stay
    Mentor: Fidel Valea, MD
  41. Benjamin Walker [4:22:17] (Productivity Distinction)
    Effects of Interdisciplinary Education Regarding Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Geriatric Fall Patients
    Mentor: Mark Hamill, MD
  42. Tyler Willson [4:27:56]
    Brain Valuation Networks in Stimulant Users: Using fMRI to Further Understand Sexual HIV- Risk Behavior
    Mentor: Mikhail Koffarnus, PhD
  43. Abigail Winn [4:38:43]
    Activation of PI3K in Glioblastoma Multiforme
    Mentor: Zhi Sheng, PhD
  44. Melika Zarei [4:45:35]
    The Ability of Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs) Obtained During Spine Surgery to Predict Postoperative Visual Changes
    Mentors: Jonathan Carmouche, MD, Maxine Lee, MD, and Pamela Zollinger, MD

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