Winners Announced 2020 MSRD

2020's MSRD event was a great success—congratulations to each of our distinguished winners!

October 28, 2020

The 35th Annual Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) was held on Wednesday, October 13. Due to COVID-19, this year's MSRD was hosted virtually using WebEx. The event was a great success that started with a keynote address by Dr. John Buse, MD/PhD, UNC School of Medicine, with nearly 130 attendees. It was followed by poster sessions featuring 68 Wake Forest School of Medicine student research posters. Each poster was judged by multiple WFSM faculty and the top ranking poster presentations were selected for awards.

Congratulations to the students awarded for their outstanding research posters as follows:

2020 MSRD Winners

Overall 1st Place

 Shambavi RaoStephanie Pham

Shambavi Rao (2022) & Stephanie Pham (2022)

Postoperative Opioid Reduction Initiative for Gynecologic Surgeries

Mentor: David Shalowitz, MD


Overall 2nd Place (Tie for 2nd place)

 Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson (2021)

Speed of Psoriasis Treatment Response for Biologic Agents: A Review of Phase III Clinical Trials

Mentor: Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD

Lauren Strickland

Lauren Strickland (2023)

A Longitudinal Review of Long-Term Otologic and Audiometric Outcomes of Cleft Palate Patients

Mentor: Daniel Kirse, MD

T1 Translational Science Research Award


Rachel Jeffries (2023)

Evaluating the Effects of Advanced Maternal Age on Offspring Body Weight and Lipid Profiles in Nonhuman Primatess

Mentor: Matthew Quinn, PhD

T2 Translational Science Research Award

 Matthew Johnson

Maxwell Messinger (2024)

Rural Population at Risk of Delayed Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction in North Carolina

Mentor: Jason P. Stopyra, MD, MS

Meredith Award for Outstanding Health Equity Research

 Matthew Johnson

Alexandria Marshall (2023)

Defining Personal & Communal Aspects of Social Determinants of Health Glioma Patients

Mentor: Roy Strowd, MEd, MD

MSRD Excellence Awards

 Matthew Johnson

Dion Banoian (2022)

p300 and CBP in Skeletal Muscle are Required for Normal Whole-body Glucose Tolerance

Mentor: Simon Schenk, PhD

 Matthew Johnson

Andrew Barnes (2021)

Does Thyroid Nodule Size Impact accuracy of Molecular Testing?

Mentor: Reese W. Randle MD

 Matthew Johnson

Jeremy Bray (2021)

Assessing the Effect of Demographic Background on Barriers to Seek Medical Attention for Psoriasis

Mentor: Steven R. Feldman, MD, PhD

 Matthew Johnson

Benjamin Brendamour (2023)

COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma in the Treatment of High Risk COVID-19 Disease

Mentor: Dean Kereiakes, MD

 Matthew Johnson

Nicholas Contillo (2023)

Establishing a Clinically-Relevant Animal Model of Intracerebral Hemorrhage (ICH) using the Hypertensive Transgenic Rat (mRen2)27

Mentor: Stacey Q. Wolfe, MD, FAANS

 Matthew Johnson

Jonathan Dowell (2023)

New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation Incidence and Associated Outcomes in the Medical Intensive Care Unit

Mentor: Prashant Bhave, MD

 Matthew Johnson

Robert Glover (2023)

Machine Learning in Medicine: Predicting Total Hip Arthroplasty Infection Rates in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Database

Mentor: Johannes F. Plate, MD, PhD

 Matthew Johnson

Adam Jorgensen (2023)

A Randomized and Controlled Pre-clinical Assessment of Autologous and Allogeneic Bioprinted Skin in Full-thickness Porcine Wounds

Mentor: Anthony Atala, MD

 Matthew Johnson

Claudia Loyola Amador (2021)

What a City Eats: Examining the Dietary Preferences of Families living in Communities at High Risk for Food Insecurity

Mentor: Deepak Palakshappa, MD, MSHP

 Matthew Johnson

Christopher Ma (2023)

Fluorescence-based in Vitro Drug Screening for Hepatic Porphyria Exacerbation in 2D Hepatic Cell Models

Mentor: Herbert Bonkovsky, MD

 Matthew Johnson

Shamit Prabhu (2022)

Utilizing 3D-Printed Orbital Floor Stamps to Create Patient-Specific Implants for Orbital Floor Reconstruction

Mentor: Christopher Runyan, MD, PhD

 Matthew Johnson

Stephanie Wang (2023)

Association of Provider Specialty with Shared Decision Making about Lung Cancer Screening

Mentor: David P. Miller, MD, MS

 Matthew Johnson

Jonathan White (2023)

The Effect of State-Level Prescription Opioid Legislation on Patient Outcomes after Lumbar Tubular Micro-Decompression

Mentor: Tadhg O'Gara, MD

 Matthew Johnson

Keon Youssefzadeh (2024)

The Fragility of Statistically Significant Results: An Extension of Fragility Index to Continuous Variables

Mentors: Jon-Michael Caldwell, MD & Orr Limpisvasti, MD