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2014 Medical Student Research Day Awards

The Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) identifies research opportunities by pairing rising 2nd year WFSM medical students with faculty mentors for a 9-week summer research experience. All students must present a poster describing their research findings at Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) held each October.

2014 Medical Student Research Day Winners Announced

The 2014 Medical Student Research Day was held on Wednesday, October 8.  52 second year medical students presented posters of research conducted in the past year. Dr. King Li, MD, MBA, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research and the Isadore Meschan Distinguished Professor and Chair of Radiology, presented the keynote address on “Remote Controlled Drugs and Cells: New Paradigm for Medical Therapy”.  

Winners from left to right: Poorvi Chhabra, Victoria Jiang, Bryce Robinson, Kaja Richard, Justin Hicks, and Dr. King Li

Five awards were given for outstanding research posters. These include:

  • Overall First Place
    Justin Hicks: Customized Platelet-rich Plasma to Promote Skeletal Muscle Healing While Reducing Fibrosis; Mentors – MaCalus Hogan, MD and Hongshuai Li, MD/PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Overall Second Place
    Bryce Robinson: Optimal Pressure and Mechanical Tissue Resuscitation following Myocardial Infarction; Mentor- Jim Jordan, PhD, Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Overall Third Place
    Victoria Jiang: Synthesis and Use of Poly(glycerol-sebacate) Films in Fibroblast Growth Regulation; Mentor – William Wagner, PhD, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Outstanding T1: Bench to Bedside Translational Research Poster
    Kaja Richard: Alginate Microbead Encapsulation of IL-35 for Pancreatic Transplantation;  Mentor – Emmanual Opara, PhD, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Outstanding T2: Bedside to Community Translational Research Poster
    Poorvi Chhabra: Academic Medical Center Employees’ Views of Tobacco Use and Policy Correlate with Tobacco Industry Ties; Mentor – John Spangler, MD, MPH, Family and Community Medicine

Winning posters will be on display in Carpenter Library for two weeks. 

Thanks to all the students who participated, to the mentors who guided them in their projects, and to all who attended the event.