Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

2010 Student Research Fellowships

In 1982, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established five student research fellowship awards to encourage and support student research. Since then, the awards have grown in number and dollar amount. As many as fifty $5000 awards are made, and $1000 is available for travel to a national meeting to present the research results. In 2004, the name of the fellowship program was changed to the Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship awards in honor of Carolyn L. Kuckein, AΩA's longtime administrator, who died in January 2004.

Evaluations of the fellowship proposals were made by reviewers C. Bruce Alexander, MD; Robert G. Atnip, MD; Jeremiah Barondess, MD; John A. Benson, Jr., MD; Natalia Berry, MD; John M. Boltri, MD; John C.M. Brust, MD; N. Joseph Espat, MD; Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD; Faith T. Fitzgerald, MD; Daniel Foster, MD; James G. Gamble, MD; Mary A. Gerend, PhD; Amy Goldberg, MD; Edward D. Harris, Jr., MD; Suzanne Leonard Harrison, MD; David B. Hellman, MD, MACP; Joseph A. Hill, MD, PhD; Monica M. Jablonski, PhD; Rae-Ellen W. Kavey, MD; Zhongyu John Li, MD, PhD; Tara A. Lindsley, PhD; Michael D. Lockshin, MD; Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, MD, PhD; Anne T. Mancino, MD; Francis A. Neelon, MD; Douglas S. Paauw, MD; Thoru Pederson, MD; Suzann Pershing, MD; Sheryl Pfeil, MD; Don W. Powell, MD; Sarah M. Roddy, MD; William M. Rogoway, MD; Shashi K. Salgar, PhD; Gerald Weissman, MD; Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP; Michael Zawada, PhD.

The recipients of the 2010 fellowships are:

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Zubin Agarwal
Mayo Medical School
Risk Factors for Hospital Readmission for Acute Exacerbations of COPD
Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD, mentor
Judith Salmon Kaur, MD, Association Chair

Edward Arous
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Determining the Best Treatments for Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors: A Longitudinal Population-Based Study and Decision Analysis Model
Jennifer F. Tseng, MD, MPH, mentor
David A. Drachman, MD, councilor

Christina Brown
Florida State University College of Medicine
Dissection of viral oncoprotein E1A pathogenesis and carcinogenesis using D. melanogaster
Timothy Megraw, PhD, mentor
J. Ocie Harris, MD, councilor

Jennifer Bunch
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Prevention of Cisplatin Ototoxicity by Transplatin
Leonard P. Rybak, MD, PhD, and Vickram Ramkumar, PhD, mentors
Andrew J. Varney, MD, councilor

Wayne Chen
Wake Forest University Health Sciences School of Medicine
Early Disregulation of Schwann Cell Phenotype is Associated with Age-Dependent Decline in Functional Recovery Following Nerve Injury
Zhongyu J. Li, MD, PhD, and Jonathan C. Barnwell, MD, mentors
K. Patrick Ober, MD, councilor

Constantin Chikando
Morehouse School of Medicine
Effects of the amplification of the Bmal1 gene expression on the mammalian sleep-wake cycle
Ketema Nnamdi Paul, PhD, mentor
Frances J. Dunston, MD, MPH, councilor

Brittany Clark
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Validation of New Self-Paced Online Dermatology Curriculum Method
Arthur Papier, MD, mentor
Heidi Schwarz, MD, councilor

James Crawford
New York University School of Medicine
The Role of Local Reactive Oxygen Species in Diabetic Wound Healing
Pierre B. Saadeh, MD, mentor
Steven Abramson, MD, councilor

Chardan Das
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Intraoperative peritoneally delivered MMP inhibitors for the prevention of ovarian cancer seeding and metastasis
Timothy J. O'Brien, PhD, mentor
C. James Graham, MD, councilor

Nicholas Do
Dartmouth Medical School
Immunohistochemistry Analysis of Tissue Hypoxia in Laryngectomy Patients in Relation to Fistula Development
Eunice Y. Chen, MD, PhD, mentor
Susan Harper, MD, councilor

Gregory Eckenrode
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Characterization of residual neoplastic cells in a mouse model for Her2/neu-driven breast cancer
Lewis A. Chodosh, MD, PhD, mentor
Jon B. Morris, MD, councilor

Adriel Fajilan
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Prolonged Exposure to Isoflurane Ameliorates Infarction Severity in the Rat Pup Model of Neonatal Hypoxia-Ischemia
John H. Zhang, MD, PhD, mentor
Sarah M. Roddy, MD, councilor

Nina Gazanfari
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School
The Effect of Rab5 GTPase Protein Knockdown in Papillomavirus Cell Trafficking and Infection in Human Keratinocyte Cells
Patricio I. Meneses, PhD, mentor
Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, FACP, councilor

Matthew Geeslin
University of Minnesota Medical School
Thermochemical Ablation of Ex Vivo Liver Using Sodium Hydroxide and Acetic Acid to Produce Heat in Situ
Erik Cressman, MD, PhD, mentor
Charles Billington, MD, councilor

Navdeep Gogia
Creighton University School of Medicine
Role of Catagen Delay in Perifollicular Inflammation in EGFR Mutant Mice
Laura A. Hansen, PhD, mentor
William Hunter, MD, councilor

Elizabeth Harrington
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Fertility Desires and Family Planning Among HIV-Infected Couples in Nyanza Province, Kenya
Sara J. Newmann, MD, MPH, mentor
Steven Z. Pantilat, MD, councilor

Nicholas Horen
The University of Toledo, College of Medicine
Structural Architecture of the Extracellular Matrix in an Animal Model of Neointimal Hyperplasia and Vasoreactivity
Andrea L. Nestor Kalinoski, PhD, mentor
L. John Greenfield Jr., MD, PhD, councilor

Yen Hsia
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Role of Dectin-1 and TLR2 in Candida abicans Keratitis
Eric Pearlman, PhD, mentor
Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, councilor

Han Kim
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Impact of Phr1 knockout in dLGN Response to Evoked Retinal Activity
Susan Culican, MD, PhD, mentor
Morton E. Smith, MD, councilor

Abigail Koch
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Metabolic Syndrome and Colorectal Cancer
David Shibata, MD, FACS, mentor
Patricia Emmanuel, MD, councilor

David Kurland
University of Maryland School of Medicine
SUR1-regulated NC(Ca-ATP) channel—a novel therapeutic target in perinatal hypoxia and germinal matrix hemorrhage
J. Marc Simard, MD, PhD, mentor
Yvette Rooks, MD, councilor

Yuna Larrabee
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Noninvasive detection of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, catalytic subunit p110a(PIK3CA) mutations in patients with known head and neck squamous cell carcinoma
Gloria H. Su, PhD, mentor
John C.M. Brust, MD, councilor

Darryl Lau
University of Michigan Medical School
Herpes simplex virus vector-mediated expression of interleukin-10 reduces below-level central neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury
David J. Fink, MD, mentor
Cyril M. Grum, MD, councilor

Karen Li
Drexel University College of Medicine
Receptor selection in mouse bone marrow B cells
Eline Tjetske Luning Park, MD, PhD, mentor
Allan Tunkel, MD, PhD, MACP, councilor

Felix Lui
University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine
Genetic defects causing non-syndromic cleft lip and palate in CL/Fr mice
Scott Lozanoff, PhD, mentor
Mary Ann Antonelli, MD, FACP, councilor

Rohit Mital
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Cardioprotection of critical Ca+2 handling proteins in super antioxidant mice
Richard J. Gumina, MD, PhD, FACC, mentor
Sheryl Pfeil, MD, councilor

Andreea G. Moore
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Angiogenic biomarkers for the prediction of pregnancy complications in women with suspected preeclampsia
Sharon Eileen Maynard, MD, mentor
Alan G. Wasserman, MD, councilor

Shabnam Nourparvar
Mercer University School of Medicine
Community Based Intervention in Families at High Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
John M. Boltri, MD, mentor
Richard Ackermann, MD, councilor

Christopher Oustwani
Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
Regulation of the Ubiquitin-Proteasome Pathway by Nitric Oxide
Melina R. Kibbe, MD, mentor
John P. Flaherty, MD, councilor

Madhukar Patel
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
Evaluating the Effects of Pancreatic Protease Inhibitors on Multiorgan Failure in a Porcine Model: A Step toward a Mechanistic Explanation for a Fatal Syndrome
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, mentor
Michael L. Berman, MD, councilor

Sofia Peeva
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
The noninvasive characterization of bone marrow progenitor cells integration in wound healing
Brian Eliceiri, MD, PhD, mentor
Gordon L. Archer, MD, councilor

Ashish Rastogi
Albany Medical College
Differential Effects of MEK Isoforms in Cardiac Hypertrophy
Rebecca S. Keller, PhD, mentor
Neil Lempert, MD, councilor

Jessica Record
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Prevalence of Inflammatory Myositis in Patients with Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in Alabama
Randy Q. Cron, MD, PhD, mentor
Stephanie Reilly, MD, councilor

Joseph Ricci
Weill Cornell Medical College
A Clinical Comparison of Successful and Failed Repeat Microdissection Testicular Sperm Extraction in Men with Non-Obstructive Azoospermia
Peter N. Schlegel, MD, mentor
O. Wayne Isom, MD, councilor

Katie Rousseau
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in New Orleans
Correlation of Postoperative Paresthesia Coverage with Intraoperative EMG Studies with SCS Electrodes
Erich O. Richter, MD, mentor
Peter DeBlieux, MD, councilor

Samaan Sattarzadeh
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Reversed Camera Task Training
Shawn Tsuda, MD, mentor
William A. Zamboni, MD, councilor

Michelle Scerbo
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Reliable Reduction of Trauma Overtriage Based on Serial Prehospital Data: A Conservation of Scarce Health Care Resources
John B. Holcomb, MD, FACS, mentor
Eugene Boisaubin, MD, councilor

Nikolai Shalygin
University of Washington School of Medicine
The role of astrocyte GLT-1 in the development of hypoglycemia associated autonomic failure (HAAF)
Nicole Sanders, PhD, and Dianne Figlewicz Lattemann, PhD, mentors
Douglas S. Paauw, MD, councilor

Amit Sharma
UMDNJ—New Jersey Medical School
Classification and Management of Pellucid Marginal Degeneration
Peter S. Hersh, MD, mentor
Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH, councilor

Deana Shenaq
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences Pritzker School of Medicine
The Differential Effects of Cellularly Engineered BMP-9, BMP-2 and Runx2on Bone Healing in Murine Critical-Sized Calvarial Defects
Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD, mentor
Holly Humphrey, MD, councilor

Jacob Smith
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
The Immunologic Effects of Red Blood Cell Transfusion in Critically Ill Children
Philip C. Spinella, MD, mentor
Clara Callahan, MD, councilor

Ji Song
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Southwestern Medical School
Predicting response to therapy of diabetic foot infection utilizing 99mTc labeled white blood cell high resolution SPECT-CT imaging
William A. Erdman, MD, mentor
Kevin Klein, MD, councilor

Michael Strong
Tulane University School of Medicine
Identifying the genetic basis for a protective advantage in SJL mice to cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage
Rose Du, MD, PhD, mentor
Russell Steele, MD, councilor

Alaa Tahan
American University of Beirut School of Medicine
Use of retinoic acid in treatment of the childhood tumor rhabdomyosarcoma
Raya Saab, MD, mentor
Ibrahim S. Salti, MD, councilor

Kathleen Turek
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Influence of Government Food Program in Rural Mexico on Childhood Obesity and School Performance
Philip D. Sloane, MD, MPH, mentor
Amelia Drake, MD, councilor

Pranita Vemulapalli
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Randomized control trial comparing efficacy of antibiotic therapy alone versus antibiotic therapy in conjunction with quadruple pulse therapy using NdYag Laser in treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Iltefat Hamzavi, MD, mentor
Mark B. Edelstein, MD, PhD, councilor

Katrina Woo
New York Medical College
Relationship between Drusen Accumulation and Cone Structure in a Patient with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Jacque L. Duncan, MD, mentor
William H. Frishman, MD, councilor

Jonathan Yun
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Intratumoral convection enhanced delivery of topotecan in a mouse model of glioblastoma
Jeffrey N. Bruce, MD, FACS, mentor
Geza Kiss, MD, councilor

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Updated on December 6, 2013.


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