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2011 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; Thomas T. Andersen, PhD; Robert G. Atnip, MD; Jeremiah Barondess, MD; Syamal K. Bhattacharya, PhD, CLD; John M. Boltri, MD; John C.M. Brust, MD; Paul A. Bunn, Jr., MD; Joseph A. Califano III, MD; Randy Q. Cron, MD, PhD; Gerald V. Denis, PhD; N. Joseph Espat, MD; Ruth-Marie Fincher, MD; Daniel Foster, MD; James G. Gamble, MD; Mary A. Gerend, PhD; Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD; Suzanne Leonard Harrison, MD; Joseph A. Hill, MD, PhD; Marc G. Jeschke, MD, PhD, FACS; Rae-Ellen W. Kavey, MD; Anne T. Mancino, MD; Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, MD, PhD; James H. Millonig, PhD; Thoru Pederson, PhD; Suzann Pershing, MD; Sheryl Pfeil, MD; Don W. Powell, MD; Robert Rifkin, MD, FACP; William A. Robinson, MD, PhD; Sarah M. Roddy, MD; William M. Rogoway, MD; Shashi K. Salgar, PhD; David Shibata, MD, FACS; John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP; Gerald Weissmann, MD.

The recipients of the 2011 fellowships are:

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Makeda Agonafer
Morehouse School of Medicine
Glucose utilization and insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle overexpressing Bmal1
Ketema Nnamdi Paul, PhD, mentor
Frances J. Dunston, MD, MPH, councilor

Humera Ahmed
New York Medical College
Renal Sympathetic Denervation for the Management of Chronic Hypertension (RELIEF) (A prospective, single-center, blinded, sham-procedure placebo-controlled, randomized trial)
Vivek Reddy, MD, mentor
William H. Frishman, MD, councilor

Stefanie Ames
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Fatigue and Inflammation in Breast and Endometrial Cancer Survivors Compared with Healthy Controls
Laura Q. Rogers, MD, MPH, mentor
Andrew J. Varney, MD, councilor

William Ares
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Contribution of Kv channels, matrix metalloprotease activity and EGF receptor tyrosine kinase activity to enhanced parenchymal arteriole constriction following subarachnoid hemorrhage
George C. Wellman, PhD, mentor
Jeffrey Klein, MD, councilor

Bennett Battle
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
Validation of Trauma Center Activation Criteria for Intubated Pediatric Trauma Patients
Robert Todd Maxson, MD, mentor
C. James Graham, MD, councilor

Andrew Birkeland
Weill Cornell Medical College
Radiosensitivity in Fanconi Anemia Patients with Head and Neck Cancers
David I. Kutler, MD, mentor
O. Wayne Isom, MD, councilor

Cindy Cai
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Comparison of the Transition Zone between Healthy and Abnormal Retina in Patients with Different Mutations of Retinitis Pigmentosa
Donald C. Hood, PhD, mentor
John C. M. Brust, MD, councilor

Kathy Jo Carstarphen
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Effects of Patient Education on HIV Knowledge and Safe Sexual Practices in Lima, Peru
Juan Echeverria, MD, and Michael J. Mugavero, MD, MHSc, mentors
Stephanie D. Reilly, MD, councilor

Saydi Chahla
University of Minnesota Medical School
A Cross Sectional Study of the Influence of Daily Activity on Osteocalcin Level
Lynda E. Polgreen, MD, MS, mentor
Charles Billington, MD, councilor

Jason Chan
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Rapid detection of sequence-specific DNA markers using solid-state nanopores
Derek Stein, PhD, mentor
Charlotte M. Boney, MD, councilor

David Chen
Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine
A Novel Approach Using Transdermal Delivery of Nanoparticles for Gene Suppression to Treat Primary and Metastatic Melanoma
Amy S. Paller, MD, mentor
John P. Flaherty, MD, councilor

Linda Chen
Duke University School of Medicine
Slit-Robo and Brain Tumor Stem Cell Migration
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, mentor
Salvatore Pizzo, MD, PhD, councilor

David Cook
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
Clinical and immunological effects of desensitization on polysensitized mice
Edward Mitre, MD, mentor
Robert E. Goldstein, MD, councilor

Claire Detweiler
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
Are bacterial agents of community-acquired gastroenteritis under-diagnosed? Impact of stool antigen tests for Campylobacter and Enterohemorrhagic E. coli
Mike Loeffelholz, PhD, ABMM, mentor
Lisa R. Farmer, MD, councilor

Hayley Fischer
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
The Impact of Hydroxyurea Treatment on School Absenteeism in Children with Sickle Cell Disease
Beng Fuh, MD, PhD, mentor
Thomas G. Irons, MD, councilor

Frederick Flo
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
An Investigation of spirituality and functionality in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Paul T. Twydell, DO, mentor
Heidi B. Schwarz, MD, councilor

Mark Fox
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
Dissemination of the Ponseti Method of Treatment for Clubfoot within the Brazil National Training Initiative
Jose A. Morcuende, MD, PhD, mentor
Christopher Cooper, MD, councilor

Neil Issar
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Evaluating the Vim and ZI as Lead Locations for Deep Brain Stimulation Treatment of Post-Traumatic Tremor
Joseph S. Neimat, MD, MS, mentor
John A. Zic, MD

Tiffany Jow
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—New Jersey Medical School
Determining the Molecular Markers of Aggressive and Non-Aggressive Basal Cell Carcinoma
William Clark Lambert, MD, PhD, mentor
Robert A. Schwartz, MD, MPH

Vasili Karas
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Preparation of chondral defects in cartilage repair procedures: Surgeon ability to remove or preserve the calcified cartilage layer (CCL)
Vincent M. Wang, PhD, and Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA, mentors
Richard I. Abrams, MD, councilor

Elizabeth Keating
Mayo Medical School
Thiamine Deficiency in Sick Infants in Cambodia
Philip R. Fischer, MD, mentor
Carola Arndt, MD, and Judith Kaur, MD, association chairs

Parth Khade
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Predictors of recurrence in chronic subdural hematoma: Do nutritional status, hepatic synthetic function, serum osmolality, or other factors matter?
Leonide Gerard Toussaint III, MD, mentor
Mark L. Montgomery, MD, councilor

Catherine Kim
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School
Mechanisms of Intradialytic Hypertension and the Potential Role of Dialysate Sodium
Jula K. Inrig, MD, MHS, mentor
Kevin Klein, MD, councilor

Andrew Lin
University of Michigan Medical School
Sulfasalazine and thalidomide inhibit extracellular trap formation by human neutrophils and mast cells
Allen T. Bruce, MD, PhD, mentor
Cyril M. Grum, MD, councilor

Robert Lopez
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
Dissect the immunomodulatory roles of VPAC1 receptor in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a mouse model for multiple sclerosis
James A. Waschek, PhD, mentor
Arthur H. Wolintz, MD, councilor

Sarah McCurdy
The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
Sodium Coupled Glucose Transporter (SGLT) Expression in the Human Diabetic Kidney
Luke Norton, PhD, mentor
Kristen Plastino, MD, councilor

Jennifer McGrath
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Temporally Controlled Delivery of Multiple Growth Factors in the Preparation of a Vascularized Bony Construct
Hyun-Duck Nah, DMD, PhD, mentor
Jon B. Morris, MD, councilor

Kathryn McKenney
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Evaluating and Alleviating Depression in Mexican Women: The MESA Project
Sandra Clark, MD, mentor
Amelia Drake, MD, councilor

Lauren Orenstein
Emory University School of Medicine
Cost-effectiveness and potential impact of maternal influenza immunization in Mali
Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH, mentor
Thomas C. Pearson, MD, DPhil, councilor

Joseph Oved
New York University School of Medicine
A Potential GABAgergic Mechanism for Epilepsy in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex
Howard L. Weiner, MD, FACS, FAAP, and Bernardo Rudy, MD, PhD, mentors
Steven Abramson, MD, councilor

Priyanka Parekh
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Can Serotonin-Induced Hyperexcitability of Nociceptor Axons Produce Behavioral Effects Related to Chronic Pain?
Edgar T. Walters, PhD, mentor
Eugene Boisaubin, MD, councilor

Catherine Pearson
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Access and Barriers to Health Services Vary Among Three Neighboring Honduran Communities
Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, and Michael Stevens, MD, mentors
Gordon L. Archer, MD, councilor

Justin Peterson
Mercer University School of Medicine
Validation of ASSIST for detecting at-risk alcohol use in urgent care clinics
J. Aaron Johnson, PhD, mentor
Richard J. Ackermann, MD, councilor

Sophia Rangwala
Baylor College of Medicine
HDAC inhibitors in cutaneous T-cell lymphomas: biomarkers of response and resistance and potential combination therapies
Madeleine Duvic, MD, mentor
Kristin Angelie Kassaw, MD, councilor

Barbara Reichert
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Estrogen and Retinoic Acid Interactions in the Regulation of Adipose Triglyceride Lipase
Univ. -Prof. Dr. Rudolf Zechner and Dr. Ouliana Ziouzenkova, mentors
Sheryl Pfeil, MD, councilor

Whitney Ross
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Embryonic calcium nutrition: testing a model for developmental calcium deprivation
Tom W. Ecay, PhD, mentor
Martin Eason, MD, JD, councilor

Jacob Ruzevick
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Modulating phosphorylated Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (pSTAT-3) and phosphorylated-Akt (pAKT) expression to improve immunogenicity of GBM with Low Dose Radiation
Michael Lim, MD, mentor
Peter E. Dans, MD, councilor

Timothy Savage
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
How does dengue virus evade the immune system and establish an infection? Identification of host factors in human primary monocytes and monocyte-derived dendritic cells that enhance or suppress dengue virus infection
Ana Fernandez-Sesma, PhD, mentor
Lisa Coplit, MD, councilor

Anish Shah
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Alternative Cardiac Sodium Channel Splicing in circulating White Blood Cells of Hear Failure Patients
Samuel C. Dudley, Jr., MD, PhD, mentor
Charles A. Owens, MD, Christopher M. Miles, MD, and Gary Rifkin, MD, councilors

Meera Shah
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease
Lisa Tuchman, MD, mentor
Alan G. Wasserman, MD, councilor

Sameer Shakir
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Treatment of Critical Size Calvarial Defects using Inkjet-Based Biopatterning of TGFB1
Gregory M. Cooper, PhD, mentor
Carl R. Fuhrman, MD, councilor

Chad Teven
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
The Use of a Novel, Three-Dimensional Biocempatible Scaffold to Deliver Osteoprogenitor Cells to a Critical-Sized Calvarial Defect
Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD, mentor
Adam Cifu, MD, councilor

Yana Thaker
Medical College of Wisconsin
CXCR4 desensitization and cell-adhesion in colonic carcinoma cells occurs through a B-arrestin-independent signaling pathway
Michael Dwinell, PhD, mentor
James L. Sebastian, MD, councilor

Catherine Tomasulo
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Changes in Heart Failure Markers After Myocardial Gene Transfer Using Cardiac Surgery
Charles R. Bridges, MD, ScD, mentor
Geza Kiss, MD, and Michael E. Goldberg, MD, councilors

Catherine Tsai
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Maternal/Fetal Immune Responses in Preterm Labor
Tippi MacKenzie, MD, mentor
Sue Carlisle, MD, councilor

Edmund Tsui
Dartmouth Medical School
Retinal blood flow in response to an intravitreal injection of ranubizumab for central retinal vein occlusion
Chris Hudson, PhD, mentor
Susan Harper, MD, councilor

Sumeet Vaikunth
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine
Mitochondria-targeted cardioprotection in isoproterenol-induced acute hyperadrenergic state
Syamal K. Bhattacharya, PhD, CLD, mentor
Owen Phillips, MD, councilor

Ingrid Wahjudi
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Do Antiandrogens Protect Against Pneumoperitoneum-Induced Renal Ischemia during Laparoscopic Surgery?
D. Duane Baldwin, MD, mentor
Sarah M. Roddy, MD, councilor

Claribel Wee
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Identification of novel regulators of SMN2 exon 7 splicing in spinal muscular atrophy
Michelle L. Hastings, PhD, mentor
Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, FACP, councilor

Luke Wiggins
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Temporal regulation of MMPs during coronary collateral growth in the metabolic syndrome
Petra Rocic, PhD, mentor
T. J. Hundley, MD, FACP, councilor

Edward Wu
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
pH-dependent Mechanisms of Electromechanical Cartilage Reshaping
Brian J. F. Wong, MD, PhD, FACS, mentor
Michael L. Berman, MD, and Ranjan Gupta, MD, councilors

Andrew Zhang
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Developing a new class of cancer chemotherapeutics
Chris Dealwis, PhD, mentor
Jeffrey L. Ponsky, MD, councilor

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Updated on December 6, 2013.