Research Day winners present at Grand Rounds

A nice capstone in a decades-long tradition, each year the department invites the winners of the previous fall’s Research Day poster competition to deliver ten-minute oral presentations with time for questions at a designated Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. Cardiovascular Medicine Division Director Dr. Barry London noted afterward with a smile that he thought it was “very interesting” how all the winning presentations this year were cardiac-related. Interesting, but not surprising given the breadth of research that occurs within the division, the François M. Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center, and their overlaps in areas of interest within the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center as well.

Before and after the noon-hour session, the winning presenters posed for pictures with each other and their mentors. Congratulations to each of the winners of the 52nd Annual Internal Medicine Research Day and to their mentors for guiding their work!

  • Manasa K. Nayak, MSc, PhD – Basic Science Award
    Dichloroacetate, an Inhibitor of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinases, Inhibits Platelet Aggregation and Arterial Thrombosis
    Mentor: Anil Chauhan, MTech, PhD
  • Manju Bengaluru Jayanna, MBBS – Clinical Research Award
    Role of Pre-procedural Cardiac CT Before Catheter Ablation in Patients of Atrial Fibrillation in Reducing Procedure Failure
    Mentor: Michael Giudici, MD
  • Jesse Cochran – Trainee Award
    Reducing Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 alpha Expression Ameliorates Cardiac Dysfunction in Mitochondrial Pyruvate Carrier 1 Deficient Hearts
    Mentors: E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD; Yuan Zhang, PhD
  • Amgad Mentias, MBBCh – Resident / Fellow Award
    Trends in Hospitalization, Management and Clinical Outcomes Among Veterans With Critical Limb Ischemia
    Mentor: Saket Girotra, MBBS, MS


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