58th Annual Medical Student Research Conference Award Winners

The Carver College of Medicine has sponsored a Research Week for nearly six decades, the most recent of which took place on September 15 and 16. With 64 oral presentations, 141 poster presentations, and a keynote, the college celebrates the research that our medical students conduct and refine in a multitude of ways.

Recognizing excellence among the medical students work takes a number of different forms. There are six Foundation Awards, including the Donald D. Heistad Prize for Best Poster Presentation, the François M. Abboud Prize for Best Platform Presentation, and the Melvin Marcus Clinical Research Award, among others. There are also a number of awards sponsored by each of the departments.

Congratulations and thank you to all of this year’s participants, judges, winners, and to these students’ mentors for helping shape the future of health care research! Below are award winners with faculty mentors from our department.

François M. Abboud Prize for Best Platform Presentation (U of I Foundation Award)

Fiona Armstrong-Pavlik, M2

“Hemodialysis and Surgical Applications of a Povidone-Iodine Nasal Decolonization Strategy”

Mentor: Marin Schweizer – Internal Medicine – General Internal Medicine

John Stokes Award for Research in Internal Medicine

Alec Hanson, M1

“Gathering Contact Network Data to Inform Interventions Designed to Decrease the Spread of COVID-19 in Healthcare Facilities”

Mentor: Philip Polgreen – Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases

Excellence in Internal Medicine Research

Tim Davie, M2

“Renal sodium wasting in CF hemizygous mice”

Mentor: Jonathan Nizar – Internal Medicine – Nephrology

Excellence in Internal Medicine Research

Ben Linden, M2

“Characterizing the Role of Diet Composition on the Development of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome”

Mentor: Mohamad Mokadem – Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology and Hepatology

A full list of winners is here. (pdf)

The complete abstracts are available here. (pdf)

View photos from the poster session (in person again!) on Facebook or on Twitter via @IowaMed.

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