Internal Medicine Research Day, 2021

When last year’s Research Day was held in late October 2020, vaccines for the COVID-19 virus were still in clinical trials and still unapproved for the general public. Organizers were forced to hold that year’s celebration entirely online and did so effectively, splitting it across two days to reduce Zoom fatigue. Nonetheless, the department’s ingenuity and leadership in research, both in discovery and in mentoring, were on full display.

This year, with vaccine adoption throughout University of Iowa Health Care and the Carver College of Medicine well above 90 percent, co-chairs Marin Schweizer, PhD, and Prajwal Gurung, PhD, felt confident in bringing some traditional elements back in person for the 55th Annual Internal Medicine Research Day.

University of Kentucky’s Nancy Schoenberg, PhD, accepted Schweizer and Gurung’s invitation to deliver an in-person keynote address. Schoenberg, Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET) and Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science, would discuss her institution’s approach to health equity and community engagement, two areas critical to translational science and health services research and, relevantly, strong pillars in Iowa’s research structure.

Though Schoenberg’s address would be in-person as would an afternoon poster session, Schweizer, Gurung and the rest of the planning committee recognized that some elements of the previous year’s precautions would still be beneficial given the current state of the pandemic. The poster session was split into two, a morning virtual version and a limited afternoon in-person session. Submissions specified which the researcher preferred.

From those submissions, two trainee abstracts were selected to present in-person after Schoenberg’s keynote with the distinction of the Directors’ Choice Award. They are named below. Three of the other five talks were delivered by faculty at Schweizer and Gurung’s invitation.

The resulting hybrid version of Research Day proved to be successful. Dozens of abstracts were on display, either virtually or in the MERF Atrium, and many judges commented on the rigor and professionalism across the board from all presenters. Their task of selecting the winners was challenging but still clear-cut by the end of the score tabulation. The categories and the recipients of the cash prizes and bragging rights are listed below.

Congratulations to the winners and the department’s thanks to Schweizer, Gurung, the planning committee, and the many administrative personnel working behind the scenes to make this year’s Research Day such a success.


Best Clinical Research Poster

Masaaki Yamada – 1st
Intensive Blood Pressure Control, Age, and All-Cause Mortality in VHA

Kimberly Dukes – 2nd
Clinical Decision-Making about Chronic Antibiotic Suppression after Prosthetic Joint Infection Treatment: Qualitative Insights for Antibiotic Stewardship


Best Basic Science Poster

Qierra Brockman – 1st
PRC2 loss drives MPNST metastasis and matrix remodeling

Linette Leng  – 2nd
Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter Inhibition Attenuates Radiation-Induced Endothelial Senescence


Best Trainee Poster

Cierra Boyer, – 1st
Creb3 regulates increased β-cell secretory capacity as an adaptive mechanism during β-cell compensation

Gagan Flora – 2nd
Deletion of mitochondrial enzyme pyruvate dehydrogenase kinases (PDK2 and PDK4) inhibits platelet function and arterial thrombosis


Best Poster by a Resident or Fellow

Ahmad Al Masry – 1st
A single center experience of ARPKD in adults

Naomi Vather-Wu – 2nd
A Complicated Case of Encephalopathy and Pancytopenia


Directors’ Choice Award Recipients 

Histones, microvesicles and tissue factor cooperate to induce thrombin generation in COVID-19
Alicia Eustes, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation

Insights from the ERICCA trial: Impact of perioperative myocardial injury on survival following cardiac surgery
Vikram Sharma, MBBS, Second Year Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease


Virtual Poster Session


Keynote

Achieving Rural Health Equity through Community-Engagement Research

Nancy E. Schoenberg, PhD
Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science
Director, Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET)
Associate Vice President for Research, Research Professional Development
Associate Director, UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science
University of Kentucky, Lexington


Short Talks

Engaging Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Research
Claudia Corwin, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine

Association of Remdesivir Treatment With Survival and Length of Hospital Stay Among US Veterans Hospitalized With COVID-19
Michael Ohl, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Phosphatidylserine Receptors Enhance SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Wendy Maury, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Histones, microvesicles and tissue factor cooperate to induce thrombin generation in COVID-19
Alicia Eustes, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Blood & Marrow Transplantation

Insights from the ERICCA trial: Impact of perioperative myocardial injury on survival following cardiac surgery
Vikram Sharma, MBBS, Second Year Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease


Live Poster Session

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