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NYAM Student Grantees Present Research at Medical Student Forum

Front Row, L-R: Ashley Kalor, Maya Koenig-Dzialowski, Jeffrey Borer, MD, Jeans Miguel Santana, Jessica Chang
Back Row, L-R: Joseph Simonson, Giffin Daughtridge, Scott Oldebeken, Adam Chamberlain

NYAM’s annual Medical Student Forum on August 21, 2013 featured presentations from eight of this year's student grant awardees for the Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grants in Cardiovascular Research, David E. Rogers Fellowship Program, and Ferdinand C. Valentine Medical Student Research Grants in Urology. The grantees presented their research findings to an attentive audience of NYAM Fellows and staff, faculty mentors, research colleagues, and fellow student grant awardees.

Kathleen O’Donnell, Senior VP for Finance and Administration at NYAM, welcomed the presenters and guests and introduced NYAM’s student grants program. She also thanked the selection committees, research mentors, students, and their families and friends who have supported them.

Jeffrey S. Borer, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and President of the Corlette Glorney Foundation, hosted the event and introduced the student presentations.

"The Medical Student Forum presents the work of students who were selected from a larger group who submitted research protocols to be performed during the summer under the direction of an established senior investigator,” Dr. Borer said. “The goal of the financial awards from The New York Academy of Medicine is to enable these students protected time to gain direct, hands-on experience in a high quality research environment. It is hoped that they will move on from this opportunity to more intensive research commitments as their careers develop.”

The 2013 Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grant recipients are Jessica Chang of the University of Toledo College of Medicine, presenting on “Mesenchymal stem cell therapy to prevent endothelial failure in myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury”; Scott Oldebeken of New York University School of Medicine, presenting on “Identifying Novel microRNAs that Target PCSK9,” Jeans Miguel Santana of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, presenting on “Assessment of Lower Extremity Perfusion in Subjects with Peripheral Arterial Disease”; and Joseph Simonson of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, presenting “Regulation of ApoB-Lipoprotein Secretion by SLC25A14, NR4A3, and RBMS2.”

Four of the David E. Rogers Fellows presented their research: Adam Chamberlain of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine on “Attitudes About a Community-Based Buprenorphine Treatment (CBBT) Intervention Among Syringe Exchange Participants”; Giffin Daughtridge of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pensylvania on “I Am Men’s Health: Generating Community Adherence to a Prophylactic HIV Truvada Program”; “Maya Koenig-Dzialowski of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons on “Filling the Gap: A Needs-Assessment of Adolescents in Kampala, Uganda.”

The 2013 Ferdinand C. Valentine Student Research Grant recipient is Ashley Kalor of New York Medical College, who presented on “Development of PCA-III Nomograms in the repeat Prostrate Biopsy Setting.”

Two additional students received grants in 2013 but were unable to attend: Rogers Fellow Leandra Fraser of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, who studied “Future Aspirations Among Youth with Perinatal HIV Infection,” and Glorney-Raisbeck grantee Gabriel Perreault of New York University School of Medicine, whose research focus was “Exploring the Role of Ethnographic Data in a Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Social Context, Culture, and Minority Status on Depression and Anxiety in Latino Young Adults.”

“Given the economic realities of medicine today, fewer and fewer physicians can devote time to research,” Dr. Borer said. “However, without research, which is the process of creating new knowledge, improvements in diagnosis and treatment cannot occur; without involvement of physicians, who understand patient needs and the vagaries of disease, the kind of research that will occur is likely to be less than optimally focused. Therefore, opportunities like those provided by the NYAM are critically important to progress in medical care. This year's winners exemplify the great potential of our medical students to contribute importantly to this progress.”

For more information on NYAM’s student grant programs, see Student Grants.

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Posted on August 26, 2013

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