CTSI welcomes new trainees and scholars

researchOn July 1, 3 new KL2 scholars and 8 new CTSI Year Out trainees began their projects that are funded by the CTSI’s KL2 Career Development Program and Year Out (ART) Program for Medical Students.

KL2 scholars

Beau Abar, PhD
Mentor: Manish Shah, MD, MPH
Project Title: “Examining Barriers to Treatment for Depression among Older Adults”

Megan Lytle, PhD
Mentor: Vincent Silenzio, MD, MPH
Project Title: “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health disparities/suicide prevention”

Suzannah Iadarola, PhD
Mentor: Tristram Smith, PhD
Project Title: “Parent-Focused Intervention for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Year Out trainees

Josef Bartels
Mentor: Ronald Epstein, MD
Project: “The Qualities of Science”

Michael Geary
Mentor: Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD
Project: “Modulation of the prostanoid receptor EP4 to reduce scarring during flexor tendon healing”

Trevor Hansen
Mentor: Richard Phipps, PhD
Project: “Thy1 Expression as a Marker and Therapeutic Target for Scar Formation in Capsular Contracture following Reconstruction Mammoplasty”

Kelly Makino
Mentor: Anton Porsteinsson, MD
Project: “Advance Care Planning in Early Dementia Study”

Kyle Rodenbach
Mentor: George Schwartz, MD
Project: “Crystatin-C-based renal reserve in children with history of hemolytic uremic syndrome-associated acute kidney injury”

Lauren Roussel
Mentor: Howard Langstein, MD
Project: “Evaluating Upper Extremity Function Following Mastectomy in Reconstructed and Non-Reconstructed Women with Breast Cancer”

Elizabeth Saionz
Mentor: Jeffrey Bazarian, MD, MPH
Project: “Post-concussion progesterone decline in female athletes”

Lindsay Wahl
Mentor: Patricia Sime, MD
Project: “One Protein, Multiple Functions: The Role of Tissue Transglutaminase in Pulmonary Fibrosis”

CTSI welcomes new trainees and scholars

Person showing welcomeThe CTSI welcomes the following scholars and trainees that will begin their funded projects on July 1:

KL2 Scholars

Beau Abar, PhD (Mentor: Manish Shah, MD)
“Enhancing patient access to appropriate medical care across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on access to substance abuse and other psychiatric treatment”

Suzannah Iadarola, PhD (Mentor: Tristram Smith, PhD)
“Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

Megan Lytle, PhD (Mentor: Vincent Silenzio, MD, MPH)
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health disparities/suicide prevention”

CTSI Year Out Trainees

Josef Bartels (Mentor: Ronald Epstein, MD)
“The Qualities of Science”

Michael Geary (Mentor: Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD)
“Modulation of the prostanoid receptor EP4 to reduce scarring during flexor tendon healing”

Trevor Hansen (Mentor: Howard Langstein, MD)
“Thy1 Expression as a Marker and Therapeutic Target for Scar Formation in Capsular Contracture Following Reconstruction Mammoplasty”

Kelly Makino (Mentor: Anton Porsteinsson, MD)
“Advance Care Planning in Early Dementia Study”

Kyle Rodenbach (Mentor: George Schwartz, MD)
“Cystatin-C-based renal reserve in children with history of hemolytic uremic syndrome-associated acute kidney injury”

Lauren Roussel (Mentor: Howard Langstein, MD)
“Evaluating Upper Extremity Function Following Mastectomy in Reconstructed and Non-Reconstructed Women with Breast Cancer”

Elizabeth Saionz (Mentor: Jeff Bazarian, MD, MPH)
“Post-concussion progesterone decline in female athletes”

Lindsay Wahl (Mentor: Patricia Sime, MD)
“One Protein, Multiple Functions: The Role of Tissue Transglutaminase in Pulmonary Fibrosis”

To learn more about the CTSI Year Out program, click here. To learn more about the KL2 program, click here.

CTSI Seminar Series: CTSI Year Out Trainee Presentations Part II

presentations1-241x262The CTSI Seminar Series for Spring 2014 continues on Tuesday, April 22nd with a presentation by two CTSI Year Out Trainees. The CTSI supports medical students interested in a year-out experience of mentored research in clinical or translational research. The following two trainees will be presenting their research:

Aimee Morris – “Clinical Characteristics, Musical Variables, and Pathophysiology of Focal Embouchure Dystonia: A Disabling Disorder of Musicians”

Jeffrey Reed – “The Effects of Erythropoietin on Healthy Bone

The learn more about the CTSI Year Out program, click here.

The theme of the Spring 2014 series is “Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations” and will showcase ongoing research collaborations between the University research community and the Medical Center. The series also aims to stimulate new research teams and areas of investigation capitalizing on the existing strength of faculty and programs. The Organizing Committee for the series includes Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, Peter Lennie, PhD, Rob Clark, PhD, Stephen Dewhurst, PhD, Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, David Williams, PhD, Richard Waugh, PhD,  and Joanna Olmsted, PhD.

The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CTSI Seminar Series: CTSI Year Out Trainee Presentations Part I

presentations1-241x262The CTSI Seminar Series for Spring 2014 continues on Tuesday, April 15th with a presentation by three CTSI Year Out Trainees. The CTSI supports medical students interested in a year-out experience of mentored research in clinical or translational research. The following three trainees will be presenting their research:

David Paul – “Using DTI to measure changes in occipital lobe white matter after decompression of the optic chiasm”

Jarrod Bogue – “Investigation of the fundamental biochemistry and conformational properties of a specific riboswitch from Neisseria gonorrhoeae”

Melissa Squires – “Analysis of Inpatient Data on Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at Strong Memorial Hospital”

The learn more about the CTSI Year Out program, click here.

The theme of the Spring 2014 series is “Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations” and will showcase ongoing research collaborations between the University research community and the Medical Center. The series also aims to stimulate new research teams and areas of investigation capitalizing on the existing strength of faculty and programs. The Organizing Committee for the series includes Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, Peter Lennie, PhD, Rob Clark, PhD, Stephen Dewhurst, PhD, Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, David Williams, PhD, Richard Waugh, PhD,  and Joanna Olmsted, PhD.

The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CTSI Seminar Series: Mobile phone-based asthma self-management aid for adolescents (mASMAA): “Txt4ASMA”

textingThe CTSI Seminar Series for Spring 2014 continues on Tuesday,April 8th with a presentation by Hyekrun Rhee, PhD, RN, PNP and James Allen, PhD. Drs. Rhee and Allen will be presenting their research in a seminar entitled “Mobile phone-based asthma self-management aid for adolescents (mASMAA): Txt4ASMA.” Dr. Rhee is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Dr. Allen is the John H. Dessauer Professor of Computer Science on River Campus.

Abstract: Adolescents report high asthma-related morbidity that can be prevented by adequate self-management of the disease. Therefore, there is a need for a developmentally appropriate strategy to promote effective asthma self-management. Mobile phone-based technology is portable, commonly accessible, and well received by adolescents. The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a comprehensive mobile phone-based asthma self-management aid for adolescents (mASMAA) that was designed to facilitate symptom monitoring, treatment adherence, and adolescent–parent partnership. The system used state-of-the-art natural language-understanding technology that allowed teens to use unconstrained English in their texts, and to self-initiate interactions with the system.

Drs. Rhee and Allen published their findings in the journal “Patient Preference and Adherence.” To read the entire publication, click here.

The theme of the Spring 2014 series is “Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations” and will showcase ongoing research collaborations between the University research community and the Medical Center. The series also aims to stimulate new research teams and areas of investigation capitalizing on the existing strength of faculty and programs. The Organizing Committee for the series includes Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, Peter Lennie, PhD, Rob Clark, PhD, Stephen Dewhurst, PhD, Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, David Williams, PhD, Richard Waugh, PhD,  and Joanna Olmsted, PhD.

The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CTSI Seminar Series: When Erythrocyte Biology and Mechanics Collide

RedBloodCells3The CTSI Seminar Series for Spring 2014 continues on Tuesday, April 1st with a presentation by Richard Waugh, PhD and James Palis, MD. Drs. Waugh and Palis will be presenting their research in a seminar entitled “When Erythrocyte Biology and Mechanics Collide.”

(UPDATE: For a recap of the presentation, click here.)

Dr. Palis is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology at the Medical Center and Dr. Waugh is Chair and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering on River Campus. Dr. Palis and Dr. Waugh are Co-Principal Investigators on a CTSI Incubator award with Michael Bulger, PhD titled “Extensively Self-Renewing Erythroblasts as an Ex-Vivo Source of Human Blood.” In response to the increased blood transfusion need in the United States, their project will explore ways to artificially generate human blood. Click here to read more about their project.

The theme of the Spring 2014 series is “Crossing Elmwood: River Campus-Medical Center Research Collaborations” and will showcase ongoing research collaborations between the University research community and the Medical Center. The series also aims to stimulate new research teams and areas of investigation capitalizing on the existing strength of faculty and programs. The Organizing Committee for the series includes Robert Holloway, MD, MPH, Peter Lennie, PhD, Rob Clark, PhD, Stephen Dewhurst, PhD, Karl Kieburtz, MD, MPH, David Williams, PhD, Richard Waugh, PhD,  and Joanna Olmsted, PhD.

The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CTSI Education Spotlight: David Paul, ART Student

david paulAs a child, I always dreamed of pursuing a career that would combine my interests in science, engineering, business and the arts. After reading the book, Gifted Hands, by Dr. Ben Carson, a Johns Hopkins, neurosurgeon, I knew that medicine would fulfill my interests and allow me to make a lasting impact on my community. Driven to one-day be a physician, I went on to continue my education at Hope College, in Holland, MI; obtaining a B.S. in chemistry. During my time as an undergraduate, I conducted biophysics research in the laboratory of Dr. Brent P. Kreuger at Hope College and was awarded a Cyberinfrastructure Experiences for Graduate Students (NIH-CIEG) Fellowship to study under Dr. Ross Walker at the San Diego Supercomputer Center – University of California, San Diego.

In 2010, I was accepted into the MD program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. During my first two years of medical school I became increasingly fascinated with the human brain; wanting to know more about it’s function after injury. This prompted a summer research project within the Departments of Neurosurgery, and Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester; where we used anatomical and functional magnetic resonance imagining to characterize the trajectory of visual recovery and cortical plasticity after surgical tumor resection in patients with pituitary tumors that compress the optic nerves. My background in computational methods and biophysics research prepared me to analyze complex neuroimaging data under the supervision of Drs. Bradford Mahon, PhD and G. Edward Vates, MD PhD.

After spending a summer in Dr. Mahon’s lab and shadowing Dr. Vates, a URMC neurosurgeon, my eyes were opened to the plethora of questions that remain unanswered concerning vision loss in pituitary tumor patients. Funding from the CTSI and support from the Academic Research Track Fellowship, in conjunction with the Academic Honors Program in Medical Neurobiology, provided me with an opportunity to answer these question through a dedicated 2-year research fellowship. This spring I will graduate with a masters in Neurobiology and Anatomy and begin the clinical years of my medical education. I am truly grateful to the CTSI for their support of my dreams.