Six CTSI trainees attend national predoctoral meeting

Molly Jaynes, Daniela Geba, PJ Simpson-Haidaris

Molly Jaynes, Daniela Geba, PJ Simpson-Haidaris

The fourth annual National Clinical and Translational Sciences Predoctoral Programs Meeting took place May 5-8, 2013 at the Mayo Clinic Campus in Rochester, MN. Predoctoral trainees, as well as program directors and administrators, from around the country gathered at the Mayo Clinic Campus to present their work and network.

The University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and Clinical and Translational Science Institute was well represented. Six trainees from both the PhD in Translational Biomedical Science (TBS) and the Academic Research Track “Year Out” programs attended, as well as PJ Simpson-Haidaris, PhD,  the Program Director for the TBS program and CTSI Education Program Coordinator, Katie Libby.

The trainees that attended the conference were Daniela Geba, MD (PhD in TBS), Molly Jaynes (PhD in TBS), Cindi Lewis (PhD in TBS), Ron Martin Menorca (Year Out), David Paul (Year Out), and Yaoli Pu (Year Out). All presented posters (listing of presented posters below) and Molly Jaynes was selected for an oral presentation on her work on focal hand dystonia in musicians.

Yaoli Pu, CTSI Year Out trainee, presents her poster

Yaoli Pu, CTSI Year Out trainee, presents her poster

Describing her experience, Molly Jaynes said, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to network and interact with predoctoral students outside of the University of Rochester.  I specifically tried to talk to students who were graduating soon to find out what their next step will be and how they decided what was best for them.  It’s never too early to start thinking ahead!”

 

Next year’s meeting will take place at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

 

Posters presented at this year’s meeting:

Ron Menorca, CTSI Year Out trainee, explains his poster to Dr. Anthony Windebank, TL1 Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Center

Ron Menorca, CTSI Year Out trainee, explains his poster to Dr. Anthony Windebank, TL1 Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Center

Daniela Geba, MD – “Feasibility Pilot for a Comparative Effectiveness Study of Screening Methods for Type 2 Diabetes”
Molly Jaynes – “Dysfunctional Motor Automaticity in Focal Hand Dystonia”
Cindi Lewis – “Critical issues in informed consent in HIV Vaccine trials: A theoretical framework approach”
Ron Martin Menorca – “The Neuroprotective Role of Erythropoietin (EPO) in Chronic Nerve Compression”
David Paul – “Along-tract Statistics Diffusion Tensor Tractography of the Optic Tracts in Patients with Suprasellar Tumors”
Yaoli Pu – “Mechanism for p75 Induced Sensitivity to Fenretinide in Neuroblastoma”

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