Congratulations to the recipients of the 2012 research conference travel awards

On Tuesday, September 11, 56 University of Minnesota scholars and community partners presented their clinical and translational research projects in a poster session, which opened the first annual Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Research Conference. 

Posters were judged on the presenters' translation plans, including next steps, barriers to translation, and how the the project will contribute to improving human health. 

Top posters in each category were chosen for travel awards of up to $1200 to attend a national conference to present their CTSI-sponsored research.

Please join us in congratulating the 2012 CTSI travel award recipients!

Community Pilot Grant

Erica Gerrity
Submitted by: Rebecca Schlafer, Dept of Pediatrics.
Project Title: Health disparities in the context of a parenting and pregnancy support program for incarcerated mothers

Undergraduate Research Program (URP)

Nguyen-Tran, Hai
Training Program: CHE - Undergraduate Research Program
Area of Research: Women's Health; Health Disparities
Mentor: Rahel Ghebre
Project Title: Comparison of Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening Among Somali and Vietnamese Women

Truong, Uyen
Training Program: CTSI - Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Area of Research: Hematology, Pulmonary
Mentors: Anna Solovey; Robert Hebbel
Project Title: Analysis of muscularized pulmonary arteries due to pulmonary arterial hypertension in Sickle Cell Disease

Radtke, Kendra
Training Program: CTSI - Undergraduate Research Program
Area of Research: Pharmacology
Mentor: James Cloyd
Project Title: Glutathione Redox Status in Blood of cALD Patients Undergoing Hematopoetic Stem Cell Transplantation with NAC Adjuvant Therapy

Konchellah, Mercy
Training Program: Center for Health Equity Undergraduate Scholar
Area of Research: Addiction, Behavioral Sciences
Mentors: Jasjit S. Ahluwalia
Project Title: Are there Differences in Frequency of Smoking, Alcohol Consumption and Intent to Quit among Social Nondaily Smokers and "Other" Nondaily Smokers?

Advanced Research Program (ARP)

Aby, Elizabeth
Training Program: CTSI - Advanced Summer Research Program
Mentors: Jerrold Vitek; Diane Kachel
Area of Research: Neurology
Project Title: Evaluation of Clinician vs Automated ParkinTune™ Motor Score Assessments for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Programming in Patients with Parkinson's Disease (PD

Agarwal, Suresh
Training Program: CTSI - Advanced Summer Research Program
Area of Research: Pharmacology, Neurology
Mentors: James Cloyd; Richard Brundage
Project Title: A Meta-Analysis of the Absorption Characteristics of Diazepam Following Alternative Routes of Administration to Optimize Future Bioequivalence Trial Design

Parker, Sarah
Training Program: CTSI Advanced Research Program
Mentor: Bruce Blazar
Project Title: Potential of Deriving iPS from Peripheral Blood T Cells using Retroviral Approach

F&T Pilot Grant Program

Frosch, Anne
Training Program: CTSI-F&T Pilot Grant
Area of Research: Infectious Disease, Immunology
Mentor: Chandy John
Project Title: The effect of HIV on malaria specific B-cell responses

Pre-K Pilot Grant and KL2 Scholars Program combined category

Bhargava, Maneesh
Training Program: CTSI KL2 Scholars Program
Area of Research: Biomarker Discovery in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Mentor: Chris Wendt
Project Title: Proteomic Biomarkers of Survival in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Clark, Cari
Training Program: KL2 Scholar
Area of Research: Epidemiology, Child Health and Development
Mentors: Michael Resnick; Susan Everson-Rose; John Connett; Iris Borowsky; Robert Krueger
Project Title: Dating Violence and its Association with Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Adulthood

Gillick, Bernadette
Training Program: CTSI Pre-K Scholar, CTSI BDAC Pilot Funding, MMF
Area of Research: Neurosciences, Pediatrics
Mentors: Kelvin Lim, Jeremiah Menk
Project Title: Safety of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Pediatric Hemiparesis

K2R and R2R Pilot Grant Program combined category

Cormier, Robert
Training Program: CTSI R01 to R01 Pilot Grant
Areas of Research: Cancer, Oncology
Co-Investigator: Kevin Silverstein
Project Title: Discovery of Fusion Oncogenes in Colorectal Cancer

Ostrander, Julie H
Training Program: CTSI - K to R transition award
Area of Research: Cancer
Mentors: Doug Yee, Chap Le
Project Title: PELP1 localization as a Biomarker for Early Mammary Carcinogenesis and Response to Tamoxifen Chemoprevention

Polgreen, Lynda
Training Program: CTSI K to R
Area of Research: metabolic bone disease
Mentor: Chester Whitley, Ph.D., M.D.
Project Title: Cross-Sectional Study of Associations of Osteocalcin with Obesity, Adipokines and Inflammation in the Mucopolysaccharidoses