CTSI awards more than $9,000 to seven researchers to present at major conferences

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) recognized researchers for outstanding posters and presentations at the annual CTSI Poster Session and Reception held September 20.

More than 30 research faculty and community judges evaluated 27 posters, and selected five scholars from CTSI’s career development programs to each receive $1,500 to cover travel expenses to present their research at a national or international conference of their choice.


Additionally an award was presented to Sofia Shreshta, a Melendy scholar who participates in CTSI’s career development programming alongside CTSI scholars.

researcher awards

CTSI also presented a $400 recognition award to Corey McGee, PhD, MS, OTR/L, CHT, at the event. Dr. McGee was funded through the Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grant, which helps investigators engage Minnesotans in their research at the Minnesota State Fair.

Travel award recipients



KL2 Scholars Career Development Program 
Allyson Hart, MD, MS
Division of Renal Diseases and Hypertension, Medical School
Primary mentor: Ajay Israni
Additional mentors: Melissa Partin and John Connett
Project title: Creating a Decision Aid to Improve Informed Treatment Decisions for Kidney Transplant Candidates



Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program
Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School
Primary mentor: Michele Allen
Additional mentors: Kola Okuyemi, Todd Rockwood, Richard Lee, Jim Hodges
Project title: Health Equity Climate: Survey Development



Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP) 
Megan Conlon
Medical School Duluth
Mentor: Roni Evans
Project title: Can inclusion criteria of Mindful Movement be modified to include individuals with disabilities?



Pathways to Research Program (PReP)
Koushik Paul
University of Minnesota Duluth, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Elizabeth Rogers
Project title: Fragmented care of high utilizing patients: A novel mechanism contributing to health disparities

Hok Sreng Te
University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts
Mentor: Maneesh Bhargava
Project title: Determining Clinical Outcome Status of Sarcoidosis Patients in Minnesota Cohort


CTSI also would like to thank the individuals who served as judges at the event—both University Scientific judges and Community Impact judges, whose critique helps scholars better understand how their research could impact human health, beyond the lab and into the community.

Scientific judges
  • Veronika Bachanova, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation
  • Jason Baker, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Staff Physician, Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC)
  • Maneesh Bhargava, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
  • Jeffrey Bishop, PharmD, MS, BCPP, Associate Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
  • Dick Brundage, PharmD, PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
  • Lisa Coles, MS, PhD, Research Associate, Center for Orphan Drug Research, College of Pharmacy
  • Jim Cloyd III, PharmD, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, Lawrence C. Weaver Endowed Chair in Orphan Drug Development, and Director of the Center for Orphan Drug Research, College of Pharmacy
  • John Connett, PhD, Professor, Division of Biostatistics
  • Roni Evans, DC, PhD, MS, Research Director, Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program, and Associate Professor, Center for Spirituality and Healing
  • Sue Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Associate Director of the Program in Health Disparities Research, and Director of the Center for Health Equity
  • Kristin Hogquist, PhD, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Associate Director, Center for Immunology
  • Kelvin Lim, MD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
  • Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, and Director, Cytokine Reference Laboratory
  • Christopher Pennell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Chetan Shenoy, MBBS, Assistant Professor, Cardiovascular Division of the Department of Medicine
  • Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems, College of Pharmacy
  • Robert Straka, PharmD, FCCP, Department Head and Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology
  • Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH, Professor and George L Adams Chair for Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Community Impact judges
  • Amira Adawe, MPH, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Sayali Amarapurkar, PhD, AshaUSA
  • Clarence Jones, M.Ed, Southside Community Health Services
  • Deatrick LaPointe, MA, Indian Health Board of Minneapolis
  • Angie Lewis-Dmello, MSW, LICSW, Corner House
  • Michelle Nordwall, MS, Stratis Health
  • Kamala Puram, MBA, AshaUSA
  • Cherylee Sherry, MPH, MCHES, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Julius John, PhD, 3M
  • Tim Tripp, MS, MBA, University Economic Development, University of Minnesota
  • Maria Vukovich, PhD, Center for Victims of Torture