CTSI awards over $20,000 to Scholars and community-engaged research grantees during 2019 Poster Session

The annual CTSI Poster Session took place on September 16 and was a festive gathering to honor Scholars, mentors, and community-engaged research grantees from two CTSI offices: the Research Education, Training, and Career Development Core, CTSI-Ed, and the Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health core, CEARCH. Scholars from the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH), a National Health Institute-funded career development program that connects junior faculty to senior faculty with shared research interest in women's health and sex-differences research, also presented their research.

Faculty, colleagues, mentors, community members, family, and friends joined Scholars and community grantees and heard remarks from Bruce Blazar, MD, Director of CTSI, and David Ingbar, MD, Director of CTSI-Ed. The evening was also an opportunity for University members to connect with community and scientific judges, who assessed posters and presentations and determined the winners of travel awards and Community-Engaged Scholarship Recognition awards. Travel awards provide scholars an opportunity to present CTSI-sponsored research nationally, and Community Recognition awards support furthering presented research.

Based on scientific and community judging, CTSI recognized fourteen CTSI-Ed Scholars, one BIRCWH Scholar, and two CEARCH-supported community grantees with awards for their outstanding work.

Congratulations to all our Travel and Community Recognition awardees!

$1500 Travel Award winners


Joanna Ly, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Bruce Blazar

Project title: Effects of fatty acid synthesis blockade on germinal center reaction

Joanna Ly

Deneisha Bergquist, North Hennepin Community College, College of Liberal Arts

Mentor: Andrew Barnes

Project title: Accuracy of Online Advice about Children’s Slee

Deneisha Begquist

Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP)

Jennifer Nelson, College of Pharmacy

Mentor: Robert Straka

Project title: The metabolizer status of CYP2D6 in Hmong
are indistinguishable from Caucasians and East Asians

Jennifer Nelson

Joshua Merickel, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Mentor: Gerard O’Sullivan

Project title: Addition of our novel CD200 checkpoint inhibitor to vaccines induces a more robust immune
response in the brain that leads to improved clinical outcome in dogs compared to vaccine treatment alone

Joshua Merickel

TL1 Training Program

Warren McKinney, PhD, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Mentors: Ajay Israni, Marilyn Bruin, Betram Kasiske, Andrew Wey

Project title: Creating a culturally-sensitive report card for African-American kidney transplant candidates

Warren McKinney

Max Herzberg, Child Psychology PhD Program, College of Education and Human Development

Mentors: Kathleen Thomas, Bill Iacono, Bryon Mueller, 

Project title: Resting-state brain networks underlying psychopathology and associations with early life stress

Max Herzberg

Zach Rivers, PharmD, Social and Administrative Pharmacy PhD Program, College of Pharmacy

Mentors: David Stenehjem, Karen Kuntz, Emil Lou, Andrew Nelson

Project title: The Clinical and Economic Impact of the Implementation of Prospective Pharmacogenomic Testing in the Care of Patients with Cancer 

Zach Rivers

Translational Research Development Program (TRDP)

Zhou Ye, PhD, School of Dentistry

Primary mentor: Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng, Department of Restorative Sciences, School of Dentistry

Translational mentor: Hooi Pin Chew, PhD, Department of Restorative Sciences, School of Dentistry

Project title: Development of an Antibiofilm Resorbable Membrane for Treating Peri-Implantitis

Zhou Ye

K-R01 Transition to Independence Program

Zohar Sachs, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine

Mentors: David Largaespada, Karen Sachs

Project title: Immunoproteasome Inhibition to Target AML Stem Cells

Zohar Sachs

Pre-K Discovery Scholars Program

Glenn Simmons Jr., PhD, Medical School, Duluth Campus

Primary mentor: Peter Bitterman

Additional mentors: Ashley Petersen

Project title: Development of a novel lung cancer screening
assay for high-risk patient populations

Glenn Simmons

KL2 Career Development Program

Carolyn Bramante, MD, MPH, Medical School, Department of Pediatrics

Mentors: Anne Joseph, Nancy Sherwood, Kyle Rudser

Project title: Assessing daily self-weighing for weight management in adolescents with obesity

Carolyn Bramante

Rene Pierpont, PhD, Medical School, Department of Pediatrics

Mentors: Jeffrey Wozniak, Chap Le, Michael Georgieff, Paul Orchard

Project title: Early detection of white matter disease in X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy

Rene Pierpont

Anne Bantle, MD, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Medical School

Mentors: Lisa Chow, Elizabeth Seaquist, Dan Knights, Lynn Eberly

Project title: A weight neutral, high protein, low biologically available glucose diet for treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Anne Bantle

$1500 BIRCWH awardee

Britt Erickson, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health (OBGYN)

Mentor: Carol Lange

Project title: Moving beyond estrogen: The role of cooperating steroid hormone receptors
(progesterone, androgen and glucocorticoid) in endometrial cancer

Britt Erickson

$400 Community-Engaged Scholarship Recognition awardees

Community Health Collaborative Pilot Grant

Janna Gewirtz O'Brien, MD, Department of Pediatrics

Project title: Empowering Parents for Wellness in Shelter (EMPOWER): Development and initial evaluation
of an evidence-based intervention to promote health and prevent pregnancy among pregnant or parenting
unaccompanied homeless youth at Bridge for Youth Shelter

Janna Gerwirtz O'Brien

Emily Goldberg, Lindsey Weiler, and Rebekah Hudock, PhD 

Project title: Evaluation of a Community Mentorship Program for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 

Emily, Lindsey, and Rebekah
From left to right: Emily Goldberg, Rebekah Hudock, and Lindsey Weiler