CTSI Poster Session 2021

CTSI Mentors, Scholars, grantees recognized during the 2021 Poster Session

The annual Poster Session held earlier this month celebrated the research of over 60 CTSI Scholars and community grantees. 

At the virtual event, poster presentations covered a range of health research topics including heart health, diabetes, cancer, wellbeing, and more. Over 50 community and scientific judges reviewed presentations and awarded 15 presenters with travel awards to share their research at conferences of their choice.

In addition to travel awards, CTSI’s Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health office (CEARCH) awarded one grantee team with an achievement award, while CTSI partner Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) presented a professional development award.

The event also honored excellent mentors with awards for Mentor of the Year, Outstanding Junior Mentor, and Distinguished Career Award for Leadership in Mentoring. 

Congratulations to all honorees and presenters!

Outstanding Junior Mentor Award 

Kurt Prins

Kurt Prins, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division





Mentor of the Year

Cathy Carlson

Cathy Carlson, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Professor, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine





Distinguished Career Award for Leadership in Mentoring

Esam El Fakahany

Esam El-Fakahany, PhD, Professor in the departments of experimental and clinical pharmacology and neuroscience; Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Graduate Education in the College of Pharmacy

Travel awards

K-R01 Transition to Independence program awardees

  • Casey Johnson, PhD, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Project title: Comparison of quantitative MRI methods to detect early-stage injury to the femoral head in a piglet model of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Chetan Shenoy, MBBS, MS, Medicine, Medical School 
    Project title: Rapid Visual Phenotyping on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Risk Stratification of Patients with Suspected Cardiac Sarcoidosis
  • Melanie Nicol, PharmD, PhD, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy
    Project title: Comprehensive post-mortem tissue sampling to describe exposure and efficacy of antiretrovirals in the brain
  • Katie Loth, PhD, MPH, Family Medicine and Community Health, Medical School
    Project title: A descriptive assessment of a broad range of food-related parenting practices in a diverse cohort of parents of preschoolers using real-time assessment

KL2 Career Development program awardees

  • Armin Rashidi, MD, PhD, Medicine, Medical School
    Project title: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation to Prevent Infections in Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Stem Cell Transplant Recipients: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Phase 2 Clinical Trial
  • Corey McGee, PhD, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Occupational Therapy, Medical School
    Project title: Mechanisms of a dynamic stability protocol for persons with thumb osteoarthritis

Pre-K Discovery Scholars program awardee

  • Stefani Thomas, PhD, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Medical Schoo
    Project title: Longitudinal proteome alterations in high-grade serous ovarian cancer patient-derived xenografts

TRACT TL1 Program awardees

  • Rebecca Emery, PhD, LP, Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health, Medical School - Duluth
    Project Title: Development and refinement of an online intervention prototype for rural gestational weight management
  • Tenzin Namdul, PhD, TMD, Fellow, School of Public Health and Graduate Faculty, Center for Spirituality and Healing
    Project title: Physical and Cognitive Resilience and Alzheimer’s in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastic Community 
  • Dechen Wangmo, Pharmacology PhD Program, Medical School
    Project Title: Role of tumor cell intrinsic factors in colorectal cancer immune evasion 
  • Odichinma Akosionu, MPH, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration PhD Program, School of Public Health
    Project title: The impact of Private Equity buyout of nursing homes on the quality of care Medicaid funded long stay residents receive and racial inequities in health outcomes

Advanced Pathways to Research Program (A-PReP) awardees

  • Prasanna Vankina, Medical student, Medical School
    Project title: Frequency, risk factors, and racial disparities associated with cardiotoxicity in patients who underwent breast cancer chemotherapy
  • Victor Corral, Pharmacology PhD student, Medical School
    Project title: Functional characterization of R-loop regulation by RNaseH1 in myelodysplastic syndromes

Pathways to Research Program (PReP) awardees

  • Nathan Keller, undergraduate student, College of Liberal Arts
    Project title: Self-Reported Race, Street Race, and Sleep Quality/Hours During the COVID-19 Pandemic Outbreak
  • Daniel Mansour, undergraduate student, College of Biological Sciences
    Project title: Mechanisms of carfilzomib-induced endothelial cell toxicity

Other awards

CEARCH Achievement Award

  • Timothy Piehler, PhD, MS, College of Education and Human Development, Family Social Science; Ann Becher-Ingwalson, Psy.D, LPCC, LADC, Natalis Counseling and Psychology Solutions; Nicole Morrell, MEd
    Project title: Developing a Mobile App-based Intervention to Support the Coming Out Process in Gender Non-Conforming and Transgender Youth

BIRCWH Professional Development Award

  • Linda Koehler, PhD, PT, CLT-LANA, Physical Therapy, Medical School
    Project title: Axillary Web Syndrome Prior to Breast Cancer Surgery