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Record number of students and residents take part in research symposium

by Megan Winans
More than 100 students, residents and faculty submitted proposals for the eighth annual CMU College of Medicine and CMU Medical Education Partners Research Symposium. A group of seventy judges, including students and faculty, chose 10 projects for presentation at the April 29, 2022, virtual event.

The symposium provides feedback from faculty and peers and prepares the students to present regionally and nationally,” said S. Sethu K. Reddy, M.D., senior associate dean of research at the CMU College of Medicine. “This recognition will help them further their medical careers post-graduation.”

More than 130 students, residents, faculty, community faculty, plus several external guests, participated in the Friday afternoon symposium. Research topics included assessment of neuronal communication, workplace violence in the emergency department, and several COVID-19 related presentations.

This year’s guest speaker, Michael J. Conway, Ph.D., CMU associate professor of microbiology, spoke about his research into emerging infectious diseases. Conway is part of a large network of scientists who monitor SARS-CoV-2 trends in wastewater and report the data to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The state uses the data to inform public health decisions.

The winning presentations were:

First place: Mansi Prakash, Ph.D., CMU postdoctoral fellow working with Ute Hochgeschwender, M.D., CMU professor of neuroscience—Interluminescence: Selective Control of Synaptically Connected Circuit Elements by All-Optical Synapses and its Applications.

Second place: Andrew Namespetra, M.D., resident in CMU Medical Education Partners’ Emergency Medicine Program working with Derek Schaller, M.D., assistant program director of the CMU Medical Education Partners Emergency Medicine Program—Combatting Violence in the Emergency Department: A Quality Improvement Project.

Third place: Soundharya Subramaniam, CMU medical student, working with Adeeba Khan, M.D., CMU assistant professor of pediatrics, and Beth Bailey, Ph.D., CMU professor of psychology and director of health services research—Impact of In-utero Opioid Exposure on Social-emotional Development Over Time