Department of Medicine

2017 Research Day Award Winners

Best Poster Presentations

1st Prize Graduate Student / Postdoctoral Fellow


Graduate Student Sheela Maria Xavier
Supervisor: Dr. Constantine Karvellas - Division of Gastroenterology

Title of Abstract: Cardiac surgery in cirrhosis: a retrospective cohort study

1st Prize Core /Subspecialty Resident


Core Internal Medicine Resident Jonathan Wong
Supervisor: Dr. Raj Padwal - Division of General Internal Medicine

Title of Abstract: The Effect of Back and Feet Support on Oscillometric Blood Pressure Measurements

Best Oral Presentations

1st Prize Graduate Student / Postdoctoral Fellow


Graduate Student Vikram Gurtu
Supervisor: Dr. Evangelos Michelakis - Division of Cardiology

Title of Abstract: Targeting Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase with Dichloroacetate in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: A Variable Clinical Response Driven by Genetic Polymorphisms in Sirtuin 3 and Uncoupling Protein-2

Runner Up


Graduate Student Vivek Gandhi
Supervisor: Dr. Harissios Vliogoftis - Division of Pulmonary Medicine

Title of Abstract: Insulin regulates proteinase-activated receptor-2 expression on airway epithelium

1st Prize Core / Subspecialty Resident


Core Internal Medicine Resident Grace Lam
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Estey - Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology

Title of Abstract: The use of fructosamine in cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) screening

Runner Up


Core Internal Medicine Resident Maryam Soleimani
Supervisor: Dr. Cynthia Wu - Division of Hematology

Title of Abstract: Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in hospitalized patients with cancer: A post-intervention quality improvement study

The Paul Man Award


Postdoctoral Fellow Eugene Asahchop
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Power - Division of Neurology

Title of Abstract:  Antiretroviral drug concentration and efficacy in HIV-infected microglia determine viral persistence in brain tissue

The Translational Research Fellowship Award


Postdoctoral Fellow Rania Soudy
Supervisor: Dr. Jack Jhamandas - Division of Neurology

Title of Abstract:  Cyclic AC253, a novel amylin receptor antagonist, improves cognitive deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease