News & Congratulations: Spring 2016 Edition

Congratulations, CTSC Graduates!

It is our pleasure to announce that this year, the following students had their Master’s Degree in Clinical & Translational Research conferred:

  • Tony Chen, PhD, Research Associate in Biomechanics at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr Chen’s research explored load bearing characteristics of implants for osteochondral defect repair.
  • Judith Dattaro, MD, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine in Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell. Dr. Dattaro explored Vitamin D levels in patients presenting to the Emergency Department with fragility fractures.
  • Jayme Burket Koltsov, PhD, Instructor in the Healthcare Research Institute at Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Koltsov’s research was titled “The Paradox of Choice:  Uncertainty in Total Hip Arthroplasty Bearing Selection.”
  • John Lee, MD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology at Weill Cornell Medicine, and a CTSC KL2 Scholar who worked on an exciting pilot study that identified significant alterations in gut microbiota following kidney transplantation. Dr. Lee was recently awarded a K23 grant from NIH to continue his research.
  • Alana Levine, MD, Fellow in Rheumatology at Hospital for Special Surgery, studied “The Effect of Short-term Hydroxychloroquine Use on the Criteria and Selected Non-criteria Antiphospholipid Antibody Tests.”
  • Catherine Thomas, BS, Research Coordinator for the Weill Cornell Comprehensive Weight Control Center, and her MS thesis focused on the evidence of bias against adoption of anti-obesity pharmacotherapies. Her research showing carbohydrates consumed after proteins and fats have a less dramatic effect on blood sugar and insulin levels of patients with Type 2 diabetes than when eaten beforehand was recently published in Diabetes Care.

Dr. Kendall Smith, CTSC Associate Program Director, Education, presenting the Cornell University Seal to our MS Degree graduates during the WCGS Convocation ceremony. In attendance were (from left to right) Catherine Thomas, BS; John Lee, MD; Judith Dattaro, MD; and Jayme Burket Koltsov, PhD


CTSC Summer Intensive Fellowship in C/T Research for Medical Students

We are pleased to announce this year’s CTSC Summer Intensive in Clinical and Translational Research Fellows. The CTSC Summer Fellowship is an 8-week continuous program that provides up to five medical students per year with an introduction to basic, translational or clinical research.

  • Orrin Belden, BS, will be working with Dr. Mark Rubin, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, on a research project titled “Evaluating Chemotherapies on CRISPR/Cas-9 Edited Organoids.”
  • Cara Berkowitz, BS, will work under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Isaacson, Department of Neurology, to research “Dietary Intervention to Prevent and Slow Memory Loss Due to Alzheimer’s.”
  • David Hess-Homeier, BS, will work with Dr. Zachary Grinspan, Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, on his research titled “Newborn Screening for Epilepsy: Which Disorders Should We Screen For?”
  • Olivia Sutton, BS, will be mentored by Dr. Sunitha Thakur, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Department of Medical Physics and Radiology, and spend the summer researching “3D MR Spectroscoping Imaging for Monitoring Treatment Response.”
  • Trent Walradt, BS, will be working with Dr. Marcin Imielinski, Institute of Computational Biomedicine, on a research project titled “Using Bayesian Modeling to Evaluate False Negative Rates in Clinical Sequencing.”

2016 CTSC Travel Award Winners

Every year the CTSC sponsors Travel Awards for scholars and trainees to attend and present research abstracts at the Translational Science Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The Translational Science Annual Meeting is a great venue for our students to gain national exposure and network with others working in clinical and translational research. To date, 17 students have been accepted for this award. This year, travel awards were granted to:

  • Alec Stranahan, BS, PhD, Candidate and TL1 Award Trainee, presented his research “Targeted Inhibition of 5-Lipoxygenase Increases Chemosensitivity in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.”
  • Mary Clare McCorry, BS, PhD, Candidate and TL1 Award Trainee, presented her research “Investigating Mesenchymal Stem Cell Co-Cultured Tissue Engineered Menisci for Clinical Application.”

Celebrating Alumni Achievements

Recent TL1 Trainee Alumnus David Montrose, Ph.D., Research Associate in Medicine, gave a talk at Weill Cornell’s Department of Medicine Monthly Junior Faculty Mentoring Conference. Dr. Montrose spoke about his TL1-supported research which explored the effect that certain cancer drug treatments have on the microbiota, under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, Department of Medicine. Their paper on the topic is currently under review for publication in the American Association for Cancer Research journal Cancer Prevention Research. More details about the research can be found on the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center news page.

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