News & Announcements: April 2014

CTSC Travel Award Recipients Announced
Congratulations to the following CTEP students who received a CTSC Travel Award to present their abstracts at the Translational Science Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, on April 9-11, 2014:

  • Ajay Gupta, MD, Assistant Professor with the Department of Radiology at WCMC – Advanced Certificate Program: “Can Carotid Plaque Thickness Measurements Predict Symptomatic Disease in High Grade Carotid Artery Stenosis?”
  • Wendy Vargas, MD, Instructor with the Department of Neurology at WCMC – Advanced Certificate Program: “Longitudinal Change in Myelin Water Fraction in New Multiple Sclerosis Lesions”
  • Yen Hsun (Ernie) Chen, BSc, Medical Student in the Department of Orthopedics at WCMC – TL1 Trainee: “Simvastatin-Containing Micelles for Improving Fracture Repair”
  • Mathias Sanchez, MD, Hematology Fellow with the Department of Medicine at MSKCC – CRMC Student: “Donor WT-1 Sensitized Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes for Patients With Myelofibrosis Undergoing Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation”
  • Samir Patel, BS, Medical Student with the Department of Opthamology at WCMC – Summer Intensive Fellowship for Medical Students: “Influence of Fluorescein Angiography on the Diagnosis of Zone in Retinopathy of Prematurity.” Michael A Klufas, MD, presented on behalf of Mr. Patel.

CTSC Summer Intensive Fellowship for Medical Students (SIFMS) Recipients Announced
We are pleased to announce this year’s CTSC Summer Intensive Clinical/Translational Research Fellows. The CTSC Summer Fellowship is an 8-week continuous program that provides medical students with an introduction to basic, translational, or clinical research.

  • Abimbola Ayangbesan, BA, research project title, “89Zr-Df-IAB2M Imaging of Localized Prostate Cancer”
  • Gary Kocharian, BA, research project title, “Extra Operative Externalized Ventricular Drain Placement: A Prospective Study of Efficacy”
  • Beiyi Shen, PhD, research project title, “Role of exosomes within tumor microenvironment during glioma progression”
  • Ramya Tadipatri, BS, research project title, “Development of a Novel CAR Construct for T Cell Immunotherapy in Leukemia Patients”
  • Achmed Turay, BS, research project title, “Targeting the glioma stem cell microenvironment through blood-brain barrier disruption”
  • Bella Vishnevsky, BA, BS, research project title, “Truncation of Suture-Associated Inflammatory Response by Novel, Synthetic Pseudo”

Nathaniel Hupert Receives the Director’s Recognition Award from CDC
Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH, CTEP Course Director and mentor to CTSC KL2 scholar Michael Satlin and Summer Fellow Colin Raelson, received the Director’s Recognition Award from the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award recognized his participation in the Health Economics Modeling Unit, which provided rapid, focused analysis of treatment and prevention strategies for the Avian Influenza A (H7N9) virus. Read more here.

Inmaculada de Melo-Martin Speaks at Virginia Tech Science & Technology in Society Seminar Series
CTEP Course Director and Professor in Healthcare Policy Inmaculada de Melo-Martin,PhD, MS, gave the lecture “Valuing our Children: Embryo Selection and Procreative Liberty” at the Virginia Tech Science & Technology in Society Seminar Series. Read more here.

On April 15, 21, and 28, the CTSC sponsored another series of our popular Skill Acquisition Seminars:

  • Specialized Training: Drug Development and FDA Regulations, April 15, 2014, in the new Belfer Research Building
  • Write Winning Biomedical Publications, April 21, 2014, at the Griffis Faculty Club
  • Specialized Training: Medical Device GCP, April 28, 2014, at the Griffis Faculty Club

On Wednesday, April 16, the CTSC and the Tri-Institutional Collaboration Network presented the Symposium on Public Access to Scholarly Research to address Public Access challenges and their impact on clinical investigators.

On Monday, April 28, the CTSC in conjunction with Hunter College’s Center for Translational and Basic Research offered the seminar “Developmental Maturation of Astroglia and Pathogenesis of Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” hosted by Maria Figueiredo-Pereira,PhD. Yongjie Yang, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosciences at Tufts, gave the seminar at noon at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall, 4th floor, at 69th street between Park and Lexington Avenues.

Thursday, May 8: How A Journal Editor Evaluates and Screens Your Work
Director of the Office of the President at MSKCC and former long-time executive editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Ushma S. Neill, PhD, will give you the insider tips to successful professional journal submission. Her workshop will be held from 2:00-3:30pm in BRB 302, Rooms A&B, of the WCMC Belfer Research Building at 413 E 69th Street.

Thursday, May 15: Successful and Productive Academic Research Careers (SPARC) Conference
SPARC is dedicated to increasing the number of women and racial and ethnic minorities in academia. This year’s course, Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Translational Research Workforce, will take place at Zuckerman Auditorium, 415 East 68th Street (Between York and First Avenues). Participants are eligible for CME and CEU credits.

Friday, May 16: CTSC Research in Progress Luncheon
The next Research in Progress luncheon will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014, from 12:30 – 1:30pm in the Payson Solarium (P-224) and hosted by Associate Program Director Olaf Andersen, MD.

Featured presenters will be:

  • David Montrose, PhD, CTSC TL1 Trainee, Postdoctoral Associate, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Department of Medicine, WCMC. Dr. Montrose will be presenting on his CTSC TL1 project titled, “Fecal metabolite profiling: a noninvasive method to determine biomarkers of chemopreventive efficacy in intestinal neoplasia.”
  • Tony Chen, PhD, CTSC KL2 Scholar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomechanics, HSS. Dr. Chen will be presenting on his CTSC KL2 project titled, “Dynamic Load Bearing Characteristics of Implants for Osteochondral Defects.”
  • Nicole Kucine, MD, KL2 Scholar, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, WCMC. Dr. Kucine will be presenting on her CTSC KL2 project titled, “Evaluation of the Pathobiology of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) in Pediatric Patients.”

RSVP by Monday, May 12, to Light refreshments will be served.

Corrigendum: In the original version of this post, Samir Patel, BS, was incorrectly identified as a member of the Department of Neurological Surgery. Mr. Patel is a medical student with the Department of Opthamology.

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