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February 2013

Once again this year, a record number of posters went on display at the College of Medicine’s Research Fair. In its ninth year, the fair had a grand total of 83 displays.

Topics ranged from mortality among black infants to schizophrenia-related abnormalities in mice to the role personality plays in determining who is most at risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

“This year’s research fair was evidence of how our research activities have grown over the last few years, both by the number of posters as well as the breadth of research topics presented,” said Myra Hurt, senior associate dean for research and graduate programs. “It was exciting to see graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, residents and medical students and faculty from the main campus as well as several of our clinical campuses presenting their research.”

For several hours, students, faculty and staff wandered amid the posters in the atrium, engaging the researchers in sometimes intense discussions of their work.

Some of the data had been gathered last year through the medical school’s $2,500 Summer Research Fellowships. So the fair provides new medical students a chance to get ideas about research they might want to do.


2013 Annual Research Fair Poster Titles (alphabetized by presenter’s last name)

1.    “Electrophysiological and Morphological Characterization of Cells in Superficial Layers of Rat Presubiculum,” researchers Saad Abbasi and Sanjay Kumar, Biomedical Sciences.

2.    “Deficient Contrast Visual Acuity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis Degrades Gait Performance Under Conditions of Low Illumination,” researchers Shawn W. Adams, Donya Salmasinia, Rachel Tripoli, Kelly Schwirian, Megan Walley, Catalina Zapatas, Barbara Giourgas, Harold Bland, Leonard LaPointe and Gerry Maitland, Clinical Sciences.

3.    “Post-Prandial Concentration of Fast-Acting Insulin Analog in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes,” Mitali Agarwal, Steven Russell, Patrick Sluss, Kerry Grennan and Lindy Kahanovitz, Clinical Sciences.

4.    “A Tool for Audit of Hospital Charting of Functional and Cognitive Status by Year 4 Medical Students: A Pilot Study,” John Agens, Suzanne Harrison, Jonathan Appelbaum, Suzanne Baker, Ken Brummel-Smith, E. Friedman and Mitchell Kutner, Geriatrics.

5.    “The Prion Protein Octarepeat Region as a Recognition Motif for Hemin Binding,” Efrosini Artikis, William E. Johnson Jr. and Ewa Bienkiewicz, Biomedical Sciences.

6.    “Implementing a Mobile, Smartphone AED Locator at Florida State University,” Ryan Berger, Nancy Clark, Jesse O’Shea, Information Technology.

7.    “Dementia Caregiver Problem Inventory (DCPI): Initial Psychometric Evaluation,” Daniel Bernabe, Robert Glueckauf, Jane Springer and Gina Shetty, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

8.    “Characteristics Associated With Initiation of the HPV Vaccine Among a National Sample of Young Adults,” Debra H. Bernat, Mary Gerend, Kenya Chevallier, Marc Zimmerman and Jose A. Bauermeister, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

9.    “Late Displacement of Anterior-Posterior Compression Injuries of the Pelvic Ring,” Tony Brar, Clinical Sciences.

10.    “Black Infant Mortality in the State of Florida: The Role of the Primary Care Physician in Eliminating the Persistent Disparity,” Joedrecka Brown, Charles Saunders, Kendall Campbell and Heather Flynn, Family Medicine & Rural Health.

11.    “Cdc45-ssDNA Interaction is Important for Stalling the Helicase During Replication Stress,” Daniel Kaplan, Biomedical Sciences.

12.    “Service Work and Nutritional Education in Santa Marta, Colombia,” Maureen Paula Bruns, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

13.    “Mass Spectrometry Based Proteomics in the Brain,” Joseph Bundy and Richard Nowakowski, Biomedical Sciences.

14.    “The Tumor Suppressor CHK2 Regulates Histone Protein Levels in Human Cells,” Rakesh Kumar Singh, Sarah Burkhart, Marie Helene Kabbaj and Akash Gunjan, Biomedical Sciences.

15.    “Differences in Risk Factors for Kawasaki Disease vs. Atypical Kawasaki Disease Patients,” James J. Burns, Patricia Onuegbu and Salim Hommeida, Clinical Sciences, Pensacola Regional Campus (Residency).

16.    “Frequency of Risk Factors Found in Kawasaki Disease Patients Admitted to a Regional Children’s Hospital,” James J. Burns, Patricia Onuegbu and Salim Hommeida, Clinical Sciences, Pensacola Regional Campus (Residency).

17.    “Geographic Cluster of Kawasaki Disease vs. a Control Population for Florida Panhandle           Regional Children’s Hospital,” James J. Burns, Patricia Onuegbu, Salim Hommeida and Tangra Broge, Clinical Sciences, Pensacola Regional Campus (Residency).

18.    “Parental Reported vs. Actual Up-to-date Immunization Status for Adolescents Attending a Predominantly Medicaid Adolescent Medicine Teaching Clinic,” James J. Burns, Nam Nguyen and Lisa Hills, Clinical Sciences, Pensacola Regional Campus (Residency).

19.    “Proximity to Major Bodies of Water and Kawasaki Disease,” James J. Burns, Salim Hommeida and Patricia Onuegbu, Clinical Sciences, Pensacola Regional Campus (Residency).

20.    “The Role of Rootletin (root) in Centrosome and Cilium Function,” Jieyan Chen and Timi Megraw, Biomedical Sciences.

21.    “Zinc and Traumatic Brain Injury: Effects on Gene Expression, Neurogenesis and Behavioral Outcomes,” Elise Cope, Biomedical Sciences.

22.    “Analysis of Proteasomal Degradation in the Circadian Clock,” Matthew D’Alessandro, Rongmin Chen, Estela Abich and Choogon Lee, Biomedical Sciences.

23.    “Monitoring and Assessing Professional Behaviors – Is It Possible to Obtain Measurable Improvement in Resident Professional Behavior via Self-Directed Learning Goals?,” Dawn Hannah (Stanley), Donna Maxwell and Julie DeCesare, Clinical Sciences, Pensacola Regional Campus (Residency).

24.    “Monitoring and Assessing Professional Behaviors – Is It Possible to Obtain Measurable Improvement in Resident Professional Behavior via Self-Directed Learning Goals?,” same authors as above.

25.    “An Epigenetic Investigation of Individual Differences in the Regulation of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Following Social Defeat,” Florian Duclot and Mohamed Kabbaj, Biomedical Sciences.

26.    “The Effects of Ascorbate on RAGE Expression and Endothelial Barrier Dysfunction,” Megan Elios, Elizabeth Meredith and James May, Biomedical Sciences.

27.    “Workflow Time Study in the FSU College of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program at LMHS,” Julia Fashner and Rick Waks, Family Medicine & Rural Health, Fort Myers.

28.    “S-Nitrosylation Decreases Ca+2 Sensitivity and Actomyosin ATPase Activity of Contractile Proteins in Cardiac Miyofibrils,” Cicero Figueiredo-Freitas, Biomedical Sciences.

29.    “interRAI Contact Assessment in Transitional Care: A Pilot Study to Investigate the Usefulness of the Assessment Based on Functional Status of the Patient Population,” Marielys Figueroa-Sierra, Niharika Suchak and Suzanne Baker, Geriatrics.

30.    “Development of Florida State University College of Medicine Research Program in Perinatal Depression,” Heather A. Flynn, Stephanie Urena, Julie DeCesare and Gail Joseph, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences. 

31.    “Characterization of Schizophrenia-Related Neuroanatomical Abnormalities in the 14-3-3 Functional Knockout Mice,” Molly Foote, Kourtney Graham, Yuying Wu and Yi Zhou, Biomedical Sciences.

32.    “African-American Alzheimer’s Caregiver Training and Support Project: Completer’s Analysis,” Robert L. Glueckauf, W. Shuford Davis, Michelle Kazmer et al., Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

33.    “Cognitive-Behavioural and Spiritual Counseling for Dementia Caregivers: Open-Ended Trial,” Robert L. Glueckauf, W. Shuford Davis, Michelle Kazmer et al., Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

34.    “Examination of Retinal Morphology in Children with Autism Utilizing Optical Coherence Tomography,” Joshua Gordon and Lea Parsley, Clinical Sciences.

35.    “Zinc Deficiency Causes Apoptosis via p53- and Caspase-Dependent Pathways in Human Neuronal Precursors,” Shannon D. Gower-Winter, Rikki S. Corniola, Rohit Seth, Thomas J. Morgan Jr. and Cathy W. Levenson, Biomedical Sciences.

36.    “Region-Specific Increase of Dopamine Content in 14-3-3 Functional Knockout Mice,” Kourtney Graham, Molly Foote, Yi Zhou and Yuying Wu, Biomedical Sciences.

37.    “Osteochondral Autograft Transplantation Surgery,” Joshua Greenstein and Drew A. Stein, Clinical Sciences.

38.    “Assessment of the Chicken-Egg Membrane Treatment as a Stimulator of Wound Healing,” Fernando Guarderas.

39.    “Effects of Exogenous Melatonin Administration and Its Role in Cognitive Function Among Elderly Subjects,” Aaron Hayson and Richard Sims, Biomedical Sciences.

40.    “Routes of Administration for Stem Cell Therapies in a Rat Model of Traumatic Brain Injury,” Ali Darkazalli, Kevin Hou, Tom Morgan, Megan Muroski, Jens Rosenberg, Sam Grant, Geoffrey Strouse and Cathy Levenson, Biomedical Sciences.

41.    “A Comprehensive Community Needs Assessment of the Rural Mountain Village of Filipina, Panamá,” Ryan Howard, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

42.    “Short-Term Medical Mission Trips and Their Impact on the Health-Related Quality of Life in Los Cedros, Nicaragua,” Laura Irastorza and Daniel Van Durme, Family Medicine & Rural Health.

43.    “Dam1 Dephosphorylation Couples Silencing of the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint with Chromosome Bipolar Attachment,” Fengzhi Jin and Yanchang Wang, Biomedical Sciences.

44.    “Antidepressant Effects of Apositive APA Receptor Thocholron,” Mohamed Kabbaj, Biomedical Sciences.

45.    “Control of Centriole Replication by Centrosomin Proteins,” Ling-Rong Kao and Timothy Megraw, Biomedical Sciences.

46.    “Neurosteroids for the Treatment of Brain Injury: Efficacy and Safety,” Brandon Lambiris, Tyler Zorn and Jacob W. VanLandingham, Biomedical Sciences.

47.    “The Nuclear RNA Surveillance Complex TRAMP Regulates Promoter and Extension Chromatin Through H2Av and HP1,” Nicholas Leake and Jamila Horabin, Biomedical Sciences.

48.    “The Nuclear RNA Surveillance Complex TRAMP Regulates Promoter and Extension Chromatin Through H2Av and HP1,” same authors as above.

49.    “The Health Literacy Profile of Patients Seen at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Transitional Care Center,” Claras S. Leandre and Gail R. Bellamy, Family Medicine & Rural Health.

50.    “Translation Regulation of Type I Collagen mRNAs During Development of Liver Fibrosis,” Zarko Manojlovic and Branko Stefanovic, Biomedical Sciences.

51.    “Laparoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation vs. Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy: Renal Function Outcomes with 3-year Follow-up,” Christopher J. Martin, Marco Ferrara, Mark J. Murnane and Robert I. Carey, Clinical Sciences, Sarasota Regional Campus.

52.    “Contrast Sensitivity Visual Acuity Defects in the Earliest Stages of Parkinsonism,” Juliana Mathews, Nathan Nowalk, Donya Salmasinia, Megan Walley and Charles Gerry Maitland, Clinical Sciences.

53.    “Factors Associated with Implementation of the POLST Paradigm: Results from a Survey of Florida Physicians,” Juliana Matthews and Carly Souther, Geriatrics.

54.    “A Neuronal Culture System to Test a Prion Peptide-Based Treatment for Vascular Injury,” Deirdre M. McCarthy, Omar Cadenas, Efrosini Artikis, Pradeep G. Bhide and Ewa A. Bienkiewicz, Biomedical Sciences.

55.    “Developing Traumatic Brain Injury Protocol for Institutional Board Review,” Sarah McClellan, Jacob VanLandingham and Mary Gebel, Biomedical Sciences.

56.    “Intragenic Transcription and the Regulation of Protein Function,” Kelly McKnight and Yanchang Wang, Biomedical Sciences.

57.    “Changing Epidemiology of Infections in Children and Adolescents after Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation,” Laura McLaughlin, Randall T. Hayden, Chong Wang, Deo K. Srivastava, David R. Shook, Jerry L. Shenep, Wing Leung and Ashok Srinivasan, Clinical Sciences.

58.    “Neuronal Differentiation, Nuclear Receptor Activity and TGF-Beta Signaling are Regulated by Zinc Deficiency in Human Neuronal Precursor Cells,” Deborah R. Morris, Shannon D. Gower-Winter, Rikki S. Corniola, Thomas J. Morgan Jr. and Cathy W. Levenson, Biomedical Sciences.

59.    “The Sense and Antisense of Sex,” Brett Mulvey, Ursula Olcese and Jamila Horabin, Biomedical Sciences.

60.    “Hypothalamic-Pituitary Function in Brain Death: A Systematic Review,” Michael Nair-Collins, Jesse Northrup and James Olcese, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

61.    “Demographic Trends of Transition Center Patients,” Kulvir Nandra, Stephen Quintero, Dennis Tsilimingras, Ashley Duke and Jessica Bishop-Royse, Family Medicine & Rural Health.

62.    “Genetic Deletions of Melatonin Receptors Modulates Cognitive Performance,” Gina O’Neal-Moffit, Biomedical Sciences.

63.    “Medicare Non-Acceptance by Primary Care Physicians in Tallahassee,” Jesse O’Shea, Ken Brummel-Smith, Suzanne Baker and LaVon Edgerton, Geriatrics.

64.    “Amyloid-Beta Plaque Detection in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease,” James Olcese and Anushi Patel, Biomedical Sciences.

65.    “Altered Blood Vessel Wall Thickness in Adult Male Zebra Finch Heart Induced by in vivo Nicotine Exposure,” J.G. Burdick, J.L. Andrews, D.L. Alarcon, K.A. Brown, M.I. Rodriguez, William Perry and S. Cappendijk, Biomedical Sciences.

66.    “Pathway-Specific LTP in L5 Neurons of Somatosensory Barrel Cortex,” Jyotsna Pilli and Sanjay Kumar, Biomedical Sciences.

67.    “Differential NMDAR Subunits Mediate 1mpt-specific LTP in L5 Pyramidal Neurons of Somatosensory Barrel Cortex,” Jyotsna Pilli and Sanjay Kumar, Biomedical Sciences.

68.    “Elder Quest: Enhancing Learning with Video Games,” Alice Pomidor, Ken Brummel-Smith and Suzanne Baker, Geriatrics.

69.    “The Yin-Yang 1 Regulation of Cell Division,” Raed Rizkallah, Hurt Lab, Biomedical Sciences.

70.    “Polycomb/ Trithorax Group Proteins Collaborate with Heterochromatin Protein 1 to Regulate Drosophila Sex Determination,” Janel Rodriguez and Jamila Horabin, Biomedical Sciences.

71.    “Dementia Caregiver Strategies Inventory (DCSI): Overview and Initial Development,” Jennifer Rolle, Medical Humanities and Social Sciences.

72.    “Predictive Value of Quix’s Test in the Identification of Selective Canal Involvement in Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo -- Pre- and Post-Intervention,” Jonathan P. Salud, Shawn W. Adams, Ryan D. Brosch, Theresa Hunter, Timothy Booker and Charles G. Maitland, Clinical Sciences.

73.    “Impaired Cardiovagal Modulation and Diastolic Dysfunction are Features Associated with the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Mutation R21C in Cardiac Troponin I,” Marco Angel Sanchez-Gonzalez, Crystal-Dawn Badger, Andrew Paul Koutnik, Stefano Leitner, Edda Liz Ruiz, Brittany Griffin, Mohamed Kabbaj, Frank Fincham, Michael Overton and Jose Renato Pinto, Biomedical Sciences.

74.    “The Blame Game: Cervical Cancer, Knowledge of Its Link to Human Papillomavirus, and Stigma,” Melissa Shepherd and Mary Gerend, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

75.    “Consistency of Choices of End-of-Life Wishes Using the ‘Go Wish’ Cards: A Comparison of Elders with Intact Cognition and Mild Cognitive Impairment,” Melanie Siefman, Ken Brummel-Smith, Suzanne Baker and LaVon Edgerton, Geriatrics.

76.    “The Trajectory of Depressive Symptoms Across the Adult Lifespan,” Angelina R. Sutin, Antonio Terracciano, Yuri Milaneschi, Yang An, Luigi Ferrucci and Alan Zonderman, Medical Humanities & Social Sciences.

77.    “A Potential Role for Notch Signaling in Oculo-Facio-Cardio-Dental Syndrome,” Koichi Tanaka, Akiko Kato and Yoichi Kato, Biomedical Sciences.

78.    “Personality and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: New Data and Meta-Analysis,” Antonio Terracciano, Angelina R. Sutin, Yang An, Richard J. O’Brien, Luigi Ferrucci, Alan B. Zonderman and Susan M. Resnick, Geriatrics.

79.    “Identifying Adverse Events After Discharge from a Community Hospital,” Dennis Tsilimingras, Jessica Bishop-Royse, Jeffrey Schnipper, John Agens, Stephen Quintero, Ashley Duke, Leslee Hancock, Henry Carretta, Gail Bellamy, Dean Watson, Les Beitsch and David Bates, Health Affairs.

80.    “And One Gene to Size Them All,” Kim van der Linde and Jamila Horabin, Biomedical Sciences.

81.    “Instability of D145E, a Cardiac Troponin C Mutant Linked to Cardiomyopathy, Dictates Profound Changes in Ca+2 Regulation of Myofibrils at Increased Temperature,” Jose Pinto, Biomedical Sciences.

82.    “Effect of Radiation on Glioblastoma Multiforme Tumor Metabolism,” Zhigang Yuan, Antony Prabhu and Prakash Chinnaiyan, Biomedical Sciences.

83.    “Alteration of Dopamine Receptors in DYT1 Dystonia Mouse Models,” Lin Zhang and Pradeep Bhide, Biomedical Sciences.

(Boldface titles denote 2012 Summer Research Fellowship Award)