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Announcing the award winners of the 43rd Frank Low Research Day

Another Frank Low Research Day (FLRD) is in the books! Thanks, again, to each of the student, faculty, and staff participants of last week’s 43rd FLRD. A number of poster awards have announced for projects displayed at the event. Congratulations to the following winners:

Basic Sciences

Graduate Students

  • Best Poster: Danielle Germundson-Hermanson – Clinical and Translational Science: Danielle L. Germundson-Hermanson and Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, “Histamine H3 receptor antagonism mitigates food-hypersensitivity-associated depressive behavior and neuropathology in a mouse model of cow’s milk allergy.”
  • Best Poster: Dilini Ekanayake – Biomedical Sciences: Dilini Ekanayake, Suba Nookala, and Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, “Leukocytes as mediators of gut-brain communication.”

Honorable Mentions:

  • Gbolahan Bamgbose – Biomedical Sciences: Gbolahan Bamgbose and Alexei Tulin, “PARP-1 and PR-Set7/H4K20me1 collaborate in regulating gene expression programs during development and heat stress response.”
  • Sakuntha D. Gunarathna – Biomedical Sciences: Sakuntha D. Gunarathna, Nazim Belabbaci, Regina Nguyen, Aerica Nagornyuk, and Motoki Takaku, “Predicting Cancer from Cell-Free DNA: A Machine Learning Approach.”

Medical Students

Best Poster: Christopher R. Brown: Christopher R. Brown and James D. Foster, “Enhanced palmitoylation and activity of autism-associated human serotonin transporters are sensitive to downregulation by Escitalopram.”

Postdoctoral Fellow

Best Poster: Geetika Verma – Biomedical Sciences: Geetika Verma and Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, “Continuous consumption of whey protein maintains neuroinflammation in a mouse model of asymptomatic cow’s milk allergy.”

Undergraduate Students

Best Poster: Odele K. Rajpathy – Surgery: Odele K. Rajpathy, Emilie E. Vomhof-DeKrey, Elizabeth Prezler, Alison Ward, Joel Caton, and Marc D. Basson, “SLFN12 Expression Increases from 1st to 2nd Trimester of Gestation but then Decreases with a One-Carbon Metabolite Diet in Cow Mammary Tissue.”

Clinical Sciences

Medical Students

Best Posters:

  • Kalli J. Fautsch: Kalli J. Fautsch, Darci R. Block, Jonathan Graff-Radford, Feng Wang, Emily C. Craver, David O. Hodge, Jeremy K. Cutsforth-Gregory, Khin P. Kilgore, Ronald C. Petersen, David S. Knopman, Eoin Flanagan, Michel Toledano, Michelle M. Mielke, M. Tariq Bhatti, and John J. Chen, “Population-Based Evaluation of Total Protein in the Cerebrospinal Fluid.”
  • Courtney Hanson: Courtney Hanson, Sadia Saizy, Danielle O’Hare, Regina Schlichting, and Andrew Williams, “Does maternal asthma modify the association between placental hormones and placental weight?”

Honorable Mentions:

  • Brenna Hanson: Brenna Hanson, Brailyn Weber, and Steffany Moen, “Developmental Outcomes of Neonates following Therapeutic Hypothermia for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy.”
  • Nickell L. Austin: Nickell L. Austin, Megan C. Corn, Mannuru R. Devendranath, and Alicia M. Hinze, “Scleredema in the Setting of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Unknown Significance with new onset Raynaud’s Phenomenon.”
  • Megan Corn and Julie Dworsky: Megan Corn, Julia Dworsky, Abe E Sahmoun, and James R. Beal, “Differences in maternal outcomes in American Indian and White patients diagnosed with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, 2007-2020.”

Medical Residents

Best Poster: Sean Montgomery – Sean Montgomery, Brock Ashmore, James Fowler, Abe Sahmoun, and Dubert Guerrero, “Association Between Statin Use and Myasthenia Gravis Exacerbation.”

Honorable Mention: Andrew Pritchard – Andrew Pritchard, Sean Keup, Thomas Baker, Wyatt Lautt, Abe Sahmoun, and Dubert Guerrero, “Comparison of Clinical and Radiographic and Demographic Characteristics of Patients with Covid-19 Associated Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CAPA) versus Covid-19.”

Health Sciences: Population Health and Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Best Posters:

  • Bridget J. Reuss – Occupational Therapy: Bridget J. Reuss and Wanda Lauer, “A Proactive Approach to Lymphedema Treatment: A Patient’s Educational Guide.”
  • Abby A. Bauman – Occupational Therapy: Abby A. Bauman and Mandy Meyer, “Disability Awareness to Promote Inclusivity for Children in the Educational Setting.”

Honorable Mentions:

  • Therese Pettersen – Occupational Therapy: Therese Pettersen and Anne Haskins, with Contributor: Joe Bugher, “The People Left Behind: Older Adults in Custody.”
  • Dominique Menard – Occupational Therapy: Dominique Menard and Breann Lamborn, “The Newly Arrived Client: Applying Culturally Responsive Occupational Therapy Approaches to the Refugee Population to Promote Occupational Justice.”

Public Health Students

Best Poster: Cortez Standing Bear – Cortez Standing Bear and S. Cristina Oancea, “Racial differences in the association between health insurance and coronary heart disease: results from a multi-year cross-sectional study.”

Honorable Mentions:

  • Brooke Froelich – Brooke Froelich and Ursula Running Bear, “Community Readiness Assessment for Type 2 Diabetes on the Standing Rock Reservation.”
  • MichaeLynn Kanichy – MichaeLynn Kanichy and Cristina Oancea, “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the association between physical activity for leisure and the diagnosis of coronary heart disease or myocardial infarction.”