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VCOM-Carolinas Hosts Third Annual Research Recognition Day

The third annual Via Research Recognition Day at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)–Carolinas was held on March 30, 2018. The event featured research presentations and posters from 48 VCOM students, faculty, and local researchers, with a total of 287 registered attendees.

The featured speaker at VCOM– Carolinas Via Research Day was Robert Gourdie, PhD, Director of the Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine (CHARM) at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Gourdie delivered this year’s first keynote lecture, entitled “The Gap Junction Protein Connexin43: New Roles in Wound Healing and Cardiac Ischemia Reperfusion Injury.”

The second keynote lecture, “Integrin-dependent Leukocyte Gene Expression in Vascular Remodeling  and Angiogenesis,” was given by Jeffrey R. Bender, MD, Robert I. Levy Professor of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine and Immunology, Associate Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center.

Medical students, faculty and other participants submitted a total of 48 posters in the categories of biomedical, clinical, and educational research. In addition to the featured speakers, six oral presentations on topics in both biomedical and clinical research studies were presented. Top prizes were awarded to 16 research presentations.

Oral Presentations

Biomedical Research

First Place
Andrea Rivero

Second Place
Elexander Atkinson

Third Place
Lauren Needell

Clinical Research

First Place
Megan Barcroft/ Stephanie Bland

Second Place
Nathaniel Foster

Third Place
Erin Christensen

Poster Presentations

Biomedical Research

First Place
Elexander Atkinson

Second Place
Daniel Gonzalez

Third Place
Jay Agarwal

Clinical Research

First Place
Deevee Sanchez

Case-based Research

First Place
Carrie Downing-Larick

Second Place
Cara Marie Boreli

Third Place
Davis Brian Berry

Educational Research

First Place
Guillermo Alfonso

Second Place
Hannah Carroll