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Medical Student Summer Research Participants Win Big at Research Day

MSSRP Student Winners

Medical Student Summer Research Participants Win Big at Research Day

The Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP) has a long history at MCW. This past fall, the MCW Medical Student and Summer Research Programs was re-launched and renamed as the “Summer Academic programs for Medical Students” or SAMS for short (P is silent). We will retain the MSSRP designation exclusively for research carried out by medical students over the Summer and academic year.

CTSI congratulates the eleven medical student summer research fellows who were selected from a group of 136 presenters as the top eleven winners of the Dr. Michael J. Dunn Poster Contest Awards held in conjunction with the October 4th Medical Student Research Day Poster Session. The posters were scored on originality and innovativeness, experimental design and methodology, results and conclusions and overall impression. Each awardee received a $500 prize.

All posters were well done. In fact, we had a record number of 110 posters that entered the competition, of which 29 posters were in basic science category, and 81 posters were in clinical science category. A total of 11 awards (3 basic science and 8 clinical science) were chosen based on the scores from the reviewers.

Please join us in congratulating the eleven medical students who will receive the Dr. Michael J. Dunn Poster Contest Award.


StudentPreceptor Name & Department-DivisionProject
Kyle BeversAmadou Camara, PhD
Differences in mitochondrial Ca2+ dynamics during challenges of Ca2+ pulses in brain synaptic and non-synaptic mitochondria: implications for differential Ca2+ buffering
Madeline BireleyMargaret Samyn, MD
Are Pacemakers Altered by Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
Mario CastellanosWai-Meng Kwok, PhD
Side-dependent Déphosphorylation of Mitochondrial VDACi: Implications for Channel Oligomerization
Allison CotterJeffrey Whittle, MD
Potential influence of cognitive activity at midlife to cognitive activity, cognitive function and functional status at age 65+ in WI Veterans
Olakunle FawoleKathryn Lauer, MD
Impact of Obesity, Obstructive Sleep Apnea Risk and Demographics, on Patient Post-Procedural Outcomes
Julia FrebaultAmanda Kong, MD
Surgery-Surgical Oncology
Breast Cancer Treatment Patterns in Women Aged 80 and Over: A Report from the National Cancer Database
Benjamin HamelMichael Harris, MD
Verbal Memory as Outcome Predictor in Adults Receiving Cochlear Implants
David HolzerDawn Wolfgram, MD
Intradialvtic cerebral oximetry and cognitive outcomes in adults on hemodialysis
Emily HoreckiKathleen Lak, MD
Primary Care Providers' Attitudes and Knowledge of Bariatric Surgery
Jessica KrakerJoseph Carroll, PhD
The Effect of Image Size on OCT-A Retinal Vasculature Metrics
Jamie SchnuckJohn Corbett, PhD
Biochemistry & Medicine-Cardiology
Nitric oxide alters IP6K activity inhibiting the DNA damage response in Beta cells

Pictured at top of page

Front row: Jessica Kraker, Jamie Schnuck, Allison Cotter, Mario Castellanos

Back row: Benjamin Hamel, Emily Horecki, Olakunle Fawole, David Holzer, Julia Frebault, Madeline Bireley, and Kyle Bevers.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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