By Drs. Heather Murray & Melanie Walker

This year the School of Medicine is proud to invite you to the 5th annual Medical Student Research Showcase on Wednesday September 21st.

This event celebrates the research achievements of our undergraduate medical students, with both posters and an oral plenary session featuring research showcase-judgingperformed by students while they have been enrolled in medical school. All students who received summer studentship research funding through the School of Medicine in 2016 will be presenting their work, as well as many other research initiatives. The posters will be displayed in the David Walker atrium of the School of Medicine building from 8 am until 5 pm, with the students standing at their posters answering questions between 1030 and noon.

The oral plenary features the top research projects selected by a panel of faculty judges, and will run in room 132A from noon until 1:30pm on Sept 21st, immediately following the poster session Q&A. We are pleased to announce that we have a faculty guest speaker, Dr. Adrian Baranchuk, who will give a short presentation on his research and career to launch the oral plenary session.

This year’s faculty judges included:

  • Dr. Tanveer Towheedshowcase-discussion
  • Dr. Andrea Winthrop
  • Dr. Yuka Asai
  • Dr. Ryan Bicknell
  • Dr. Megan Carter
  • Dr. Jennifer Flemming
  • Dr. Nader Ghasemlou
  • Dr. Dianne Groll
  • Dr. Paula James
  • Dr. David Maslove
  • Dr. Katrina Gee

We are very grateful to these faculty members for evaluating our oral plenary applicants this year.

The three students who have been selected for the oral plenary session, and the titles of their research presentations and faculty supervisor names are listed below. Each of these three students will receive The Albert Clark Award for Medical Student Research Excellence.

Peter Wang – A database review using the CHADS2 score to detect new Atrial Fibrillation (Supervisor: R. S. Pal)

Frances Dang – Impacts of Preeclampsia on the Brain of Offspring (Supervisor: A. Croy)

Zhubo Zhang – Differential DNA methylation profiles reflect distinct molecular subtypes and clinical outcomes of urothelial bladder carcinoma (Supervisor: R.J. Gooding)

Please set aside some time to attend the Medical Student Research Showcase on September 21st. The students will appreciate your interest and support, and you will be amazed at what they have been able to achieve.