By Drs. Heather Murray & Melanie Walker

This year the School of Medicine is proud to invite you to the 8th annual Medical Student Research Showcase on Wednesday September 18.

This event celebrates the research achievements of our undergraduate medical students, with both posters and an oral plenary session featuring research performed by students while they have been enrolled in medical school. All students who received summer studentship research funding through the School of Medicine in 2019 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 10:30 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 1:30 pm on September 18, immediately following the poster session Q&A.

This year’s faculty judges included:

  • Dr. Sheela Abraham
  • Dr. Nazanin Alavi
  • Dr. Anne Ellis
  • Dr. Jennifer Flemming
  • Dr. Laura Gaudet
  • Dr. Faiza Khurshid
  • Dr. Diane Lougheed
  • Dr. David Maslove
  • Dr. Lois Mulligan
  • Dr. Chris Nicol
  • Dr. Stephen Pang
  • Dr. Michael Rauh
  • Dr. Damian Redfearn
  • Dr. Claudio Soares
  • Dr. Sonal Varma
  • Dr. Maria Velez

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.

Alison Michels – von Willebrand factor regulates deep vein thrombosis in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity

Katrina Sajewycz – Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Management of Malignant Bowel Obstruction: A Qualitative Study of Gynecologic Cancer Patients’ Experiences and Perceptions

Mehras Motamed – Inhibiting Pyruvate Kinase Muscle Isoform 2 with Shikonin Regresses Supra-coronary Aortic Banding induced Group 2 Pulmonary Hypertension

Please set aside some time to attend the Medical Student Research Showcase on September 18th. The students will appreciate your interest and support, and you will be amazed at what they have been able to achieve.