Medical Student Research Day 2021 Winners Announced

October 13, 2021

Overhead shot of men and women standing around research posters on easels, talking and listening
Congratulations to each of our distinguished winners of the 2021 Medical Student Research Day. It was the largest event to date with 120 research projects and representatives from all classes and many excellent poster presentations. View the list below of the students with the most meritorious research posters who were selected for awards, or learn more at the 2021 MSRD Virtual Poster Session Gallery.


Ifeyinwa (Ify) Osunkwo, MD, MPH, delivered an encouraging keynote address sharing her passion and personal struggles. 

First Place Overall - Julia Pickel
Acceptability of Telehealth for Adolescent Healthcare Delivery During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Mentor: Sarah M. Wood, MD, MSHP

Second Place Overall - Saadia Nur
Mitochondrial motility: assessing its role following chemotherapy treatment
Mentor: Timothy Pardee, MD, PhD

Third Place Overall - Hadley Walsh
Deconvolution analysis and differential exon inclusion at the 17q21.31 locus in patients with autopsy-confimed PSP
Mentor: John F. Crary, MD, PhD

First Place from MSRP - Ashish Patel
Twice-Weekly Hemodialysis with Adjuvant Pharmacotherapy and Conversion to Thrice-weekly Hemodialysis: A Pragmatic, Fully-Embedded, Individually-Randomized Pilot Clinical Trial
Mentor: Mariana Murea, MD

Second Place from MSRP - David Baskin
Brain network clustering and frontal lobe connectivity in Latinx rural farmworker children
Mentor: Paul Laurienti, MD, PhD

Third Place from MSRP - Gabrielle Walsh
Sex differences in thoracic injury patterns and mechanisms in seriously injured motor vehicle crash occupants
Mentor: Ashley Weaver, PhD

Translational Science - T1: Bench to Bedside - Nicholas Mouser
The Effects of Mechanical Tissue Resuscitation (MTR) for Treatment of Ischemia Reperfusion Injury in a Swine Model of Acute Myocardial Infarction
Mentor: James E. Jordan, PhD

Translational Science - T2: Bedside to Community - Haley Park
Social and Functional Needs of Frail Older Adults: a qualitative analysis of patients' voices
Mentor: Kathryn E. Callahan, MD, MS

Meredith Award for Outstanding Health Equity Research - Morgan Yapundich
Relationship Between Race, Barriers to Prenatal Care, and Receipt of Prenatal Care Among Pregnant Individuals at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Mentor: Shahla Namak, MD

NIDDK Research Award (T35 Training Grant) from MSRP - Whitney Floyd
Association of Antenatal Corticosteroids with Future Kidney Function in Adolescents Born Preterm with Very Low Birth Weight
Mentor: Andrew M. South, MD, MS

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 1) - Amelia Davidson
Analysis of Tranexamic Acid Administration in Orthopedic Hip Trauma Patients
Mentor: Jason Halvorson, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 2) - Vanessa Lukas
Catastrophic Events Related to Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Are Unlikely in those Undergoing Routine Surveillance
Mentor: Ram Pathak, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 3) - Lauren Strickland
Do vascular risk factors falsely elevate ankle-brachial index measurements in the evaluation of tibial plateau fractures concerning for vascular injury?
Mentor: Nicholas Andring, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 4) - Rob Glover
Machine Learning in Medicine: Predicting Total Hip Arthroplasty Surgical Outcomes
Mentor: John Shields, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 5) - Rohin Gawdi
Perioperative Chemotherapy for Resectable Colorectal Liver Metastases: Analysis from the Colorectal Operative Liver Metastases International Collaborative
Mentor: Perry Shen, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 6) - Neema Moeini-Rastegar
The Association Between Vitamin D and Hypertension-Related Heart Changes in Youth Referred for Hypertensive Disorders
Mentor: Andrew M. South, MD, MS

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 7) - Hisham Qadri
Characterizing Blood Transfusion on Distal Aortic Blood Flow during Supraceliac Complete Aortic Occlusion in Swine Animal Model
Mentor: Lucas P. Neff, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 8) - Hope Werenski
Can Old Imaging Alter the Preoperative and Operative Course of Patients Undergoing Parathyroidectomy for Primary Hyperparathyroidism?
Mentor: Reese Randle, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 9) - Claudia Coffin
Vascular and Microstructural Markers of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
Mentor: Sam Lockhart, PhD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 10) - Rebecca Merrill
The impact of a ketogenic-based diet on circulating metabolomics in patients with glioma: a bedside to bench study
Mentor: Roy Strowd, MD, MEd, MS

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 11) - Brock Yager
Adaptation and Validation of the Garcia Score for Neurobehavioral Testing in ICH Rat Models
Mentor: Stacey Wolfe, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 12) - Menaka Reddy
Implementation of a Direct Observation Program for Pediatric Trainees using a QR Code Linked Evaluation Tool
Mentor: Jeanna Auriemma, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 13) - Danielle Black
Phenomenological Research: A qualitative approach to assessing patient experiences in the ED
Mentor: Marquita Norman, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 14) - Michelle Qiu
The Effect of the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention Act on Opiate Prescription Practices After Total Joint Replacement
Mentor: John Shields, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 15) - Kychelle Del Rosario
Dance for Diabetes: A Study Design and Implementation Project Using Dance to Improve Diabetes Self-Management
Mentor: Julienne Kirk, PharmD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 16) - Brianna Maniscalco
Development of a Foam Delivery Syringe (FDS) & Medication Canister Connector  and Foam Creation Syringe (FCS) Tip for Dispensing Medication into the Ear as a Foam
Mentor: Eric M. Kraus, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 17) - Christopher Sheridan
Resting-State Connectivity Between the Insula and the Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex Is Sensitive to Injury and Recovery after Sport-Related Concussion
Mentor: Christopher T. Whitlow, MD, PhD, MHA

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 18) - Madeline Seagle
Role of Dietary Iron in Metformin Action
Mentor: Donald McClain, MD, PhD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 19) - Ankitha Iyer
Validation of Swallowing-related Organs at Risk in Patients Treated with Radiotherapy for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Mentor: Ryan T. Hughes, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 20) - Sarah Friday
SBRT Versus Surgical Resection in Elderly Early-Stage Lung Cancer Patients: A Retrospective Review
Mentor: Michael Farris, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 21) - Virginia Lane
Identifying Faculty Motivators and Barriers to Participation as a Scholarly Mentor for Pediatric Residents: A Qualitative Approach
Mentor: Elizabeth Halvorson MD, MS

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 22) - Jeff Powell
Characterization of Injection Drug Use-Associated Endogenous Endophthalmitis
Mentor: Margaret A. Greven, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 23) - John Petela
Utilization of Platelet-Rich Plasma in the Treatment of Hair Loss
Mentor: Amy McMichael, MD

MSRD Excellence Award (Group 24) - Tallia Pearson
Administration of a biased kappa opioid receptor agonist as a non-addictive analgesic in mice
Mentor: Sara Jones, PhD