Research Day 2022:
On January 28, 2022, RUSM hosted its 64th Research Day Symposium.
“Research Day, now an annual event, is an important opportunity for researchers to showcase the research efforts currently ongoing at RUSM and for students to begin to engage with researchers and see what opportunities may be open to them should they wish to pursue research during their time here,” said Jennifer Connolly, PhD, associate professor, and a member of the RUSM Research Committee that led planning the symposium. Research Day used to be held each semester on campus but has since transitioned to an annual event held virtually to invite clinical students and faculty to join. The virtual format allowed for over 500 attendees to join and hear presentations and discussions on this year’s topic – Bench to Bedside: Genetic Underpinnings of Congenital Disorders.
RUSM students and faculty shined during the middle of the day-long program. In all, 24 students were presenters, showcasing their individual research posters in breakout sessions with two students – Victoria Pintar, BSC and Dewmi Subasinghe, BSc – joining RUSM faculty members Priya Dattathreya, MD, vice chair of the RUSM Research Committee, and Hedda Byer, MBChB in the oral presentation portion of the afternoon. Poster presentation winners included the following student authors:
1st Place – Kurt Luchia – Effects of mask orders on compliance and health
Runner Up – Samuel Kim – U.S. Tobacco 21 is paving the way for a Tobacco Endgame
2nd Runner Up – Benjamin Bunnell – mRNA Reprogramming: A Review of Methods and Obstacles to the Bedside
In addition to RUSM presenters, the Research Committee was pleased to welcome Nadia Ameen, MD, professor of pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine and Daryl Armstrong Scott, MD, PhD, associate professor at the Baylor College of Medicine.