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CTRI-Supported Students Present Summer Research

Nathan Yu presents his research

CTRI TL1 student Nathan Yu describes his research on fat deposition to Carolyn Kelly, MD, Director of the CTRI TL1 Program.

Eleven TL1 students supported by UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) were among 86 summer research trainees from UC San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences who presented their research during a January 9 event at the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building. The reception and poster session, supported in part by CTRI, drew faculty, students, and friends. The CTRI students were from the short-term training program and had conducted their research last summer.

The CTRI short-term program consists of a mentored clinical research experience for a three-month period, typically during the summer. The program also includes clinical research training modules, ethics seminars, and a seminar series throughout the summer covering different topics in clinical investigation and career development. CTRI supported 12 TL1 short-term summer research students in 2013 through the CTSA grant. The students are listed below, along with their projects and mentors. Those who were at the event are shown next to their posters.

School of Medicine Students

Christopher Evans
Project Title: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Preventable Hospital Admissions in Medicaid and Uninsured Patients
Mentor: David Chang
Department of Surgery

Sonja Halterman
Project Title: Trafficking Status and High-Risk Health Behaviors: A Study Analyzing Whether Trafficking Status of Filipino Female Sex Workers Predicts High-Risk Health Behaviors
Mentor: Anita Raj
Global Public Health

Jagannath Nayak
Project Title: Topographic Change in the Aging and Glaucoma
Mentor: Linda Zangwill

Jessica Tang
Project Title: Age-associated practice patterns and survival benefit of gross total resection in patients with glioblastoma multiforme
Mentor: Clark Chen
Neurological Surgery

Christian Torres
Project Title: Risk of Preterm Birth Among Women With a Change of Paternity and Autoimmune Disease
Mentor: Christina Chambers

Frances Wu
Project Title: A study of the genetic influence on pharmacologic outcomes in patients with neovascular AMD treated with anti-VEGF therapy
Mentor: Kang Zhang

Nathan Yu
Project Title: Positive Association between Bone Marrow Fat Content and Intrahepatic Fat Content in Children with Known or Suspected Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Mentor: Claude Sirlin

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Students

Phyo Aung
Project Title: Drug Safety Withdrawals from 2002 to 2012 in U.S., Canada, EU, and UK and Availability of these Withdrawn Medications from Illegal Online Pharmacies
Mentor: Bryan Liang

Fredrick Gibson
Project Title: Determining the Resistance Mechanism of CMV against CMX001 by Analyzing Sequences Obtained Through Ultra Deep Sequencing
Mentor: Davey Smith

Kristie Luu
Project Title: Specialty Medication Care Pathways for an Outpatient Infusion Pharmacy: Economic Impact from the Patient and Healthcare System Perspective
Mentor: Jan Hirsch

Alexander Tam
Project Title: Assessing Clinical Outcomes of a Pharmacist-Managed Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) on Patients with Diabetes Mellitus or Pre-Diabetes
Mentor: Renu Singh

Sharon Wu
Project Title: High Frequency of Femur Fractures in Alendronate Used for Osteoporosis
Mentor: Ruben Abagyan

About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.