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ACTRI-Supported Medical and Pharmacy Students Share Research Findings during Annual Poster Session


ACTRI-supported trainee Paul Riviere (left) discusses his poster with ACTRI Education Director Colin Depp, PhD.

Twelve medical and pharmacy students supported through the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) TL1 2016-2017 program presented their research in January during an annual Summer Research Poster Session at the Medical Education and Telemedicine Building. They joined more than 60 other research trainees at the event. This year, the ACTRI trainees included both summer and long-term TL1s. The TL1 program supports training in clinical research for students enrolled in health sciences doctoral programs at UC San Diego.

The ACTRI-supported trainees with their posters are below. Click on image for larger view.

School of Medicine Students

Aaron Bradshaw
Project Title: The Role of Conduction Slowing in Ventricular Fibrillation Maintenance
Mentor: David Krummen, MD
Sangwoo (Shawn) Kim
Project Title: Analysis of Immune Responses Generated by Anti-PD-1 Checkpoint Blockade with Stereotactic Radiotherapy
Mentor: Andrew Sharabi, MD, PhD

Keenan Onodera
Project Title: Intervertebral Disc Kinematics in Active Duty Marines with and without Lumbar Spine Pathology
Mentor: Samuel Ward, PT, PhD

Paul Riviere
Project Title: The Mutational Landscape of Gastrointestinal Malignancies as Reflected by Circulating Tumor DNA
Mentor: Razelle Kurzrock, MD
Lu Wu
Project Title: Understanding the Role of EGLN1 Genetic Variation and Methylation in High Altitude Adaption of an Andean Highland Population
Mentor: Tatum Simonson, PhD
Victoria Wu
Project Title: The across-time relationship between maternal depressive symptoms and child cognition in a 16-year longitudinal study of Chilean youth
Mentor: Sheila Gahagan, MD

Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Students


Sama Alpatty
Project Title: Pharmacist Perspectives on Promoting Preconception Health
Mentor: Sally Rafie, PharmD

Sirena Louie
Project Title: Impact of Bumetanide to Torsemide Conversion in Veterans with Heart Failure
Mentor: Felix Yam, PharmD

Long-term Trainees

Charlie Park
Project Title: Magnetic Resonance Elastography vs Transient Elastography in Detection of Fibrosis and Noninvasive Measurement of Steatosis in Patients with Biopsy-proven Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Mentor: Rohit Loomba, MD, MHSc
Kathryn Tringale
Project Title: Quantitative Neuroimaging and Neurocognitive Assessment to Measure Radiation-Induced Injury: Implications for Cognitive Preservation
Mentor: Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, MD
Devesh Vashistha
Project Title: Public Injection and Providing Injection Initiation Assistance Among People Who Inject Drugs in Two North American Countries
Mentor: Daniel Werb, PhD
Arvin Wali
Project Title: The Antihypertensive Effect of Carotid Stenting is Dependent on the Circle of Willis
Mentor: Alexander Khalessi, MD

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.