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PRESS 2016

Congratulations to the 50+ trainees who presented their research at the 30th annual Pediatric Research, Education, and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS) conference held on April 15th at the Wilf Family Center in the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital! Trainees at all levels highlighted the research they are engaged in with pediatric faculty. Approximately 150 people were in attendance. A special thanks to Ginny Oie who served as the primary coordinator of PRESS for the 3rd straight year! We would also like to thank abstract reviewers and judges of the oral presentations. Please click here to view our event photos.

Congratulations to the award winners in the following categories:

Gold Award:
Justin Ryder, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow in Epidemiology & Clinical Research
Faculty sponsor: Aaron Kelly, PhD

Silver Award:
Thomas Bastian, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow in Neonatology
Faculty sponsor: Michael Georgieff, MD

Bronze Award & Peggy Hostetter Award for Best MD Fellow Abstract:
Katie Satrom, MD, Fellow in Neonatology
Faculty sponsor: Raghu Rao, MD



PRESS 2015

Click here to view the PRESS booklet for 2015

Many thanks to the organizers Dr. Aaron Kelly, Dr. Raghu Rao, and Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari; abstract reviewers (members of the Pediatric Research Council); judges (Dr. Tim Hallstrom, Dr. Sara Ramel, Dr. Igor Nestrasil); the audience for voting; and the administative support staff Ginny Oie, Tonya Mills, Kelsey Vigoren, and Dani Hans. The event was attended by > 100 faculty and trainees.


Congratulations to the 2015 award winners in the following categories:

Graduate/Medical Student
Gold Prize: Steven Conlon (mentor: Dr. Parvin Dorostkar)
Premature ventricular contractions: Does the origin of the ectopic focus relate to pathologic status?

Silver Prize: Rachel Blue and Douglas Haase (mentor: Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari)
Recellularization of intact acellular lung scaffolds

Bronze Prize: Jarrod Tembreull (mentor: Dr. Parvin Dorostkar)
Ondansetron promotes expression of sudden cardiac arrest in a child with long QT syndrome

Pediatric Resident
Gold Prize: Dr. Elizabeth Mann (mentors: Dr. Bradley Miller and Dr. Brandon Nathan)
Educating diabetes camp counselors: Identifying the gap between perceptions and knowledge - A quality improvement project

Silver Prize: Dr. Jennifer Berger (mentor: Dr. Michael Pitt)
Compliance of advertisements for children in leading parenting magazines with American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations over five years

Bronze Prize: Dr. Ellen Christiansen (mentor: Dr. Sonja Colianni)
School readiness starts early: improved screening and referral rates for developmental delay at the 18 month well child visit

Post-Doctoral Student
Gold Prize: Dr. Justin Ryder (mentor: Dr. Aaron Kelly)
Impaired cardiac autonomic nervous system function is associated with hypertension and higher systolic blood pressure independent of adiposity in children and adolescents

Silver Prize: Dr. Nathan Schuldt (mentor: Dr. Bruce Binstadt)
The role of dual TCR T cells in immunity

Bronze Prize: Dr. Michelle Alexander (mentor: Dr. Anne Hall)
Regional effects of IUGR on the neurochemical profile of the developing rat brain

Pediatric Fellow
Gold Prize: Dr. Gregory Forlenza (mentor: Dr. Melena Bellin)
Successful implementation of fully automated closed loop therapy after islet auto-transplantation

Silver Prize: Dr. Heidi Kamrath (mentor: Dr. Jennifer Needle)
The impact of a perinatal palliative care program on length of stay, ICU days, and invasive procedures

Bronze Prize: Dr. Sarah Kizilbash (mentor: Dr. Clifford Kashtan)
The impact of acute kidney injury (AKI) on mortality in children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)


Bronze Prize: Dr. Elwaseila Hamdoun (mentor: Dr. Anna Petryk)
The specter of severe untreated congenital hypothyroidism remains in immigrant families in the United States

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