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Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS)

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Save the date for PRESS 2015!  Friday, April 17, 2015

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April 28, 2014

Thank you all for your support of PRESS; 133 people attended the event.  The presentations by trainees at all levels were outstanding and provided the audience breadth and depth of our Department's research activities.  Kudos especially to the 20 speed (3 minute, 3 slide) presenters who put a lot of thought and work into briefly highlighting their research and encouraging attendance at their individual posters.  A special thank you to the judges, Drs. Sarah Cusick, Erin Osterholm and Troy Lund, and the time keeper, Dr. Mike Verneris.

Congratulations to the award winners in each of the four categories!


Pediatric Graduate/Medical Student Category:


  • Gold
    Pouya Hemmati
    'Proof of concept of a smart phone-based phonocardiographic system'
  • Silver
    Estela Shabani
    'High levels of erythropoietin are not associated with neuroprotection in Ugandan children with cerebral malaria'
  • Bronze
    Bruce Kennedy
    'TMEM35 (TUF1): A novel factor in pain pathways?'
Pediatric Resident Category
  • Gold
    Dr. Ellen Christiansen
    'Early nutritional support influenced body composition at four months corrected age in very low birth weight preterm infants' 
  • Silver
    Dr. Nicholas Brown
    'Acquired von Willebrand disease in children supported by the Berlin heart EXCOR pediatric ventricular assist device, a single center experience'
  • Bronze
    Dr. Alexander Boucher
    'Outcomes following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for metachromatic leukodystrophy' 
Pediatric Postdoctoral Student Category
  • Gold
    Dr. Rachel Bergerson
    'Early NK cell proliferation after umbilical cord blood transplantation is associated with superior disease-free survival due to reduced leukemia relapse'
  • Silver
    Dr. Amy Gower
    'Associations between school district anti-bullying policy quality and student bullying involvement and adjustment'
  • Bronze
    Dr. Michelle Alexander
    'Fetal and neonatal iron deficiency alters the neurochemical profile in the hippocampus and striatum in an age dependent manner'
Pediatric Fellow Category
  • Gold
    Dr. Rene Pierpont
    'Attention skills and executive functioning in children with Noonan syndrome and their unaffected siblings'
  • Silver
    Dr. Lazaro Hernandez
    'Global left ventricular relaxation: a novel tissue Doppler index of acute rejection in pediatric heart transplantation'
  • Bronze
    Dr. Tara Zamora
    'Neonatal anemia alters hippocampal mTOR signaling?'
2014 PRESS Program
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