RAD 2002 Award Winners


Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Winners


First Place – Melissa D. Koehler, MBA, CHE, internal medicine, division of geriatrics, “Cognition & Characteristics of Residents Receiving Psychiatric Services in the Nursing Home Setting” (right)


Second Place – Scott Young, family medicine, “Value of Community-Based Automated Blood Pressure Machine Measurements in Large Arm Hypertensive Patients” (left)

Resident Poster Presentations
First Place – J.K. Knust, DO, surgery, “Intra-Operative Treatment Strategy to Reduce the Incidence of Post-Cardiopulmonary Bypass Atrial Fibrillation”

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Winners

Front row (left to right): Joungil Choi, Chang Su, Martha Stokely
Second row (left to right): Katie Overheim, Linda Mooberry, Xinyu Zhang, Ginelle Gellert, L. Don Roberts

Graduate Student Association

Student Poster Presentations

First Place – Martha Stokely, biomedical sciences, “Effects of Intravitreal Endothelin-1 on Anterograde Fast Axonal Transport are Cargo-Selective, in Rat Optic Nerve”

Second Place – Vinay Kumar Parameswara, molecular biology and immunology, “Phosphoprotein Phosphatases and Insulin Secretion”

Third Place – Joungil Choi, molecular biology and immunology, “Vitamin E Attenuates Apoptosis and Specific Protein Oxidation in Neuronal Cell Lines”

Fourth Place – Chang Su, biomedical sciences, “Rho-A Delays Smooth Muscle Cell Progress into Mitosis by PKN-Mediated Phosphorylation of CDC25C”

Fifth Place – Nasreen Jacobson, cell biology and genetics, “The Secretory Pathway of Myocilin”

Sixth Place – Katie Overheim, molecular biology and immunology, “The Staphylococcus Aureus Global Regulators (AGR and SAR) Promote Severe Pneumonia in Mice”

Abbott Laboratories Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Presentation Winner – Xiangle Sun, molecular biology and immunology, “Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor Co-expressed with Immunogen in One Vector Provide Better Adjuvant Effects in DNA Vaccination”

Fort Worth MedTech Center Innovation Award Recipient – Linda Mooberry, molecular biology and immunology, “Generation of Taxol-Containing HDL Particles via Freeze-Thaw Cycling”

Alcon Research, LTD Student Oral Presentations
First Place – L. Don Roberts, biomedical sciences/Cardiovascular Research Institute, “Competition in Regulating the Smooth Muscle Myosin Heavy Chain Gene Promoter: C/EBPb-Mediated Activation vs. Ying Yang 1 (YY1)-Mediated Repression”

Second Place – Xinyu Zhang, pharmacology and neuroscience, “Expression of Human Glucocorticoid Receptor Alpha and Beta Isoforms in Human Trebecular Meshwork Cells and their Regulation by Dexamethasone”

Third Place – Ginelle Gellert, molecular biology and immunology, “Urokinase Plasminogen Activator Receptor (UPAR) Regulation of Integrins Involved in Natural Killer Cell Extracellular Matrix Degradation and Migration”

School of Public Health Winners

Front row (left to right): Naveed Ahmad, Marco Marruffo
Second row (left to right): Rosa Rosario-Rosado, Patrick Moonan

Public Health Student Association

Student Oral Presentations

First Place – Patrick Moonan, epidemiology, “Geospatial and Molecular Clustering of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis”

Second Place – Naveed Ahmad, MD, biostatistics, “Acanthosis Nigricans (AG) and Obesity: A Marker for Identifying Children at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)”

Honorable Mention (tie) – Raven Aneesh-Green, epidemiology, “A Comparative Study: Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women”

Wendy Wadley, community health, “Evaluation of Endothelial Dysfunction in Children at Risk for the Development of Type 2 Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease”

Student Poster Presentations

First Place – Marco Marruffo, MD, MS, epidemiology, “Serological Survey of Chagas’ Disease in a Rural Community in Venezuela”

Second Place – Patrick Moonan, epidemiology, “Evaluation of the Capacity of the Elispot Test to Detect Latent Tuberculosis Infection”

Third Place – Rosa Rosario-Rosado, MS, epidemiology, “Epidemiology of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Community Hospital, January 1, 2000 – June 30, 2001”