2011 Research Day Celebrations

2011 Faculty Researcher/Scholar of the Year, Mark L. Hudak, M.D., left, receives his award from Robert C. Nuss, M.D.

The University of Florida Health Science Center Jacksonville's annual research awards presentation and ceremony, sponsored by the office of research affairs, brought together faculty, fellows and residents to share their academic and scientific research accomplishments.

The program, held May 12, 2011 in the Learning Resource Center Auditorium, featured platform presentations, poster viewing and award presentations.

The keynote speaker was David E. Longnecker, M.D., FRCA, director of health care affairs for the Association of American Medical Colleges. His presentation was entitled CTSI Update Enhancing Clinical and Translational Research.

A special presentation was made by David Nelson, M.D., associate dean for clinical research at the University of Florida College of Medicine, and director of the University of Florida Clinical and Translation Science Institute - Shaping the Workforce We Want for the Health System We Need.

The 2010 Faculty Research/Scholar of the Year, Robert L. Wears, M.D., professor in the department of emergency medicine presented Studying Safety in Healthcare: Time for New Models of Science.

2011 Faculty Research/Scholar of the Year Award

Robert C. Nuss, M.D., professor, associate vice president for health Affairs and dean of the regional campus Jacksonville, introduced the 2011 Faculty Researcher/Scholar of the Year, Mark L. Hudak, M.D., professor and assistant dean for managed care and associate chair for the department of pediatrics. Dr. Hudak is also chief of the division of neonatology and associate medical director of the neonatology intensive care unit (NICU) at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

The honor, first awarded in 1996, is given to a faculty member displaying three scholarship qualities: discovery (research), dissemination (publication in journals) and application (presentation at regional and national professional meetings).

Special Recognition

In a special presentation, Alan R. Berger, M.D., professor and associate dean for research affairs recognized Dr. Robert C. Nuss for his dedication to research on the Jacksonville campus. Upon highlighting many research improvements and enhancements on this campus brought about by Dr. Nuss' support and commitment, Dr. Berger thanked him with a special engraved plaque.

2011 Poster and Platform Presentation Awards

Of the fellows, residents and faculty who submitted poster and platform presentations, six were chosen for platform presentation awards and six received poster presentation awards for their excellence.

Constance K. Haan, M.D., M.S., senior associate dean for educational affairs, presented the following awards:

Poster Presentation Winners

1st Place: Sushil, Gupta, M.D., pediatric resident; Immune Biomarker Panel Monitoring Utilizing IDO Enzyme Activity and CD4 ATP Levels: Prediction of Both Extremes of Immunosuppression - Acute Rejection or Viral Replication Events

2nd Place: Ravi Keshavamurthy, M.D., general surgery resident; Lutein and Zeaxanthin Protect Retinal Pigment Epithelium from Oxidative Stress Mediated Cytotoxicity

3rd Place: Margaret Gladysz, M.D., endocrinology fellow; Inhibition of Apo lipoprotein A-I Gene Expression in Hepatocytes by TNF a Requires the Pro-Inflammatory Transcription Factor C-Jun

4th Place: Nikhil Patel, M.D., pathology resident; Amniotic Fluid Lamellar Body Count Using Hematology Analyzer Sysmex XE-5000: A Cost Effective Method of Assessing Fetal Lung Maturity

5th Place: Sima Patel, M.D., pediatric emergency medicine fellow; The Impact of Third Hand Smoke Education in a Pediatric Emergency Department on Caregiver Smoking Policies and Quit Status: A Pilot Study

6th Place: Gathline Etienne, M.D., neurology resident; Prevalence of Self-Reported Dysphagia in Outpatients with Multiple Sclerosis

Platform Presentation Winners

1st Place: Ryan Wilson, M.D., internal medicine resident; Retrospective Validation of Pre-Hospital Electrocardiogram with Zoll E-Series Monitoring System for Field Identification of ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction Patients

2nd Place: Deborah Williams, M.D., emergency medicine resident; Sidestream Quantitative End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide Measurement as a Triage Tool in Emergency Medicine

3rd Place: Maryam Tabrizi, M.D., general surgery resident; Inhaled Prostacyclin Improves Oxygenation in Severe Hypoxemia

4th Place: Rosalyn Alcalde, M.D., endocrinology fellow; Estrogen-Dependent Inhibition of Hyperglycemia-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Superoxide Generation in Endothelial Cells

5th Place: Ehab El-Gabry, M.D., pathology research PDA; Intraoperative Assessment of Initial Lumpectomy Surgical Margins Significantly Reduces Subsequent Mastectomy Rates

6th Place: Reginald Griffin, M.D., general surgery resident; Early Protocol Based Inferior Vena Cava Filter Placement in High Risk Trauma Patients Results in Decreased Incidence of Pulmonary Embolism

Please see the Research Day agenda for a list of all platform presentations.

Featured Faculty

Mark L. Hudak, MD

Mark L. Hudak, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Division of Neonatology; Interim Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Interim Chief, Division of Nephrology; Associate Director NICU Wolfson Children's Hospital; Associate Dean for Managed Care