2022 Medical Student Research Symposium Winners

Basic Science Research Winners

Anthony Chifor

1st Place: Anthony Chifor
Intrabody-mediated postsynaptic recruitment of CaMKIIα improves memory 

Cole Goodman

2nd Place (Tie): Cole Goodman
Functional Attenuation Coefficient Imaging of Rod Inner Segment: The Shape of Things to Come

Harry Ramos

2nd Place (Tie): Harry Ramos
The Role of Connective Tissue Growth Factor in
Maintaining the Epithelial Phenotype of
Ovarian Cancer Cells during Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition

El Hussain Shamsa

3rd Place (Tie): El Hussain Shamsa
The Short-term Effects of Fine Airborne Particulate
Matter and Climate on COVID-19 Disease Dynamics

Serena Simpson

3rd Place (Tie): Serena Simpson
Norepinephrine Regulation of Spatial Memory
Using the Barnes Maze in Male and Female Rats


Clinical Research Winners

Mara Darian

1st Place (Tie): Mara Darian
Blood Pressure Response in Children
with Heart Disease

Dominic Alessio-Billowus

1st Place (Tie): Dominic Alessio-Billowus
Predictive Factors for Length of Hospital
Stay in Pediatric Dog Bite Patients

Sophie WittenbergNicole Xu

2nd Place (Tie): Sopie Wittenberg
and Nicole Xu

Reduction in Healthcare Resource Utilization Associate with a Rapid Rule-Out Protocol for Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome

Hannah Milad

2nd Place (Tie): Hannah Milad
A Prospective Study Investigating the Relationship
Between Diagnostic Lumbar Medial Branch Blocks
and the Use of Sedation

Ivan Rakic

3rd Place (Tie): Ivan Rakic
Evaluation of the Utility of Lymph-Vascular Invasion as an Independent Prognostic Predictor of Overall Survival for Patients with Renal Cell Carcinoma that Undergo Nephrectomy

May Chammaa

3rd Place (Tie): May Chammaa
The Impact of Trauma Subtypes on PTSD Severity in Syrian Child and Adolescent Refugees

Susan Wager

3rd Place (Tie): Susan Wager
Recovery Time Following Operative Versus Nonoperative Humeral Shaft Fracture Treatment


Women's Health Research Winners

Erin Leestma

1st Place: Erin Leestma
Language Preference Impact on the Outcomes of Those Lost
to Follow-up After a Diagnosis of Pregnancy of Unknown Location

Emily Lau

 2nd Place (Tie):  Emily Lau
The Role of Vigorous and High Intensity Interval Training Physical Activity Counseling in Prenatal Care

Gurbani Bedi

2nd Place (Tie): Gurbani Bedi
Discharged Against Medical Advice in the Postpartum Period: Why Should We Care?


Medical Education Research Winner

Joseph Files

1st Place: Joseph Files
Ultrasound Education Curriculum Increases First Year Student Visualization Ability Three-Fold


Public Health and Community Engagement Winners

Karla EscobarJulia YeeMiles BowmanEmile TadrosOmar MahmoodKiernan Bloye

1st Place (Tie):  Karla Escobar, Julia Yee,
Miles Bowman, Myles Hardeman
(not pictured),
Emile Tadros, Omar Mahmood and Kiernan Bloye
Social Determinants, Health Care Access and Utilization in Detroit, Michigan LatinX Community

Bushra Fathima

1st Place (Tie): Bushra Fathima
The Effect of Socioeconomic Status on Patient Outcomes Following Rotator Cuff Repair at Two Hospital Campuses

Varag Abed

Alex Duvall


2nd Place (Tie): Varag Abed and Alex Duvall
Social Determinants of Health Influence Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review

Sahar Elmenini

2nd Place (Tie): Sahar Elmenini The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Emerging Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

Sikander Chohen

3rd Place (Tie): Sikander Chohan
Utilizing Primary Care to Engage Patients on Opioids in a Psychological Intervention for Chronic Pain

Margaret Wasvary

3rd Place (Tie): Margaret Wasvary
Perspectives on Telemedicine from a National Study
of Youth in the United States