2016 Summer Research Program

The 22nd Annual Pritzker Summer Research Program proved to be another successful year of scholarship for a large number of second-year students. Funded in part by the NHLBI, NIDDK, NIA, The Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, the Summer Research Program allowed students to work closely with faculty mentors across the clinical, translational, and basic sciences. Thanks in large part to the continued guidance of Drs. Vineet Arora, Eugene Chang, Sola Olopade, David Meltzer, and V. Leo Towle, the Summer Research Program has often given students a platform for ongoing research and a chance to present and publish their work on a national level.

After presenting their work to a panel of faculty judges, the following students were recognized for their excellence. The Pritzker School of Medicine would like to congratulate these second-year medical students:

The Joseph B. Kirsner Research Award for Excellence

Laura Glick
Mentor: David Rubin, MD
Low-dose Metronidazole is Associated with a Decreased Rate of Endoscopic Recurrence of Crohn’s Disease 12 months after Ileal Resection

The Sigma Xi Award for Impact on Society

Michael Fishman
Mentor: Lainie Ross, MD, PhD
Attitudes and Practices of Pediatric Providers Regarding Concussions in Youth Sports

The Brain Research Foundation Award for Neuroscience

Femi Adams
Mentor: Bakhtiar Yamini, MD
Elucidating Activators of CDC2 and its Contribution to Temozolomide Resistance in Glioblastomas

Overall Excellence in Scientific Quality, Content, and Ability to Respond to Questions in the Performance of Research in Clinical Science

Riley Brian
Mentor: Lolita Alkureishi, MD
Validating the Presence of Clinical Librarians on Rounds

Erin Chang
Mentor: Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, MPH
Social Relationships and Objective Physical Activity among Older Adults in the U.S

Herman Luther
Mentor: Douglas Dirschl, MD
Open Reduction Internal Fixation, Hemiarthroplasty,and Total Hip Arthroplasty:
A Detailed Cost Comparison of Surgical Interventions on Hip Fracture Repairs

Overall Excellence in Scientific Quality, Content, and Ability to Respond to Questions in the Performance of Research in Basic Science

Kate Arnold
Mentor: Francis Alenghat, MD, PhD
CD16+ Monocytes and M1 Macrophages as Markers of Coronary Artery Disease

Palmer Greene
Mentor: Jason MacLean, PhD
Imaging in Vivo Neural Activity from Large Populations in the Mouse Motor Cortex

Daniel Levine
Mentor: Peggy Mason, PhD
Pro-Social Behavior Leading to a Habit in Rats

Honorable Mention for Excellence

Mark Chee
Mentor: Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP
Identifying Messages to PROmote Value and Education (IMPROVE) of Generic Oral Contraceptive Prescribing

Susanna Howard
Mentor: Monica Peek, MD, MPH
Peer-Led Nutrition and Diabetes Education at a Farmers’ Market in the South Side of Chicago

Elizabeth Humphrey
Mentor: Erika Claud, MD
The Effect of Antibiotic Use on Modulation of Intestinal Inflammation by Preterm Infant Microbiota

Tristan Jones
Mentor: Mai Pho, MD, MPH
Hepatitis C and Opioids: A County-Level Study in Illinois

Suellen Li
Mentor: Funmi Olopade, MD
Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Pilot Study in Nigerian Women

Melany Lopez
Mentor: Nathan Seth Trueger, MD
The State of Medical Journals' Social Media Editors: A Qualitative Study

Lisa Ni
Mentor: Renuka Malik, MD
Impact of Cardiac Dosimetry on Survival Outcomes in Patients with Locally Advanced Lung Cancer

Cheyenne Smith
Mentor: Kristen Knutson, PhD
Sound and Light: Mediators of Racial Disparities in Sleep

Jocelyn Wascher
Mentor: Debra Stulberg, MD
Patient Awareness of Religious Restrictions in Catholic Hospitals