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|Member Spotlight: The AFMR Welcomes Its Newest National and Regional Council Members
National Council: President-Elect — Florence Rothenberg, MS, MD, FA & VP of Meetings and Programs — Michael Schivo, MD, MAS
Midwestern Council: Chair-Elect — Dawn Davis, MD, PhD & Secretary-Treasurer — Joumana Chaiban, MD
Eastern Council: Chair-Elect — Allison Reiss, MD; Secretary-Treasurer — Mark Stecker, MD & Councilors — Akankasha Goyal, MD & Peter Wiernik, MD
Congratulations and we look forward to your many contributions!
|Award Moments at the 2016 Eastern Regional Meeting
The AFMR congratulates the Eastern Region Scholars and Henry Christian Awardee for their dedication to research and development across multiple medical disciplines. Their work is the future of basic, translational, and clinical research and we commend them on their success!
Eastern Region Scholars:
Joshi Aditya Anantrao
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD
Vascular Inflammation and Aortic Wall Characteristics Modulate Following Lifestyle Changes in Psoriasis Patients at 1 Year Follow Up,
Winthrop Research Institute, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Insulin and Glucose Affect Amyloid Precursor Protein Processing Genes in a Neuronal Cell Culture Model: Linking Diabetes and Alzheimer's Disease
(Hirra Arain accepting her award from 2016 Eastern Chair, Iuliana Shapira.)
Jorge Ernesto Mejia Corletto
Pediatric Endocrinology, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Vascular Inflammation in the Aorta is Related to Coronary Plaque Burden in Psoriasis
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
Obese Adipocyte-Derived Exosomal miRNAs Targeting TGF-β Signaling are Associated with Poor Asthma Control
(Samuel Epstein accepting his award from 2016 Eastern Chair, Iuliana Shapira.)
Mohammad Tarek Kabbany
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Bethesda, MD
Determinants of Vascular Inflammation by 18-Fluorodeoxyglucose PET/MRI: Findings from the Psoriasis, Atherosclerosis and Cardiometabolic Disease Initiative
(Mohammad Kabbany accepting his award from 2016 Eastern Chair, Iuliana Shapira.)
Lora Janis Kasselman
Department of Medicine, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Comparative Effect of Selective and Nonselective COX-2 Inhibitors on Lipid Accumulation in Human Macrophages
Joseph Buckley Lerman
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Washington, DC
Improvement in Psoriasis Skin Disease Severity is Associated with Reduction of Coronary Plaque Burden
(Joseph Lerman accepting his award from 2016 Eastern Chair, Iuliana Shapira.)
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Higher Vitamin D Levels in Early Pregnancy Are Associated with Reduced Risk of Preeclampsia - Observational, Mechanistic, and Experimental Evidence from the VDAART Trial
(Hooman Mirzakhani, far right, pictured with AFMR Assistant VP of Meetings & Programs, Dr. Michael Schivo, far left and AFMR President Dr. Amir Zeki, middle.)
Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Cholesterol Flux Pathway Abnormalities Induced by Plasma from Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
Winthrop Research Institute, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY
The Adenosine A2A Receptor Agonist UK-432,097 Stimulates Anti-Atherogenic Reverse Cholesterol Transport Proteins in THP-1 Human Macrophages
(Samiraly Moosa accepting his award from the 2016 Eastern Chair, Iuliana Shapira.)
Henry Christian Awardee:
Wenjun Deng, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Important Role of Prothrombin Time (PT) and Partial Thromboplastin Time (PTT) in Predicting TPA-Related Hemorrhagic Transformation
(Wenjun Deng, middle, pictured with AFMR President-Elect, Dr. Armand Krikorian, far left and AFMR President, Dr. Amir Zeki, far right).
The leadership of the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR) invite you to participate in the 2016 Combined Annual Meeting, April 21-22, 2016 at the Mid-America Club in Chicago, IL. The Combined Annual Meeting has a rich annual tradition of providing a forum for young investigators, fellows and associate/assistant professors to present their research to leaders in their fields. This is one of the few multispecialty meetings with a broad focus where the attendees can learn about research techniques used in other medical specialties and apply those techniques to their own research.
We are also pleased to confirm that Dr. Michael Ison of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine will be the Keynote Speaker during the 2016 Combined Annual Meeting. The speakers for the Career Development Workshop will be Dr. Karen Horowitz of Case Western Reserve University and Dr. Amir K Jaffer of Rush University Medical Center.
|AFMR Eastern Regional Meeting Highlights
The 2016 Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Federation for Medical Research took place Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC and was a great success!
• Breakfast Workshop: “Relating Mechanisms of Immune Development and Immunological Tolerance to Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Cancer Treatments”
Chairperson: Iuliana Shapira, MD, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY
Speakers: Susan Gottesman, MD, PhD, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY
Christopher Roman, PhD, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY
Clinical Expert: Janice Dutcher, MD, Cancer Research Foundation, Bronx NY
• 7th Annual Former AFMR President’s Address: “Crossing the Great Divide in Biomedical Research without a Horse”
Robert J. Freishtat, MD, MPH, Children's National Medical Center, Washington DC
• Research!America Advocacy Workshop: "Your Role in Shaping Science Policy through Advocacy"
Anna Briseno, Senior Communications Specialist, Research!America
• Career Development Workshop: “Building a Faculty Development Program from Scratch”
Joseph P. Merlino, MD, MPA, FACPsych, Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NY
There were four winners of the Moderated Poster Competition whom were awarded for their outstanding work:
• Pathophysiology and Metabolic Phenotype of Low Body Mass Index Diabetes
Akankasha Tiwari, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
• Homocysteine Level in PFO Related Stroke Patients with Respect to Medical Therapy vs PFO Closure
Thomas Wickham, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
• Analytical Style Predicts Religious and Teleological Belief
Samantha M. Steiner, Brown University, Providence, RI
• Comorbid Depression or Anxiety is Associated with Aortic Vascular Inflammation and Coronary Heart Disease beyond Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Psoriasis
Tsion Aberra, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Full abstracts are now available online. For more information visit http://afmr.org/Eastern.
Dr. Iuliana Shapira outgoing Chair of the Eastern Section Council receiving an award from incoming Chair, Dr. Janice Dutcher, for her efforts in planning another successful meeting of the Eastern Region.
The American Federation for Medical Research Outstanding Investigator Award was given during the Translational Science 2016 Plenary Session and Award Presentation on Thursday, April 14th. Dr. Michael Schivo, AFMR Chair of the Joint Annual Meeting Program Committee, presented this year’s award to Dr. William Steinbach of Duke University School of Medicine.
Dr. William Steinbach is a professor of pediatrics and molecular genetics/microbiology at Duke University School of Medicine. His clinical interests encompass immunocompromised pediatric patients, especially children with invasive fungal infections. His focus has always been on clinically-relevant strategies, whether tackling molecular pathogenesis or the development of new diagnostic strategies or targeting fungal-specific motifs for new treatment options. Dr. Steinbach has an impressive track record as an investigator and has made major contributions to the understanding and management of infectious diseases. Over the past 11 years, he has focused on defining the molecular controls of Aspergillus hyphal growth and characterizing a variety of Aspergillus cell signaling pathways, including calcineurin, Ras, and heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90).
Dr. Steinbach is truly a physician scientist, currently with three funded R01s (one clinical, one translational, and one basic) as well as a collection of other extramural funding for both basic and clinical research, he has organized two large international consortiums, and co-edited 5 textbooks (again both clinical and basic). His contributions have transcended numerous disciplines, and he is a very deserving recipient of this award that recognizes outstanding accomplishments so early in one’s career. For more information on Dr. Steinbach's research interests click here.
(AFMR Assistant VP of Meetings & Programs, Dr. Michael Schivo, left, awarding Dr. William Steinbach at the 2016 Translational Science meeting.)
|Translational Science 2016: AFMR Sponsored Sessions
Transition to Independence: Evidence-Based Milestones and Benchmarks Myth Busting
Becoming an independent researcher is a crucial yet poorly understood step for an academic translational scientist. This session aimed to highlight the critical and timely milestones academic researchers should achieve to maximize their chances of becoming independent. Expert senior leaders used real-world data and experience to define the optimal timing, pace, and content of success in the early investigator’s career.
Chairs: Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Vanderbilt University and Michael Schivo, MD, University of California, Davis
Speakers: Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, Associate Dean, Clinical and Translational Scientist Development, Director, Graduate Studies in Epidemiology, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medicine, Vanderbilt University
Frederick J. Meyers, MD, MACP, Vice Dean, School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, University of California
Serendipity in Science
This session showcased the pathways and discoveries of accomplished scientists from diverse backgrounds, including the pitfalls and strokes of luck that are keys to all great scientific careers. Serendipity strived to convey how great thinkers learn from their experiences and translate their science to the greater world. The ultimate goal of this session was to inspire beginning and established scientists alike with the speakers' wisdom gained from their careers.
Chairs: Michael Schivo, MD, MAS of the University of California, Davis and MingMing Ning, MD, MmSc of Harvard Medical School
Speakers:Jeremiah Faith, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, Medicine, and Clinical Immunology at Mount Sinai Hospital
Claire Gmachl, PhD, MSc, Director of MIRTHE, Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University
Steve Small, PhD, MD, Stanley van den Noorf Professor and Chair, Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior, Professor of Cognitive Sciences, Director, Brain Imaging Center at University of California, Irving
Innovations in Academic-Industrial Collaborations: Reaching for Pioneering Funding Mechanisms
As research funding becomes increasingly competitive, investigators are seeking newer funding mechanisms. This paradigm is coupled with the need for specialized medical products (e.g., drugs, devices, etc.) to transition out of academia and into the marketplace to enhance personalized and customized medicine. In this session, expert translational scientists with track records of successful academic-industry collaborations were able to discuss the keys to optimizing this vital bridge.
Chair: Michael Schivo, MD, MAS of the University of California, Davis
Speakers: Raed Dwelk, MD, Director, Pulmonary Vascular Program, Respiratory Institute, Professor of Medicine and Pathobiology, Respiratory Institute and Learner Research Institute, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University
Gary W. Hunter, PhD, Senior Electronics Engineer, Sensors and Electronics Branch, NASA Glenn Research Center
Amar R. Chadaga, Dana Villines, Armand Krikorian Published: March 16, 2016
A national cross-sectional survey from a sample of residents and fellows who completed an online bullying survey conducted in June 2015. The survey was distributed using a chain sampling method that relied on electronic referrals from 4,055 training programs, with 1,791 residents and fellows completing the survey in its entirety. Survey respondents completed basic demographic and programmatic information plus four general bullying and 20 specific bullying behavior questions. Between-group differences were compared for demographic and programmatic stratifications.
|2017 Advocacy Awards Call for Nominations, Deadline May 20, 2016
Do you know an advocate who is ...
... impacting public opinion?
... building and pioneering an area of medical research?
... part of an organization whose advocacy is noteworthy?
Research! America has awards for each of them! All nominations for the 2017 Advocacy Awards are due no later than May 20, 2016. The five awards will be presented on March 15, 2017, at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner in Washington, DC. The annual Research!America Advocacy Awards Program was established in 1996 by the Board of Directors to honor outstanding advocates for medical, health and scientific research. Recognized individuals and organizations are those whose leadership efforts have been notably effective in advancing our nation’s commitment to research.
Visit our website to view the prestigious list of past award recipients and recap of the 2016 Advocacy Awards Dinner. Learn more about the five different categories for awards or submit your nominations.
Save-the-Date: Join us at the Western Regional Medical Conference (formerly known as the Western Regional Meeting), January 26-28, 2017 in Carmel California.
Save-the-Date: Join us at the Southern Regional Meeting, February 16-18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
|Experimental Biology 2017
AFMR sponsored two successful symposia at Experimental Biology 2016. Next year, Experimental Biology will be held from April 22-26, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Over 14,000 physicians, scientists, and healthcare professionals are expected to attend this very prestigious multidisciplinary scientific meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!
Benefits of membership include:
AFMR programs offer members many opportunities to network with other clinician-scientists within their chosen field. Join today and become a part of the organization devoted to the best interests of you- the modern day medical researcher.
- Subscription to the Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM)
- Discounted fees to publish in the Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
- Eligibility to apply for AFMR Foundation awards
- Ability to participate on AFMR councils, committees, and FASEB activities
- Discounted registration rates at AFMR national and regional meetings
As you review your annual giving for the upcoming year, I would like to ask you to consider a gift to the American Federation for Medical Research. Your contribution will be used to support AFMR-sponsored activities and we need your support.
With your generous donation, we can continue to offer innovative programs to help our members advance their careers at government facilities; medical centers; universities and medical schools; research institutions; and private industry in all 50 states and throughout the world. The AFMR provides young and aspiring trainees with scholarships and travel grants to attend regional meetings offering them the opportunity to present their findings to their peers and receive the guidance of senior scientists. The AFMR also recognizes trainees with national awards, such as the Henry Christian awards, named after the founder of the organization, Dr. Henry Christian. The AFMR strives to foster the development of future generations of clinical scientists and investigators through its initiatives, while encouraging public, private, and governmental investment in the development of these individuals.
Contributions are tax-deductible. Whether you choose to contribute $50, $100, $250, or another amount, I urge you to participate. I also welcome your suggestions or ideas about other potential sponsors for our programs. Most importantly, we thank you if you made a donation in 2015.
Please click here if you would like to make an online donation in 2016.
Leticia M. Ryan, MD, MPH
The Medical News
New data from ten late-breaking abstracts is released at ECCMID 2016 – the annual meeting of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease. At the congress, a dedicated session will examine recently released research across the full spectrum of infectious diseases both from a clinical and laboratory perspective.
University of Exeter via Science Daily
The idea that host diversity can limit disease outbreaks is not new. For example, crop monocultures in agriculture — which lack genetic diversity — can suffer severe disease outbreaks that sweep through the entire population. But why is this? Genetic diversity helps to reduce the spread of diseases by limiting parasite evolution, new research shows.
National Science Foundation
A wonderful thing about basic research is its tendency to produce advances researchers hadn't anticipated. Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah Laszlo, for instance, found her early childhood learning studies took an unexpected jump into the worlds of security and identity verification.
Laszlo's research at Binghamton University, State University of New York, uses electroencephalography to measure children's brain activity as they learn to read.
A quadriplegic man who has become the first person to be implanted with technology that sends signals from the brain to muscles — allowing him to regain some movement in his right arm hand and wrist — is providing novel insights about how the brain reacts to injury.
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