Published February 4, 2014
At the 2014 Medical Student Research Forum, aspiring physician-scientists showcased 34 original research projects they conducted at the University at Buffalo, its partner health care agencies and institutions nationwide.
A record number of participants — 35 students — shared their projects with peers and faculty members through diverse poster presentations.
Often working as part of interdisciplinary teams, the students explored an array of topics, including innovative treatments, molecular mechanisms of disease, preventive care and quality-of-life issues.
A panel of 23 faculty judges evaluated the students’ projects, which were funded by various sources.
Ashley Alex, Class of 2016
“Meibum Composition in Dry Eye Disease”
Alex explored the use of MAIR-IR spectroscopy in monitoring Meibomian gland dysfunction in patients at the Ross Eye Institute in the Buffalo area.
Sakina H. Sojar, Class of 2015
“Adolescent Caffeine Use and Dependence”
Sojar conducted her study of the associations between caffeine dependence and other substance use at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Timothy E. Thayer, Class of 2014
“Inhibition of Bone Morphogenetic Protein Signaling Reduces Weight Gain and Hepatic Lipid Accumulation in a Murine Model of Obesity”
Thayer’s research, conducted as a Sarnoff fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, was funded by the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
Madison Galasso, Class of 2016
“Role of ABC Transporters in the Pathogenesis of Moraxella catarrhalis Infections”
Galasso’s study of a human respiratory tract pathogen involved in exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Mentor: Timothy F. Murphy, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and senior associate dean for clinical and translational research
Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD, senior associate dean for research and graduate education, notes that all students benefit far beyond this event from their participation in medical research.
“The importance of medical research cannot be underestimated, as there is a growing concern over the decline in physician-scientists being trained in the United States,” he says.
“This forum provides an excellent venue for these talented medical students to present and discuss their projects. In addition, the opportunity to participate in a research experience early in their training could help shape their future careers.”
The event took place Jan. 30 in the atrium of the Biomedical Education Building.