Usman Younus and John Crane.

Internal medicine resident Usman Younus, MBBS (left), who won first place for his case report, discusses findings with John K. Crane MD, PhD.

Medicine Department Event Features 82 Projects, 15 Awards

Published June 16, 2014

Award-winning participants in the Department of Medicine’s second annual Research Day are studying diverse topics, including disease processes for atrial fibrillation; treatments for leukemia, diabetes and COPD; and the need for cortisol.


During the forum, residents and fellows presented the results of their basic and clinical research projects via seven oral reports and 75 abstracts or posters.

The event was held May 31 at the UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Best Posters, Presentations Recognized

The following projects and researchers were recognized as best in their categories:

Oral Presentation

First Place

A Novel Mouse Model of Atrial Fibrillation Provides Mechanistic Insights Into the Human Disease Process

Presenter: Emily C. Battaglia, MD, postdoctoral cardiology fellow
Coauthor: Cevher Ozcan, MD, assistant professor of medicine

Second Place

Long-Term Survival Outcomes After Incorporation of Serum Pretreatment Alpha-Fetoprotein Levels Into American Joint Committee for Cancer Staging System in Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Presenters: Sumeet Munjal, MD, and Chetasi Talati, MD, internal medicine residency program
Coauthors: Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, MD; Kristopher Attwood, PhD; Renuka Iyer, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine; Boris Kuvshinoff, MD, associate professor of surgery

Clinical Research – Fellow

First Place

The Accuracy of Patient-Reported Measures for GI Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Comparison of Real-Time and Retrospective Reports

Presenter: Katie Agnello, MD, gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellowship program

Coauthors: Jeffrey M. Lackner, PsyD, associate professor of medicine; James Jaccard, PhD; Laurie Keefer, PhD; Rebecca Firth; Ann Marie Carosella, PhD; Michael Sitrin, MD, professor of medicine; Darren Brenner, MD

Second Place

Comparison of Epigenitic Versus Standard Induction Chemotherapy for Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients ≥ 60 years Old

Presenter: Neha Gupta, MD, palliative medicine fellowship program
Coauthors: Shipra Gandhi, MD; Austin Miller, PhD; Laurie A. Ford; Elizabeth A. Griffiths, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine; James E. Thompson, MD; Meir Wetzler, MD, professor of medicine; Eunice Wang, MD, research assistant professor of medicine

Clinical Research – Resident

First Place

Improving Appropriate Utilization of Aspirin for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Presenter: Wudeneh M. Mulugeta, MD, MPH
Coauthor: Roberto O. Diaz Del Carpio, MD, MPH, clinical assistant professor of medicine

Second Place

Evolution of Albuminuria and the Effect of GLP-1 Agonists on its Progression In Type 2 Diabetes

Presenter: Akshata Desai, MD
Coauthors: Manisha Garg, MD; Sartaj Sandhu, MD; Simmanjeet Mangat, MD, chief resident, internal medicine; Garima Thapar, MD; Rujuta Katkar, MBBS; Aditya Mehta, MBBS; Naven Kang, MD; Sandeep Dhindsa, MD; Ajay Chaudhuri, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine; Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of medicine and chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism

Basic Research – Fellow

First Place

Liraglutide Exerts an Anti-Inflammatory Effect

Presenter: Kadapalakere Reddy, MD, endocrinology, metabolism and diabetes fellowship program

Coauthors: Husam Ghanim, PhD; Nitesh D. Kuhadiya, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine; Robin Girdhar, MD; Sanaa Abuaysheh, Kelly Green, Dhindsa

Second Place

Chronic Azithromycin Use in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is Associated With Reduction in Serum Antibodies to Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae

Presenter: Kamen Rangelov, MD, pulmonary disease and critical care fellowship program

Coauthors: Olivia Butkowski; Catherine Wrona; Mark Dransfield, MD; Prescott Woodruff, MD; Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor and chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine

Basic Research – Resident

First Place

Inflammatory Atrial Myocarditis is Genesis of Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Cardiomyopathy

Presenter: Parvathl Mudigonda, MD
Coauthors: Ozcan; Battaglia; Rebeccah Young

Second Place

Renin-Secreting Transgenic Mouse Model (Rentag) Suggests Involvement of the Renin Angiotensin System in the Development of Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis

Presenter: Ryan Tulowitzki, DO
Coauthors: Sandra Buitrago, DVM; Silvi Shah, MD; Craig Jones, PhD; Kenneth Gross, PhD; Mandip Panesar, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine

Case Report – Fellow

First Place

How Much Cortisol Do We Need?

Presenter: Kaushik Chatterjee, MD, diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism fellow
Coauthors: Reddy; Kuhadiya; Manav Batra, MBBS, clinical assistant professor of medicine

Second Place

Appendicitis and Tapeworms: A Rare Presentation

Presenter: Musaleen Dar, MD, trainee in the infectious disease fellowship program

Coauthor: Shehzad Merchant, MD

Case Report – Resident

First Place

Don’t Steal My Bleeding Heart: Coronary Subclavian Steal Syndrome

Presenter: Usman Younas, MBBS
Coauthors: Brandon Abbott, DO, MPH; Deepika Narasimha, MD; Brian Page, MD

Second Place

Abnormal Thyroid Function Tests Due to Possible HAMA Interference

Presenter: Sophia Ali, MD
Coauthors: Girdhar, Antoine Makdissi, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine

Basic Research – Postdoctoral

First Place

Allogeneic Intracoronary Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Cardiosphere-Derived Cells Stimulate Comparable Endogenous Myocyte Regeneration Throughout the Left Ventricle in Swine With Hibernating Myocardium

Presenter: Brian R. Weil, PhD, postdoctoral cardiology fellow
Coauthors: Gen Suzuki, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine; Merced M. Leiker, James A. Fallavollita, MD, professor of medicine; John M. Canty, Jr., MD, professor and chair of cardiovascular medicine

Keynote Address Highlights Biomedical Informatics

Peter Elkin, MD, professor and inaugural chair of UB’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, presented the keynote address, “Innovation in Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.”