Asma Mursleen, MD, with Michael E. Cain, MD, and Roseanne C. Berger, MD.

Resident Asma Mursleen, MD (center) — with Roseanne C. Berger, MD (left), and Michael E. Cain, MD — was honored for her research at the 20th annual Scholarly Exchange Day.

Frawley, Mindell/Brody, Calkins Awards Recognize 6 for Excellence

Published August 30, 2017 This content is archived.

story by alexandra edelblute

Trainees and a student in the departments of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics have received awards for their research. 


Hem-Onc, Medicine Trainees Receive Frawley

The two trainees to receive support from the Thomas F. Frawley, MD, Residency Research Fellowship Fund are:

Asma Mursleen, MD
Resident in the Department of Medicine
Project Title: “Defining the Role of CDC-derived Exosomes on Macrophage Polarization and Modulation of Cardioprotection Following Myocardial Infarction”

Amanda Przespolewski, DO
A 2017 alumna of the hematology/oncology fellowship
Project title: “Dual Enhancement of Immune Responses and Inhibition of Marrow Vasculature in Acute Myeloid Leukemia”

The award supports medical or surgical residents, fellows and new graduates for whom research represents a primary interest and passion.

Frawley, a 1944 graduate of the medical school, was a nationally recognized endocrinology researcher, president of the American College of Physicians and chair of medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Student and Faculty Member Win Mindell/Brody

The 2017 recipients of the Eugene R. Mindell, MD, and Harold Brody, MD ’61, PhD, Clinical Translational Research Award are:

Yongho Bae, PhD
Assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences
Project Title: “Effect of Arterial Stiffening on Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Mechanotransduction”

Kyle Indiana Mentkowski
Master’s candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering 
Project Title: “Development of a Targeted Cardiomyocyte Delivery System Utilizing Cardiosphere-Derived Cell Exosomes”

The award recognizes junior research scientists for the best basic science research that seeks to solve a clinical problem.

Mindell chaired UB’s Department of Orthopaedics from 1964 to 1988. A past president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, he is credited with initiating the board’s certifying process for orthopaedic surgeons.

Brody was the chair of anatomy and cell biology from 1971 to 1992. He founded UB’s Brain Museum, a world-class collection of brain specimens and slides.

Pediatrics, Medicine Residents Receive Calkins

The 2017 honorees for the Evan Calkins, MD, Fellowship for Community-Based Research are:

Raed Al Yacoub, MD
Resident in the Department of Medicine
Project Title: “Enhancing the Prevention of Microvascular Complications of Diabetes Type 2: A Resident-Led QI Project”

Prerana Baranwal, MD
Resident in the Department of Pediatrics
Project Title: “Addressing Childhood Obesity Through Dyslipidemia Screening: Measuring Frequency of Dyslipidemia Screening with Substitution of Random Lipid Panel for Fasting Lipid Panel”

The award supports residents, fellows and junior faculty who conduct community-based research or quality improvement projects.

Calkins was chair of the UB Department of Internal Medicine, division chief of geriatrics and founder of the geriatrics fellowship. He served as director of medicine at Meyer Memorial Hospital (now Erie County Medical Center) for 12 years.

The award is a product of his conviction that medical institutions have an obligation to improve the quality of, and access to, health care throughout the community.

Fellow Receives Honorable Mention

Amro Elshoury, MBBCh, a trainee in the hematology/oncology fellowship, received an honorable mention for the Frawley award. Elshoury’s project was: “The Effect of Extra-Physiologic Oxygen Shock / Stress (EPHOSS) On Human Bone Marrow Stem Cell Viability And Multi-Potency.”

Awards Presented at Scholarly Exchange Day

Roseanne C. Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education, presented the awards at this year’s Scholarly Exchange Day.

The keynote speaker, Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of surgery, presented a talk titled “Preparing Students and Residents for 21st Century Surgery.”

Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, gave school updates and introductory remarks at the event.