Medical students to present findings from four years of research at annual symposium

Ehsan Dowlati and MRI

David Hungate

Ehsan Dowlati, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Class of 2016, studied visual processing and aging with mentor Rosalyn Moran, PhD, assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Dowlati is one of eight students who will present the findings of four years of research conducted during medical school.

The third annual Medical Student Research Symposium at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine will feature the culmination of four years of research by 42 students on Wednesday, March 23 from 12 until 4:30 p.m. A wide range of research topics will be showcased, everything from a study of factors impacting quality of life in patients with cognitive impairment in an ambulatory care setting to the role of host-cell proteins in the replication of rotavirus to the influence of helmet cameras on mountain bikers’ behavior.

As one of four value domains, research is an important part of every student’s experience at the school and begins in their first year of study with the selection of a research topic and mentor from among faculty at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute and Virginia Tech as well as physicians from Carilion Clinic. During the course of their four years in medical school, each student is expected to produce a research project of publishable quality in a national professional journal.

Anyone is invited to attend all or parts of the symposium. Poster sessions of all of the projects will be held on the first floor of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke. In addition, eight students have been selected to formally present their research in the school’s large auditorium on second floor. They are:

Kaitlyn Bixel - Stages of Addiction and Grit: A Comparison of Current, Ex-, and Never-Addicted Participants. Mentor: Warren Bickel, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Ehsan Dowlati – Visual Processing and Aging: The Role of Top-Down Connectivity in Perception of Ambiguous Stimuli. Mentor: Rosalyn Moran, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Katharine Hollnagel – Prediction of Hamstring Autograft Size for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Using MRI. Mentor: T.K. Miller, Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics

Salina Khushal – The Role of Socioeconomic Status in Absenteeism and Academic Performance of Asthmatic School Children. Mentor: Craig Ramey, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Kevin Taylor – Diurnal Variations of the T1rho Relaxation Times within Tibial Cartilege Mentors: Lou DeFrate, Duke University and Trevor Owen, Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics

Russell Trigonis – A Phenotypic Profile of Morphologically Non-Cohesive Breast Cancers and their Pathological Correlations. Mentor: Erik Storm, DO, Carilion Clinic Radiology

Alisha Tuteja – Comparing the Ability to Modulate Brain Networks in ADHD and Healthy Subjects. Mentor: Stephen LaConte, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Sarah Young – Casein Kinase 1 Epsilon is Essential for the Survival of Glioblastoma Stem Cells. Mentor: Zhi Sheng, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

For more information, contact Leslie LaConte.

Written by Catherine Doss