Last week the Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science coupled with the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital hosted 2012 Trainee Research Day. One of the most exciting annual events for the medical community at the Ohio State University kicked off on Wednesday, April 18 with a lecture titled, “Innovation: Value Creation, Capture and Delivery” delivered by Michael Bills from the OSU Fisher College of Business and continued through Thursday evening.
The two-day event included a judging of trainee research posters as well as keynote speeches by physician researchers and distinguished professors. More than 350 MD/PhD students, postdoctoral trainees, residents, medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate students presented their research. Fifteen winners of the poster competition were chosen to receive travel awards which will allow them to attend a medical conference of their choice.
The excitement surrounding 2012 Trainee Research Day was echoed by the participants, who stood proudly by their work and presented to judges, members of the medical community, and Ohio State faculty and staff. Keynote speaker Louis Ptácek, MD, Distinguished Professor of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco, spoke between judging sessions about his work on familial advanced sleep phase syndrome (FASPS), the first Mendelian variant of circadian behavior in humans. FASPS is an autosomal dominant trait that is prevalent in 0.3% to 0.5% of the population. Dr. Ptácek mentioned in his presentation that the continued study of FASPS may have implications for chronotherapy and sleep cycle drugs.
The event concluded with an awards ceremony and a social hour where participants gathered to recap the highlights of the event and discuss possible future collaborations at the College of Medicine and Wexner Medical Center. John Davis, PhD, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Assistant Dean for Student Life, was named The OSUMC Research Day Distinguished Biomedical Research Mentor of the Year based on nominations submitted by trainees.