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Kristen Benninger.jpgName: Kristen Benninger 
Medical School:
University of Toledo College of Medicine
General Topic of Research Project: The Spectrum of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes after Intracranial Deep Vein Thrombosis in Neonates
Specific Research Questions: The Spectrum of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes after Intracranial Deep Vein Thrombosis in Neonates
Research Mentor: Nathalie Maitre
Department: Neonatology
Matriculation Date: Summer 2016



Telerik.Web.UI.WebResource.jpg Name: Joseph Drews MD
Medical School: University of Michigan
General Topic of Research Project: Mechanisms of Neotissue Formation in Tissue Engineered Heart Valves
Specific Research Questions: Valvular dysfunction is a significant problem worldwide, and current replacements are less than optimal. TEHV offer a potential solution, but development of an improved second-generation TEHV is dependent on an understanding of the mechanisms underlying neovalve formation. This study will use cell labeling in a murine model to determine the mechanisms of neotissue formation in TEHV. The knowledge gained will permit the rational design of an improved TEHV targeted at limiting stenosis, which will move this promising technology closer to widespread use in the operating room.
Research Mentor: Christopher Breuer MD
Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery
Matriculation Date: Summer 2016



gannon-loew.jpg Name: Kerry Gannon-Loew MD
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
General Topic of Research Project: Evaluation of partner therapy methods, in particular, expedited partner therapy, in the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in adolescents
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Research Mentor: Nathalie Maitre
Department: Neonatology
Matriculation Date: Summer 2016



Name: Derrick Herman MD

Medical School: University of Cincinnati
General Topic of Research Project: Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
Specific Research Questions: 

Research Mentor: Megan Ballinger

Department: Internal Medicine
Matriculation Date: Autumn 2017


jacobson.jpg Name: Amanda Jacobson MD
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
General Topic of Research Project: Thrombopoietin receptor agonists (TPO-RAs) for treatment-related thrombocytopenia in pediatric malignancies; Hematologic manifestations of copper deficiency in pediatrics
Specific Research Questions: Evaluating the feasibility of using TPO-RAs prophylactically in the treatment of pediatric solid tumors. Can TPO-RAs reduce delays in therapy and use of donor platelets? Evaluating the incidence of copper deficiency and its hematologic complications in an at-risk pediatric population.
Research Mentor: Sarah O'Brien
Department: Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology
Matriculation Date: Autumn 2016



Jalilvand.jpgName: Anahita Jalilvand MD
Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
General Topic of Research Project: Pattern of adipocyte driven inflammation present in obese adolescent and pediatric populations
Specific Research Questions: Pediatric and adolescent obesity are a global concern. Not only do they often preface adult obesity, but their related co-morbidities, such as childhood diabetes, are often much more aggressive and difficult to manage. While the effects of obesity and systematic inflammation have been well documented in adult populations, the pediatric and adolescent literature demonstrates a relative paucity on this subject and the role of puberty on the pediatric inflammatory milieu. To our knowledge, this is the first study which hopes to determine the pattern of adipocyte driven inflammation in this specific population. We believe this investigation will have a profound impact on our understanding of pediatric obesity, in addition to providing more targeted therapies against its co-morbidities.
Research Mentor: Willa Hsueh MD and Bradley Needleman MD
Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery



 

Koller.jpgName: David Koller MD 
Medical School:
University of Texas-Houston
General Topic of Research Project: PDX model for Dedifferentiated liposarcoma (DDLPS)
Specific Research Questions: This study will assess a novel drug treatment on a difficult to treat cancer. We will set up a new tumor model in hopes that it is more predictive of patient response than previous models. Once we figure out if alternative pathways are blocked by multipoint pathway inhibition we will attempt to investigate the mechanism of these alternate pathways.
Research Mentor: Raphael Pollock MD PhD
Department: General & Gastrointestinal Surgery
Matriculation Date: Summer 2016



Name: Silpa Nekkanti MDNekkanti_Silpa.jpg


Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Medical University
General Topic of Research Project: Pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence
Specific Research Questions: Do mild connective tissue disorders impact the course of pelvic organ prolapse in those patients that undergo surgery?
Research Mentor: Courtney Lynch
Department: OB/GYN
Matriculation Date: Spring 2016

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