April 25, 2017

The College of Pharmacy, Carver College of Medicine, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and VA Health System Research Week events took place April 18-20 on the health sciences campus of the University of Iowa.

This year’s focus was on pediatric research. In addition to nationally- and internationally-known researchers who presented, two separate poster sessions were held with one competition for students and one for postdoctoral fellows and staff. 

Winners from the College of Pharmacy included:

Behnoush Khorsand Sourkohi, College of Pharmacy Student Category 
Mentor: Aliasgar Salem, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutics
Title: Regeneration of bone using nanoplex delivery of FGF-2 and BMP-2 genes in diaphyseal long bone radial defects in a diabetic rabbit model

Megan Kelchen, College of Pharmacy Student Category
Mentor: Nicole Brogden, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Graduate Program: Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences
Title: Characterization of epidermal properties and skin surface analytes in children with infantile hemangiomas

Teryn Bibb, Pharmacy Resident, College of Pharmacy Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category
PI: Jamie Smelser, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Title: Evaluation of changes in prescribing patterns of oral anticoagulants since the approval of direct oral anticoagulants

Rachel Dyke, Pharmacy Resident, College of Pharmacy Staff and Postdoctoral Fellow Category
PI:  Elizabeth Amelon, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Title: Evaluation of dapsone for treatment of immune thrombocytopenia in pediatric patients

Kawther Ahmed, ’16 PhD, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Second Place, Creative Cover Art Category
PI: Weizhou Zhang, Pathology
Description: Single cell RNA-sequencing is a powerful tool capable of identifying unique cell populations contributing to cancer progression and treatment effectiveness. Single cell RNA sequencing of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, specifically tumor infiltrating regulatory T cells, can unveil cellular heterogeneity otherwise unidentifiable by whole tissue RNA sequencing.

Behnoush Khorsand Sourkohi, First Place, Scientific Humor Category
​PI: Aliasger Salem, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Graduate Program: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics
Description: Nosferatooth’s testimonial: "Fangs a lot doctor eating my midnight snacks is much easier now!"