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LIST OF PRESENTERS AND REVIEWERS OF THE
2005-2010

April 16, 2010

Presenters

  • Laura Kasman, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, College of Medicine
    -- Hepatitis-associated saliva deficiency: mechanism and preclinical therapeutics
  • Yong Wang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine
    -- Targeting the ROS-p38 MAPK pathway as a novel strategy for stem cell expansion
      NIH R21 funding for $385,317
     
  • Yong-Mei Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
    -- Quinolone signaling of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    NIH P20 subproject funding for $289,071

Reviewers

  • Craig Beeson, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences, SC College of Pharmacy
  • Keith Kirkwood, DDS PhD, Associate Professor, Dept of Craniofacial Biology, James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
  • Elizabeth Slate, PhD, Professor, Dept of Medicine (Biostatistics & Epidemiology), College of Medicine
  • Caroline Westwater, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept of Craniofacial Biology, James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

January 22, 2010

Presenters

  • Mona C. Buhusi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurosciences
    -- Neural circuits for social behavior in a mouse model for autism
  • Joseph C. Cheng, BA, Assistant Professor, Colleges of Graduate Studies and Medicine
    -- Regulation of acid ceramidase in prostate cancer
  • Tamara K. Nowling, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Effects of targeting Fli1 transcription in T cells on the development of nephritis
  • Skylar Stewart-Clark, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow Bioengineering
    -- Reconstruction of critical size long bone defects using highly aligned, deep grooved fiber scaffolds

Reviewers

  • Courtney Haycraft, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Dental Medicine
  • Cungui Mao, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
  • Renée L. Martin, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
  • M. Foster Olive, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
  • Christopher H. Parsons, MD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine

October 9, 2009

PRESENTERS

  • Erika Brown, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    -- Dysregulation of RAD51 in Tumor Formation
  • Shahid Husain, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    -- Opiodergic System: Its Role(s) in Glaucoma
    NIH R01 funding for $722,750
  • David J. Montefusco, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    -- The Reguiatory Function of Specific Ceramide Species in the Yeast Heat Stress Response
  • Heather Shaw Bonilha, PhD, Speech-Language Pathology, Health Professions
    -- Standardization of the Laryngeal Endoscopic Assessment Protocol

REVIEWERS

  • Elaine Amella, PhD, RN, College of Nursing
  • Ashley Cowart, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Emily Kistner-Griffin, PhD, College of Medicine
  • Sergey Krupenko, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Martine Mueller, PhD, College of Nursing
  • Kumar Sambamurti, PhD, Neurosciences

August 14, 2009

PRESENTERS

  • Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
     -- Preventing Venous Leg Ulcers with Cryotherapy: A Randomized Clinical Trial
      NIH R01 funding for $647,626
     
  • Ryan Kendall, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine/Endocrinology, Diabetes & Medical Genetics
    -- Biased Activation of G Protein-independent AT1 Receptor Signal Transduction Pathways
  • Adam Smolka, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine/ Gastroenterology & Hepatology
     
    -- Mechanisms of H. Pylori-induced Hypochlorhydria
    NIH R01 funding for $420,451
  • Kristin Wallace, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine/ Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
    -- The Role of Race and Pathologic Prognostic Indicators on Survival in Advanced Stage Colorectal Cancer
    NIH K07 funding for $130,415

REVIEWERS

  • Marc Chimowitz, MD, Neurosciences
  • John Hildebrandt, PhD, Cell and Molecular Pharmacology & Experimenal Therapeutics
  • Paul Nietert, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Maria Trojanowska, PhD, Rheumatology & Immunology
  • Dennis Watson, PhD Pathology & Laboratory Medicine & Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

May 1, 2009

PRESENTERS

  • Kimberly A. Badanich, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    -- Effects of Alcohol on Orbital Frontal Cortex and Behavioral Flexibility
    NIH F32 funding for $64,714
  • Joan E. Cunningham, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiolog
    -- Clarifying the Contradictory Nature of Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality Rates
    NIH R03 funding for $147,500
  • Victoria Findlay, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    -- Role of microRNA 510 as an ‘Oncomir’ in Breast Cancer
  • David Turner, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    -- ETS-AR Transcriptional Coregulation:  A Mechanism Mediating Prostate Cancer Progression and Androgen Sensitivity in Prostate Cancer?

REVIEWERS

  • Robert M. Gemmill, PhD, Medicine/Hematology-Oncology
  • Elizabeth G.  Hill, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Douglas Leslie, PhD, Health Administration & Policy
  • James S. Norris, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology
  • M. Foster Olive, PhD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

January 24, 2009

PRESENTERS

  • Bernadette M. Cortese, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science
    -- Trauma-Related Olfactory Cues in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    NIH K01 funding for $295,058
  • Lisa Cunningham, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    -- Mechanisms of Sensory Hair Cell Death and Survival
    NIH R01 subproject funding for $313,438
  • Michael G. Hughes, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery
    -- Impact of Race on Pathogenesis of Hepatitis C Viral (HCV) Recurrence Following Liver Transplantation
  • David Koch, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    -- Endothelin-1 as a Mediator of the Hepatopulmonary Syndrome in Humans
    American College of Gastroenterology funding for $150,000
  • Eve Spratt, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
    -- Neurobiology and Development of Mother-infant Emotional Bonding

REVIEWERS

  • John Arthur, MD, PhD, Medicine/Nephrology
  • Craig Beeson, PhD, Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
  • Mark Eckert, PhD, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Andrew Lawson, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Charlene Pope, RN, PhD, Nursing
  • Michael Schmidt, PhD, Microbiology & Immunology

December 12, 2008 – Special Session for Program Project Grant

Overall Program Project Title: Perceived Discrimination and the Health of Minority Elders

PRESENTERS

  • Barbara Tilley, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
    -- Summary of the Program Project and Core A – Administrative Core
  • Arch Mainous, PhD, Professor, Family Medicine
    -- Project 1 – Telomere Length, Perceived Discrimination and Aging-Related Diseases
  • Vanessa Diaz, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
    -- Project 2 - Discrimination, Acculturation, and Management of Diabetes and CVD in Older Latinos
  • Barbara Tilley, PhD, Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics  & Epidemiology
    -- Project 3 – Effect of Perceived Discrimination on Referral and Recruitment to Clinical Trials
  • Marvella Ford, PhD, Associate Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics  & Epidemiology
    -- Project 4 – Addressing Disparities in Non-small Cell Cancer Surgical Resection Rates
  • Mulugeta Gebregziabher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
    -- Core B – Methods

REVIEWERS

  • Ronald Acierno, PhD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Anthony Coelho, PhD, Health Research Associates
  • Brent Egan, MD, Medicine and Pharmacology
  • David Garr, MD, Family Medicine
  • Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • DeAnna Hilfinger Messias, PhD, Nursing, University of South Carolina

March 29, 2008

PRESENTERS

  • John R. Freedy, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
    -- Computer-Assisted Learning Modules (C.A.L.M) for PTSD:  A Test of Portable Collaborative Care within a Civilian Primary Care Setting
  • Shahid Husain, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    -- Opioidergic System:  Role(s) in Glaucoma
  • Tasos E. Karakostas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
    -- Aging and Motion Analysis:  The Translational link Between Rodents and Humans
  • Christopher H. Parsons, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Infectious Diseases
    -- Regulation of IL-10 by the Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpes Virus (KSHV)
     
    NIH R01 funding for $602,944

REVIEWERS

  • Peng Huang, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Keith L. Kirkwood, DDS, PhD, Craniofacial Biology
  • Antonieta Lavin, PhD, Neurosciences
  • Douglas L. Leslie, PhD, Health Administration & Policy

March 28, 2008

PRESENTERS

  • Jeffrey E. Korte, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
    -- Ethnic Disparities in HPV Vaccine Acceptability, Transmission and Prevention
  • James S. Krause, PhD, Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
    -- Expolration of Allostatic Load after Spinal Cord Injury
  • Carlos Rossa, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Scholar, Craniofacial Biology
    -- Role of Endogenous Negative Regulators of Cytokine Signaling SOCS-1 and SOCS-3 on Oral Sqauamous Cell Carcinoma Progression

REVIEWERS

  • Jeannette Andrews, PhD, APRN, BC, Nursing
  • Dennis K. Watson, PhD, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Sharon D. Yeatts, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology

January 12, 2008

PRESENTERS

  • Joe B. Blumer, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Cell & Molecular Pharmacology
    -- AGS4 and G-protein Signal Processing
    NIH R01 funding for $912,430
  • Keith Borg, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Emergency Medicine
    -- Measurement of Oxidative Stress in Emergency Department Patients
  • Courtney Haycraft, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Nephrology
    -- Cilia in Bone Development And Maintenance
  • Tamara Nowling, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Transcriptional Regulation of Fli1 in T Lymphocytes
  • Xian (John) Zhang, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Role of Fli-1 Gene in Pathogenic B Cell Development
    VAMC funding for $783,900

REVIEWERS

  • Judy Dubno, PhD, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • John Hildebrandt, PhD, Cell & Molecular Pharmacology
  • Sakamuri Reddy, PhD, Pediatrics

September 15, 2007

PRESENTERS

  • Shailendra Giri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
    -- Energy Sensor and Autoimmune Disorder
  • Laura Herpel, MD, PhD candidate, Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy & Sleep Medicine
    -- Impact of Respiratory Patterns During Sleep in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Marty Player, MD, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
    --Combined Impact of Psychosocial Factors and Hypertension and Other Cardiovascular Risk Markers on Telomere Length
  • John Welton, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing
    -- Predicting Inpatient Nursing Sensitive Outcomes Outliers
  • Hon Yuen, PhD, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
    -- Impact of Head & Neck Cancer on Driving Performance
  • W. Jim Zheng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
    -- Computational and Experimental Investigation of Gene Regulatory Networks in Cancer Metastasis

REVIEWERS

  • Craig Beeson, PhD, Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
  • Rickey Carter, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Daniel Lackland, DRPH, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Arch “Chip” Mainous, MD, Family Medicine

June 16, 2007

PRESENTERS

  • Steven H. Saef, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Emergency Medicine
    -- Application of the EMPATH Survey Instrument to an Elderly Population
  • Jeffrey L. Hansen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    -- Assembly of Active Recombinant Human Telomerase in a Bacterial System
  • Shigenobu Toda, MD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Neurosciences
    -- Actin-based Metaplasticity in Cocaine Addiction
  • James C. Oates, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Nitric Oxide in Systematic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Zsolt Ablonczy, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    -- Regulation of Retinal Pigment Epithelium Permeability
  • Omar M. Moussa, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    -- The Role of Thromboxane A2 (TP) receptor in bladder cancer
    NIH R01 funding for $899,825

REVIEWERS

  • Elaine Amella, PhD, Nursing
  • Perry Halushka, MD, PhD, Pharmacology and Medicine
  • Peng Huang, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Yiannis Koutalos, PhD, Ophthalmology
  • Besim Ogretmen, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Kenneth Tew, PhD, DSc, Cell & Molecular Pharmacology

MARCH 10, 2007

PRESENTERS

  • Elaine Amella, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, Associate Professor, Nursing & Don Garrow, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    -- Hand-feeding versus tube-feeding in late-stage dementia
    NIH R21 funding for $319,843
  • Warren Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cell & Molecular Pharmacology
    -- ABCA2 regulation of APP processing and neuropathology
  • Shahid Husain, PhD, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    -- Opioid receptor activation in retinal ischemic preconditioning
  • Hideharu Sekine, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Role of Msh4/5 in human IgA deficiency and CVID
    US Immunodeficiency Network funding for $205,4801

REVIEWERS

  • Naren Banik, MS, PhD, Neurosciences
  • Valerie Durkalski, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Kumar Sambamurti, PhD, Neurosciences
  • Dennis Watson, PhD, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

DECEMBER 2, 2006

PRESENTERS

  • Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Nursing
    -- Cryotherapy in Chronic Venous Disorders
    NIH R21 funding for $272,625
  • Deanna Lathers, PhD, Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
    -- Tumor Modulation of the IFN-Inducible Chemokine Pathway Corrupts Cell Responses
  • Michael Mitas, PhD, Assistant Profesoor, Surgery
    -- E-Cadherin-Induced Gene Expression Patterns Necessary for Cancer Metastases
  • Carola Neumann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cell & Molecular Pharmacology
    -- Deficiency in the Cellular Antioxidant Prdx1 Promotes Ras-Induced Breast Cancer
  • Hon Yuen, PhD, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
    -- Oral Home Tele-care Program for People with Quadriplegia
    NIH R21 funding for $408,561

REVIEWERS

  • Anthony J. Alberg, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • W. David Bradford, PhD, Health Administration & Policy
  • Yiannis Koutalos, PhD, Ophthalmology
  • Steven Rosenzweig, PhD, Cell & Molecular Pharmacology

SEPTEMBER 16, 2006

PRESENTERS

  • Yiannis Koutalos, PhD, Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
    -- Transport Processes in Phtoreceptors
    NIH G08 funding for $399,053
  • Suniti Misra, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cell Biology & Anatomy
    -- Hyaluronan Regulation of COX-2 Induced Cell Survival in Colon Cancer
  • Charlene Pope, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nursing
    -- Carolina Conversations: A Multiethnic Digital Corpus of Speech for Older Persons
     
    NIH R01 funding for $1,548,148
  • Marcelo Vela Acquino, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    -- Impedance-pH & Electron Microscopy to Evaluate Endoscopy-Negative Reflux Disease
  • Hon Yuen, PhD, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
    -- A Multi-faceted Intervention to Improve Oral Health in Adults with Systemic Sclerosis
    Scleroderma Foundation funding for $132,269

REVIEWERS

  • Yuko Palesch, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Craig Beeson, PhD, Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences
  • Kit Simpson, DrPH, Health Administration & Policy
  • Rita Young, PhD, Medicine and Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

APRIL 8, 2006

PRESENTERS

  • Jimmy Alele, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Endocrinology, Diabetes & Medical Genetics
    -- Nutritional Factors in Lupus-Related Osteoporosis among African American Subjects
  • Azizul Haque, PhD, Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
    -- Defects in HLA Class II Antigen Presentation in B-cell Lymphomas
    NIH R01 funding for $900,530
  • Lou Luttrell, MD, PhD, Professor, Medicine/Endocrinology, Diabetes & Medical Genetics
    -- Role of ErbB Transactivation in the Pathogenesis of Diabetic Vascular Diseases

REVIEWERS

  • Lou Luttrell, MD, PhD, Medicine/Endocrinology
  • John Raymond, MD, Medicine/Nephrology
  • Robert (Skip) Woolson, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Rita Young, PhD, Medicine and Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

FEBRUARY 4, 2006

PRESENTERS

  • Antonieta Lavin, PhD, Assistant Professor, Neurosciences
    -- Interneurons and repeated cocaine treatment
    NIH R01 funding for $1,483,988
  • Tamara K. Nowling, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Regulation of Fli1 and its role in the pathogenesis of lupus
    NIH R03 funding for $143,100
  • Anand Ramamurthi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cell Biology and Clemson-MUSC Bioengineering Program
    -- Hyaluronan scaffold for regenerating vascular elastin matrices
  • Baby G. Tholanikunnel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Nephrology
    -- Studies on beta2-adrenergic receptor mRNA binding proteins
  • W. Jim Zheng, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
    -- Enhancing gene ontology by object-oriented modeling

REVIEWERS

  • Perry Halushka, MD, PhD, Pharmacology and Medicine
  • Jakie McGinty, PhD, Neurosciences
  • Debajyoti Sinha, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Bryan Toole, PhD, Cell Biology & Anatomy

DECEMBER 10, 2005

PRESENTERS

  • Marcelo Vela Aquino, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Gastroenterology & Hepatology
    -- Endoscopy-negative reflux disease: Characterization by multichannel intraluminal impedance and pH (MII/pH) and electron microscopy
  • Sharie Haugabook, Assistant Professor, Neurosciences
    -- Phosphatidylinositol kinases and the generation of amyloid beta
  • Diane Kamen, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Role of vitamin D in systemic lupus erythematosus
    NIH K23 funding for $647,325
  • Prakash Kara, Assistant Professor, Neurosciences
    -- Single-cell precision and plasticity of functional maps in the developing visual cortex
    NIH R01 funding for $1,795,946
  • Henry Lemon, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
    -- Relevance of birth order to expression of autism within multiplex families
  • Jim Oates, Associate Professor, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
    -- Urine biomarkers of disease in lupus nephritis 

REVIEWERS

  • Judy Dubno, PhD, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
  • Gary Gilkeson, MD, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
  • Lou Luttrell, MD, PhD, Medicine/Endocrinology, Diabetes & Medical Genetics
  • Elizabeth Slate, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology

DECEMBER 3, 2005

PRESENTERS

  • Carlton Donald, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
    -- Role of DEFB1 in prostate cancer
  • Juan Manuel Gomez, Assistant Professor, Medicine/Infectious Diseases
    -- Risk Factors for prosthetic joint infection in a Medicare population
  • Peng Huang, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
    -- Statistical methods in Parkinson's disease
  • Masahiro Kono, Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
    -- Structure and function of rod and cone pigments
  • Sammanda Ramamoorthy, Assistant Professor, Neursociences
    -- Serotonin transporter phosphorylation
    NIH R01 funding for $1,548,148
  • Natalie Sutkowski, Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
    -- Endogenous superantigen in nasopharyngeal carcinoma

REVIEWERS

  • Jim Cook, PhD, Neurosciences
  • Rosalie Crouch, PhD, Ophthalmology
  • Barbara Tilley, PhD, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  • Maria Trojanowska, PhD, Medicine/Rheumatology & Immunology
 
 
 

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