Alumni & Faculty Association Announces Trainee Research Day Winners

The MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Abstract and Poster Competitions of Trainee Research Day 2010. Over 200 abstracts were submitted in seven categories. Forty four faculty members participated as reviewers.

1st Place Abstract Winners:

AMGEN Award, Basic Science Research, Kakajan Komurov, Ph.D.
Mentor: Prahlad Ram, Ph.D.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, Clinical/Translational Research, Angela Bartley, M.D.
Mentor: Stanley Hamilton, M.D.

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Award, Population/Patient-Oriented Research, Vivek Subbiah, M.D.
Mentor: Joseph Ludwig, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Basic Science, Fanlin Kong
Mentor: David Yang, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Clinical/Translational Research, Evan Cohen
Mentor: James Reuben, Ph.D.

New Category for 2010

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Population/Patient-Oriented Research, Arvind Bambhroliya
Mentor: Abenaa Brewster, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Research, Mrudula Rakhade
Mentor: Dolores Lopez-Terrada, M.D., Ph.D.

2nd Place Abstract Winners:

AMGEN Award, Basic Science Research, Mohammad Hossain, Ph.D.
Mentor: Shinako Takada, Ph.D.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, Clinical/Translational Research, Christina Michaelis, M.D.
Mentor: Steven Sherman, M.D.

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Award, Population/Patient-Oriented Research, Kathrin Milbury, Ph.D.
Mentor: Cindy Lynn Carmack-Taylor, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Basic Science, Joseph Caruso
Mentor: Khandan Keyomarsi, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Clinical/Translational Research, Lisa Shiue
Mentor: Madeleine Duvic, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Research, Ramya Muddasani
Mentor: Vicki L. Hopwood

Poster Competition Winners:

AMGEN Award, Basic Science Research
Jill Butler, Ph.D.
Defining a role for Ash2L in regulating MLL-mediated leukemogenesis
Mentor: Steven A. Curley, M.D.

Abhinav K. Jain, Ph.D.
P53 promotes differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem cells: a novel role for p53 as an anti-pluripotency factor
Mentor: Michelle C. Barton, M.D., Ph.D.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Award, Clinical/Translational Research
Fuliang Chu, Ph.D.
In vitro and in vivo effects of CT-011, a humanized anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody, in combination with rituximab against human B-cell lymphomas
Mentor: Sattva S. Neelapu, M.D.

Filip Janku, M.D., Ph.D.
PIK3CA, KRAS and BRAF mutations in patients with advanced cancers treated with PI3K/AKT/mTOR axis inhibitors
Mentor: Razelle Kurzock, M.D.

Kristin Turza Campbell, M.D.
Biomaterials for Ventral Hernia Repair: In Vivo Fibrovascular Remodeling and Mechanical Repair-Site Strength Data Translates into Optimization of Biomaterial Use in Cancer Patients with Complex Abdominal Wall Defects
Mentor: Charles E. Butler, M.D.

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Award, Population/Patient-Oriented Research David Hui, M.D.
Availability and Integration of Palliative care at US cancer centers
Mentor: Eduardo Bruera, M.D.

Shannon N. Westin, M.D.
Persistent obesity among endometrial cancer survivors: A teachable moment?
Mentor: Diane C. Bodurka, M.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Basic Science
MyLing Duong
LMW-E induces tumorigenesis by enriching for cells with CSC properties
Mentor: Khandan Keyomarsi, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Clinical/Translational Research
Katrina Salazar
TAZ as a regulator of mesenchymal transformation and clinical aggressiveness in gliomas
Mentor: Kenneth D. Aldape, M.D.

New Category for 2010
MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Graduate Student Award in Population/Patient-Oriented Research
Yong Cui
Differential Startle Cue Reactivity in Light and Heavy Smokers
Mentor: Paul M. Cinciripini, Ph.D.

MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Association Undergraduate Award for Research
Vinh Ngo
Circadian control of energy homeostasis
Mentor: Peter Hu, Ph.D.

New for 2010
Cancer Survivorship Poster Award
Shannon N. Westin, M.D.
Persistent obesity among endometrial cancer survivors: A teachable moment?
Mentor: Diane C. Bodurka, M.D.

Congratulations to our winners!