Overview

College of Medicine (COM) Office of Research

The most important mission of the COM Office of Research is to enhance the College’s goals by developing research programs to support the scholarly activities of COM faculty and students. In this regard, the COM Office of Research is involved in research related activities at the COM, including but not limited to:


The COM Office of Research promotes multidisciplinary collaboration across the university colleges and with academic and clinical institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and business/industry entities around the world. The COM Office of Research, the COM Research Committee, and associated staff are under the leadership of the Assistant Dean of Research, who is appointed by the Dean.


The responsibilities of the Assistant Dean of Research include:

  • In conjunction with the Dean and the Faculty Council, establishes and maintains the COM Research Committee. In this regard, the Assistant Dean of Research is also the Chair of the Research Committee. The COM Research Committee members may nominate and vote for the appointment of the Vice-Chair of the COM Research Committee.
  • Supports interdisciplinary research by assisting the Dean in the creation of two new Research Centers.
  • Oversight of the activities of the Laboratory Manager for Research Laboratory/Scholarly Project Coordinator, working with faculty and students in the research laboratory.
  • Assists faculty members in identifying funding sources. 
  • Serves as a liaison with the VP of Research/Office of Research and the COM in matters of research, such as institutional oversight committees, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), CNU Research Committee, as well as the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO).
  • Collaborate with the Safety and Security Committee, in the application and development of policies and procedures for laboratory access and laboratory safety to faculty, students, maintenance personnel, and staff.

Scholarly Activities: Faculty

(Representative from the last two years)

 

GRANTS 

 

Puglisi, J. COM Mini-Grant Program. Project: LabHEART Quattro: A Computer Model to Study Cardiac Electrophysiology. January 2nd-December 31st, 2017. Total: $5,000.

Bradbury, M. COM Mini-Grant Program. Project: Modulation of Hepatoma Gene Expression Patterns by Substrate and Culture Conditions: A Model for Hepatocyte Response to Environmental Conditions. January 2nd-December 31st, 2017. Total: $10,000.

Feng, X. COM Mini-Grant Program. Project: Assessing Risks of Impaired Healing and Osteomyelitis Associated with Bisphosphonates. January 2nd-December 31st, 2017. Total: $4,500.

Gerriets, V. COM Mini-Grant Program. Project: The role of serotonin in T cell differentiation and function. January 2nd-December 31st, 2017. Total: $10,000.

Khaira, K. COM Mini-Grant Program. Project: Concussion Awareness, Prevention and Treatment January 2nd-December 31st, 2017. Total: $4,000.

Arias, H.R. COM Mini-Grant Program. Project: Positive allosteric modulators of α7 nicotinic receptors for cognitive impairments. January 2nd-December 31st, 2017. Total: $6,500.

Bowditch, S., Phillips, C., Stoker, J., and Poznanski, A. California Medical Association. Project: Time is Heart: Improving AMI Outcomes in Sacramento’s Medically Underserved. 2016. Total: $700.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Jialal, I. (2017) Normal Uric Acid Levels in Nascent Metabolic Syndrome Patients residing in Northern California. J. Diabetes Complications, in press.

Ignoffo, R., Chan, L., Knapp, K., Chan, E., Ip, E., Galanto, J., Lozano, E., Bandy, J., Besinque, K., Colbert, J., Duby, J., Gloudeman, M., Havard, P., Lackey, G., Scott, J., and Stewart, T. (2017) Efficient and Effective Precepting of Pharmacy Students in Acute and Ambulatory Care Rotations: A Delphi Expert Panel Study. Am. J. Health Syst. Pharm., in press.

Jialal, I., and Gounden, V. (2017) Reporting LDL-cholesterol levels in the era of intensive lipid management: A clarion call. Clin. Chem. Lab. Med., in press.

Jialal, I., and Vikram, N. (2017) Nutrition therapy for diabetes: Implications for decreasing cardiovascular complications. J. Diabetes Complications, doi.org/10.1016/j.jdiacomp.2017.07.008.

Uspenska, K., Lykhmus, O., Gergalova, G., Chernyshov, V., Arias, H.R., Komisarenko, S., and Skok M. (2017) Nicotine facilitates nicotinic acetylcholine receptor targeting to mitochondria but makes them less susceptible to selective ligands. Neurosci. Lett. 656, 43-50.

Jialal, I., Camacho, F., Nathoo, B., Tam, P., Pahwa, R., and Wu, G.G. (2017) Fibroblast growth factor 23 predicts mortality and end-stage renal disease in a Canadian Asian population with chronic kidney disease. Nephron, (Clinical Practice) DOI: 10.1159/000479300 (7 pages).

diSibio, G., Upadhyay, K., Myer, P., Oddoux, C., and Ostrer, H. (2017) Assessing Risk for Mendelian Disorders in a Bronx Population. Mol. Genet. Genomic Med., 1-8. doi: 10.1002/mgg3.307.

Furman, A., and Jialal, I. (2017) Excessive hypercortisolemia due to ectopic Cushing’s syndrome requiring extending the reportable range for plasma cortisol for management. Clin. Chem. Lab. Med. DOI 10.1515/cclm-2017-0431.

Wadenberg, M-L.G., Manetti, D., Romanelli, M.N., and Arias, H.R. (2017) Significance of the nicotinic α7 receptor in cognition and antipsychotic-like behavior in the rat. Behav. Brain Res. 333, 129-134.

Rodrigues da Silva, R., Goroso, D.G., Bers, D.M., and Puglisi, J.L. (2017) MarkoLAB: A simulator to study ionic channel's stochastic behavior. Computers Biol. Med. 87, 258-270.

Babbar, S., Martel, M.R., and Martel, J.B. (2017) Comparison of Central Corneal Thickness by Ultrasound Pachymetry, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Specular Microscopy. New Frontiers Ophthalmology 3, 1-6.

Jialal, I. (2017) Interpretation of protein electrophoresis. Annals Clin. Biochem. 0, I.

Raman, R.N., Pivetti, C.D., Ramsamooj, R., Troppmann, C., and Demos, S.G. (2017) Predictive Assessment of Kidney Functional Recovery Following Ischemic Injury using Optical Spectroscopy. J. Biomed. Optics 22, 056001.

Jialal, I., Inn, M., Siegel, D., and Devaraj, S. (2017) Underestimation of low density lipoprotein-cholesterol with the Friedewald equation versus a direct homogenous low density lipoprotein-cholesterol assay. Lab. Med., lmx023. doi: 10.1093/labmed/lmx023.

Jialal, I., Adams-Huet, B., Major, A., and Devaraj, S. (2017) Increased fibrosis and angiogenesis in subcutaneous gluteal adipose tissue in nascent metabolic syndrome. Diabetes Metab., Doi: 10.1016/j.diabet.2016.12.004.

Pahwa, R., Adams-Huet, B., and Jialal, I. (2017) The effect of increasing body mass index on cardio-metabolic risk and biomarkers of oxidative stress and inflammation in nascent metabolic syndrome. J. Diabetes Complications 31, 810-813.

Hashad, A.M., Mazumdar, N., Romero, M., Nygren, A., Bigdely-Shamloo, K., Harraz, O.F., Puglisi, J.L., Vigmond, E.J., Wilson, S.M., and Welsh, D.G. (2017) Interplay among distinct Ca2+ conductances drives Ca2+ sparks/spontaneous transient outward currents in rat cerebral arteries. J. Physiol. 595, 1111-1126.

Potasiewicz, A., Hołuj, M., Kos, T., Popik, P., Arias, H.R., and Nikiforuk, A. (2017) 3-Furan-2-yl-N-p-tolyl-acrylamide, a positive allosteric modulator of the α7 nicotinic receptor, reverses schizophrenia-like cognitive deficits in rats. Neuropharmacology 113 (Part A), 188-197.

Goldberg, K.H., Yin, A.C. Mupparapu, A., Retzbach, E., Goldberg, G., and Yang, C.F. (2016) Components in aqueous Hibiscu rosa-sinensis flower extract inhibit in vitro melanoma cell growth. J. Trad. Comp. Med. 7, 45-49.

Lizza, J.R., Patel, S.V., Yang, C.F., and Moura-Letts, G. (2016) DPP4 Inhibitors: Direct Synthesis of Cyanopyrrolidinyl β-Amino Alcohols for the Development of Diabetes Therapeutics. Eur. J. Org. Chem., 5160-5168.

Yin, A.C., Goldberg, K.H., Mupparapu, A., Retzbach, E.P., Yin, K., Yang, C.F., and Goldberg, G.S. (2016) Low Molecular Weight Components in Aqueous Echinacea Purpurea Leaf Extract Inhibit Melanoma Cell Growth. J. Cancer Biol. Ther. 1, 109-117.

Duell, P.B. and Jialal, I. (2016) Modern management of familial hypercholesterolemia. Metab. Syndr. Relat. Disord. 14, 463-467.

Chinn, M., Cohen, H., Averick, A., Ismail, Z., and Feng, X. (2016) Cancer Biosimilars: Regulation Challenges and Clinical Impact. US Pharm. 41 (Specialty & Oncology suppl.), 7-12.

Anders, U.M., Cho, M.J., Martel, J.R., and Martel, J.B. (2016) Invasive Orbital Xanthogranuloma. EC Ophthalmology 4.2, 495-497.

Goldstein, M.H., Martel, J.R., Sall, K., Goldberg, D.F., Abrams, M., Rubin, J., Sheppard, J., Tauber, J., Korenfeld, M., Agahigian, J., Durham, T.A., and Furfine. E. (2016) Multicenter Study of a Novel Topical Interleukin-1 Receptor Inhibitor, Isunakinra, in Subjects With Moderate to Severe Dry Eye Disease. Eye & Contact Lens. 0, 1-10.

Arias, H.R., Feuerbach, D., and Ortells, M. (2016) Bupropion and its photoreactive analog (±)-SADU-3-72 interact with luminal and non-luminal sites at human α4β2 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Neurochem. Int. 100, 67-77.

Anders, U.M., Taylor, E.J., Martel, J.R., and Martel, J.B. (2016) Pseudo-Orbital Apex Syndrome in the Acute Trauma Setting Due to Ipsilateral Dissection of Internal Carotid Artery. Ophthal. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 32, e96-7.

Zhang, Y., Dennis Somtakoune, S., Cheung, C., Listiawan, M., and Feng, X. (2016) Therapeutic Application of Pharmacogenomics in Oncology. AAPS J. 18, 819-829.

Fuenzalida, M., Pérez, M.A., and Arias, H.R. (2016) Role of nicotinic and muscarinic receptors on synaptic plasticity and neurological diseases. Curr. Pharm. Des. 22, 2004-2014 (Thematic issue: Effective and promising treatments for neurological disorders and cancer; Uteshev, V., Ed.).

Arias, H.R., Ravazzini, F., Targowska-Duda, K.M., Kaczor, A.A., Feuerbach, D., Boffi, J.C., Draczkowski, P., Montag, D., Brandon, M.B., Elghoyen, A.B., Jozwiak, K., and Puja, G. (2016). Positive allosteric modulators of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors affect neither the function of ligand- and voltage-gated ion channels and acetylcholinesterase, nor β-amyloid content.  Int. J. Biochem. Cell Biol. 76, 19-30.

Arias, H.R. (2016) Introduction to the special issue “functional and therapeutic aspects of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor family”. Neurotransmitter 3, e1306 (2 pages) (Arias, H.R., Ed.).

Atzori, M., García-Oscos, F., and Arias, H.R. (2016) α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor-mediated anti-inflammatory actions modulate brain functions. Neurotransmitter 3, e1303 (15 pages) (Special Issue: Functional and therapeutic aspects of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor family; Arias, H.R., Ed.).

García-Colunga, J., Targowska-Duda, K.M., and Arias, H.R. (2016) Functional and structural interactions between selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Neurotransmitter 3, e1293 (11 pages) (Special Issue: Functional and therapeutic aspects of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor family; Arias, H.R., Ed.).

Andersen, N.D., Nielsen, B.E., Corradi, J., Tolosa, M.F., Feuerbach, D., Arias, H.R., and Bouzat, C. (2016) Exploring the positive allosteric modulation of human α7 nicotinic receptors from a single-channel perspective. Neuropharmacology 107, 189-200.

Dennis Somtakoune, S., Zhang, Y., Todd, M.P., Cohen, H., and Feng, X. (2016) Cancer Vaccines and Immunotherapy for Tumor Prevention and Treatment. US Pharm. 40, 13-18 (Specialty Pharmacy and Oncology Supplement).

Targowska-Duda, K.M., Wnorowski , A., Budzynska, B., Jozwiak, K., Biała, G., and Arias, H.R. (2016) The positive allosteric modulator of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, 3-furan-2-yl-N-p-tolyl-acrylamide, enhances memory processes and stimulates ERK1/2 phosphorylation in mice. Behav. Brain Res. 302, 142-151.

Jey, A., Hull, P., Kravchuk, V., Carrillo, B., and Martel, J.B. (2016) Emergent diagnosis and management of TASER penetrating ocular injury. Am. J. Emerg. Med. 34, 1740.e3-5.

 

BOOKS and BOOK  CHAPTERS

 

Yang, C.F. and Caputo, G. (2017) Experiments in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Cengage Learning, Boston, USA.

Castellon, M.G., Lui, F.S., and Levy, M. (2017) Vascular Neurology. StatPearls Publishing.

Listiawan, M., Feng, M., and Feng, X. (2016) Clinical Applications of Pharmacogenomics in Cancer Therapy. In Applying Pharmacogenomics in Therapeutics (Feng, X. and Xie, H-G., Eds.), pp. 143-180.

Listiawan, M., and Feng, X. (2016) Therapeutic Application of Pharmacogenomics in Cancer Treatment: Toxicity Prediction and Minimization. (Feng, X. and Xie, H-G, Eds.). Therapeutic Application of Pharmacogenomics in Patient Care. Taylor & Francis, ISBN: 978-1-4665-8267-5.

 

PATENTS

 

Yang, C.F., Li, W., Elliot, R., and Iltchenko, N. (2017). Extraction And Purification Of Urushiol From Botanical Sources. US Patent# 9,580, 373 (B2).

Faculty Research Interests

Faculty Name

Position

Areas of Interest:

Hugo R. Arias

Professor of Pharmacology and Biochemistry

Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors: Development of ligands for Addictions, Depression, Anxiety, and Dementias

Floyd Culler

Professor of Pediatrics, Endocrinology and Clinical Skills

Immunology of type 1 diabetes, psychological profiles in type 1 diabetes, glucocorticoid effects on growth hormone secretion, somatostatin in cystic fibrosis, CF associated diabetes, reverse T3 in premature neonates, and childhood obesity

Guy diSibio

Associate Professor of Pathology and Medical Genetics

Hematopoietic malignancies; population genetics; DNA variant annotation using ACMG criteria; disparities in use of genetic testing

Nehad El-Sawi

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Faculty Development; Innovative approaches to incorporation of  contemporary topics of medicine into medical school curricula

Michael Bradbury

Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Fatty acid uptake in hepatic steatosis and obesity;

Regulation of transporter gene expression

Medical Education – Predictors of Medical student success on boards

Joseph Dhahbi

Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Physiology, Genetics and Genomics

Gene expression mechanisms that control aging and its associated diseases, and the anti-aging effects of calorie restriction.

Application of Next Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatics to study the role of extracellular small noncoding RNAs

Sambandam Elango

Professor of Medical Education

Medical Education; Program and Student Assessment;

Clinical Skills

Susan Ely

Professor of Molecular Biology, Immunology and Microbiology

Medical Education; use of spaced repetition in adult learning.

Use of predictive algorithms to investigate the relationship between human natural killer cells and NKT cells

Xiaodong Feng

Professor of Pharmacology and Oncology

Angiogenesis and Cancer

Nazir J. Habib

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Critical Care

 

Hanns Haesslein

Professor of OB/GYN

 

Nazila Hejazi

 

Assistant Professor of Pathology

Medical Education: What is the perception of future medical students on recently developed medical schools?

Cytopathology: Correlating HPV results with cervical and anal pap smears

Michael Ibrahim

Assistant Professor of  Biochemistry, Pharmacology,  Physiology, and Radiology/Imaging

Pharmacokinetics Imaging applied to disease states.

Transport phenomena in tissues

Ravinder Khaira

Associate Professor of Public Health, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

Childhood obesity and prevention, teen outreach/education pregnancy prevention, childhood immunizations compliance and development, infant mortality, domestic public health, international disease containment and prevention

Grant Lackey

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Clinical Toxicology

For-Shing Lui

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine

Epidemiology and outcome of strokes

Philip Mack

Professor of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics , Oncology and Research

 

Nena Mason

 

 Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology

Medical Education: Strategies to Aid Retention in the Kinesthetic Learner;

Translational Anatomy: Analysis of Anatomical Variation,

Digital Modeling of Anatomical Structures

Ann Poznanski

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Pathology

Development and Evaluation of Innovative Educational Experiences

José Puglisi

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biostatistics

Mathematical Models of Cardiac Cells

Rajendra Ramsamooj

Professor of Pathology, Surgical Pathology and Clinical Skills             

GVHD, Immune Tolerance, Novel Imaging, Biomarkers

Padmanabhan Rengasamy

Professor of Anatomy, Embryology, Neuroscience, and Histology

Neural Tube defects, Maternal Diabetes,
Maternal use of Antiepileptic drugs, Developmental complications and Congenital malformations

Joseph Silva

Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Gastrointestinal infections

Mukarram Uddin

Professor of Anatomy and Embryology

Cellular/molecular mechanisms in the genesis of hypertension/oxidative stress

Jennifer West

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology

Geriatric Medication Use

 

Scholarly Activities: Student

(Representative from the last two years)

 

GRANT

Sylvia Bowditch, Christopher Phillips, Jacob Stoker, and Ann Poznanski. California Medical Association Foundation, Medical Student Grant Program. Project: Time is Heart: Improving AMI Outcomes in Sacramento’s Medically Underserved. January-December, 2016. Total: $700.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Ramakrishnan, N. (2017) Education outside the medical school box. Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society (July/August 2017), 11-13.

Yenumula, T. (2017) Ultrasound training for medical students. Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society (July/August 2017), 21-22.

Babbar, S., Martel, M.R., and Martel, J.B. (2017) Comparison of Central Corneal Thickness by Ultrasound Pachymetry, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Specular Microscopy. New Frontiers Ophthalmol. 3, 1-6.

Nouhi, B. (2017) They’are getting away with murder. Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society (May/June 2017), 5-6.

Ramakrishnan, N. (2017) Student garden aims to combat “food deserts”. Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society (May/June 2017), 12-13.

Sheehan, K. (2017) Hospice – No one walks alone. Sacramento Sierra Valley Medical Society (May/June 2017), 23-24.

Bowditch, S. (2017) Medical student's "Time Is Heart" project educates medically underserved patients about heart attack warning signs. California Medical Association Newswire.

Chinn, M., Cohen, H., Averick, A., Ismail, Z., and Feng, X. (2016) Cancer Biosimilars: Regulation Challenges and Clinical Impact. US Pharm. 41 (Specialty & Oncology suppl.), 7-12.

Anders, U.M., Cho, M.J., Martel, J.R., and Martel, J.B. (2016) Invasive Orbital Xanthogranuloma. EC Ophthalmol. 4.2, 495-497.

Zhang, Y., Dennis Somtakoune, S., Cheung, C., Listiawan, M., and Feng, X. (2016) Therapeutic Application of Pharmacogenomics in Oncology. AAPS J. 18, 819-829.

 

POSTER and ORAL PRESENTATIONS

Denna, T., Wu, H., MacIver, N., and Gerriets, V.A.  The role of serotonin modulating drugs on T cell function.  Frontiers of Serotonin Beyond the Brain, Keystone Meeting, Park City, Utah, November 12-15, 2017.

Wu, H., Denna, T., MacIver, N., and Gerriets, V.A. Cellular Machinery for Serotonin Signaling, Synthesis, and Metabolism in CD4 T cells.  Frontiers of Serotonin Beyond the Brain, Keystone Meeting, Park City, Utah, November 12-15, 2017.

Wu, H., Denna, T., MacIver, N., and Gerriets, V.A. The role of serotonin in T cell differentiation and function.  Frontiers of Serotonin Beyond the Brain, Keystone Meeting, Park City, Utah, November 12-15, 2017.

Fernandes, N., Targowska-Duda, K.M., Montag, D., Budzynska, B., Jozwiak, K., Biała, G., and Arias, H.R., Anxiolytic activity of 3-furan-2-yl-N-p-tolyl-acrylamide, a positive allosteric modulator of a7 nicotinic receptors. 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, November 11-15, 2017. Poster presentation partially supported ($900) by the Mini-Grant Program.

Craddock, M., Targowska-Duda, K.M., Budzynska, B., Michalak, A., Loland, C.J., Jozwiak, K., Biała, G., and Arias, H.R., Selective positive allosteric modulators of a7 nicotinic receptors have antidepressant-like activity. 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, November 11-15, 2017. Poster presentation partially supported ($900) by the Mini-Grant Program.

 

Presentations at the SDSSP Research Day, May 8th, 2017:

Kristen Lung, Clement Tran, E. Donovan, J.C. Tsao, L.K. Zeltzer, A Qualitative Analysis of the Benefits of a Mobile Platform to Provide Self-Management Strategies for Adolescents with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Nizar Tejani, Sylvia Bowditch, and Leonard Ranasinghe, A Case Report on Boerhaave Syndrome: When Postprandial Emesis Becomes Life-Threatening.

Young Lee, Spencer Salazar, and Robert Burger, E-Learning in Teaching Medical Imaging Interpretation.

Gabrielle T. Goodlin, Prashanth Venkataraman, Barkha K. Tiwana, and Ravinder Khaira, The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Pediatric Immunization Compliance Rates for Children less than 36-Months Old.


Gopal Kodumudi and Anthony Kong, Audio-Visual Detection of Respiration and Heart Rate Monitor (AVD-M).

Arleen Grewal, Cindy J. Chambers, and Marc Silverstein, A case report of adult-onset angiokeratoma circumscriptum neviforme.

Aye Khine, Colin P. Spears, and Margaret Nguyen. The Nitrobenzylpyridine (nbp) Alkylating Agent Kinetics of Bendamustine (bBM) Show Low Nucleophilic Selectivity, a Basis for Prolonged Myelosuppression.

Christopher Phillips, Jacob Stoker, and Colin P. Spears. Barriers to Care by Paraplegics at the Chemotherapy Infusion Center.

Farrah Nasrollahi, Corby W. Makin, Ian McLachlan, and David R. Vinson. Recognition of outpatient pulmonary embolism (ROPE) study: An abstract from an interim analysis.

Charndip Clair, Simran Kahlon, Kunyu Zhang, and Floyd Culler. Behavioral Effects of Endocrine Disorders in Adolescent Populations.

Letitia Pirau, Rachel Ivanhoe, Steven Nemcek, and Floyd Culler. Literature Review of Current Knowledge and Future Research Direction Regarding Common Pathological and Genetic Changes between Alzheimer’s disease and Diabetes Mellitus.

Mohammad M. Wiese. Neurostructural Morphology in CNS-Specific RPGRIP1L deficient mice.

Xi Li, Flyn Kaida-Yip, Matthew Zabel, and Forshing Lui. NSAID use and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease: a meta-analysis.

Kevin Santos, Sammir Sullivan, and Brendan Kim. Reduced door-to-needle time does not correlate with improved patient outcomes in cases of IV recombinant tissue plasminogen activator therapy for acute ischemic stroke.

Shermila Pia and Grant Lackey. Rural Medicine through free surgeries: The work of a Cameroonian General Surgeon in combating health inequalities in rural villages of Cameroon.

Babak Nouhi, Ursula Anders, Arthur Jey, Joseph R. Martel, and James B. Martel. Use of Ultra-Widefield Retinal Imaging for Acute Ocular Injury.

Salil Babbar, Matthew R. Martel, and James B. Martel. Comparison of Central Corneal Thickness by Ultrasound Pachymetry, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Specular Microscopy.

Min Ji Cho, Ursula M. Anders, Joseph R. Martel, and James B. Martel. Invasive Orbital Xanthogranuloma.

Tyler Ellis, Arion Lochner, Trevor Tsay, and Jose Puglisi. Epidemiology and Characteristics of Mental Health Related Ambulance Calls in 2013/14 in the United States.

Rick Siu and Jose Puglisi. Modeling Basal Ganglial Synaptic Connections and its Dynamics in Coordinating Complex Movements

William Liao, Jonathan Huang, Brian Huang, Jessica Tran, and Jennifer West. The Perfect Crime: The Global Problem of Counterfeit Drugs.

Cory S. Gregory, Michael Lee, Mohammad A. Aziz, and Ishwarlal Jialal. Rediscovering Synthetic Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones: A Potential Improvement in Cost and Efficacy over Traditional hGH Therapy.

Christina Cheung and Laura Machado. Case Report: The Effect of gastric bypass procedure on Type 2 Diabetes.

Quinto Gesiotto and Michael Bradbury. The Human ATP13A3 Gene Plays a Role in Polyamine Transport.

Glenn Geesman, Howard Capon, and Mark Owens. Identifying age as an indicator of prognosis secondary to fall as a mechanism of injury.

Bradley Neutel, Amie Cai, Tanmayee Yenumula, Nazila Hejazi, and John Compagno. Incidence Study of the Relationship between High Grade Squamous Cell Intraepithelial Lesions and HPV Negative Patients.

Nena L. Mason, Jose Puglisi, Alexandra Mullen, and Brendan Kim. Evaluation of a New Temporally and Fiscally Economical Ultrasound Training Program for First-Year Medical Students.

Vikas Shahi, Peter Yip, Varun Shahi, and William Mower. Use of Serial Hemoglobin in Blunt Trauma Patients to Detect Occult Blood Loss.

Michael Higgins, Zain Lalani, Matthew Habib, and Scott Braley. Capsular Contracture.

Lennox Din, Mohammad Sheikh, and Victor Lau, Genetic overlap between multiple sclerosis and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Marissa Chinn, Heather Cohen, Amram Averic, Zohra Ismail, and Xiaodong Feng. Biosimilars Regulation and Impact

 

Hakan Orbay, Derek Asserson, Kamaljit Devi, Priscilla A. Williams, Tima Dehghani, Eduardo A. Silva, and David E. Sahar. Human Adipose-derived Stem Cells as a Potential Source of Endothelial Cells in Clinical Tissue Engineering Applications. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, Durham, NC, May 4-7, 2017. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open 5, p125 (Abst. P35). Poster presentation partially supported ($200) by the COM.

Nena L. Mason, Jose Puglisi, Alexandra Mullen, and Brendan Kim. Evaluation of a new temporally and fiscally economical ultrasound training program for first year medical students. ASPET 2017 Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology, Chicago, IL, April 22-25, 2017. Poster presentation partially supported ($200) by the COM.

Sylvia Bowditch, Nizar Tejani, and Leonard Ranasinghe. A Case Report on Boerhaave Syndrome: “When Postprandial Emesis Becomes Life-Threatening”, Western Regional Meeting - Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), Stanford, CA, April 7-8, 2017.

 

Presentations at the CNU Research Day, January 20th, 2017:

Daniella Lent-Schochet, Anusha Jayaraman, and Christian J. Pike. The effects of low testosterone and high-fat diet on nuroinflammation in the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Mohammad Wiese, George Stratigopolous, and Rudolph Leibel. Neurostructural morphology in CNS-specific RPGRIP1L deficient mice.

Vikas Shahi and William Mower. Use of Serial Hemoglobin in Blunt Trauma Patients to Detect Occult Blood Loss.

Kayla Sheehan and Guy DiSibio. Novel Methods of Medical Education - Clinical Cases as Preparation for the Wards and Beyond.

Nayson Fernandes, Katarzyna Targowska-Duda, Dirk Montag, Barbara Budzynska, Krzysztof Jozwiak, Grazyna Biala, and Hugo R. Arias. PAM-2, a selective positive allosteric modulator of α7 nicotinic receptors, reduces anxiety-like behavior in mice. Supported by the Mini-Grant Program.

Matthew Craddock, Katarzyna Targowska-Duda, Barbara Budzynska, Agnieszka Michalak, Claus J. Løland, Krzysztof Jozwiak, Grazyna Biala, and Hugo R. Arias. Selective positive allosteric modulators of α7 nicotinic receptors have antidepressant-like activity. Supported by the Mini-Grant Program.

Kenneth Hui, Kayla Sheehan, Jose Puglisi, and Guy DiSibio. Horizontal EMR Integration Into Medical Education – A Novel Approach.

Marissa Chinn, Heather Cohen, Amram Averick, Zohra Ismail, and Xiaodong Feng. Cancer Biosimilars: Regulation Challenges and Clinical Impact.

Trevor Tsay, Arion Lochner, Tyler Ellis, and Jose Puglisi. Epidemiology and Characteristics of Mental Health Related Ambulance Calls in 2013/14 in the United States.

Mohammad Wiese, George Stratigopolous, and Rudolph Leibel. Neurostructural morphology in CNS-specific RPGRIP1L deficient mice. American Medical Association (AMA) Research Symposium, Orlando, FL, November 10th, 2016. Poster presentation partially supported ($300) by the COM.

Vikas Shahi, Varun Shahi, and William Mower. Use of serial hemoglobin in blunt trauma patients to detect occult blood loss. American Medical Association (AMA) Research Symposium, Orlando, FL, November 10th, 2016. Poster presentation partially supported ($300) by the COM.

Mohammad Wiese, George Stratigopolous, and Rudolph Leibel. Neurostructural morphology in CNS-specific RPGRIP1L deficient mice. California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates Conference, Sacramento, CA, October 15th, 2016.

Vikas Shahi, Varun Shahi, and William Mower. Use of serial hemoglobin in blunt trauma patients to detect occult blood loss. California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates Conference, Sacramento, CA, October 15th, 2016.

Trevor Tsay, Arion Lochner, Tyler Ellis, Alvaro Fraga, and Jose L. Pugli. Epidemiology and Characteristics of Mental Health Related Ambulance Calls in 2013/14 in the United State. 1st Annual International Healthcare Symposium at CNU, Elk Grove, CA, October 8th, 2016. 

Mohammad Wiese, George Stratigopolous, and Rudolph Leibel. Neurostructural morphology in CNS-specific RPGRIP1L deficient mice. 8th Annual NIDDK Medical Student Research Symposium, Nashville, TN, August 3-4, 2016.

Jessica Tran, S. Fine, and Dean Schillinger. Do Low Income Youth of Color See The Bigger Picture When Discussing Type 2 Diabetes? A Qualitative Evaluation of a Public Health Literacy Campaign. 8th Annual NIDDK Medical Student Research Symposium, Nashville, TN, August 3-4, 2016.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS and FELLOWSHIPS

Hera Wu, 2016 Internship and Scholarship ($1000), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), Greater Sacramento Chapter.

Vikas Shahi, 2016 Internship and Scholarship ($1000), APAPA, Greater Sacramento Chapter.

Kayla Sheehan, Summer Research Fellowship. Research Project: Hospice Services in Michigan, under the supervision of Dr. Silveira, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Department, University of Michigan. June-August, 2017.

Aradhana Verma, Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR). Research Project: Care of patients with early dementia and Alzheimer's disease in the underserved population, under the supervision of Dr. Chodos, Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, and Dr. Lui (at COM). June-August, 2017.

Jessica Tran, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Babak Nouhi, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Sammir Sullivan, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Farrah Nasrollahi, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Aradhana Verma, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Vikas Shahi, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Brendan Kim, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Brian Huang, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Mohammad Wiese, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Kayla Sheehan, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, April 7th, 2017.

Wentao Pan and Mitchell Zhao. Mini-Grant Program (Total: $1,000/each). Research Project: LabHEART Quattro: A Computer Model to Study Cardiac Electrophysiology, under the supervision of Dr. Puglisi, CNUCOM, January-December, 2017.

Matthew Evans, Linlin Zhou, and Jessica Chau. Mini-Grant Program (Total: $1,000/each). Research Project: Modulation of Hepatoma Gene Expression Patterns by Substrate and Culture Conditions: A Model for Hepatocyte Response to Environmental Conditions, under the supervision of Dr. Bradbury, CNUCOM, January-December, 2017.

Amie Cai and Rick Siu. Mini-Grant Program (Total: $1,000/each). Research Project: Assessing Risks of Impaired Healing and Osteomyelitis Associated with Bisphosphonates, under the supervision of Dr. Feng, CNUCOM, January-December, 2017.

Holly Bernard and Hera Wu. Mini-Grant Program (Total: $1,000/each). Research Project: The role of serotonin in T cell differentiation and function, under the supervision of Dr. Gerriets, CNUCOM, January-December, 2017.

Matthew Craddock and Nayson Fernandes. Mini-Grant Program (Total: $1,000/each). Research Project: Positive allosteric modulators of α7 nicotinic receptors for cognitive impairments, under the supervision of Dr. Arias, CNUCOM, January-December, 2017.

Alana Freifeld, Rohaum Hamidi, and Elizabeth Phillips. Mini-Grant Program (Total: $1,000/each). Research Project: Concussion Awareness, Prevention and Treatment, under the supervision of Dr. K. Khaira, CNUCOM, January-December, 2017.

Jonathan Huang, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Brian Huang, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Steven Nemcek, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Vikas Shahi, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Brendan Kim, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Tanmayee Yenumula, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Farrah Nasrollahi, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Arion Lochner, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Sammir Sullivan, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Jessica Tran, Recognition in Research Achievement. CNUCOM, 2016.

Vikas Shahi. Research Project: Use of serial hemoglobin as a diagnostic tool for the detection of occult blood loss in blunt trauma patients, under the supervision of Dr. Mower, Emergency Department, UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. November, 2015-October, 2016.

Mohammad Wiese, 2016 NIDDK Medical Student Research Program, sponsored by NIH. Research Project: The role of a ciliary gene in obesity, under the supervision of Dr. Leibel, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and Division of Molecular Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York. June-August, 2016.

Jessica Tran, 2016 NIDDK Medical Student Research Program, sponsored by NIH. Research Project: Do Low Income Youth of Color See The Bigger Picture When Discussing Type 2 Diabetes? A Qualitative Evaluation of a Public Health Literacy Campaign, under the supervision of Dr. Schillinger, UCSF School of Medicine, CA. June-August, 2016.

 

AWARDS 

Lennox Din, Mohammad Sheikh, and Victor Lau, SDSSP Research Day, May 8th, 2017. Best poster honors for “Genetic overlap between multiple sclerosis and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma”.

Lung, K. (presenter), Tran, C., Donovan, E., Tsao, J.C., and Zeltzer, L.K. SDSSP Research Day, May 8th, 2017. Best oral presentation honors for “A Qualitative Analysis of the Benefits of a Mobile Platform to Provide Self-Management Strategies for Adolescents with Irritable Bowel Syndrome”.

Craddock, M., Targowska-Duda, K.M., Budzynska, B., Michalak, A., Loland, C.J., Jozwiak, K., Biała, G., and Arias, H.R., CNU Research Day, January 20th, 2017. Best poster honors for “Selective positive allosteric modulators of a7 nicotinic receptors have antidepressant-like activity”.

Sheehan, K. (presenter), and DiSibio, G., CNU Research Day, January 20th, 2017. Best oral presentation honors for “Novel Methods of Medical Education - Clinical Cases as Preparation for the Wards and Beyond”.

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