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Research Day 2024 Announces Winners

Research Day presenters speak with faculty about their research posters

UICOMP Research Day 2024 was held May 1, and guests enjoyed a keynote presentation by Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health who spoke on “The View from NIH: Many Challenges, Many Opportunities.” The Peoria campus’s James Scholars Class of 2024 presented their work. James Scholars is a 4-year medical school honors research program which allows students to select a topic and work with a faculty mentor to study and present their findings. Congratulations to this year’s James Scholars — Molly Meister, Nida Alam, and Vinay Sama!

This year 126 posters were displayed with 76 presented by UICOMP medical students, 45 by residents and fellows, and five by UICOMP faculty. This year was the largest ever research day for our campus with a record number of abstracts submitted and the most-ever posters displayed.

Congratulations to the winners and all participants!

Top Scores: Medical Students Heading link

Clinical Vignette

  1. Manasi Lingamaneni — Back Pain and “Funny Toes”
    Fiona Gruzmark — A case of culture negative lymphocutaneous sporotrichosis
  2. Anna Ford — Case Report: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Self-Injury Behavior
  3. Diego Ruiz-Avila — Deferred Norwood to Resolve Airway Compression in Double Inlet Left Ventricle with Dextro-Transposition of the Great Arteries


  1. Yoonje Cho — Cardiac radiation improves ventricular function
  2. Kara Proctor — Lung-to-Body Ratios Found to be Greater in Drowning Deaths
  3. Navid Shoaee — Temporal Expression Profile of Matrix Metalloproteinase-12 After Traumatic Brain Injury: A Novel Biomarker

Top Scores: Residents/Fellows Heading link

Clinical Vignette

  1. Amarah Khan, MD — An UnCeen Diagnosis: Diagnosis of Hemophilia C in a Teen
  2. Courtney Thrower, DO — Something Old for Something New, Something Borrowed to Treat the Blues
  3. Farrah Gaston, DO — Hepatoblastoma Treatment in a Complex Cardiac Patient


  1. Curie Subramanian, MD — Babies in a backpack: Utilizing mobile simulation to educate pediatric providers on gastrostomy tubes and common complications
  2. Navjit Singh, MD — Pemphigus Vulgaris – A Rare Cause of Esophagitis
  3. Darrell Downs, MD — Learning Curve in Colonic Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection: A comprehensive meta-analysis