Research Day 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Videos

NOTE: Additional recordings will be posted.

Awards

Residents

First place: Komal Manoj Rai, MD
Second place: Megan Narula, MD
Third place: Sriviji Senthil Kumaran, MD

Medical Students

Clinical Vignette:

First place: David Jackson and Caroline Lewis
Second place: Nadia Fayoumi and Faridat Folarin-Amode
Third place: Sophie Kern

Research:

First place: George E. Tsourdinis
Second place: Molly Kress
Third place: Anvesh Jalasutram and John Caniglia

SCHEDULE

See program for full presentation details

11:30 – 11:40 am Welcome to Research Day 2021
Main Event Zoom Link
11:40 – 11:55 am Introduction of 2021-Keynote Speaker Dr. Clifford Saron
12:00 – 1:30 pm Keynote Lecture
“Quiescence and Healing: Scientific Studies of Meditation Toward Compassionate Engagement with Suffering.”
2:00 – 6:00 pm Platform talk presentations
Medical Students Talks
Research: Session #1Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Junling Yang
Medical Students Talks
Research: Session #2Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Peter Gyarmati
Medical Students Talks
Research: Session #3Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Lusine Demirkhanyan
Medical Students Talks
Research: Session #4Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Jerusha Boyineni
Medical Students Talks
Clinical Vignette: Session #5Zoom link *updated*
Chaired by Dr. Kiran Kumar Velpula
Medical Students Talks
CQI: Session #6Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Manu Gnanamony
Residents Talks
Research: Session #7Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Sergey Malchenko
Residents Talks
Clinical Vignette: Session #8Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Krishna Kumar Veeravalli
Residents Talks
Clinical Vignette/CQI: Session #9Zoom link
Chaired by Dr. Christopher Sumeet-Babu Gondi
6:30 – 8:00 pm Award Ceremony
Main Event Zoom Link

Keynote Speech

Saron

Clifford D. Saron, PhD
UC Davis Center for Mind
and Brain

“Quiescence and Healing: Scientific Studies of Meditation Toward Compassionate Engagement with Suffering”

For many people, the challenges of this past year have laid bare not only the structural inequities of our society, but also the very real limits of our capacity to bear the depths of human suffering. As a medical community of healers, you collectively embody an inspiring commitment to human well-being and flourishing. Training in how to engage with suffering without becoming overwhelmed or insensate that draws upon contemplative traditions may be useful in this context. In this talk, I will highlight the ways in which our research on the effects of intensive meditation in retreat contexts points toward the growth of compassionate responses to suffering. Through the use of a heuristic phenomenological model of mental processes impacted by mindfulness training, I will describe findings in the domains of attentional performance, emotional and physiological responses to suffering, and stress-related biomarkers of cellular aging that suggest the growth of this compassionate capacity in these training contexts. I will also briefly describe two ongoing studies using at-home measures that investigate:

  1. how individuals are using meditation to cope with the stresses of the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and racialized violence in society and how this relates to immune cell telomere attrition across this year
  2. how online training in compassion cultivation vs. mindfulness impact visual attention and physiological responses to suffering

The importance of scientific cultural humility and commitments to diversity and inclusivity in research practice will be emphasized.