The 2014 APSA South Regional Meeting will take place on November 1st, 2014 at UTHSC-Houston in Houston, TX.
For questions regarding the meeting please contact Vida Chitsazzadeh: Vida.Chitsazzadeh@uth.tmc.edu
Hosted By: UTHSC-HOUSTON
Under Dianna Milewicz (MD/PhD director)
To begin the registration process you must have an APSA account. If you do not wish to purchase an APSA membership at this time, there is the available option to create an account as a Non-Member. For problems or issues with registration please email APSA at firstname.lastname@example.org. If at a later date following registration you decide to submit an abstract please email email@example.com as well. Thank you!
A full refund of the registration fee or meal ticket less an administrative fee will be granted for all written requests received at least 15 days prior to the meeting. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date. The administration fee is as follows: All Registrations - $5 Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The American Physician-Scientists Association reserves the right to cancel any program and assumes no responsibility for personal expenses. All refunds are processed within 30 days of written cancellation notice.
Graduate/MD/PhD Student Non-APSA Member: $20
Undergraduate Non-APSA Member: $10
MD/PhD Trainee from UTH-MD Anderson: $10
APSA Member: $0
Maps and Directions
Texas Medical Center
The George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building
Onstead Auditorium (S3.8012)
6767 Bertner Ave.
Houston, Texas 77030
The George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building (Mitchell Building) is the home for The UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. The building is a part of the large UT MD Anderson Cancer Center campus.
The Mitchell Building is located at 6767 Bertner Street, immediately adjacent to (south of) the John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons (the building with the waterfalls).
Parking for the Mitchell Building is available in The Commons Garage. Parking fee for a day is about ~$12. Parking coins are not validated by the APSA meeting.
To enter the Mitchell Building, proceed to the 1st floor food court of the Commons (Waterside food court) and a student from the UT-Houston MD/PhD Program will direct you to the Onstead Auditorium located on the 3rd floor, adjacent to elevator bank J.
For more parking options please visit :
*Location: All talks will be at Onstead Auditorium (S3.8012), except the small session breakouts; Please check the program for your specific session.
The map of the GSBS 3rd floor is included. The only 2 rooms we will be using are Large Classroom (S3.8371) and Small Classroom (S3.8367)
Abstracts and Poster Session
The poster session at the APSA regional meeting will highlight and reward the outstanding achievements of our graduate and medical student researchers. We encourage all medical and graduate students attending the meeting to submit an abstract. The organizing committee/faculty will select 3 abstracts for a 10 minute oral presentation! Please submit your abstract as early as possible to ensure the best chance for it to be selected for an oral presentation.
Abstracts are limited to one per presenter and the presenter must be the first author on the abstract. Abstracts must include a title, author(s) and affiliations (school and department). Below are the abstract submission guidelines:
Abstract Length: 250 word
Abstract File Name: lastname_firstname_2014_APSA South RM. Abstract Formatting Instructions: Please follow these instructions carefully; see sample below.
- Set Margins: 1.50" on all four sides (makes a 5.5" x 8.5" text box)
- Font: Times or Times New Roman, 12 point.
- Justification: Justify all margins.
- Abstract Title: Do NOT use ALLCAPS.
- Presenting Author: Underline presenting author's name.
- Line Spacing: Insert line space between Title, Authors, Affiliation and first line of abstract. The rest of the abstract should be all single spaced as in the sample below.
- Paragraph Indents: indent first line of each paragraph of the abstract body 5 spaces (1/2 inch).
The organizing committee will select abstracts to ensure adequate representation of different schools and disciplines.Please submit your abstract as early as possible to ensure the best chance for it to be included in the poster session.
Abstract Submission Deadline: The deadline for abstract submission is October 10th. An email notification stating whether or not your abstract has been selected will be sent .
Please find below poster numbers, presenting authors, and abstract titles.
Please follow these very important guidelines:
Poster size 4 feet by 4 feet (48" x 48").
Please DO NOT EXCEED THIS SIZE. Each poster board will have 4 posters mounted; 2 on each side of the board.
||4-HNE Post-Translational Modification of TRPV1: Implications for Diabetic Cardiomyopathy
||Ankle Mortise View Rather than Saltzman View Can Be Utilized to Assess Tibiocalcaneal Alignment
||Combination of Small Molecule Tolfenamic Acid and Curcumin or Curcumin Analogs Effectively Inhibits Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth
||Cryptococcus pneumonia presenting in a Rheumatoid Arthritis patient treated with Tofacitinib [JAK Inhibitor]: a case report.
||Efficient Syntheses of Valuable Heterocyclic Compounds
||Eilat Virus-based chimera with application to ELISA diagnostic of Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis
||FDA-Approved MAPK and mTOR inhibitors have activity in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
||Functional activity of a novel T-cell receptor like bi-specific antibody
||G-quadruplex-generating polymerase chain reaction for visual colorimetric detection of amplicons
||Hypoxia and Macrophage Differentiation Contribute to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
||Identification of new drug targets in Mycobacterium avium
||Identification of novel genes involved in prostate cancer progression through comparative and functional genomic approach
||Investigating the roles p63 isoforms in regulating stem cell populations in the lung and tumorigenesis
||Low molecular weight cyclin E regulates response to aromatase inhibitors in postmenopausal breast cancer patients
||N-Acetyl Cysteine Attenuates Hypoxia Induced Sympathoexcitation in Human Subjects
||Personalizing MAPK inhibitor therapy with a real-time ERK activity assay
||Plasma MicroRNAs Associate with Cognitive Impairment in HIV+ Patients: A Stride Towards Early Detection
||Pyruvate suppresses hippocampal MMP-2 activity following cardiac arrest-resuscitation
||Quercetin as a novel treatment for cardiac fibrosis
||The Discriminative Capacity of Impulse Oscillometry in the Detection of Asthma in Anglo and Hispanic Children
||The Effects of Lighting Conditions on the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Brain: An fMRI Study
||The new generation diagnosis of Mycetoma: case report and literature review
||The role of fibroblast-NF-kB signaling in formation of dissecting aortic aneurysms
||The Role of Human Polyomavirus Small T Antigens in Cutaneous Diseases
||XPF-ERCC1 plays an Important Role in lnterstrand Crosslink DNA Repair
||Downregulation of menin by miR-24-1 plays a key role in the regulation of cholangiocarcinoma proliferation
South Regional Meeting
Nov 1st 2014 Saturday
08:00 AM – 09:30 AM Registration & Poster Setup
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Tour of Texas Medical Center (Only pre-registered attendees)
09:30 AM – 09:45 AM Opening Remarks by Dr. Michael Blackburn Dean of UTH-GSBS
09:45 AM – 10:25 AM Keynote Speaker: Mary Dickinson Ph.D.,- Baylor College of Medicine
10:25 AM – 11:05 AM Selected Student Presentations
10:25-10:35 Student Presenter: Julie Wu
10:40-10:50 Student Presenter: Talha Ijaz
10:55-11:05 Student Presenter: Xiaolu Pan
11:10 AM - 11:55 AM Keynote Speaker: Peter Hotez M.D. Ph.D.,- Baylor College of Medicine
12:10 PM - 12:40 PM Lunch – Dr. Heidelberger from UTH and Dr. Plon from BCM (MD/PhD program overview
01:00 PM - 1:50 PM Poster Session
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM Small Group Session 1
Applying to MD/PhD Programs
Applying to Residency, Post-Doc Fellowship
Women in Science
03:00 PM - 03:50 PM Small Group Session 2
Finding a Research Topic/Lab/Mentor
Applying for Funding
Undergraduate & Medical School Research Opportunities
04:00 PM - 04:45 PM James P Allison Ph.D.- MD Anderson Cancer Center
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM Closing Remarks by Daniel DelloStritto ( APSA President-Elect)
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Reception
07:30 PM- 10:00 PM Optional Social event at Miller Outdoor Theater
Schedule – Small Group Sessions
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
· Applying to MD/PhD Programs – Onstead Auditorium
o Faculty Moderator: Dr. Edgar T Walters
Panelists: Deborah A Silverman, Zachary Allen Kadow, Alexandra Leigh Chang-Graham, Lalit R. Patel
· Applying to Residency/Post-Doc Fellowship – Large Classroom (S3.8371)
o Faculty Moderator: Mr. Stephen W. Jones
Panelists: David Lynn Beavers, David Reynoso.
· Women in Science – Small Classroom (S3.8367)
o Faculty Moderator: Dr. Elsa Flores
Panelists: Haley Peters, Catie Edmunds Nurik, Amanda Hermann.
03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
· Applying for Funding – Onstead Auditorium
o Faculty Moderator: Dr. Ashley Hood
Panelists: Sarah Wu, Nick Parchim, Margie Sutton
· Finding a Research Topic/Lab/Mentor – Large Classroom (S3.8371)
o Faculty Moderator: Dr. William Mattox
Panelists: Marisa Hornbaker, Jasdeep Sabharwal, Rocio Rivera-Valentin.
· Undergraduate/Medical School Research Opportunities - Small Classroom (S3.8367)
o Faculty Moderator: Dr. Barbara Slaughter
Panelists: Alexandra Leigh Chang-Graham, Andrew Peters, Amanda Hermann, Dr. Gary C. Rosenfeld.
Small Group Session 1
Applying to MD/PhD Programs - This will be a Q&A session specifically for Undergraduate students on creating a successful application. Examples of questions that will be addressed include:
What are the qualities and attributes of a strong MD/PhD applicant?
How much research experience do I need to be a competitive MD/PhD applicant?
How should I determine which MD/PhD programs to apply (location, clinical training, research training)?
Should I apply to both the MD only and MD/PhD programs at the same school or is it better to commit to the MD/PhD program only at the time of application?
Applying to Residency, Post-Doc Fellowship - Target audience: Students preparing to finish the program and apply to residency. This session will be in Q&A format to address the following questions/issues:
What clinical career paths include research (basic, clinical, and translational)?
Are there any programs that I would be especially competitive for given my interest in research (or having an MD/PhD, publications, etc.)?
Why should I apply to a Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP)?
Can I perform research during residency?
Specifics of Residency/Post-Doc application
Women in science This will be a Q&A session with a panel of female physician-scientists at different stages in their careers. Topics that will be addressed include:
How to present yourself and negotiate for what you want
How to balance clinic, research, and family
How to find mentors at each stage in your career
Small Group Session 2
Finding a Research Topic/Lab/Mentor -Target audience: MD/PhD students who will be choosing a lab for the PhD portion of their training. Issues to be discussed include:
What does it mean for a PI to be a good mentor?
How do I know if a lab has funding?
What is the PI’ s attitude towards MD/PhD students?
Should I choose a lab based on my specific career interests?
Which kind of lab is the best fit for me?
Applying for Funding - This session will focus on the opportunities available for individual fellowships for MD/PhD students. This will be a Q&A session with panelists who have successfully been awarded predoctoral fellowships. Questions to be addressed are:
Why should I apply for a fellowship?
Who awards fellowships?
When should I apply for funding and grants?
What are the qualities of a strong predoctoral fellowship application?
Undergraduate & Medical School Research Opportunities
Target audience: Undergraduates and Medical students interested learning more about scientific research opportunities. Typical questions include:
Is it better to do basic or clinical research?
Should I join a new lab or an established lab?
What is a good time frame for a project?
Should I focus on research in summer alone (SURF programs) or is it feasible to do research during the school year?
For medical students: Should I take a year off for research?
How much do residency programs value medical student research?
Optional Social event: Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park for the Addams Family musical
We invite all of our attendees to this optional social event. It is free. It is an excellent show. November 1st-at 7:30.
The Hermann Park is within the walking distance from UT-Houston GSBS. We will not provide group rides. Please visit the event page or the Miller Outdoor Theater website and ticket site for more information check out the link below for more information.
We ask you to please dress appropriately
Professional business or Business Casual Attire
The following suggestions are provided as guidelines for professional business and business casual attire.
Professional Business Attire
Suit or jacket and pants or skirt
Suit - or jacket and slacks
(Skirt length - knee length or below);
Shirt - traditional shirt with collar
Tailored dress; Blouse
Shoes - comfortable low heeled pumps, loafers or boots
Socks (of course)
Dress Shoes & Matching Belt
Business Casual Attire
Yes, Business Casual
Not considered Business Casual
Shirt with collar or polo style
T-Shirts and jeans
Shorts or mini-skirts
Chinos or Dockers - pressed
Bare midriffs or low-cut garments (back or front)
Flip flops, sneakers, or sandals
Blazer or sweater
Athletic wear or leggings
Loafers or lace-up shoes
Breakfast : Panera Bread : Bagels, morning pastries, OJ, and coffee
Lunch: Alonti : Lunch Boxes, soft drinks and water
Reception: Fruit and cheese trays