2017 Midwest Regional Meeting
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The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host the 2017 APSA Midwest Regional meeting on January 13, 2018. Registration is open to all current and prospective MD, MD/PhD and PhD students with an interest in medicine, clinical research, and a career as a physician scientist regardless of APSA membership. Read below for details on the meeting and how you can be a part of it!

When: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Where: Medical Education Research Facility (MERF)
375 Newton Road
Iowa City, Iowa  52246
United States
Contact: Lauren Boland

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Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in medicine, clinical research, and a career as a physician scientist. The conference welcomes all trainees in MD/PhD, DO/PhD, MD, DO, health sciences graduate programs, as well as undergraduate students interested in learning more about medical careers and research.


Registration Information
Registration is open to all interested participants at all institutions regardless of APSA membership. Registration is open now and closes January 5th, 2018. Click HERE to register. Registration for the conference is FREE for all attendees. If you decide to cancel your registration, please email Amy Whillock, at least 10 days prior to the meeting.


Abstracts and Poster Sessions
All participants are encouraged to submit poster abstracts for the conference poster sessions. Posters will be automatically entered into a judging competition with cash prizes for winners. Interested participants may submit abstracts before Friday, January 5th, 2018. Abstracts are limited to one per registrant and the registrant must be the first author. Please limit abstract text to 1600 characters (including spaces), not including title, authors, or affiliations. We recommend posters no larger than 32" x 48". Please email Amy Whillock for any questions.

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Cancer Research
  • Neuroscience Research
  • Clinical Research and Social Sciences
  • Bioengineering and Drug Delivery

Click HERE to register and submit an abstract.

Transportation and Lodging
For those in need of hotel accommodations, we have a negotiated group rate with the Coralville Marriott located a 10-minute drive from MERF at 300 E 9th St, Coralville, IA 52241. We have also a group rate at Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City Downtown University, which is a 20 minute walk or short bus ride from MERF (328 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240). Hotel shuttles are available at both hotels.


Medical Education Research Facility (MERF)
375 Newton Rd, Iowa City, IA 52246

On campus parking is available either at the Newton road ramp (paid) or for free in lot 42 off of N Riverside Dr. Visitor information including maps, transportation and things to do can be found HERE.


Event Schedule

Friday, January 12th, 2018  
6:00 - 8:00 PM           Evening dinner and social at:

Vue Rooftop (12th floor of Hilton Garden Inn)
328 S. Clinton Street Suite A
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Saturday, January 13th, 2018         
8:00 - 8:30 AM           Registration and breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AM          Welcome remarks

9:00 - 10:00 AM         Keynote 1: “There is No I in Team: A Story of Vasopressin and How We Are Going to Fix Preeclampsia”

          Mark Santillan, MD, PhD, FACOG, FAHA
          Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Maternal-Fetal Medicine

          Justin Grobe, PhD, FAHA
          Associate Professor of Pharmacology

10:00 - 10:15 AM       Break

10:15 - 11:15 AM       Keynote 2: “TBD"
M. Sue O'Dorisio, MD, PhD
                                   Professor of Pediatrics - Hematology-Oncology

          Thomas O'Dorisio, MD
          Professor of Internal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism

11:15 - 11:30 AM       Break

11:30 - 12:30 PM       Break out session #1

                                    Medical school and MSTP admissions panel

                                    Applying to PSTPs and research residencies panel

                                    Humanities in Medicine

12:30 – 3:00 PM         Lunch and Poster Sessions

3:00 - 4:00 PM           Break out session #2

                                    Pre-doctoral grant writing workshop

                                    Engineering concepts for medical application

                                    Mental health and wellness in medicine

                                    Clinical trials

4:00 - 4:15 PM           Break

4:15 - 5:15 PM           Keynote 3: “Advancing the Field of Child Psychiatry through Research in Developmental Neurobiology
        Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD
                                   Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

5:15 - 5:45 PM           Closing remarks and awards


Financial Support
We would like to thank the following generous sponsors for their support:

American Physician Scientists Association


The Journal of Clinical Investigation

Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank 

Department of Radiation Oncology

Center for Gene Therapy

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Department of Health & Human Physiology

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

University of Iowa Medical Scientist Training Program

University of Iowa Physician Scientist Training Program

Iowa Institute for Human Genetics


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