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Date & Location

April 24-26, 2015
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
Chicago, IL USA

Main Event Locations

Crystal Room - Level 3, Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park
International Ballroom, Gold Room, State Room, and Embassy Room - Level 2, Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park
Moulin Rouge - Lobby Level, Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park
Imperial Ballroom, Regal Room - Level B2, Fairmont Chicago Millenium Park

About the Meeting

APSA’s 11th Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago on April 24-26, 2015 in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). This joint meeting will feature cutting edge research from physician-scientists across the country. The agenda includes numerous keynote addresses in addition to expert panels, student talks, a black tie dinner, and more!

APSA will once again be partnering with the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR) Combined Annual Meeting, held April 23 and 24th at the Hotel Chicago, just a short walk from the APSA Annual Meeting.

Be sure to visit often for updates. We will be posting information on the meeting's agenda, panelists, welcome reception, and more!

Key Deadlines

Abstract deadline: December 15th, 2014 11:59 PM EST This deadline has passed.
Early registration deadline: March 27th, 2015 This deadline has passed.
On-line registration deadline: April 22nd, 2015 11:59 PM EDT

11th Annual Meeting Organizing Committee

Dan DelloStritto - Northeast Ohio Medical University (G3): Chair, Events Committee

Jillian Liu - Ohio State University (G1): Vice-Chair

Allyson Palmer - Mayo Clinic MSTP (G3): Residency Luncheon

Mariam Bonyadi - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (G2): Panels

Carolina Soto - University of Illinois (M4): Panels

Saranya Wyles - Mayo Clinic MSTP (G4): Residency luncheon

Vadim Yerokhin - Oklahoma State University (M2): Panels

Jason Lou - University of Southern California (G2): Social

Harish Vasudevan - Mount Sinai School of Medicine (G4): Website

  • Registration
  • Hotel & Travel
  • Abstract
  • Poster Session
  • Travel Awards

  • Agenda
  • Panels
  • Agenda
  • Residency
  • Sponsors

Registration/Check-In Hours

Friday, April 24: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Registration Information

You can now register for the annual meeting here. A tentative schedule of events can be found under Agenda.


Prices are significantly higher for non-APSA members to register for the meeting. Become an APSA member today to take advantage of substantial registration savings! Pricing for Residency Programs at APSA's Residency Luncheon are available under Residency Luncheon.

  • Member Registration - $75.00
  • Non-Member Registration - $275.00
  • APSA Dinner Ticket (Saturday, April 25th) - $35.00
  • APSA Guest Dinner Ticket (Saturday, April 25th) - $35.00
  • Mentoring Breakfast (Saturday, April 25th) - $10.00

2015 Combined Annual Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR

APSA is again partnering with the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research (CSCTR) and the Midwestern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research (MWAFMR) to offer free registration for APSA members to the combined CSCTR and MWAFMR meeting, beginning the day before the 11th APSA Annual Meeting. APSA encourages its members to consider submitting an abstract to this meeting. Travel awards are available for the best abstract submissions. Look for more information in the Agenda on joint events being held with CSCTR and MWAFMR.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of the registration fee or meal ticket less an administrative fee will be granted for all written requests received at least 30 days prior to the APSA Annual Meeting. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after this date.

The administration fee is as follows:

  • APSA Member Registrations - $15 per registration
  • Non-member Registrations - $25 per registration
  • APSA Dinner Ticket - $10 per ticket
  • APSA Mentorship Breakfast Ticket - $5 per ticket

Telephone cancellations will not be accepted. Cancellations may be sent via email to 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.

Hotel & Travel

Fairmont Chicago

200 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Phone: +1-800-526-2008 or +1-312-565-8000
Fax: +1-312-861-3656

To take advantage of the event rate, book online today. Book your room today to save!

Event rates (per night)

  • $270.00 - city view single/double occupancy
  • $320.00 - lake view single/double occupancy*
  • $370.00 - one bedroom city view suite
  • $395.00 - one bedroom lake view suite*

*Each extra person sharing a room will be charged an additional $25 per night.

Roommate Service

For assistance in finding a roommate, contact Jennifer Dubansky ( or Kim Santos at +1-847-480-9712, ext. 277; fax: +1-847-480-9282; or e-mail

Room Reservation Deposit/Cancellation

All reservations require credit card guarantee or deposit for one night, including 16.4 percent occupancy tax (rate subject to change). Rooms may be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival with no fee. Cancellation within 48 hours of arrival will incur a charge of one night's room and tax to your credit card.

Abstract Submission

Submission Deadline: December 15th, 2014 at midnight EST

Abstract Submission is now Closed!

Please contact Annie Cox ( with any abstract submission questions. Presenters will be notified in February 2015 if their abstract has been accepted and if they are the recipient of a travel award.

Poster Session Information

Poster Specifics

Your poster must be no larger than 4 feet high by 4 feet wide. The presenting author must be at the poster board during the presentation time. Presenters are not required to be present during all viewing hours. Posters will be judged during the presentation time for scientific novelty, quality, and presentation clarity by members of the ASCI, AAP, and APSA. Best poster awards (see Awards) will be presented on Saturday afternoon to the most outstanding poster presenters.

Poster Preparation


A poster is a visual presentation of your research or clinical project. Use schematic diagrams, graphs, tables and other strategies to direct the visual attention of the viewer, rather than explaining it using text as you would in a journal article.

A poster addresses one central question. State the question or hypothesis clearly in the poster and use your presentation to provide a clear and explicit take-home message. Posters usually have a similar structure to a research paper or journal article: an abstract, introduction (i.e., brief rationale or review of relevant research), method section, results section, and a conclusion or summary. If your poster is more clinically oriented, you may elect to use a different format, but breaking things down into clear sections with headings will help your colleagues understand your poster easily and quickly.

In the busy and crowded environment of a poster session, most people do not have the ability to read and process long sections of text. Therefore, keep text to the bare essentials and stick to the most important ideas. You can convey details via discussion when you are standing by your poster.


  • Use bullet points to simplify sections like the introduction and conclusions.
  • Use large type, such as 36-point type for section headings, and 24-point type for text. Never use type smaller than 18 point for any reason.
  • Make effective use of underlines and boldface.
  • Use graphs and figures whenever possible.
  • Make your poster visually pleasing and attractive.
  • Include your presentation number in a large font on your poster so attendees can easily locate your abstract.

Poster Session Schedule

Friday, April 24 Setup 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, April 24 Viewing 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (not a formal presentation session)
Saturday, April 25 Presentation 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 Dismantle 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Author Attendance Requirement

Submission of an abstract to the APSA Annual Meeting affirms that at least one author must register for and attend the meeting if the abstract is accepted for poster or oral presentation. At least one author must be present at the poster from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Presenters are not required to be present during all viewing hours.

Travel Awards

APSA and ASCI/AAP Travel Awards

APSA, the ASCI, and the AAP offer $750 Travel Awards to select abstract submitters. For those traveling from distant institutions, APSA awards may be increased to $1,000. Competitive $1,000 Best Poster Awards, given on the basis of scientific novelty, quality, and clarity of presentation, will be awarded at the meeting. Authors who receive a travel award agree that they will register for and attend the APSA Annual Meeting and/or the Joint Meeting of the ASCI/AAP. A small number of top scoring abstracts submitted will be chosen for an oral presentation on Saturday afternoon, April 25. Presenters selected must be available at this time to present their work.

APSA Partner Awards: AAI, ASIP/ICPI, & SAEM

APSA is pleased to announce that several travel awards will be sponsored by APSA partner organizations the American Association of Immunologists (AAI), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), and the American Society for Investigative Pathology/Intersociety Council for Pathology Information (ASIP/ICPI). AAI has provided 5 $200 awards for abstracts related to immunology, ASIP/ICPI has provided one $750 award for an abstract related to pathology, and SAEM has provided 5 $500 awards for abstracts in the area of emergency medicine.

Information for Award Recipients

Recipients of APSA Travel Awards should be aware of specific restrictions on what expenses can be reimbursed by this award. The following expenses can be reimbursed for through an APSA Travel Award:

  • Air Fare – must have been in coach/economy class, roundtrip to and from the same airport
  • Taxi / Cab Rides (from ORD/MDW to Conference Site/from your home institution to your airport)
  • Hotel Expenses (You should try to book your reservations early so you can enjoy the reduced meeting rate). For hotel night and taxes.
  • Meals unrelated to the APSA dinner/mentorship breakfast fees.

Please note that the Annual Meeting registration fees and APSA membership dues are specifically excluded from reimbursement.

Local Chapter Travel Award

APSA is pleased to announce that we will provide $500 travel awards to attend the Annual Meeting in Chicago (April 24 – 26, 2015) to the three APSA Local Chapters that best promote APSA and the organization's goals of developing the careers of aspiring physician scientists. These awards are meant to encourage and support interactions between APSA national and local chapters (LCs). To be eligible for this award, your institution must first form an APSA LC by completing the application process (please visit the LC page, or email with questions). Awardees will be expected to attend the Annual Meeting and give a 5 minute presentation about their Local Chapter’s activities. Applications are due by February 13, 2015.

Local Chapter Travel Awards ($500)

Princeton University Saint Louis University University of Alabama at Birmingham

Undergraduate Travel Awards

Attention Undergraduate APSA members! APSA is excited to announce that two travel awards to the 11th Annual Meeting will be provided to undergraduate students! We are now accepting applications; please apply by March 31. We will contact the students accepted by email on or before April 5th.

Undergraduate Travel Awards ($300)

Muna Oli
University of Florida
Pooja Yesatharao
Rice University

AAI Awards ($200 each)

Shannon Carty
University of Pennsylvania
Jordan B. Jastrab
New York University School of Medicine
Steven Scoville
The Ohio State University
Blair Stocks
Vanderbilt University
Zeguo Zhao
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

ASIP/ICPI Pathology Award ($750)

Mohammed Dany
Medical University of South Carolina

SAEM Awards ($500)

Andrew Ackell
University of Iowa
Michael Guo
Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Sethu Madhavan
MetroHealth System, Case Western Reserve University
Rachel Moore
University of California, San Diego
Viral Shah
University of Iowa

APSA, ASCI, AAP Abstract Travel Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of APSA, ASCI, and AAP abstract awards!

ASCI & AAP Abstract Travel Awards

Christopher Brown
University of Kentucky
Brian Campfield
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
David Chiang
Baylor College of Medicine
Joseph Cichon
New York University School of Medicine
Ryan Denu
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
Qin Guo
Harvard Medical School
David Hartmann
Medical University of South Carolina
Thomas Hirschauer
The Ohio State University
Nelson Hsieh
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Wei-Chun Hsu
University of Texas Medical Branch
Aaron Kaplan
University at Buffalo
Christopher Kim
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Youssef A. Kousa
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Xiaoming Lu
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Ayumi Nakamura
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jung Park
University of Iowa
Sumera Rizvi
Mayo Clinic
John Schell
University of Utah
Sathish Subramanian
Washington University in St. Louis
Jonathan Tucci
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, University of Southern California
Joe Zhao
University of Pittsburgh

APSA Abstract Travel Awards

Layla Barkal
University of Wisconsin
Brendan Coutu
University of Minnesota
David Dadey
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Camila Delgado
New York University School of Medicine
Shima Dowla
University of Alabama School of Medicine
Hanna Erickson
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alison Gaylo
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Amy Guimaraes-Young
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Nidhi Gupta
University of Connecticut Health Center
Katie Hwang
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Bianca Islam
Georgia Regents University
Amy Ku
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Xiaoxiao Li
University of Texas Southwestern
Katelee Barrett Mueller
Tufts Medical Center
Deborah Olmstead
Indiana University School of Medicine
Allyson Palmer
Mayo Clinic
Krupa Savalia
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Susan Shen
Washington University in St. Louis
Mohamed Soliman
Weill Cornell Medical College
Jennifer Stanley
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Giraldina Treveho-Nunez
University of Pittsburgh
Manouela Valtcheva
Washington University in St. Louis
Jennifer Watchmaker
Vanderbilt University
Michael Weintraub
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Annie Wu
Johns Hopkins University
Saranya Wyles
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Kailin Yang
Cleveland Clinic

Agenda Highlights

Refer to Agenda for a full schedule of speakers and events.

Featured APSA Speakers

Craig Thompson, MD - President and CEO, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD - Professor of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Lasker Foundation Speaker - Alfred Sommer MD, MHS - Dean Emeritus, Bloomberg School of Public Health and University Distinguished Service Professor, Johns Hopkins University

IDSA Sponsored Speaker - Liise-Anne Pirofski MD - Chief Divison of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine; Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

SAEM Sponsored Speaker- Jeff Kline MD - Professor of Emergency Medicine and Physiology, Vice Chair of Research, Indiana University  

RSNA Sponsored Speaker - Richard Ehman MD - Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic

AGA Sponsored Speaker - Gail Hecht, MD - Professor of Gastroenterology, Loyola University Chicago

Agenda Highlights


Join APSA, CSCTR, and MWAFMR members for the return of the APSA/CSCTR/MWAFMR Mixer on Thursday evening! The social will be held at Bar Louie in River North, located below the Hotel Chicago. The event will begin at 8 PM Central Time and run until 2 AM. Check out the event flier for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!

Welcome Reception

APSA's Welcome Reception will again be held 1000 feet above Chicago at the John Hancock Center's Signature Room. Come prepared on Friday April 24th for a night of tasty appetizers, scrumptious desserts, good drinks, and of course fantastic company! Business casual attire suggested.

Shuttles will be running from the Fairmont B2 motor lobby to the Hancock Center (and returning to the Fairmont) continuously from 8:30 pm Friday with the last shuttle leaving Hancock at 12:30 am Saturday.

APSA/Lasker Lecture

APSA and the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation are again joining to sponsor the 2015 APSA/Lasker Award Lecture! 

This years Lasker Speaker is Alfred Sommer MD, MHS from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sommer was awarded the 1997 Lasker Clinical Medical Research award for his work on vitamin A deficiency. Dr. Sommer's work demonstrated the vital role Vitamin A plays in decreasing mortality in deficient populations.  We are excited to host Dr. Sommer and once again have our collaboration with the Lasker Foundation. 

Interest Group Mentoring Session

The goal of this session is to foster dialogue between the trainees and established physician-scientist investigators, with the hopes of providing information about the training, research, and funding opportunities that exist in various areas of clinical specialization.

Italicized societies indicate sponsorship of those specialties.


  • American Heart Association
  • Hossein Ardehali, MD, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Howard Rockman, MD, Duke University


  • Nicole Najor, PhD, Northwestern University

Emergency Medicine

  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine & American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Amy Kaji, MD, PhD, Harbor UCLA Medical Center
  • Jeffrey Kline, MD, Indiana University


  • American Gastroenterological Association & American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • John M. Carethers, MD, University of Michigan
  • Fred Gorelick, MD, Yale University
  • M. Bishr Omary, MD, PhD, University of Michigan
  • Vincent Yang, MD, PhD, Stony Brook University


  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Lawrence (Skip) Brass, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Hidayatullah G Munshi, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Infectious Diseases

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Mitchell Grayson, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Mary Klotman, MD, Duke University

Internal Medicine/Research Track Residency

  • Brittany Weber, MD, PhD, Brigham and Women's Hospital


  • David Frim, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Matthew Tate, MD, PhD, Northwestern University


  • American Society for Investigative Pathology & Intersociety Council for Pathology Information
  • Christopher Weber, MD, PhD, University of Chicago


  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Eric Beyer, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Kenan Onel, MD, PhD, University of Chicago
  • Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, MD, PhD, University of Chicago


  • Scott Budinger, MD, Northwestern University
  • Gokhan Mutlu, MD, Northwestern University
  • Marc Peters-Golden, MD, University of Michigan
  • Ted Standiford, MD, University of Michigan


  • Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD, University of Iowa


  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Richard Ehman, MD, Mayo Clinic


  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD, FACS, University of Pennsylvania

Residency Luncheon

Research-oriented residency and fellowship program directors will be at the 11th Annual Meeting to talk to you from noon to 2 PM on Sunday, April 25th. Over lunch, get your questions about specific programs and the nature of physician-scientist training after medical and graduate school answered by the experts. If you are applying to residency soon, this is an unparalleled opportunity to connect with program directors.

Panel Discussions

APSA has an exciting lineup of panels throughout the 11th Annual Meeting. Visit the Panels tab on this page to learn more about each panel.


APSA Policy Panel: Policies Governing Bench to Bedside, Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Research

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Time: 2pm-3:30pm CST

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Chicago

Every year, physicians and physician scientists confront challenges in inadequate science/clinical research resources, insufficient funding, barriers to pursuing important research disciplines, liability, and mounting administrative burdens. More and more, physicians and physician scientistsrealize that involvement in the political process is a necessity if progress is to be made in these areas. Further, crucial work led by physician scientists includes translational research. However, translational research is difficult to do, with a high failure rate. Insights from those who have successfully traversed this gap will hopefully help future physician scientists in an area that physician scientists are poised to tackle.

Our policy session entitled “Policies Governing Bench to Bedside, Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Research” will provide physician scientists and trainees with information on a) how to get involved with translational medical and science advocacy/policy, b) how the government and FDA help promote clinical and translational research/latest initiatives c) understand steps in the drug/therapeutics approval process, challenges and key factors helpful in the process.

Moderator: Jennifer M. Kwan MD, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago


Speaker: Francis Collins MD, PhD, NIH Director
Topic: Importance of physician scientists in biomedical policy, how policy has shaped how biomedical research is run and its future

Speaker: Robert Califf, MD, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco.
NOTE: Stephen Ostroff MD, FDA Chief Scientist & Interim FDA Commissioner had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict with his new responsibilities as Commissioner. We hope to reschedule his appearance for the 12th Annual Meeting.
Topic: Ways FDA is working with NIH and industry, role in protections and moving translational research forward

Speaker: Christopher Burrow MD, Humetrix Vice President
Topic: Role of mobile health in biomedical and translational research and policies governing mobile health applications

Speaker: Lloyd Klickstein MD, PhD, Novartis Head of Translational Medicine
Topic: Case examples of role of policy in R&D and incentivizing industry investment in novel therapeutics, diagnostics; ie changing CKD FDA outcomes policy to incentivize investment in therapeutics for CKD

APSA Technological Innovation in Biomedical and Translational Research Panel: Commercialization of Drugs/Devices & Role/Importance of Policies Regulating Implementation

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015

Time: 10:00am-11:00am CST

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Chicago

The aim of this proposal is to increase physician scientist knowledge on the process of translating scientific discoveries to commercial products/services on the market. The first portion of the workshop will feature the experiences of a physician scientist entrepreneur who is successfully translating their work through the R&D pipeline. The second portion will feature a physician scientist leader in the area of mobile health technologies to review the importance of policy in implementation of mobile health technologies. The remaining portion will be led by UNeMed corporation, the technology transfer office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The attendees will learn pitfalls that can hinder progress towards commercializing the technology. Additional topics for discussion includes the paths after this initial phase of interaction, which includes the role the technology transfer office plays during patenting of the invention and finding interested parties willing to invest in this technology to bring it to the market. Industry and policy bodies will highlight the role of policy in this process and how policy recommendations and policy generating bodies influence application of these discoveries for the patients.


Academia Speaker: Caronda Moore, PhD, University of Nebraska (Tech Transfer Office)

Academic/Start-up/Entrepreneur Speaker: Robert Bacallao, MD

Private Industry Speaker: Christopher Burrow, MD, Humetrix Vice President

APSA Women in Medicine and Science Panel

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST

Location: Fairmont Hotel, Chicago

The role of women in medicine and science has rapidly increased in recent years despite historical barriers to access to professional education. Currently, women are  becoming the majority of the medical school class, a phenomenon that has not yet become widespread in the medical profession itself. This panel assembles powerful women in medicine and science across diverse fields and career paths to provide insight into the experiences of woman leaders in medicine and science. 


Speaker: Louise Laurent, MD, PhD

Background: Louise Laurent is an Assistant Professor in Reproductive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and her current research focuses on understanding the molecular regulation of pluripotency and differentiation, optimizing the preclinical and clinical utility of human pluripotent stem cells, and identifying the molecular basis of placental dysfunction in human pregnancy.

Speaker: Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA

Background: Claire Pomeroy is the president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. 

Speaker: Hilary Reno, MD, PhD

Background: Hilary Reno is an Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease and Hospitalist Medicine involved in clinical teaching and clinical research focusing on health care delivery in STI care, STIs in patients with HIV, and the high STI rates in the St. Louis Region.  

Speaker: Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD

Background: Hanna Stevens is currently directing a program of research on model systems of early brain development at the University of Iowa Department of Psychiatry  to better understand the etiologies of child and adult mental illnesses and to improve outcomes for pregnant mothers affected by mood and anxiety disorders.



The agenda will be revised as the meeting approaches. Check back for updates. Note: APSA specific events are in bold.

Thursday, April 23th

Time Event Location
2015 Combined Annual Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR Hotel Chicago
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Grant Writing Workshop
Robert O. Bonow, MD, Northwestern University (sponsored by AHA)
Grant-Writing for the Post-Graduate Physician-Scientist: A Practical Approach to Fellowship Funding and Beyond
Crystal Room
8:30 pm - 12:00 am 2015 CSCTR, MWAFMR, and APSA Social Hour (Flier PDF) Bar Louie - River North (below Hotel Chicago)

Friday, April 24th

Time Event Location
2015 Combined Annual Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR Hotel Chicago
8:30 am - 11:00 am APSA Business Meeting Moulin Rouge
11:00 am - 1:00 pm APSA Session I International Ballroom
11:00 am - 12:00 pm APSA Keynote
Jeff Kline, MD, Indiana University (sponsored by SAEM)
Prespectives of a Translational Researcher in Emergency Medicine

International Ballroom
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm APSA Keynote
Gail Hecht, MD, Loyola University Chicago (sponsored by AGA)

Studying Enteropathogenic E. coli Through the Eyes of a Gastroenterologist: How Clinical Knowledge Impacts the Research Approach
International Ballroom
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Poster Setup Imperial Ballroom
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Plenary Session I: Understanding Disease Mechanisms to Improve Human Health
Moderators: Christine Seidman, Mukesh Jain, & Dan DelloStritto
International Ballroom
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Michael Welsh, MD, University of Iowa
Origins of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease
International Ballroom
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Jeffrey Leiden, MD, PhD, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Mutations to Medicines: A Precision Medicine Approach to Cystic Fibrosis
International Ballroom
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm APSA Panel: Policies Governing Bench to Bedside Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Research
Panelists: Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director, NIH
Robert Califf, MD, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco
Christopher Burrow, MD, Vice President, Humetrix
Lloyd Klickstein, MD, PhD, Head, Translational Medicine, Novartis
Moderator: Jennifer Kwan, MD, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
Moulin Rouge
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ASCI and AAP New Member Presentations International Ballroom
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm AAP New Member Presentation
Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Testicular Germ Cell Tumors: A Paradigm for Succssful GWA Studies in Cancer
International Ballroom
2:15 pm - 2:30 pm ASCI New Member Presentation
Victor E. Velculescu, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Liquid Biopsy Approaches for Detecting and Characterizing Human Cancer
International Ballroom
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm AAP New Member Presentation
Levi Garraway, MD, Harvard University
Principles of Resistance to Targeted Anticancer Agents
International Ballroom
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm ASCI New Member Presentation
Hesham A. Sadek, MD, PhD, UT Southwestern
Mechanistic Roadmap to Human Myocardial Regeneration
International Ballroom
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Break International Ballroom Foyer
3:30 pm - 6:15 pm Plenary Session II: Understanding Disease Mechanisms to Improve Human Health
Moderators: Paul Rothman, Mukesh Jain, & Andrew Harrison
International Ballroom
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm ASCI/Harrington Prize Lecture
Douglas Lowy, MD, National Cancer Institute
Preventing Cervical Cancer and Other HPV-induced Diseases by Vaccination
International Ballroom
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm APSA Keynote
Mitchell Lazar, MD PhD, University of Pennslyvania
Time For Rev-erb Nation
International Ballroom
4:30 pm - 4:45 pm The Seldin-Smith Legacy
Michael S. Brown, MD, UT Southwestern
Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD, Gladstone Institutes
International Ballroom
4:45 pm - 5:15 pm ASCI Presidential Address
Mukesh K. Jain, MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Advancing the Mission
International Ballroom
5:15 pm - 5:45 pm ASCI/Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award Lecture
Louis J. Ptáček, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Electrical and Episodic Disorders: Channelopathies and Beyond
International Ballroom
5:45 p.m - 6:15 p.m,

APSA Keynote - Lasker Foundation Award Lecture
Alfred Sommer MD, MHS, Johns Hopkins University Peregrinations of a Physician Scientist: On Sight and Life

International Ballroom
6:15 pm - 7:30 pm ASCI President's Reception (By invitation only) Gold Room
6:15 pm - 9:30 pm Poster Viewing Imperial Ballroom
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AAP Offsite President's Dinner (By invitation only)
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner on Own: There are many restaurants within walking distance of the Fairmont, please see the Front Desk for some recommendations.  Local restaurants
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm ASCI Dinner and New Member Induction Ceremony (Ticketed event)
Speaker: Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Duke University
Inspiring the Next Generation of Physician Scientists
Moulin Rouge
9:00 pm - 12:00 am APSA Welcome Reception (Hancock Center)
APSA Presidential Address
Michael Guo, APSA President

Suggested attire: business casual
Shuttles will be running from the Fairmont B2 motor lobby to the Hancock Center (and returning to the Fairmont) continuously from 8:30 pm Friday with the last shuttle leaving Hancock at 12:30 am Saturday.
Signature Room, John Hancock Center

Saturday, April 25th

Time Event Location
7:00 am - 8:00 am Mentoring Breakfast (Ticketed event) Moulin Rouge
7:00 am - 8:00 am AAP Council Meeting State Room
8:00 am – 11:45 am Plenary Session III: Understanding Disease Mechanisms to Improve Human Health
Moderators: Linda Fried, Levi Garraway, & Stephen Chrzanowski
International Ballroom
8:15 am – 8:45 am Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
New Insights Into Vascular Biology in the Eye and Brain
International Ballroom
8:45 am – 9:15 am Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Autism: at the Interface of Neuroscience Genetics and Genomic Medicine
International Ballroom
9:15 am – 9:30 am APSA trainee oral abstract presentation
Ayumi Nakamura, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
miR-29: A Molecular Timer that Accelerates Aging
International Ballroom
9:30 am - 10:00 am John A. Kessler, MD, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
Nanotechnology and Regenerative Neurology
International Ballroom
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break International Ballroom Foyer
10:30 am – 11:45 am Plenary Session IV: Understanding Disease Mechanisms to Improve Human Health
Moderators: Paul Rothman, Levi Garraway, & Jennifer Kwan
International Ballroom
10:30 am – 11:00 am Carol W. Greider, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Telomeres and Telomerase: From Basic Science to Disease and Back

Jennifer Doudna, PhD, University of California, Berkeley was originally schedule to deliver a lecture entitled The Biology and Biotechnology of CRISPRs but was unable to attend due to a family emergency.
International Ballroom
11:00 am - 11:15 am APSA trainee oral abstract presentation
Jung Park, University of Iowa
Tcfap2c Potentiates Tumorigenesis and Cancer Growth in an Activated Neu Model of Mammary Carcinogenesis
International Ballroom
11:15 am - 11:45 am Rudolf Jaenisch, MD, PhD, Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
iPS Technology, Gene Editing and Disease Research
International Ballroom
11:45 am - 1:30 pm Poster Session with Lunch Imperial Ballroom
12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Poster Reviewer Meeting Regal Room
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Poster Dismantle Imperial Ballroom
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm APSA Keynote
Craig B. Thompson, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Starting at the Bedside: Science in the 21st Century
International Ballroom
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm William Crowley, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Genetic Insights from a Human Disease Model to Define how the Brain Controls Puberty and Reproduction
International Ballroom
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Jeffrey Friedman, MD, PhD, Rockefeller University
Leptin and the Neuronal Control of Glucose Metabolism
International Ballroom
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Best Poster & APSA Partner Organization Awards International Ballroom
3:15 pm - 3:40 pm Break International Ballroom Foyer
3:40 pm - 4:00 pm AAP Business Meeting International Ballroom
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm AAP Presidential Address
Paul Rothman, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Medicine in 2055
International Ballroom
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Kober Lecture
Philip Fred Sparling, MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
A Doctor's Dilemma: Choices Amidst Change
International Ballroom
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm Kober Medal Presentation
Recipient: Francis Collins, MD, PhD, National Institutes of Health
Presenter: David Ginsburg, MD, University of Michigan Medical School
International Ballroom
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ASCI Reception for New Members and Young Physician-Scientist Poster Session (By invitation only)
Speaker: Griffin P. Rodgers, MD, MACP, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Gold Room
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm APSA Panel: Women in Medicine and Science
Panelists: Louise Laurent, MD, PhD, UCSD
Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
Hilary Reno, MD, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
Hanna Stevens, MD, PhD, University of Iowa
Moderator: Mariam Bonyadi, MD/PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Crystal Room
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm APSA Dinner & Speaker (Ticketed event)
Liise-Anne Pirofski, MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Life as a Physician-Scientist: The Road from Here to There and Everywhere
Moulin Rouge
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm AAP Reception & Dinner (Ticketed event) Imperial Ballroom
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm AAP Dinner Speaker
Speaker: Peter Agre, MD, Johns Hopkins University
From Lake Wobegon to Stockholm
Dinner is a ticketed event; however, APSA members are welcome to join AAP in the Imperial Ballroom 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm for the dinner speaker.
Imperial Ballroom
10:00 pm - 12:00 am Dessert Reception (open to all attendees) Imperial Ballroom Foyer

Sunday, April 26th

Time Event Location
8:00 am - 9:30 am Interest Groups and Mentorships
See "Agenda Highlights" for a list of mentors and specialities
Moulin Rouge
9:00 am - 10:00 am Society Leadership Wrap-up Meeting
9:30 am - 10:00 am APSA Keynote
Richard Ehman MD, Mayo Clinic (sponsored by RSNA) Patents as Proxies: Should Inventions be Used as an Outcome Metric in Medical Research?
Gold Room
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Panel - Ethical Implications and Use of Big Data
Panelists: Catherine A. Gallagher, PhD, George Mason University
Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, Northwestern University              
Moderator: Moshe Levi MD, Professor, University of Colorado

Gold Room
10:00 am - 11:00 am Panel - What is a Physician-Scientist?: MSTP Admissions
Panelists: Lawrence (Skip) Brass, MD, PhD, MSTP Director, University of Pennsylvania                                                                      Moderator: Leanne Dumeny, MD/PhD Candidate, University of Florida
Crystal Room
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Panel - Post-Graduate Opportunities
Panelists: Dr. Tadataka (Tachi) Yamada, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer and Executive Vice-President, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Peng Ji, MD, PhD, Northwestern University                                       Moderator: Ivayla Geneva MD, PhD,  SUNY Upstate
Crystal Room
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Panel - Technological Innovation in Biomedical and Translational Research
Panelists: Caronda Moore, PhD, University of Nebraska
Robert Bacallao, MD, Indiana University
Christopher Burrow, MD, Vice President, Humetrix
Moderator: Jennifer Kwan, MD, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Gold Room
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Residency Luncheon
See "Agenda Highlights" for a list of participating programs.
Moulin Rouge

Residency Luncheon Program List

New programs will be added to the list as the meeting approaches. Check back for updates!

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital - Internal Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program
  • Children's Hospital of Los Angeles/USC - Donnell Society for Pediatric Scientists Residency Program
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Pediatric Residency Program
  • Massachusetts General Hospital - Internal Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Residency and Fellowship Training Programs
  • Northwestern University General Surgery Residency Program
  • The Ohio State University - Internal Medicine/PSTP Residency Program
  • University of California, Los Angeles STAR (Specialty Training and Advanced Research) Program  
  • University of Chicago Medical Scientist Training Program
  • University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine - Physician-Scientist Training Pathway
  • University of Pennsylvania Internal Medicine/PSP Residency Program
  • Vanderbilt University - Internal Medicine Physician-Scientist Training Program

Represent Your Program At The Largest Gathering of Physician-Scientist Trainees Nationally – Don’t Miss This Opportunity!

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The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is a not-for-profit, student-driven organization focused on career development and community-building of physician-scientists in training. Every year, the APSA Annual Meeting is held jointly with two physician-scientist honor societies, the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and the Association of American Physicians (AAP). The APSA Annual Meeting is the largest, dedicated gathering of physician-scientists in the country and the largest gathering of physician-scientist trainees nationally, with over 350 physician-scientist trainees joining over 500 ASCI and AAP members.

Connect with Your Program's Key Demographic

For residency programs focused on training physician-scientists, the APSA Annual Meeting represents an unequaled opportunity to connect with physician-scientist trainees, including MD/PhD and DO/PhD students and MD and DO students with strong research interests. These students are the future applicants to your programs and the future leaders of biomedical science, and the APSA Annual Meeting is your opportunity to introduce your program to them and recruit the outstanding physician-scientists of tomorrow.

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Participate in the Residency Luncheon

To promote interaction between trainees and residency programs dedicated to training physician-scientists, APSA holds the Residency Luncheon on the final day of the meeting, allowing trainees to interact with representatives of residency programs and learn more about the opportunities available to them. In turn, this allows representatives of these programs to identify the best and brightest trainees to target for recruitment into their programs. The Residency Luncheon is an unmatched opportunity to identify promising recruits even prior to residency application submission. Attendees routinely rate the Residency Luncheon as one of the best elements of the APSA meeting. If your program is not represented, you are missing the best opportunity to capture the interest and attention of the physician-scientist trainees who will soon be constructing their ERAS applications and match lists.

In 2016, the 12th APSA Annual Meeting Residency Luncheon will take place on Sunday, April 17th at 12 PM Central Time at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. If you are unable to attend, we offer other options to introduce your program to our meeting attendees (please refer to Other Options below).

How to Attend

If you and/or other representatives of your program are interested in attending the residency luncheon at the upcoming APSA meeting, please contact Allyson Palmer to discuss the next steps. Thank you for your support of physician-scientists in training! We are confident that your program will value the opportunity to interact with trainees that the APSA Annual Meeting provides.

While reviewing the Residency Luncheon Packages below, please keep in mind that APSA is a fully student-run organization with a limited budget. Besides serving as a mentor during the Residency Luncheon, we offer opportunities to advertise your program to our participants in a variety of ways. These include website and social media advertising, serving as a mentor for the specialty interest group session on Saturday morning, and featuring your program on APSA meeting banners. Please visit the APSA Sponsorship & Advertisement page and select "Meetings" for more information or contact Allyson Palmer to discuss options.

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APSA Annual Meeting Residency Luncheon Packages

Item Cost
Residency Luncheon Package Level 1
  • Space to setup a table at the APSA Residency Luncheon
Residency Luncheon Package Level 2
  • Space to setup a table at the APSA Residency Luncheon
  • Informational handouts placed inside of APSA Annual Meeting registration packets
Residency Luncheon Package Level 3
  • Space to setup a table at the APSA Residency Luncheon
  • Informational handouts placed inside of APSA Annual Meeting registration packets
  • Official sponsor of the APSA Annual Meeting with mention at closing remarks at the meeting and exposure on the APSA website

Other Options

If you or another member of your program are unable to represent your program in person at the APSA Annual Meeting, we offer multiple opportunities to reach our trainee audience. These include placing your program information into every registration package, becoming an official meeting sponsor with exposure on our website and meeting materials, and advertisement on APSA's website or social media. Please visit the APSA Sponsorship & Advertisement page and select "Meetings" or contact Allyson Palmer at for more information.

Meeting Sponsors

APSA gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their sponsorship of the 11th Annual Meeting. Sponsors help make the APSA Annual Meeting possible through financial contributions, sponsorship of speakers, and support of mentorship activities.

Platinum Sponsors ($25,000+)

Funding for the APSA Annual Meeting (2009-2015) is made possible (in part) by R13 CA136301 from the National Cancer Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Gold Sponsors ($10,000+)

American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) logo Association of American Physicians (AAP) logo Lasker Foundation logo IDSA logo

Silver Sponsors ($5,000+)

Ruby Sponsors ($1000+)

ACEP logo Novartis logo SAEM logo AAI logo

Supporter Sponsors (up to $1000)

RSNA logo AHA logo ICPI logo AGA logo ASIP logo