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APSA 8th Annual Meeting
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APSA 8th Annual Meeting

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Online Registration is now closed. If you have not yet registered for the APSA Annual Meeting, you can do so onsite, Saturday and Sunday, at the Fairmont Hotel.


Meeting Information

Meeting Agenda

APSA Invitation
Meeting Location
Meeting Dates
Registration Fees
Registration Deadlines
Abstract & Travel Awards
Poster Sessions
Poster Presenter Instructions
Friday - April 27, 2012
Saturday - April 28, 2012
Sunday - April 29, 2012
Meeting Sponsors

We are honored to invite you to the 8th Annual Meeting of the American Physician Scientists Association held in Chicago, Illinois from Friday, April 27th until Sunday, April 29th, 2012. We are proud to be the largest meeting of physician-scientists trainees from around the world and will hold our plenary sessions at the prestigious Fairmont Hotel, within walking distance to the heart of Chicago’s cultural district.  We welcome all training levels and expertise including students, residents, fellows, young investigators, professors, researchers, managers, CEOs, investigators, and clinicians to gather within a unique forum that fosters personal interaction between academia, industry, and government.

We are pleased to coordinate the APSA meeting with the Association of American Physicians (AAP) as well as the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) providing ample opportunities to expose you to an expansive number of diverse topics. Each year our constituents find themselves face to face with some of the top physician-scientists in the world; those who direct international scientific policy, manage millions of dollars in funding, have received Nobel awards, and are the mentors of thousands of future researchers.

It is our hope that our APSA student members will be able to build new relationships with their own peers and colleagues.  Poster sessions and selected abstract platform presentations offer each of you the opportunity to discuss, interact, and gather crucial advice from those whose research intersects your own. We are excited to continue to offer various Travel Awards made available by APSA and its partner organizations.  Be sure to submit your abstract by the posted deadlines to be considered for these funds!

Finally, the Annual Meeting Committee has organized a variety of social activities to take place over the weekend. We always hope that you would be able to build and expand your professional network as you catch up with old friends, meet new colleagues, and establish future mentor relationships. We look forward to your joining us at the Annual Meeting as we seek to strengthen the future of APSA: the foremost association dedicated to the physician-scientists and trainees.

2012 APSA Annual Meeting Committee

  • Chair: Taylor Heald-Sargent, Loyola University Chicago
  • Vice-Chair: Susan McClory, The Ohio State University
  • Vice-ChairLori Hutcherson, Louisiana State University
  • Sherry Cai Wen, Vanderbilt University
  • Katherine Hartmann, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Ali Sovari, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Stephanie Jackson, St. Louis University
  • Jennifer Ghandi, University of Chicago
  • Konstantin Malley, St. Louis University
  • Colleen Lang, Washington University 
  • Daniel DelloStritto, Northeastern Ohio University Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Julian Klosowiak, Northwestern University
  • Dylan Dodd, University of Illinois
  • Sun Mi Choi, Louisiana State University
  • Yonit Lavin, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Steven Back, Temple University

2012 Annual Meeting Information


Fairmont Hotel (Map ) (APSA, ASCI/AAP)

Chicago Marriot Downtown (Map) (CSCR/MWAFMR)

Partnering Meeting Info:




April 27-29, 2012

Registration Fee:

If you are an:

  • APSA Member (Associate, Full, or Emeritus)
    • Early Registration Fees = $50.00
  • If you are NOT an APSA member
    • Early Registration Fees = $250.00
  • Onsite Registration for Everyone = $300.00
  • Saturday Dinner Tickets = $35.00


Registration Deadlines:


Registration for APSA Annual Meeting to be offered onsite at the Fairmont Hotel.

If you have not yet registered for the APSA Annual Meeting, you can do so onsite, Saturday and Sunday, at the Fairmont Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Early Deadline: April 25th Midnight EST


Online Registration is now closed.

If you have not yet registered for the APSA Annual Meeting, you can do so onsite, Saturday and Sunday, at the Fairmont Hotel.


Hotel and Flight Information:

**Limited Student Rate Rooms**

There are a limited number of rooms available at the Fairmont for a special student rate of $171.  Upon check-in, proof of student status must be provided.  Rooms at this rate are available on a first-come, first-serve basis through the link below:  

All Joint Meeting attendees may take advantage of discounted rates at the Fairmont Chicago. Rates if booked prior to Tuesday, March 27, are:

  • $270 for city view single/double occupancy
  • $320 lake view single/double occupancy*
  • $370 for one bedroom city view suite
  • $395 for one bedroom lake view suite*

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

All rates are subject to state and city taxes. To reserve a room, call The Fairmont Chicago and mention the ASCI/AAP Joint Meeting to receive the discounted rate. Reservations received on or after Tuesday, March 27, 2012, will be on a space and rate available basis.

A limited number of rooms are available at government rates on a first-come, first-served basis. Government credentials are required at check-in. For those who qualify, contact Yolanda Avoytes at the Fairmont at +1-312-565-3803 or e-mail to reserve a room under this special program.

Room Reservation Deposit/Cancellation
All reservations require one night’s deposit or credit card guarantee, including 15.4 percent occupancy tax. Failure to cancel your reservation 48 hours prior to arrival will result in one night’s room and tax being charged to your credit card.

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

Air Travel Discounts
Airline reservations may be made through FCm Travel Solutions, the preferred agency for ASCI/AAP Joint Meeting. FCm charges a processing fee on transactions but provides a discount to all Joint Meeting attendees.

International callers and callers in the state of Illinois call FCm Travel Solutions at +1-847-948-9111, ext. 3; all other callers from North America dial +1-866-341-7672.

Please check hotel and flight aggregator websites for the additional room rates.

Abstract and Travel Award

Abstract submission has closed.  Thank you to all who submitted abstracts, they are currently under review and travel award notifications will be made in the coming months. 

mailto:admin@aap-online.orgwith questions.

Poster Sessions:

Friday, April 27th from 6-7pm (poster viewing and reception)

Saturday, April 28th from 11:45am - 1:30pm (poster session and lunch)

Instructions for ASCI / AAP Poster Presenters:

Information for poster presenters can be found at


Financial Support:

The American Physician Scientists Association would like to gratefully thank the following funds, programs, corporations, and organizations for their financial support for APSA's 7th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 5 R13 CA136301-03 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.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund



Radiological Society of North America



University of Rochester Pediatrics Residency Program



Yale University ABIM Research Pathway



Infectious Disease Society of America



University of Chicago



State University of New York - Upstate



Physician-Scientist Training Program
Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University

Internal Medicine Residency Program
Brigham and Women's Hospital



Society for Academic Emergency Medicine



Tentative Meeting Agenda

Friday – April 27th, 2012

8:00 a.m.

Registration pickup  

(International Ballroom Foyer)

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

APSA business meeting   (Moulin Rouge)

Opening Remarks

Committee Reports

Voting on new Executive Council

External & International Presentations

Lunch & Discussion


1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Poster Setup (Imperial Ballroom)
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  
APSA 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Invited Keynote Speaker:              Roger Lewis, MD, PhD, FACEP
Director of Research
Director of Research Fellowship
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Professor of Medicine-in-Residence

Flexible Foundations for a Medical Research Career

APSA 1:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Elizabeth Engle, MD
Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology Children's Hospital Boston
Harvard University
APSA 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Women in Medicine Panel
Elizabeth Engle, MD Harvard University
Beverly Mitchell, MD Stanford University
Theodora Ross, MD, PhD Unversity of Texas Southwestern
Vivian G. Cheung, MD Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
Serpil Erzurum, MD Cleveland Clinic
APSA 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Frederick S. Kaplan, MD
Isaac and Rose Nassau Professor of Orthopaedic Molecular Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery  Chief, Division of Molecular Orthopaedic Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Pennsylvania
"Why Do Some People Form Two Skeletons?"
3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
ASCI/AAP 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Jenny Ting, PhD
University of North Carolina
"NLR innate immune sensors in diseases and disease models"
ASCI/AAP 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD
University of Chicago
"Closing the Knowledge Disparity Gap: From Molecular Mechanisms to Interventions and Back"
ASCI/AAP 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Career Development Awardee Presentation
8 Awardees (list at podium with certificates)
ASCI/AAP 4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Craig Venter, PhD
Venter Institute                                    "Synthetic Life"
ASCI/AAP 5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Ramesh Rao, PhD
University of California
"Information Technology for disruptive changes in Medicine"
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ASCI Welcome Reception and Poster Viewing
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Poster Viewing
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. APSA Dinner Outing
(On Your Own) Groups will meet by the Registration Desk at the Fairmont Hotel
9:00 p.m. – Midnight
APSA Welcome Reception
APSA Presidential Address
Ivayla I. Geneva, MD-PhD candidate
State University of New York - Upstate

Saturday – April 28th, 2012

7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Mentoring Breakfast
8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
 ASCI/AAP 8:15 a.m. –8:45 a.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Michael Karin, PhD
University of California, San Diego
"In the footsteps of Virchow: Tumor elicited inflammation – mechanisms and outcome"
 ASCI/AAP 8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
"Somatic genome alterations and targeted therapy in human epithelial cancers"
 APSA 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

APSA trainee oral abstract presentation:

Neeha Zaidi
Mount Sinai
"Targeting Tumor Antigen Her2/Neu To Receptor Treml4 On Cd8α+ Dendritic Cells In Situ Induces Anti-Tumor Immunity"

 ASCI/AAP 9:30 am – 10:00 am Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD
Duke Univeristy
"The Secret Life of the Transferrin Receptor"
9:30 am - 11:00 am Social Sciences and the Humanities Forum (APSA)
10:00 am - 10:30 am Break
 ASCI/AAP 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Lennart Mucke, MD 
Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease
"Brain Against Alzheimer's Disease: Rivals in Complexity"
 APSA 11:00 a.m. 11:15 am Laurence Turka, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Harvard University
 ASCI/AAP 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

APSA trainee oral abstract presentation:

John H. Lee
University of Iowa
"Investigating The Therapeutic Effect Of Rhes Suppression In A Mouse Model Of Huntingtons Disease"

 ASCI/AAP 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
Beth Levine, MD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas -
"Exercise, autophagy, and glucose metabolism"
12:00 p.m.– 1:30 p.m. Poster Session with Lunch
1:45-2:15 and 2:30-3:00 APSA Career Development Workshop Sessions 

Residency 101 - Choosing and Surviving Your Path
David VanderWeele, MD, PhD, University of Chicago

Vanessa Nomellini, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin 

 APSA Grant Writing - What actually happens at a study section? 
M. Kerry O'Banion, MD, PhD, University of Rochester

Writing Articles - Tailoring your writing for clinical or basic research journals
Howard Rockman, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Duke University

Peter Wagner, MD, Editor of the Journal of Applied Physiology, University of California San Diego

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ASCI and AAP New Member Presentations
 ASCI/AAP 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. ASCI: Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD         Associate Professor, Medicine - Cardiovascular                           Associate Professor, Radiology                Stanford University


     ASCI/AAP 1:50 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

    AAP:  Jean E. Schaffer, MD             Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine
    Director, Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center and Diabetes Research Training Center
    Washington University

    "Unexpected Regulators of Metabolic Stress"

     ASCI/AAP 2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ASCI:  Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH     Associate Professor of Medicine          Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital
     ASCI/AAP 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 pm AAP:   Joseph T. Bass, MD, PhD          Charles F. Kettering Professorship of Medicine                                       Chief, Division of Medicine-Endocrinology   Northwestern University
    3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
     APSA 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
    Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD
    Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research
    Professor, by courtesy, of Bioengineering in Materials Sci & Engineering
    Stanford University
    "Bridging the Physical and Biological Sciences for Improving Patient Cancer Management"
    ASCI/AAP 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Invited Keynote Speaker:
    Myron Cohen, MD
    J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health at the University of North Carolina

    "AAS-Science Breakthrough of the Year 2011: HowTreatment of HIV Became Prevention"

     APSA 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

    APSA trainee oral abstract presentation:

    Catherine T. Jordan
    Washington University in St. Louis
    "Mutations In Card14 Lead To Psoriasis And Psoriatic Arthritis"

     APSA 4:45 p.m. -5:15 p.m.

    APSA Recognition Award

    Bert Shapiro, PhD 
    outgoing National Director, Medical Scientist Training Program, NIH

    5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. David Brenner, MD - AAP Presidential Address
    5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Elizabeth McNally, MD, PhD - ASCI Presidential Address
    5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. APSA Policy Panel
    Richard Galbraith, MD, PhD
    Unit Director, Clinical Pharmacology
    Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
    Program Director, General Clinical Research Center
    Associate Dean, Patient Oriented Research University of Vermont
    William T. Talman, MD  
    Immediate Past President of FASEB
    Professor and VA Chief of Neurology
    University of Iowa
    Aaron Lopata, MD
    Budget Examiner and Policy Analyst for the Office of Management and Budget of the White House
    7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    APSA Dinner
    Speaker:  Chi V. Dang, MD, PhD
    The John H. Glick, M.D., Abramson Cancer Center Director’s Professor; Director, Abramson Cancer Center

    The University of Pennsylvania

    A Physician-Scientist's Journey in Academic Medicine

    9:00p.m. - 10:00 p.m. APSA joins AAP for their speaker -
    James H. Fowler, PhD
    UC San Diego
    "The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives"
     10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.  Dessert Reception (open to all attendees)
     11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.  APSA Social Outing

    Sunday – April 29th, 2012

    7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Mentoring Breakfast
    8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    ASCI/AAP/APSA 8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Poster Award Presentation
     ASCI/AAP 8:30 a.m. -9:15 a.m. Kober Medal Presentation
    Recipient: Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh
    University of Pennsylvania
    Presenter: Kenneth Polonsky, MD
     Washington University in St. Louis
     ASCI/AAP 9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Kober Lecture
    Barry S. Coller, MD, 
    The Rockefeller University
    "Translating From the Rivers of Babylon to the Coronary Bloodstream"
     APSA 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

    APSA trainee oral presentation:

    Muhammad K. Riaz, MD
    Jewish Hospital
    "Prospective Assessment Of Determinants of Apob, Apoa1, and the Apob/Apoa1 Ratio in 797 Healthy Schoolgirls, Studied From Mean Ages 10 To 19 Years: The Cincinnati National Growth and Health Study."  

     ASCI/AAP 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Stanley J. Korsmeyer ASCI Award Lecture
    William G. Kaelin, Jr, MD
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD
    Johns Hopkins
     APSA 11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

    APSA trainee oral presentation:

    Emily B Heikamp, MSc
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    "Identification of Serum- and Glucocorticoid-Inducible Kinase 1 (Sgk1) As A Novel Regulator of Effector T Cell Differentiation"

     APSA 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Invited Keynote Speaker:       
    David Relman, MD 
    Thomas M and Joan C Merigan Professor, Stanford University
    Chief, Infectious Diseases,
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System
    "Our many, varied relationships with the microbial world"
     APSA 11:45a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    APSA trainee oral presentation:

    Natalia S. Chaimowitz
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    "Adam10 Regulates Plasma Cell Differentiation" 

     APSA 12:15p.m. - 1:00p.m. Post Graduate Opportunities Panel
    Bert Shapiro, PhD 
    outgoing National Director, Medical Scientist Training Program, NIH
    Katherine Sugarman, MD
    Medical Director, Global Oncology Team
    Eli Lilly and Company
    Samuel C. Dudley, MD
    Professor of Medicine and Chief, Section of Cardiology, University of Illinois at Chicago
    1:00p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    APSA Residency Luncheon

    NIH (representing all programs)

    Brigham Women's Internal Medicine Program

    Vanderbilt Physician-Scientists Training Program

    Northwestern Physician-Scientists Training Program

    Yale ABIM Research Pathway

    University of Iowa Physician-Scientists Training Program

    University of Chicago Physician-Scientists Development Program

    University of Chicago Pathology

    Oregon Health and Sciences University Radiation Oncology

    Ohio State Internal Medicine

    University of Rochester Pediatrics


    2:30 p.m. APSA Executive Council Meeting


    Congratulations to the winners of the RSNA Introduction to Academic Radiology (ITAR) Program

    Congratulations to the APSA-RSNA ITAR award winners, Andrew Wentland and Dr. Allison Tillack.

    The APSA-RSNA ITAR award will allow Andrew and Allison to participate in the RSNA/AUR/ARRS Introduction to Academic Radiology (ITAR) program at the 2012 RSNA Annual Meeting in Chicago, a four-day program normally reserved for PGY3 residents. The ITAR program introduces trainees to careers in academic radiology.

    Andrew Wentland is nearing the completion of his PhD as part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's MD/PhD program. Mr. Wentland has been involved in radiology research for nearly a decade, during which time he has contributed to 13 publications, 6 of which were first-author, not to mention numerous conference proceedings and presentations. Mr. Wentland's research explored the use of velocity-sensitive MRI to derive biomarkers for the evaluation and early detection of atherosclerosis. He hopes to enter a residency program in diagnostic radiology.

    Dr. Allison Tillack has completed her PhD as part of the MD/PhD program at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Tillack received her PhD for work in the joint UCSF/Berkeley Medical Anthropology Program studying how health information technology, such as picture archiving and communication systems, has altered professional relationships and notions of expertise among radiologists and referring providers. Her goal is to combine diagnostic radiology with behavioral research on medical science and technology in an academic hospital setting.

    Congratulations again to Mr. Wentland and Dr. Tillack.