4th Annual Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day Celebrates Research and Creative Endeavors

The 4th Annual Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day of the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine was held Wednesday, March 7, at the Miller School’s Mailman Center auditorium.

The Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day is a celebration of the research and creative endeavors of our undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, fellows and faculty. The all-day event was led this year by its namesake, Eugene Sayfie, M.D., associate professor of medicine and medical director of executive health, Roy Weiss, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Medicine and the Kathleen & Stanley Glaser Distinguished Chair in Medicine, and Matthias Salathe, M.D., chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, professor of medicine and molecular and cellular pharmacology, and Vice Chair for Research.

Paul Martin, M.D., professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, kicked off the event with a warm welcome to the participants and organizers. He shared a few thoughts on why it was important to gather and advance the discussion on this year’s topic, the emerging science in the microbiome and its interactions in multiple organs.

The event included two featured speakers who spoke on “The Microbiome: Lung and Gut Interactions,” abstract presentations with an awards ceremony and a reception for the participants. The speakers were Jeremiah Faith, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Immunology Institute and the Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, and Alison Morris, M.D., M.S., professor of medicine, immunology, and clinical and translational research at the University of Pittsburgh and director of the Center for Medicine and the Microbiome.

There were awards for winner and runner up in each of three categories — Basic Science, Clinical Research and Public Health/Education, and one honorable mention winner. Each winner received a new iPad as part of the presentation.

Clinical Research winners

Poster 63: Acute Interstitial Nephritis and Chronic Interstitial Nephritis in the Direct Acting Antiviral Agent Era – Karla Carias, M.D., first author, and David Roth, M.D., last author.

Poster 85: Transendocardial stem cell injection sites with higher voltage predict cardiac functional improvements in patients with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy – Victoria Florea, M.D., first author, and Raul D. Mitrani, M.D., last author.

Poster 104: Functional Signatures Revealed by Deep Phenotyping of CMV-Specific CD8+ T Cells Predict Risk of Early CMV Reactivation after Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation – Jose F. Camargo, M.D., first author, and Krishna Komanduri, M.D., last author.

Public Health/Education winners

Poster 136: How Did the Zika Virus Outbreak Impact Residency and Fellowship Recruitment in Miami, FL – Sabrina Taldone, M.D., M.B.A., first author, and Paola Lichtenberger, M.D., last author.

Poster 143: A systematic review of single nucleotide polymorphisms in sudden cardiac death – Javier Balda, first author, and Leonardo Tamariz, M.D., last author.

Basic Science winners

Poster 51: A Novel Large Animal Model of Chronic Kidney Disease-Induced Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HFpEF) – Angela Castellanos Rieger, M.D., M.Sc., first author, and Ivonne H. Schulman, M.D., last author.

Poster 3: Osteopontin Deficiency Ameliorates HFpEF by Upregulating Mitochondrial OGDHL in a Renal Disease Mouse Model – Keyvan Yousefi, Pharm.D., first author, and Lina A. Shehadeh, Ph.D., last author.

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