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P&S Represented at Clinical Investigator Student Trainee Forum

Ten P&S students were among more than 270 medical and dental students from 70 U.S. schools to participate in a two-day meeting on the NIH campus in November 2009.

Students who attended participate in clinical and translational research fellowships at their academic medical centers and the NIH. The forum allowed Columbia students to meet with peers from other medical schools, program leaders, and clinical and translational researchers from around the country. The two days were filled with lectures, panel discussions, and workshops about biomedical research, academic careers in clinical research, and peer-to-peer interaction.

The Columbia participants, their programs, and their project titles: Jennifer Hallock, a Fogarty scholar, “Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Zambia”; Lora Kahn, an HHMI fellow, “Mouse Models of Schizophrenia: A Novel NR1 Hypomorph”; and Doris Duke fellows Yuna Larrabee, “IRF6 Gene Mutations and Van der Woude Syndrome in the Honduran Population”; Brian Hwang, “Analysis of Local and Systemic Gene and Protein Expression of Angiogenic Pathway Markers in Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation”; Craig Soderquist, “Genetic Alterations in Primary and Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme”; Isadora Botwinick, “Depression and Tumor Burden in Pancreatic Cancer”; Minna Lee, “Quality of Life and Racial Disparities of Patients with Intraductal Papillary”; Matthew Truesdale, “A Pilot Study of the Effect of Cryoablation of Kidney and Prostate Cancer on the Human Immune System”; Celina Crisman, “Prospective Study of Patients with Clinically Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas”; and Mark Geyer, “Clofarabine, ARA-C and TBI  Followed by Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation in Children with ALL and AML.”