2019 Translational Science Fellowship summer program underway

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s 2019 Translational Science Fellowship summer program is underway. This program provides graduate and medical students with the opportunity to gain select knowledge and skills in clinical and translational research in a summer experiential program.

Targeted to early-stage learners, the program includes training in both foundational skills like research design and data analysis and professional skills such as communication, ethics and teamwork. Examples of real-world clinical and translational research are used throughout the course.

Independent and facilitated active group learning is emphasized. Opportunities to practice skills are integrated throughout the program using case studies, simulations, computer-based modules and small-group discussions. Learn more about the program in this story.

This year’s scholars are:

  • Jacob Anderson, medical student, College of Medicine, Hershey, with the project “Streptococcal responses in post-streptococcus reactive arthritis patients compared to juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients: a prospective study.”
  • Michael Anderson, medical student, College of Medicine, Hershey, with the project “In vivo assessment of the effect of bench press exercise on glenohumeral cartilage deformation.”
  • Michael Dexheimer, graduate student, Engineering Science and Mechanics, University Park, with the project “Laser-induced graphene on polyimide substrates for biomedical device applications.”
  • Dominick DiMercurio, graduate student, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University Park, with the project “An exploratory study for an innovative semantic network model that connects basic science with clinical applications for people with aphasia.”
  • Brooke Fosaaen, graduate student, Kinesiology, University Park, with the project “Non-dominant arm advantages in motor control.”
  • Jigar Gosalia, graduate student, Kinesiology, University Park, with the project “Assessment of endothelial function in post-menopausal women with a diagnosis of depression.”
  • Catherine Hamby, graduate student, Developmental Psychology, University Park, with the project, “Affective reactivity to children in parents at risk of perpetrating child physical abuse.”
  • Alexa Hughes, medical student, College of Medicine, Hershey, with the project, “Secreted microRNAs as diagnostic biomarkers for neonatal inflammatory lung disease.”
  • Bobbie Johannes, graduate student, Health Policy and Administration, University Park, with the project, “An analysis of patient centered medical homes (PCMH) guidelines and standards and the perceived benefit to rural populations.”
  • Tobias Krussig, medical student, College of Medicine, University Park, with the project, “Diet assessment screener validity study.”
  • Frederick Mun, medical student, College of Medicine, Hershey, with the project, “Is vaporized nicotine as detrimental to spinal fusions as cigarette smoke?”
  • Alyssa Scott, medical student, College of Medicine, Hershey, with the project “The epidemiology of cancer in adolescents and young adults.”
  • Valerie Sullivan, graduate student, Nutritional Sciences, University Park, with the project “Assessment of cardiometabolic disease risk and diet in US dried fruit consumers.”
  • Sarah Walser, medical student, College of Medicine, University Park, with the project “Understanding transport decisions by emergency medical services providers.”
  • Grant Wandling, medical student, College of Medicine, Hershey, with the project “Standardization of peripheral nerve crush injury models by novel calibrated real-time pressure sensing device.”
  • Laura Wickham, graduate student, Chemistry, University Park, with the project “Development and characterization of σE pathway inhibitors as novel antibiotics.”

This program is funded through the institute’s TL1 Training Program grant through the Clinical and Translational Science Award of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

June 5, 2019 Penn State College of Medicine News

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