Zoom link for the Clinical and Translational Science Graduate Program Symposium


The 23rd Annual Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Graduate Program Symposium will be Friday, May 7, 9:00AM-1:00PM , via Zoom.

This year’s keynote speaker is Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, MBA, Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Yeh will present Precision, Pragmatism and Parachutes: Modernizing Empiricism in Cardiovascular Care at the Tufts Medical Center Grand Rounds at noon.

The event will also feature presentations and posters by students enrolled in the CTS Graduate Program.

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00AM: Welcome remarks
    • David Kent, MD, MSc
  • 9:15AM-10:45AM: Presentations by MS and PhD graduates
    • 9:15AM: Evangelos Papathanasiou, DDS, MS, PhD, MS
      Specialized Pro-resolving Mediators (SPMs) and Scar Tissue Formation after Cleft Lip Surgical Repair
    • 9:30AM: Margaret M. Byrne, MD, MS
      Immune-related Adverse Events in Cancer Patients Being Treated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
    • 9:45AM: Erin Flanagin, MD, MS
      Muscle-related Determinants of Serum Filtration Marker Levels and Their Association with GFR Estimating Equation Performance in Older Adults
    • 10:00AM: Shawana Bibi, MD, MS
      Clinical and Demographic Predictors of the Need for Pharmacotherapy in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
    • 10:15AM: Heather Grant, MD, MS
      Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Surgical Management and Outcomes of Colorectal Cancer in the Non-Elective Setting
    • 10:30AM: Alexandra Sack, DVM, PhD
      A One Health Approach to Zoonotic Parasitic and Vector Borne Diseases: Evaluating Anthropogenic, Environmental, and Spatial Risk Factors
  • 10:45AM-11:00AM: Instructions for Poster Sessions and break
  • 11:00AM-11:30AM: Poster sessions moderated by Joshua Cohen, PhD and Robert Sege, MD, PhD
    • Posters by first-year Masters students:
      • Dara Azuma, MD
        Hunger Signaling Gene Expression in Infants of Diabetic Mothers and Their Association with Body Composition and Energy Homeostasis Regulators
      • Charles Cummings, DVM
        Snakebite Envenoming in Avian Species: A Proposal for Clinical Practice Guidelines in Zoological Medicine
      • Haidong Feng, MPH, MS
        Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Tai Chi Versus Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis
      • Caroline Hsu, MD
        COVID-19 in Home Dialysis Patients: Epidemiology and Outcomes as Compared to In-Center Dialysis Patients
      • Natalie Pawlak, BS
        Excess Mortality and Risk Factor Distribution Among COVID-19 Deaths: A Study In Zambia
      • Jessica Penney, MD
        Increased Burden of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Patients with a Severe Psychiatric Diagnosis. A Single Center Cohort Analysis
      • Emma Price, VMD
        Factors Associated with Antimicrobial Prescription in Dogs and Cats at a Tertiary Veterinary Hospital
    • Posters by PhD students:
      • Zahna Bigham, BA
        The Impact of Hypertensive Diseases of Pregnancy on the Incidence of Breast Cancer in Black Women
      • Jonathan Brown, BS
        Discordant Grading of Aortic Stenosis Severity with the Use of Echocardiographic Metrics
      • Anita Kumar, MD
        Patient and Disease Factors Predict Risk of One-Year Mortality Among Older Adults Who Receive Intensive Chemotherapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma (HL)
    • Posters by Certificate students:
      • David Lee, MD
        The Impact Of Cirrhosis Of Postprocedural Outcomes Of Patients Undergoing Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (SAVR) And Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR): Update From 2011-2017 US Hospital Data
      • Maria Rodriguez-Berrios, ND
        Association of Acculturation, Community Identity, and Discrimination with Adherence to Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • 11:30AM: Closing remarks
    • David Kent, MD, MSc and Angie Rodday, PhD, MS
  • 11:45AM: Break
  • 12:00PM: Grand Rounds
    • Robert W. Yeh, MD, MSc, MBA


To receive the Zoom link, please email info@tuftsctsi.org.