Research Day 2020: Pandemics: History in the Making

Wednesday, September 23 via Zoom

Residents are excused from rotations, and are encouraged to participate and attend the department research day. This event takes place at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, and is a short indoor walk from the pathology department at the medical center. For 2020 this event was held via Zoom.

Co-Organizers: Jessica Crothers, MD, Sierra Bruno, BA, and Garrett Chan, MS

8:30-8:45 AM

Opening & Welcome: Debra Leonard, MD, PhD

8:45-9:45 AM

COVID-19 Vaccine Developments: Beth Kirkpatrick, MD

9:45-10:45 AM

Morning Session: Short Talks (moderator: Jessica Crothers, MD)

  • COVID transmission dynamics: Gaming the System, Sarah Nowak, PhD
  • NOX in the time of corona: Albert van der Vliet, PhD
  • COVID Testing at UVMMC: Andrew Goodwin, MD
  • UTRIG (NIH funded education research): Rebecca Wilcox, MD
  • Development of high-sensitivity, high-specificity assays using the SIMOA (Single MOlecue Assay) platform and nanobodies: Russell Tracy, PhD
  • Real time monitoring of H2O2 levels dependent on sub cellular mitochondrial dynamics:  Brian Cunniff, PhD

10:45-11 AM

Coffee Break: “Faces of the Pandemic” 

11-11:30 AM

Click on the link to join one of the Zoom chat rooms to connect with speakers about their topics

12-1 PM

Lunch and discussion: Health Care Disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic 

  • Session moderator: Mercedes Avila, PhD
  • Chat moderators: Mercedes Avila, PhD, PhD, Rebecca Wilcox, MD, Pamela Gibson, MD, Garrett Chan, MS, Jessica Crothers, MD

1-2 PM

Afternoon Session: Short Talks (moderator: Sierra Bruno, BA)

  • Unfolded protein response and SARS-CoV-2 protein processing: Vikas Anathy, PhD
  • EnFLUsiast History: The Original Pandemic From 1918 To Present: Nick Chamberlain, PhD
  • Moving towards living biobanks: The importance of organoid research in our Department: Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, PhD
  • T-cells Talk: The role of T-cells in Shaping a Vaccine Immune Response: Jessica Crothers, MD 
  • MESA/TOPMed Multi-Omics Pilot:  Peter Durda, PhD
  • Mitochondria in Breast Cancer: Martin Chang, MD, PhD

2-2:30 PM

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2:30-3:30 PM

Thoughts on viral immunology: From viral myocarditis to COVID-19: Sally Huber, PhD

3:30-3:40 PM

Research Day awards: Sierra Bruno, BA and Garrett Chan, MS

3:40-3:50 PM

Announcement of Huber professors: Debra Leonard,  MD, PhD

3:50-4 PM

Closing remarks: Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, PhD

Pathology sites:
Larner College of Medicine at UVM
UVM Medical Center

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