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Locally, our chapter aims to promote networking among scientists from many fields, especially among junior scientists to develop skills essential to launch their careers.

Rush Research Forum

Rush’s Sigma Xi chapter sponsors the annual Rush Research Forum for Research and Clinical Investigation (now in its 30th year). In addition to Sigma Xi, it is sponsored by Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the affiliated hospitals of the Rush System for Health.

The research forum provides an opportunity to showcase the research activities of faculty and students, and to foster awareness of research at Rush and its affiliated institutions. Investigators engaged in basic, clinical or applied research in various disciplines will have an opportunity to share their work during research forum events, to get to know one another and to explore new collaborative possibilities.

Rush 2013 Research Forum Award Winners

This year the Sigma Xi Scientific Poster Session competition included great research presented by the students and fellows. Four categories were recognized in addition to the John E Ware Award for Research on the Patient Experience. Congratulations to all the winners!


1st Tasha Hughes - “Metastectomy Following Mixed or Partial Response to High Dose Il-2 Prolongs Overall Survival”

2nd Sanja Turturro - “Inactivation of the MicroRNA-183/96/182 Cluster Results in Syndromic Retinal Degeneration” 

3rd Ryan Ross - “Does Remote Remodeling Contribute to Systemic Differences in Biomarkers Following Local Skeletal Insult?” 

Graduate College (Tie For First Place)

First - Aparna Yellapa -  “IL-16 In Association With Vegfr-2 Detect Early Tumor Associated Changes In The Ovary”

First - Arunava Ghosh - “Activation of Ppara:Rxra; Pathway Upregulates Tripeptidyl Peptidase 1 in Brain Cells: Implications for Late Infantile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis Therapy” 

Second - Robert Treviño - “Both Chondrocyte Activity And Mechanical Forces Govern Aggrecan-Related Matrix Turnover In A Cartilage-On-Cartilage Articulating System” 

Third - Stephen Wood - “Chronic Alcohol Exposure Renders Epithelial Cells Vulnerable to Bacterial Infection” 

Rush Medical College

First - Erica Huelsmann - “Preferential Deletion of Anti-Tumor Cd8 T Cells in the Context of Viral Infection”

Second - Laura Graham - “Development of Diabetes Diet Education Material for Adult Inpatients With Type 2 Diabetes”  

Third - Behery, Omar - “Variability in Clinical and Gait Recovery After Total Hip Arthroplasty Are Not Explained by Age, Gender, or BMI” 

College Of Health Sciences

First - Lenny Hong - “Tyrosine Phosphatase SHP1 Hypermethylation and HOX Transcript Antisense RNA Expression in Acute Myeloid Leukemia”

Second - Nina Parikh - “Improving Patient Satisfaction Scores in Academic Medical Centers”
Third Michael Sajor - “A Comparison of Non-Invasive Proportional Pressure Ventilation and Spontaneous/Timed Modes on Total Patient Inspiratory Work of Breathing in a Lung Model”

College Of Nursing

First - Mary Heitschmidt - “Quality of Life of Patients With Adult Diagnosed Congenital Heart Disease” 

John E. Ware Award

The John E. Ware Award for Research on the Patient Experience this year was awarded to a team of Rush medical students, Sara Nixon, MPH, and Eleanor Floyd, and a University of Illinois medical student, Sandra Villalpando, MA,  for their paper titled:
"Qualitative Research and a Community-Based Participatory Research Approach - A Combination for Success in Disparities Research"

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

Sigma Xi awards grants of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Grant proposals are judged solely on the basis of their scientific merit. Since the program began in 1922, Sigma Xi, the international honor society of science and engineering, has helped to advance the careers of nearly 30,000 student researchers. Sigma Xi grants have funded research on everything from the Shoemaker-Levy Comet to the role of Taxol in breast cancer therapy to behavioral and ecological studies on endangered species. Application deadlines are March 15 and October 15 annually. Get more information and apply now.

Other activities:
We are constantly looking for ways to help scientists of all ages network and advance their careers. Please feel free to contact the Rush chapter with innovative ideas.

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