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2022 RUSH Mentoring Programs 8th Annual Symposium


The 2022 RUSH Mentoring Programs 8th Annual Symposium was held on Sept. 29, 2022.

View program: 2022 RUSH Mentoring Programs 8th Annual Symposium Program

Podium Presentations

Format: In person

Time: Noon-3 p.m.

Location: Searle Conference Center: Brainard (Professional Building, Room 542)

Poster Session

Format: Virtual

Time: From Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. to Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Location: VoiceThread (asynchronous)

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12:00 - 12:05 pm 

Introductory Remarks

Susan Chubinskaya, PhD

Vice Provost

Office of Faculty Affairs

Larry J. Goodman, MD

Interim President, RUSH University

The James A. Campbell, MD, Distinguished Service Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Rush Medical College

12:05 - 12:35 pm

Keynote Speaker

Christine M. Kennedy, RN, PhD, FAAN

John L. & Helen Kellogg Dean, College of Nursing

Professor, Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing, College of Nursing

Associate Chief Nursing Officier, RUSH University Medical Center

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, RUSH Medical College

2022 Cohn Fellow Presentations

12:35 - 12:50 pm

Diet, Cognition, and Neuroimaging in African American Older Adults

Puja Agarwal, PhD

Assistant Professor 

RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center 

Department of Internal Medicine 

Department of Clinical Nutrition 

RUSH Medical College

12:50 - 1:05 pm

Associations Between Eating Behavior and Internal States in Individuals Who Have Undergone Bariatric Surgery

Lauren E. Bradley, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

RUSH Medical College

1:05 - 1:20 pm

Drug-Tolerant Cancer Persister Cells Can Develop a Variety of Drug-Resistance Mechanisms in ER-Positive Breast Cancer Populations

Kajal Gupta, MS, PhD 

Assistant Professor

Department of Surgery

RUSH Medical College

1:20 - 1:35 pm

Deep Brain Stimulation of the Subthalamic Nucleus Using Optogenetics

Alana E. Kirby, MD, PhD 

Assistant Professor    

Department of Neurological Sciences

RUSH Medical College

1:35 - 1:50 pm

Mechanistic Studies of Calcinosis in a Bleomycin Mouse Model of Scleroderma

Carrie Richardson, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine (Rheumatology)

Northwestern University

1:50 - 2:05 pm

Award Announcements

(2022 Mentee, Mentor, and Postdoctoral Mentor of the Year)

2:05 - 2:15 pm


2022 Abstract Winner Presentations

2:15 - 2:30 pm

(2R,6R)-HNK Increases Activation of AMPA Receptors and Reduces BDNF Activity in a Murine Model of Low Back Pain

Vaskar Das, PhD 

Assistant Professor

Department of Anesthesiology

RUSH Medical College

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Macrophage Depletion Alleviates Pain-Like Behaviors in Osteoarthritic Mice of Both Sexes

Terese Geraghty, PhD 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

Department of Internal Medicine

Section of Rheumatology

RUSH Medical College

2:45 - 3:00 pm

Tracking Fluorescently Labeled Anti-HIV IgG in the Brain to Enhance CNS-Specific Cure Strategy

Jeffrey Schneider, PhD 

Assistant Professor

Department of Microbial Pathogens and Immunity

RUSH Medical College

Virtual Poster Session - VoiceThread (Asynchronous)

From September 29 at 3:00 pm to September 30 at 5:00 pm