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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