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March 1, 2013
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Upstate spotlights research by postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents March 6

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Upstate Medical University will spotlight research studies by its young investigators— postdoctoral fellows, residents and fellows — at the university’s Third Annual Beyond the Doctorate Research Day Wednesday, March 6, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Weiskotten Hall. These investigators work alongside some of the nation’s leading biomedical researchers and clinicians who serve as faculty members in Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies.

A keynote address by Yupo Ma, M.D., Ph.D., and a poster session are included in this free, public event. Ma is nationally known for his research on leukemia and for developing a technique for clinical therapies, including bone marrow transplantation. Ma earned his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Steven Goodman, Ph.D., while at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Goodman is vice president for Research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Upstate.

The day is presented by Upstate’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs of the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

“Postdoctoral fellows, clinical residents and fellows perform some of the most important research at any prominent academic health center,” said Steven Goodman, Ph.D. “It is for this reason that the Upstate Strategic Plan for Strengthening Research called for the development of a Post Doctoral Affairs office in the College of Graduate Studies. In developing that office, we felt that it was important to shine a light on the research accomplishments of this talented group of young investigators by providing a day when the focus is on them. This led to the birth of the Beyond the Doctorate Research Day which is now in its third year.”

“We sometimes do not recognize the tremendous contributions that our research fellows and medical residents and fellows provide to help push the bounds of medical knowledge,” said William Grant, Ed.D., Upstate’s associate dean of Graduate Medical Education. “This event highlights the breadth and depth of cutting-edge research that is being undertaken by the next generation of medical investigators.”

Eight of the young investigators will discuss their studies, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. The presenters are, in order of their appearance, Dongqing Yan, Ph.D., (Pharmacology); Amritpal Nat, MD, (Internal Medicine); Omar Mousa, M.D., (Internal Medicine); Viren Kaul, M.D., (Internal Medicine); Bryanna Emr, M.D., (General Surgery); Aamer Imdad, M.D., (Pediatrics); Mehdi Najafi, M.D., Ph.D., (Ophthalmology); and Rebecca Oot, Ph.D., (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Visit the Beyond the Doctorate Research Day for more information regarding their studies.

Ma’s address titled, “Bench to Bedside to Bench,” will be held at 3 p.m. in 2231 Weiskotten Hall. Ma is a board certified hematopathologist, professor and medical director of the Flow Laboratory in the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He is nationally recognized for his research in the diagnosis of leukemia. His laboratory also developed a technique to induce patient-specific pluripotent stems cells—stem cells that have the potential to differentiate into specialized cells in the body-for clinical therapies including bone marrow transplantation and other regenerative medicine treatments. It is used to avoid immunity rejection upon transplantation and can be used to treat diabetes, hemophilia and other diseases.

A poster session highlighting an additional 29 research investigations by young investigators will follow Ma’s address in the ninth floor cafeteria in Weiskotten Hall.

Contact Melissa Jones at 464-4542, jonesmel@upstate.edu, for more information about the event.

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