Congratulations! Frank Low Research Day award winners named

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We want to thank all of you who participated in making the 37th Annual Frank N. Low Research Day a success. We appreciate the high level of participation by students, faculty, and staff at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Special thanks to UND Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, for ongoing support of this important annual event and for providing welcoming remarks for the keynote speaker.

We were pleased to have keynote speaker T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University, present his address, “Nutrition should be a medical specialty.” He serves on the board of the Ithaca, New York, based T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Participants presented 109 posters. Invited talks were given by Travis Alvine, SMHS Department of Biomedical Sciences, (mentor: David Bradley), Peter Knopick, Department of Biomedical Sciences, (mentor: David Bradley), Timothy Casselli, postdoctoral, (mentor: John Watt), Brandon Fisher, medical student, (mentor: Dinesh Bande and Tze Lo), Samantha Guenther, Department of Occupational Therapy, (mentor: Janet Jedlicka), Brent Klinkhammer, resident, (mentor: Thomas Haldis), Waqas Kayani, resident, (mentor: Dr. Khan), and Alexander Fife, medical student, (mentor: Suba Nookala).

Among the poster judges was special guest Professor Kurt H. Albertine, PhD, University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, whose research focuses on acute and chronic lung disease, with an emphasis on neonatal chronic lung disease. He is the editor of the Anatomical Record, a journal of the American Association of Anatomists. He was visiting the School to honor Edward Carlson, PhD, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Karl and Carolyn Kaess Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Albertine volunteered to be a judge when he heard that his visit coincided with Frank N. Low Research Day.

Special thanks go to Assistant Professor Xuesong Chen, PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Frank N. Low Research Day Coordinator Joann Johnson, whose efforts ensured the success of the event.

The winners of the best student poster awards earned $100 each from the Office of the Dean. The winners by category (mentors in parentheses) were the following

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students

Brandee Stone (Catherine Brissette)

Peter Knopick (David Bradley)

Daniell Stanislowski (Roxanne A. Vaughan and James D. Foster)

Health Sciences Graduate Students

Courtney Funk (Julie Grabanski), Occupational Therapy

Leah Sherman (Sarah Nielson), Occupational Therapy

Master of Public Health

Arnold Forlemu (Yvonne Jonk)


Danielle Germundson (Colin Combs and Kumi Nagamoto-Combs)

Medical Student—Clinical

Alexis Hanson (Marc Basson)

Medical Student—Basic

Alexander Fife (Suba Nookala)


Janani Kumar (Archana Dhasarathy)


Travis Swartz (Andrew Bakken)


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