James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium

April 1, 2012

A medical student shows off her project at the James Alexander Medical Student Symposium.
A medical student shows off her project at the James Alexander Medical Student Symposium.

The 12th annual James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium was held March 8. The event showcases research by BCM medical students.

Dr. Margaret A. Goodell, director of the Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center at BCM, was keynote speaker. She spoke on "Epigenetic Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells."

The symposium is supported by an endowment created by Dr. Alexander, who joined the faculty in 1954 and served here until 2007. He held many positions at BCM and its affiliated hospitals and initiated the symposium to support and encourage medical student research.

Dr. Austin Cooney is the symposium's director. Lori Ezzell is coordinator and Remy Elizondo is assistant coordinator.

The winners for posters presented at the 12th annual James K. Alexander Medical Student Research Symposium were:

Clinical Category

  • First Place – Prem Ramkumar (MS1), Internal Rotation and Cortical Overhand of Tibial Trays in TKR: The Effect of Implant Asymmetry.
  • Second Place – Joshua Liao (MS4), Lost in Translation! Using an Analogy to Improve Diabetes Education
  • Third Place – Nisha Rathore (MS3), Positive HBV Screening in Children with Oncologic or Hematologic Conditions: Taking the Next Step

Basic Science Category

  • First Place– Sannya Hede (MS2), Bradycardia Highlight Age-Related Ventricular Stiffness in Mice
  • Second Place – Nancy Cheng (MS1), Most Negatively Charged Subfraction (L5) of Plasma LDL Prolongs Action Potential Duration of Rat Cardiomyocytes via LOX-1 receptors.