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Capitol Graduate Research Summit

group photo of 2016 Capitol Graduate Research Summit participants

The Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) is an annual showcase of research conducted by graduate students from Kansas institutions held at the State Capitol building in Topeka, KS. Participating students present their research to state legislators, the Kansas Board of Regents, university administrators, as well as to the general public in Topeka, KS. Five students are chosen to represent the KU Medical Center along with fellow graduate students from other Kansas institutions. Judges will select the top two presenters from each of the institutions and award each student with a scholarship.

In order to participate, students must have presented at the Student Research Forum in the previous year. Departments will then nominate the top performers in their area to participate in the Capitol Graduate Research Summit. More information regarding the Student Research Forum can be found on their website. For more information, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Studies at GradStudiesOffice@kumc.edu or 913-588-1238. 

Past Participants and Winners

Student

Abstract Title

Naomi Butler-Tjaden (KUMC Winner) Vitamin A Metabolism is Required for Vagal Neural Crest Cell Colonization of the Gastrointestinal Tract in the Pathogenesis of Hirschsprung Disease
Aryn Kamerer
(BioKansas Winner)
Beyond the Audiogram: Locating Regions of Outer Hair Cell Loss in the Inner Ear. 
Michelle McWilliams  
(KUMC Winner)
A Novel Cellular Pathway in the Pathogenesis of Uterine Fibroids
Peter Taulbee Knowledge and Perceptions Among Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Regarding the Use of Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Major Depressive Disorder
Alex Wendling Utilizing Mix Technique and Low Frequency Ultrasound to Control the Elution Profile of Vancomycin-Loaded Acrylic Bone Cement

Student

Abstract Title

Ahmed Badawi Enhanced external couterpulsation and its effects on vascular hemodynamics in cognitively impaired patients
Teresa Kilkenny Developing and implementing a circumcision multimedia decision aid: A quality process improvement project
Asona Lui
(Winner)
Overexpression of interferon stimulated genes is critical for the survival of aromatase inhibitor-resistant breast cancer cells
Zaid Mansour Stuctural brain differences in patients with chronic low back pain
Nathan Wilson Speccil modulation of adherens junctions and P13K-AKT signaling is required for collective cell migration in facial morphogenesis 

Student

Abstract Title

Bliss O'Bryhim
(Winner)    
Tyrosinase activity is associated with increased severity of oxygen-induced retinopathy via modulation of dopaminergic signaling 
Cara Busenhart          The opportunity to act like a nurse: A qualitative analysis of perceived impact of simulation on professional role transition 
Charles Jehle

Alcohol use disorder in burn patients

Greta C. Stamper     (Winner)             Auditory responses in normal-hearing, noise-exposed human ears
Kristin Watt Investigation of the roles of RNA polymerase subunits polric and polrid craniofacial development and the pahtogenesis of Treacher Collins syndrome 

Student

Abstract Title

Stephanie Bishop
(Winner)            
A click chemistry-mediated approach to understanding surviving caspase-9 protein-protein interactions
Marlene Pietrocola                 Nurse executives' perceptions of the barriers associated with reaching an 80% baccalaureate prepared nursing workforce in rural Kansas by the year 2020
Lauren Ptomey  An innovative weight loss program for adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Lei Qiu The histone demethylase JMJD2B regulates genes that contribute to ovariean cancer metastasis
Natalie Tarbutton &
Alison Nuttle (Winners)  
Retrospective chat reviews of distress among cancer survivors

Student

Abstract Title

Christine Hober Promoting safe student nursing care: Gaining BSN student perspectives on technology supported patient simulation
Kyle Jansson  Ouabain is a modifiable factor that increases cyst growth in autosomal dominant polycystic kindney disease
Lacey Luense
(Winner)
Micro RNAs are necessary for female fertility
Anand Venugopal Targeting cancer stem cells; overcoming multidrug resistance in colon cancer
Jessica Witherspoon (Winner) Shoulder instability may depend on labral and capsular properties

Student

Abstract Title

Troy Johnson Enzyme catalysis: Understanding how it works
Ashlee Martz
(Winner)
A new method for diagnosing hearing loss
Daniel Parente Evaluating the performance of sequence/function analysis tools using LAC1/GA1R protein family 
Jill Peltzer The development of comprehensive health center in a rural community: A qualitative case study
Shane Stecklein
(Winner)
Antagonizing repair-mediated resistance in breast and ovarian cancer

Student

Abstract Title

Kevin Farmer Effect of voluntary exercise on mechanical allodynia and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor expression in diabetic mice
Jill Morris
(Winner)
Effects of a high fat diet on insulin resistance and nigrostriatal dopamine depletion following 6-OHDA
Sarah Tague Vitamin D deficiency increases growth of pain-sensing nerves
Libby Rosen Sleep characteristics in breastfeeding and formula feeding mothers
Katherine Harvey (Winner)   LCPUFA intake and its relationship to fatty acids in breast, red blood cells and serum LCPUFA in women at high risk for breast cancer

Student

Abstract Title 

Brittany Gorres          The combined effect of a high-fat diet and estrogen loss on insulin resistance
Katryn Allen Bile acides induction of pro-inflammatory gene expression in mouse hepatocytesis egr-I dependent
Brian Earl  Uncovering the causes of hearing loss
Carol Kemper The impact of work unit and organization support on adverse patient outcome
Nicholas Stucky Studying the molecular causes of migraine: A pathway to new therapeutic targets 
Office of Graduate Studies

University of Kansas Medical Center
Office of Graduate Studies

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Kansas City, KS 66160
P: 913-588-1238
Email: GradStudiesOffice@kumc.edu