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Highlights of the 2020 Southern Regional Meeting| Volume 360, ISSUE 1, P93-99, July 2020

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Southern Society for Clinical Investigation 2020 Award Recipients

        SSCI MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARDEES

        Mentoring is a fundamental determinant of success in the biomedical sciences and is a major mission of the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (SSCI). This award recognizes outstanding SSCI members or mentors who have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to mentoring students, trainees or junior faculty or all of them. Through their positive influence on the mentee's careers, these awardees have advanced medical education and research for the benefit of the community at large.
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        Post-Graduate: Christina A. Muzny, MD, MSPH, University of Alabama at BirminghamJunior Faculty: Kenneth M. Nugent, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

        SSCI RESEARCH SCHOLAR AWARDEE

        The SSCI Research Scholar Award is designed to enhance the career development of promising young physician-investigators, particularly within the Southern Region of the United States. The $25,000 award supplements federal and nonfederal career development awards for postdoctoral and junior faculty trainees who are being mentored by an SSCI member in good standing that have either already been funded or that have received highly favorable scores and/or reviews.
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        Abolfazl Zarjou, MD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
        Targeting Ferritin in Vascular Calcification Associated with CKD

        TINSLEY HARRISON AWARDEE

        Each year, the Tinsley Harrison Award is given to the best manuscript published in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences in the preceding year. We thank our Publisher, Elsevier, for their generous sponsorship of this annual award.
        The Tinsley Harrison Award was presented to first author, Dr. Liangliang Zhang, by Dr. Jesse Roman, Editor-in-Chief, for the article entitled “In Vivo and In Vitro Effects of Vasopressin V2 Receptor Antagonism on Myocardial Fibrosis in Rats”. The authors are from Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, Lowell General Hospital and VA Boston Health Care System.

        SSCI YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDEES

        The following winners received honors for overall best abstracts submitted to the Southern Regional Meeting.
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        First Place
        Jennifer Hong, Tulane University School of Medicine
        Soluble Prorenin Receptor (SPPR) is Association with Type 2 Diabetes in Women
        Second Place
        Alexander C. Razavi, Tulane University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
        Lifetime Burden of Traditional Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Incidence of Cancer: The Bogalusa Heart Study
        Third Place
        Maria Soledad Rivera, University of Queensland Ochsner Clinic Foundation
        Urinary Waxy Casts are Associated with Greater Severity of Acute Tubular Injury

        NATHAN SOLOMON & IRENE ORANSKY-SOLOMON MEDICAL STUDENT AWARDEES

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        First Place

        Caleb Max, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Increased Viral Markers Correlate with Decreased Insulin Secretion
        Second Place

        Ashkan Shahbandi, Tulane University School of Medicine
        Mechanisms of Immune Evasion in Chemotherapy Induced Senescent Breast Cancer Cells

        SSCI POSTER AWARDEES

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        First Place
        Lauren Jeffers, Emory University
        Chronic Alcohol Ingestion Renders Mice Vulnerable to Hydrostatic Pulmonary Edema

        Second Place

        Elliott Varney, University of Mississippi Medical Center

        Non-Invasive Tests for Staging Chronic Liver Disease: Are They All Equal?

        Third Place

        Edward Florez, University of Mississippi Medical Center

        Response Assessment in Recurrent Glioblastoma Based on Contrast-Enhanced T1-Weighted Subtraction Color Maps and Rano Criteria

        SSCI CARDIOVASCULAR CASE REPORT AWARDEES

        Drew Daniels
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Christen H. Harris
        LSU Health Sciences Center
        James N. Kiage
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Haneen Mallah
        Texas Tech University Health sciences Center
        Faiza Mubeen
        Texas Tech University
        Michael B. Omar
        University of Florida College of Medicine
        Parikshat Sharma
        Golden State Hospitalists
        Richard D. Silva-Cantillo
        VA Caribbean Healthcare

        SSCI YOUNG INVESTIGATOR FOR GENERAL MEDICINE

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        Bryant Shuey, University of South Florida

        SAFMR/SSCI JUNIOR FACULTY RESEARCH TRAVEL AWARDEES

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        SAFMR/SSCI Junior Faculty, Student, and Trainee Research Awardees. Harsha Karanchi, Medical University of South Carolina
        Tadashi Yoshida, Tulane University

        SAFMR/SSCI STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDEES

        Ashwin Ajith
        Georgia Cancer Center
        Annie L. Bell
        Tulane University School of Medicine
        Abraham B. Chabot
        Tulane University School of Medicine
        Caroline G. Coleman
        Emory University School of Medicine
        Clayton L. Davis
        University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
        Heather Davis
        Ochsner Clinic Foundation
        Travis Dobbin
        University of Queensland/Ochsner Clinical School
        Melissa R. Downey
        Medical College of Georgia
        Emily E. Evans
        Emory University
        Anam Haque
        McGovern Medical School
        Kristin Harrington
        Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine
        Carl Haupt
        Ochsner Health System
        Candace M. Howard
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Jeanne Ishimwe
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Lauren A .Jeffers
        Emory University
        Rebecca Joseph
        University of Central Florida
        Chin Fung Kelvin Kan
        Ochsner Clinical School-University of Queensland, Laboratory of Translational Cancer Research
        Mary Kelly
        Emory University
        Darya Khani
        Emory University
        Jae Gyun Maeng
        Quillen College of Medicine - East Tennessee State University
        Ganesh B. Maniam
        Texas Tech University Health Science Center
        Will McDonough
        University of South Alabama
        Sarah Miller
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Emily N. Nguyen
        Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
        Kailash N. Pandey
        Tulane University Health Sciences Center
        Jay R. Patel
        University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
        Pranav Prabu
        Medical College of Georgia
        Owen Richfield
        Tulane University
        Faaiz Saad
        University of Alabama at Birmingham
        Seth Swinney
        Texas Tech University Health Science Center
        Thomas S. Truong
        Ochsner Health System
        Sidney Tucker
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Vipin Varghese
        University of Queensland - Ochsner Clinical School
        Elliot Varney
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Hannah Wilkerson
        Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
        Kenyada Williams
        Meharry Medical College
        Di Xia
        Augusta University
        George S. Yeung
        Ochsner Clinical School, University of Queensland
        Katherine Yu
        McGovern Medical School

        SAFMR/SSCI TRAINEE RESEARCH AWARDEES

        Max Adelman
        Emory University
        Hiba Ali
        Ochsner Medical Center
        Genanew D. Bedanie
        Texas Tech University Health Science Center
        Anil Chimakurthy
        Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
        Craig Cook
        Emory University
        Patrick Dauphin
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Omar Elfeky
        Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
        Vincent Gacad
        Tulane University
        Akshay Goel
        University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
        Robert A. Greer
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Ibrahim Haddad
        East Tennessee State University
        Kirstin G. Hesterberg
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Ilya Ivyanskiy
        Texas Tech University HSC Amarillo
        Isaac Jaben
        Medical University of South Carolina
        Sanjida Jahan
        Ochsner Clinic Foundation
        Sarah M. Jeong
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Daniel Kelly
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Varun Kohli
        East Tennessee State University
        Katherine Mascia
        University of Alabama at Birmingham
        Dexter Matrana
        Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
        Lara McKean Baste
        Ochsner Medical Center
        Ryley McPeters
        Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
        Neal Mehta
        White River Health System
        Taylor Morris
        Ochsner Clinic Foundation
        Yara Mouawad
        Tulane University
        Amelia Muniz Hernandez
        Emory University School of Medicine
        Jose E. Najul
        Ochsner Clinic Foundation
        Angela Nakahara
        Ochsner Medical Center
        Zohra Prasla
        Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta VAHCS
        Nikita L. Rabelo-Pagan
        University of Puerto Rico
        Joel Raja
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Kevin Rechcigl
        University of Florida College of Medicine
        Keerthi Reddy
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Sumana Reddy
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Arya Mariam Roy
        University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
        Nicoleta Rus
        Texas Tech University HSC Amarillo
        Firas Safa
        Tulane University
        Ayesha Sajjad
        Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
        Michael Y. Soliman
        Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
        Stephen J. Soufleris
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Frederique St-Pierre
        Mayo Clinic
        Aditi V. Varma
        Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
        Cameron B. Wilhoit
        Medical University of South Carolina
        Jesse Juncong Xie
        University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
        John Xie
        Tulane Medical Center

        SSCI NEPHROLOGY YOUNG INVESTIGATOR SCHOLAR AWARDEES

        Fabian Bock
        Vanderbilt University Medical Center
        Hannah Gardner
        University of Alabama at Birmingham
        Cesar F. Hernandez-Arroyo
        Ochsner Clinic Foundation
        Arun Rajasekaran
        University of Alabama at Birmingham
        Matthew Sinclair
        Duke University Medical Center, Duke Clinical Research Institute
        Justin Sprick
        Emory University, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System
        Rohit Upadhyay
        Tulane University School of Medicine

        SSPR BASIC SCIENCE YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD FINALISTS

        David Box
        University of Oklahoma
        John I. Coon
        University of Texas Medical Branch
        Amy Freeman
        University of Alabama at Birmingham

        SSPR CLINICAL SCIENCE YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARD FINALISTS

        Leslie-Anne Dietrich
        UT Health Science San Antonio
        Rebekah C. Gardea
        University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
        Tavleen Sandhu
        University of Oklahoma

        SSPR DAVID OELBERG HONORARY TRAINEE TRAVEL AWARDEES

        Nilesh Dankhara
        University of Mississippi
        Ahmed L. Elsaie
        Baylor College of Medicine

        SSPR TRAINEE TRAVEL AWARDEES

        Murad Almasri
        University of Texas Medical Branch
        Maria E. Barbian
        Emory University
        Taylor M. Boles
        Rice University
        Charlie Boyle
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Gabriel Castano
        University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
        Janhavi Govande
        Texas Children's Hospital
        Melissa D. Gruver
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Morghan Jameson
        ETSU Quillen College of Medicine
        Maggie L. Jerome
        University of Alabama at Birmingham
        Mounica Konjeti
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Marco Loayza
        University of Mississippi Medical Center
        Mishika Malik
        University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Connecticut Children's
        Radhika Mohan
        UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
        Ann E. Murphy
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Anshu A. Paul
        Baylor College of Medicine
        Morgan J. Sims
        Medical University of South Carolina
        Ellen P. Soufleris
        University of Tennessee Health Science Center
        Mark Stephens
        University of Kentucky
        Bianca M. Vamesu
        University of Alabama at Birmingham
        Sean Woods
        Emory University

        SSPR YOUNG FACULTY TRAVEL AWARDEES

        Nicholas Carr
        Brooke Army Medical Center
        Eric B. Ortigoza
        UT Southwestern Medical Center
        Mitali Pakvasa
        Emory University, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

        AFMR HENRY CHRISTIAN AWARD

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        Huixian Hong, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Not pictured)Priyadarshini Loganathan, Texas Tech University Health Sciences CenterMajd Michael, Texas Tech University of El Paso