Annual Research Day

researchers talking to judges about their research projects

Research Day is intended as a forum to highlight research conducted at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, as well as affiliated and regional institutions. All students, faculty and health care professionals are invited to participate! To adjust to COVID-19, the 26th Annual Research Day will be held virtually starting Monday, April 19, 2021

Schedule of Events for Research Week 2021

Keynote Speakers

Olusola Alade Ajilore, MD, PhD

The Fire This Time: The Stress of Racism, Inflammation and COVID-19

Learn more about the science behind the disparities African Americans are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, including social determinants of health, biological consequences of the stress of racism, and the neuropsychiatric sequelae of COVID-19 in Dr. Ajilore’s keynote presentation.

Alesia O. Jones, PhD

Unmasking Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Dr. Jones has published and presented research focused on the relationship between trauma and subsequent psychological, emotional, and behavioral consequences of trauma exposure among ethnic/racial minorities and other underserved communities. She will present the latest research on how COVID has impacted our communities.

This year’s virtual Research Week will features dozens of research posters from students at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford and other area institutions. A few students were selected from various programs to present a short video of their poster. Student presentation videos will be posted during Research Week.

James Scholar
Parshva Shah
Studying Neuromuscular Defects in Spinal Muscular Atrophy using Patient-specific Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

RMED/RPHARM
Cody Ratermann RMED
Ana Carolina Hinojosa Felix RPHARM
Food Insecurity Initiative: An Approach to Nutritional Improvement in Centralia/Mt. Vernon, IL

College of Pharmacy
Shruthi Selvaraj
Impact of G-quadruplexes on DNA Double-strand Break Repair by End Joining

Viraj Shah
Characterization of Genome Destabilizing and Oncogenic Mutations in Human Top2α

MBT Program
Neha Phani Bushan
Ligand targeted therapy: Role of the surface density of anti- αvβ3 peptides on PEG-b-PPS micelles for anti-angiogenic activity

Abhinav Chatterjee
Potential Role of Anti-HMGB1 IgM in Sexual Dimorphism in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in NOD mice.

Winners of the Research Day Awards will be announced on Friday, April 23.

Best Basic Science Research Poster Award
Sponsored by: Department of Biomedical Sciences

Best Basic Science Research Poster Award
Sponsored by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Best Case Report Award
Sponsored by: Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated

Best Clinical Research Poster Award
Sponsored by: Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center

Best MBT Student Research Poster Award
Sponsored by: Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology (MBT) Program and Department of Biomedical Sciences

Best Student Technical Poster Awards (Two Awards)
Sponsored by: Winnebago County Medical Society

Best Use of Literature in a Student Research Project Award
Sponsored by: Crawford Library of the Health Sciences-Rockford

CCTS Best Clinical-Translational Research Poster Award
Sponsored by: UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science

CCTS Best Community-Translational Research Poster Award
Sponsored by: UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science

College of Pharmacy Outstanding Poster Award
Sponsored by: UIC College of Pharmacy at Rockford

Dean’s Action Council Award
Sponsored by: Office of the Regional Dean, UICOMR

Innovation in Basic Science Research Award
Sponsored by: Office of the Regional Dean, UICOMR

James Scholar Award
Sponsored by: James Scholar Program

NCRHP Poster Award for Encouraging Excellence in Rural Health
Sponsored by: National Center for Rural Health Professions

Sister Mary Linus Nowak Research Award
Sponsored by: Saint Anthony College of Nursing

Supporting Model Public Health Practices Research Award
Sponsored by: Winnebago County Health Department and its Board of Health