Issue 111
October 2017
 (L-R) Summer Research Poster Session award winners Jennifer K. Young, Kelly Kugach and Kathryn Zweck, all SCPM '20, with Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, associate dean of research at Scholl College.

One hundred posters representing the research efforts of more than 100 students from Chicago Medical School, College of Pharmacy and Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine were on display during the Summer Research Poster Session held Oct. 18.

Each student participating in the poster session worked with a faculty mentor to develop a project proposal, then spent the summer of 2017 conducting research and documenting their findings. The poster session provided students the opportunity to share the results of their research projects with the university community. The event is sponsored by the office of the executive vice president for research.

The following students received awards during this year’s event:

Chicago Medical School

  • First place: Sabina Cashin, CMS ’20: “Adhesion and Thrombus Formation of Cold-Stored Platelets in Whole Blood Using an In-Vitro Transfusion Model.” Mentor: Dr. Karin Hoffmeister.
  • Second place: Emily Fioramonti, CMS ’20. “Successful Pregnancy after Integral Treatment for Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Due to Autoimmunity, Thrombophilia and Immune Dysregulation.” Mentor: Joanne Kwak-Kim, MD, MPH.

College of Pharmacy

  • First place: Taylor Page, COP ’19, and Jayna Sharma, COP ’20. “Pharmacy Student Interest in Computer-Assisted Learning (CAL) for Pharmaceutical Calculations.” Mentors: Kristen Ahlschwede, PhD; Danielle Candelario, PharmD; and Frank Hughes, PharmD.
  • Second Place: Yelena Sahakian, COP ’20, Phuong-Quyen Duong, COP ’19, Marshall Lee, COP ’19, Glenn Chanitthikul, COP ’19, and Mickey Hathuc, COP ’20. “Economic Impact of Caregiving for Dementia Patients.” Mentors: Ateequr Rahman, PhD, and Rahul Deshmukh, PhD.

Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine

  • First place: Kelly Kugach, SCPM ’20. “A Prospective, Randomized, Comparative Effectiveness Study of a Single-Use, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (PICO) Versus a Traditional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (tNPWT) in the Treatment of Lower Extremity Ulcers.” Mentor: Stephanie C. Wu, DPM, MS, FACFAS.
  • Second Place (tie): Jennifer K. Young, SCPM ’20. “Are Stepping Threshold and Vibratory Sensation Independently Related to Fall History in Older Adults with Diabetes?” Mentor: Noah Rosenblatt, PhD.
  • Kathryn Zweck, SCPM ’20. “Foot Elongation in Stance Phase of Gait in People with Diabetes.” Mentor: Amanda F. Lin, DSc, MMed, BEng.


  • Interprofessional panels of university faculty and invited speakers addressed “The Gender Divide in Healthcare Professions” during the university’s 2nd Annual Women In Science And Healthcare Symposium on Sept. 27. Keynote speaker Ann Bell, PhD, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Delaware, opened the program with a presentation on gender and its impact on interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Bell also participated in a panel discussion on “The Roots and Consequences of Gender Division” along with RFU Provost Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP; Sarah Garber, PhD, associate dean for assessment and director of interprofessional studies; Ariel Katz, MD, assistant professor of medicine and education director of clinical skills, CMS; and panel moderator Monica Cummings, DMin, director for training and educational programs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion. William Cody, RN, PhD, an independent consultant in nursing, health care and leadership, presented “Gender Segregation in Health Professions: Culture, Privilege & Progress” during the program’s closing plenary session. Dr. Cody also joined a panel discussion along with Roberta Glick, MD, lecturer of surgery and learning community mentor, CMS; Patrick Knott, PhD, PA-C, professor of physician assistant studies; Qeena Woodard, DPM, assistant professor of surgery, SCPM; and panel moderator Lise Eliot, PhD, professor of neuroscience. The symposium was organized and sponsored by the Faculty Women's Advisory Council.
  • Students in RFU’s nurse anesthesia program selected Clinical Instructor Becky Meier, CRNA, nurse anesthetist at Illinois Valley Community Hospital (IVCH), for the 2017 Outstanding Clinical Educator Award. The students also selected IVCH as one of their top five clinical sites. Jay Tumulak, DNP, CRNA, APN, coordinator of clinical education and assistant professor of nurse anesthesia, visited IVCH to present the awards. 
  • Joseph Albers, Michael Hurst, Jacob Jones, Zachary Laidley, Jacob Randich, and Trenton Read, all SCPM ’19, were recognized for academic excellence by the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics during the Scholl College and Orthotic Holdings Inc. 12th Annual Awards Luncheon.
  • An interprofessional group of students conducted an injury prevention workshop on Sept. 29. The workshop was organized by Christy Vong, CMS ’20, with help from physical therapy students Andy Fernandez, Corie Butcher, Jonathan Artus, Lina Alvino, Parker Gaudio, Richard Vizcayno and Seth Schere, all CHP ’20. More than 50 RFU students, faculty and staff attended the workshop to learn about warm-up techniques for running and weightlifting, self-myofascial release, and band exercises.
  • Physician Assistant (PA) students performed a variety of community service projects during national PA Week, Oct. 6–12. The students assisted wheelchair soccer players from the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, volunteered at Lamb’s Farm, a non-profit organization that supports individuals with developmental disabilities, and assisted athletes with disabilities at the Chicago Marathon. The PA students also held an on-campus fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go toward sending PA Class of 2019 class representative Matthew Bickelhaupt to the annual American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Conference in 2018, where he will participate as part of the governing body of the Student Academy of the AAPA. 
  • The College of Pharmacy hosted several events throughout October as part of American Pharmacist Month, including presentations from guest speakers, a career fair, and Pharmacy 101: A Crash Course Guide to Knowing Your Pharmacist, an event where other RFU students could learn about the role of the pharmacist. On Oct. 12, COP hosted the Food Truck Fall Festival, a "friend raiser" for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the college.
  • Stephanie Wu, DPM, MS, associate dean of research at Scholl College, director of the Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR), and professor in the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics and the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, co-chaired the 2017 Advance by Podiatry Today Conference, held Oct. 13–15 in Chicago.
  • Ryan T. Crews, MS, assistant professor of podiatric surgery and applied biomechanics and clinical research scientist, CLEAR, co-authored “Psychological and Biomechanical Aspects of Patient Adaptation to Diabetic Neuropathy and Foot Ulceration,” published in the Sept. 23 issue of Current Diabetes Reports.
  • Sai Vikas Yalla, PhD, and Ryan T. Crews, MS, both assistant professors of podiatric surgery and applied biomechanics; Drew Burdi, SCPM '18, and Navdeep Dhatt, SCPM '17, co-authored "Monitoring Location Specific Physical Activity via Integration of Accelerometry and Geotechnology within Patients with or at-risk of Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Technological Report," published in the September issue of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. Dr. Yalla and Mr. Crews also co-authored a book chapter titled “Processing Uncertain GPS Trajectory Data for Assessing the Locations of Physical Activity,” published in Big Data for Regional Science.
  • April D. Newton, PT, DPT, FNAP, assistant professor of physical therapy, attended the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Education Leadership Conference (ELC) 2017, held Oct. 13–15 in Columbus, OH. Dr. Newton has been the APTA Education Section program chair and ELC co-chair for the past three years. Department of Physical Therapy faculty Roberta Henderson, PT, PhD, chair and associate professor; Kavork Hagopian, PT, DPT, MBA, instructor; and Patrick Withrow, PT, DPT, GCS, instructor, also attended the conference.

News Headlines

  • Lise Eliot, PhD, professor of neuroscience, was interviewed for the “Nature, Nurture, And Our Evolving Debates About Gender” episode of the radio program Hidden Brain, broadcast Oct. 9 on National Public Radio.

Research Highlights

  • Raúl Gazmuri, MD, PhD, director of the Resuscitation Institute at RFU, professor of medicine and professor of physiology and biophysics, received a three-year, $1.9 million grant from the Department of Defense for his research study, “Sustained V1A Receptor Activation for Prolonged Hemodynamic Support and Neurological Protection After Non-Compressible Hemorrhage and Traumatic Brain Injury.”
  • Noah Rosenblatt, PhD, assistant professor of podiatric surgery and applied biomechanics at Scholl College and the Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research (CLEAR), received a three-year, $500,000 grant from the Department of Defense for his research study, “Targeting Balance Confidence as a Strategy to Increase Integration and Improve Outcomes in Users of Lower-Limb Prostheses.”

Baldwin Institute

  • Rosalind Franklin University and the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education were represented with multiple presentations at the Collaborating Across Borders VI Conference, held Oct. 1–4 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. James Carlson, PhD, PA-C, vice president for interprofessional education and simulation; April D. Newton, PT, DPT, FNAP, interprofessional clinical specialist for the Baldwin Institute and assistant professor of physical therapy; Nancy Parsley, DPM, MHPE, vice president for academic affairs at RFU and dean of Scholl College; and RFU Provost Wendy Rheault, PT, PhD, FASAHP, FNAP, led a panel presentation and discussion titled “Interprofessional Education: A Bridge to the Future.” Sandra Larson, PhD, CRNA, APN, FNAP, associate provost for clinical partnerships at RFU, and associate professor of nurse anesthesia at the College of Health Professions, also contributed to the presentation.
  • At the same conference, Dr. April Newton delivered an oral presentation, “Leadership Behaviors of Health Profession Students Exhibited in an Interprofessional Simulation Lab Experience: Pilot Study,” on behalf of third-year doctor of physical therapy students Trent Kucera, Luke Shallenberger, and Logan StilesThad Anzur, MHPE, senior clinical simulation educator, and Marcia Stout, DNP, APN, FNP-C, adjunct assistant professor of interprofessional healthcare studies. Dr. Newton also participated in a panel discussion titled “No Mission No Margin: Funding Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPECP) Programs.”

Alumni Notes

  • Richard Moscowitz, MD ’69, presented on surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for hip and knee arthritis at Margaretville Hospital in Margaretville, NY.
  • Kwan Kew Lai, MD ’79, was awarded the Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award of 2017.
  • Amol Saxena, DPM ’88, was guest editor of the inaugural sports medicine issue of the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery (Sept.–Oct. 2017). Dr. Saxena wrote the guest editorial "Should Sports Injuries and Surgeries be POLICED?," and also authored or co-authored six original research articles that appeared in the publication.
  • Michael Nirenberg, DPM ’91, co-authored “A Metric Study of Insole Foot Impressions in Footwear of Identical Twins,” published in the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
  • Cesar Arguelles, MD ’95, was appointed associate program director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
  • Rishi N. Sud, MD ’98, was named chief medical officer of Esse Health in St. Louis, MO.
  • At the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM) 2017 annual meeting, Michael Chin, DPM ’99, received the Robert Barnes Distinguished Service Award, and Alex Kor, DPM ’89, AAPSM immediate past president, was recognized for his service to the academy’s Executive Board.
  • Dina Simkin, PhD ’12 (neuroscience), was first author on the article “Andersen’s Syndrome Mutants Produce a Knockdown of Inwardly Rectifying K+ Channel in Mouse Skeletal Muscle In Vivo,” published in Cell and Tissue Research.
  • Faraz Haque, DPM ’15, Christina Staskiewicz, DPM ’15, Sara Grimes, DPM ’16, Bryan Guignon, DPM ’16, Bryn Laubacher, DPM ’16, and Katerina Grigoropoulos, DPM ’17, podiatric medicine and surgery residents at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL, placed second in the 13th annual Residency Rumble academic competition held during the 2017 PRESENT Podiatric Residency Education Summit in Oak Brook, IL. Coleen Napolitano, DPM ’89, is the podiatric medicine residency director at Loyola.


Summer Research Poster Session

Summer Research Poster Session

Women in Science and Healthcare Symposium

Women in Science and Healthcare Symposium

Scholl OHI Awards Ceremony

Scholl OHI Awards Ceremony

Physician Assistant Week 2017

Physician Assistant Week 2017

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