Research Day 2013

Research Day 2013

Carilion Clinic Hosted the 6th Annual Research Day — 2013

The Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) held its 6th annual Carilion Clinic Research Day on April 25, 2013, at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) with more than 140 clinicians and researchers attending.

This year’s event was privileged to engage three dynamic speakers:

“Novel Wound Healing Drugs” — Robert G. Gourdie, Ph.D. (Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Carilion Clinic)

“Discovery and Development of a Drug to Treat Double Chins” — Michael S. Kolodney, M.D., Ph.D. (Dermatology Section Chief, Carilion Clinic and VTC School of Medicine)

“An Applied Academic Approach to the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak at CRMH” — Thomas M. Kerkering, M.D.. (Section Head, Infectious Diseases, Carilion Clinic and VTC School of Medicine)

The event also showcased 47 research projects through poster presentations from Carilion and Virginia Tech faculty, medical residents, medical students, JCHS faculty and students, and area high school students. The day also included oral presentations, and an awards ceremony for outstanding research.

The following poster presentations received top honors at the event.

Poster winners


  • 1st — Ellen M. Harvey, DNP, Carilion Clinic “A Comparison of Traditional and Simulation TeamSTEPPS® Training Methods on Nurse Performance Related to Failure–to–Rescue”
  • 2nd — Jianmin Su, PhD, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute “Contributions of VLDLR and LRP8 in the Establishment of Retinogeniculate Projections”
  • 3rd — Harry Dorn, PhD, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute “Radiolanthanides Encapsulated in Fullerenes: A New Radiopharmecutical Platform”


  • 1st — Caroline P. Siemer, PharmD, Carilion Clinic “Evaluation of the Use of Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis in a Trauma Population Across Transitions of Care”
  • 2nd — Agathoklis Konstantinidis, MD, Carilion Clinic “Use of NSQIP to Reduce Surgical Mortality: Implementation of Intensive Pre–operative Screening and Intervention”
  • 3rd — Geoffrey T. Jao, MD, Carilion Clinic “Non–invasive Assessment of the Left Ventricular End–diastolic Pressure Using Portable Ultrasound Measurements of the Right Internal Jugular Vein”


  • 1st — Jose M. Jimenez, PhD/MPH Candidate, Virginia Tech “Utilizing Statistical Process Control Charts and Highly–detailed Simulation for Biosurveillance in Intensive Care Units to Control Healthcare Associated Infections”
  • 1st — Nathaniel DeYoung, Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Purdue University “Predictors of Successful Completion of Cardiac Rehabilitation Following a Cardiacvascular Event”
  • 2nd — Olivia M. Fitch, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Baylor College of Medicine “Role of Experience in Formation of Heterogeneous Plasticity Outcomes in two Pathways of Mouse V1 in Response to a Fixed Time Delay Conditioning Protocol”
  • 3rd — Jeeshan A. Faridi, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine “Investigation of Airway Location as a Risk Factor for Endobronchial Fire with the use of Neodymium–doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (ND:YAG) Laser Photoresection in a Swine Model”

2013 Abstract Book Cover Preface Agenda TOC Abstracts.doc

For more information about Research Day and the opportunities available for conducting research through Carilion, visit the OSP website by selecting Departments from top menu of the Intranet home page, then Office of Sponsored Projects or by calling 540-985-8510 (88510).