Students and residents presented more than 300 posters at Medicine and Health Research Day. The scope of posters ranged from basic science research to translational science projects.
For many presenters, the day is the culmination of years of hard work, said Vincent A. Chiappinelli, Ph.D., interim associate vice president for Health Affairs and associate dean of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).
“Medicine and Health Research Day is a celebration for the school to highlight the research efforts of our faculty, graduate students, residents, and medical students,” said Jeffrey Akman, M.D. ’81, G.M.E. ’85, vice president for health affairs and dean of SMHS.
The theme for 2013 was HIV/AIDS. “We decided to focus on HIV/AIDS because our faculty has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research for decades,” added Akman.
Gary Simon, director of the division of infectious diseases, vice chair of the Department of Medicine, Walter G. Ross Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Tropical Medicine, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at SMHS, delivered the first keynote address.
Simon shared his personal journey with HIV/AIDS — from researching its causes and prevalence in the District to experimenting with different treatment drugs to uncovering new preventive measures.
Alan Greenberg, M.D. ’82, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at GW’s School of Public Health and Health Services, and director of the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research (D.C. D-CFAR), delivered the second keynote address.
Greenberg gave an overview of HIV/AIDS epidemiology and prevention and addressed the HIV/AIDS work that is currently being done in Washington, D.C.