School of Medicine’s Inaugural Research Week Draws Hundreds

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Dr. Ducket, Dr. Deisseroth, Dean Andrews and Dr. Lefkowitz following the Lefkowitz lecture.

Dr. Duckett, Dr. Deisseroth, Dean Klotman, and Dr. Lefkowitz following the Lefkowitz lecture. 

Hundreds of faculty, trainees, students, and staff attended the School of Medicine’s inaugural Research Week, held October 14-17, 2019. The week-long event included lectures, a poster session, Innovation Jam sponsored by the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, and a Town Hall hosted by the Office of Scientific Integrity. 

Dean Mary E. Klotman, MD, kicked off Research Week on Monday, which featured lectures by Duke faculty members Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH, Mary and Deryl Hart Professor of Surgery, and Lawrence David, PhD, assistant professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.

On Tuesday, Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, D. H. Chen Professor, Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, delivered the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture, speaking about the “Inner Working of Brains and Channelrhodopsins.”

Dr. Hernandez with Dr. LiftonDr. Hernandez with Dr. Richard Lifton, the clinical keynote speaker

On Wednesday, attendees heard lectures from Duke faculty members Chris Woods, MD, professor of medicine, and Svati Shah, MD, MHS, associate dean and director of the Duke Precision Genomics Collaboratory. 

The week culminated on Thursday with Innovation Jam, a poster session, and a clinical keynote address “From Genes and Genomes to Biology and Health” by Richard Lifton, MD, PhD, president of The Rockefeller University. 

During Innovation Jam, groups of faculty members and students gave timed presentations to investors about their most innovative healthcare ideas—including devices, diagnostics, and digital therapeutics— that could have immediate application at Duke or commercialization elsewhere. 

Fifty graduate students, clinical trainees, and medical students presented research posters during the poster session. 

The winners of the best basic sciences research posters were:

  • Cameron Prigge, PhD, postdoctoral appointee, Department of Neurobiology
  • Matthew Ruis, PhD Candidate, Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program
  • Ceri Weber, PhD Candidate, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology Program
 Drs. Hernandez and Ducket with Cameron Prigge, PhD, Matthew Ruis, and Ceri WeberFrom left: Drs. Hernandez and Duckett with Cameron Prigge, PhD, Matthew Ruis, and Ceri Weber

The winners of the best clinical research posters were:

  • Michael Kaplan, PhD, MD Program
  • Breanna Polascik, MD Program
  • Caitlin Marks, MD Program
 Drs. Ducket and Hernandez with Michael Kaplan, PhD, Breanna Polascik, and Caitlin Marks From left with Drs. Duckett and Hernandez with Michael Kaplan, PhD, Breanna Polascik, and Caitlin Marks

“I am thrilled with the success of the first-ever School of Medicine Research Week,” said Dean Klotman. “It provided a week-long celebration of research, illustrating the importance of discovery and innovation and highlighting the outstanding work of our faculty, trainees and students.”

student presenting a poster to judgesStudent presenting a poster to judges