Students, residents present research projects

Leo Londono, Jason Marano, Dr. Maureen Long, Sandra Tisdelle and Lauren Gray.

Veterinary students, graduate students and residents who participated in 2011 Phi Zeta Day were honored for their oral and platform presentations in a spacious and brand new venue this year.

The Banfield Conference Room, located on the third floor of the new UF Small Animal Hospital, supplemented Lecture Hall B to accommodate the presenters as well as this year’s keynote speaker. There were so many presenters that both rooms were necessary, said Dr. Maureen Long, who coordinated the event. The day also included a lunch for the participating students and Phi Zeta members.

Twenty-three students participated as part of the elective course, Individualized Investigation. Each student is mentored by a college faculty member. Five graduate students and six residents also presented platform presentations and all were also mentored by CVM faculty.

Awards were given in poster and platform categories. The winners were:

DVM Students:
Poster Session 1:
Sandra Tisdelle, Class of 2011, for her topic, “The Role of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1 as a Potential Mediator for the Bone Anabolic Effects of Parathyroid Hormone.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. Tom Wronski.
Poster Session II:
Lauren Gray, Class of 2011, for her topic, “Comparison of Two Screening Tests for Canine Distemper Virus and Canine Parvovirus Antibodies in Shelter Dogs.” Her mentor is Dr. Julie Levy.

Platform Presentations:
Large Animal Session:
DVM Students:
Tyrell Kahan, Class of 2011, for his topic, “Coccidiosis in Goats in Florida, USA.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Ellis Greiner.

Basic Sciences Session:
Tie between Max Polyak, Class of 2011, for his presentation, “Effect of a Novel Solution for Organ Preservation on Equine Large Colon in an Isolated Pulsatile” and Jason Marano for his presentation, “Orthotopic Transplantation of Neonatal GFP Rats as Experimental Models to Study Ovarian Development and Toxicology.” Their UF faculty mentors are Dr. Ali Morton and Dr. Roger Reep, respectively. Marano performed his work at the National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.

Basic Sciences/Small Animal/Ophthalmology
DVM Students:
Leo Londono for “Ultrasonographic Evaluation of Relative Gastrointestinal Layer Thickness in Cats without Evidence of GI Disease.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Matt Winter.

Graduate Students:
Dr. Astrid Grosche for “Ultrastructure Changes in the Equine Colonic Mucosa after Ischemia and Reperfusion.” Her faculty mentor is Dr. David Freeman.

Dr. Caleb Hudson for “Axial Stiffness and Ring Deformation Associated with Application of Axial Compression to Circular External Skeletal Fixator Incomplete and Complete Single Ring Constructs.” His faculty mentor is Dr. Dan Lewis.

Dr. Charlie Courtney, associate dean for research and graduate studies, thanked Long for her efforts in coordinating and promoting Phi Zeta activities this year.

“Dr. Long has worked hard to make this event a success, and I very much appreciate her efforts,” Courtney said.

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