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Abstract Submission

  • Abstract submission for short talks and posters closed on January 15th, 2023 at 11:59pm CST

  • Posters will be presented in person only and do not have to be submitted

  • Limit: one poster per presenter (multiple presenters are allowed)

  • Decisions were sent on January 23rd, 2023

  • A Zoom link streaming presentations will be provided on February 16th, 2023

  • For any questions, please reach out to Brian Thomas

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Abstract Submission Closed: January 15th 2023 at 11:59pm

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Speakers and Panelist

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Keynote I: David Arnold, MD

-Executive Director of NextGen Precision Health
-Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Missouri

Arnold is board certified in neuromuscular medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Arnold earned his bachelor of science in biology from Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) and his doctorate of medicine from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
A well-respected clinician and researcher, Arnold’s clinical expertise involves genetic, sporadic and traumatic neuromuscular diseases, and the functional and rehabilitation aspects of hereditary and acquired neuromuscular disorders and age-related loss of physical function

Keynote II: Jesus Jimenez, MD, PhD

-Instructor of Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Washington University School of Medicine

-Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Fellows and Postdoctoral trainees in the Department of Medicine

Jesus Jimenez, MD, PhD is an early investigator with work focusing on defining mechanisms of myocardial injury from cancer immunotherapies. Dr. Jimenez was born and raised in Southern California, received his BS in Molecular Biology from the University of California San Diego and received his MD, PhD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program in the Bronx, New York. He completed internal medicine residency and fellowships in general cardiology and cardio-oncology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the faculty at Washington University in 2021 and in 2022, became the Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Fellows and Postdocs in the Department of Medicine.

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Jack Andrews

-7th year MD-PhD Candidate

-Clinical Psychology Focus

Jack Andrews is an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences. He plans to enter Pediatrics for his medical specialty. Jack’s research interests are broadly focused on improving and expanding access to mental health services for youth and families, and he is particularly interested in the delivery of mental health services in primary care settings. Jack is currently working on his dissertation, Evaluating the Impact of Parent/Caregiver Behavioral Health Interventions on Child Outcomes, supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD).

Timothy J. Ley, MD

-Lewis T. and Rosalind B. Apple ­Professor of Medicine
-Co-director of Physician Scientist Training Program, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM)

Timothy J. Ley, M.D. is a physician-scientist recognized for his work in cancer genomics. He is known for his studies of the genetic and epigenetic factors relevant for the pathogenesis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, leading to new ways to classify and more precisely treat patients with this disease. Ley was born and raised in Lakota, Iowa, received his B.A. from Drake University in Biology, his M.D. degree from Washington University Medical School, and performed his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed fellowships in Hematology and Oncology at the NIH and at Washington University, and joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 1986. Ley is a past president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, past treasurer of the American Association of Physicians, a fellow of AAAS and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences. He was appointed by President Obama to the National Cancer Advisory Board in 2015.

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Wendy Picking, PhD

-Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology, University of Missouri
-Founder and President, Hafion

Dr. Wendy Picking has 25 years of experience researching complex bacterial structures. She created the company’s unique vaccine platform. Specifically, Dr. Picking developed the antigen component that allows conjugation of the HA and thereby forms the nanoparticle delivery system. In addition to her role with Hafion, Dr. Picking serves as Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at The University of Kansas. Her research includes developing vaccines against gram-negative bacterial pathogens. Dr. Picking previously served as Associate Professor at Oklahoma State University where she began the development of a vaccine against bacillary dysentery and taught microbiology. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a PhD in molecular genetics, both from The University of Kansas.

John Pardalos, MD

-Professor of Child Health at the University of Missouri-Columbia
-Division Director Neonatology at the University of Missouri-Columbia
-Co-Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Service

Dr. Pardalos graduated from Washington University with an A.B. in Biology and Ancient Studies.  He received his MD degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he also completed his residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.  He has been a faculty member of the Department of Child Heath at the University of Missouri-Columbia since 1997.  He has served as the medical director of the Children’s Hospital Critical Care Transport Service since 1996.  He also currently serves as the division director of Neonatology since 2006.  Over the years he has served as the local PI for multiple multicenter clinical trials for a variety of pharmacologic agents.  Since 2011, he has started collaborating with several engineering faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia on a variety of translational projects sponsored by the MU Coulter Biomedical Accelerator that will help improve the quality of care provided to neonates.


Charlotte Phillips, PhD

-Professor of Biochemistry and Child Health, University of Missouri
-Director of the Tom and Anne Smith MD/PhD Program, University of Missouri School of Medicine
-Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Biochemistry, University of Missouri

Dr. Phillips is a Clinical Molecular Geneticist, board certified through the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Dr. Phillips’ research focus has been to investigate the pathogenesis of osteogenesis in both skeletal and non-skeletal tissues and to evaluate therapeutic agents and strategies to enhance muscle and bone in mouse models of osteogenesis imperfecta. The genetic and clinical heterogeneity of osteogenesis imperfecta has led Dr. Phillips’ research team to focus on maximizing muscle and skeletal strength through identifying and exploiting those mechanisms, whether biochemical, through mechanotransduction, and/or developmental programming, that can maximize peak bone mass.

Abdoulie Njai, MPH

-MD, MPH, PhD Student

Abdoulie Njai completed his Bachelor's of Arts in Human Biology at the University of Kansas and received his Master’s in Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is currently a fourth-year medical student and member of the Integrated Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. As a part of this program, Abdoulie will be a concurrent PhD student in the Department of Pathobiology while completing his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Missouri. Abdoulie’s research interests include orthopaedic capacity strengthening in low-middle income countries, disparities in surgical outcomes, DEI into medical education, and injury and violence prevention.

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Bob Mills

-President and CEO, Vento eStim Therapeutics

-President and CEO, Mills Medical, Inc.

-CCO, Biomedical Systems, Inc.

Bob Mills is a Senior Executive with greater than 40 years of recognized leadership as well as general management expertise. He is an entrepreneur and serves as the President and CEO of various medical and pharm start-ups in the greater St. Louis area. He has extensive experience working with physicians and scientists to develop successful R&D teams.

Matthew Hayden, MS

-3rd year MD-PhD student
-Translational Cardiology Focus

Matt Hayden is a third-year MD-PhD student at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He graduated from Simpson College with a B.A. in Biochemistry and from Des Moines University with an M.S. in Biomedical Science. As a first-year graduate student in the department of Medical Pharmacology and Physiology working in the lab of Timothy Domeier, Ph.D., he is conducting research in cardiac physiology. Matt’s current research involves the cellular mechanisms by which TRPV4 contributes to contractile dysfunction and arrhythmogenesis. He is also passionate about teaching and mentorship and aims to pursue a career as a physician-scientist in academic medicine specializing in Cardiology.

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Richard Ma, MD

-Division Chief of Sport Medicine
-Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
-Gregory L. and Ann L. Hummel Distinguished Professorship in Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Ma is a true clinician-scientist. His career is driven by his exploration of scientific questions, aiming at improving the lives of our patients. Dr. Ma’s research focus is primarily in sports medicine, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, elbow and shoulder surgeries, and arthroscopic surgery. He leads efforts to develop a rodent model to understand how the external mechanical environment and stimulus affects healing of the ACL graft. He directs an ACL research program within the Thompson Lab that includes work on understanding the variable biological responses of intraarticular tissues relevant in ACL injured knees and human studies evaluating biological differences of ACL autograft tissues. He also works with canine models to understand how ACL injury may result in loss of a native neuromuscular reflex, which may explain the high clinical incidence of post-traumatic osteoarthritis with ACL injuries.

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Theme: Translational Science and Programs

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Check-in and Breakfast

Check-in and pick up your nametag and program
Continental breakfast and coffee

9AM-9:15AM CST

Opening Remarks

Charlotte Phillips, PhD

Director of Tom and Anne Smith MD-PhD Program

University of Missouri School of Medicine

9:15AM-9:40AM CST

National APSA Officer Remarks

Cynthia Tang

MD-PhD Candidate

Partnerships Co-Chair, American Physician Scientist Association

9:45AM-10:45AM CST

Keynote I - Path to Becoming a Physician Scientist

David Arnold, MD

Executive Director of NextGen Precision Health

Professor of PM&R at University of Missouri

Moderator: Andrew Behrmann

Coffee Break (15 min)


Speaker Session I

Theme: Careers in Industry and Academia


  • Wendy Picking, PhD (Hafion)

  • Bob Mills (Vento eStim Therapeutics)

  • John Pardalos, MD (Clinical Trials)

Moderator: Brian Thomas

12PM-1:30PM CST

Lunch and Poster Session

Session A: 12-12:45PM

Session B: 12:45-1:30PM

Asynchronous presentation and viewing with lunch

Monetary Awards Given to Best Undergraduate and Graduate Trainee Poster 

1:30PM-2:30PM CST

Speaker Session II

Theme: PSTP and Dual Degree (MD/DO/DVM-PhD)

PSTP and Research Residency Speakers:

  • Tim Ley, MD (PSTP Co-Director, Washington University)

  • Richard Ma, MD (Division Chief of Sports Medicine, University of Missouri)

PSTP Moderator: Cynthia Tang

Dual Degree Program Speakers:

  • Charlotte Phillips, PhD (MD-PhD Program Director, University of Missouri)

  • Abdoulie Njai, MPH (Multi-degree student, University of Missouri)

  • Jack Andrews (MD-PhD candidate, University of Missouri)

  • Matthew Hayden (MD-PhD student, University of Missouri)

Dual Degree Moderator: Matthew Hayden

2:30PM-4PM CST

Trainee Oral Session

Theme: Variable

Presentations (40 minutes)

Coffee break (10 minutes)

Presentations (40 minutes)

Moderators: Charlie Brennan, Joshua Shelton, and Pias Malaker

Monetary Awards Given to Best Abstract and Oral Presentation

4PM-4:50PM CST

Keynote II - Diversity and Inclusion

Jesus Jimenez, MD, PhD

Instructor of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Moderator: Sahra Gabure

4:50PM-5PM CST

Awards & Closing Remarks

Abstract, Poster, Oral Presentation Awards Announced

Awards: Charlotte Phillips, PhD

Closing Remarks: Sahra Gabure and Brian Thomas


Optional: Social

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