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Trainee Competition Finalists 2016


The top 22 of the highest-scoring student/trainee abstract submissions will be featured as the finalists in the Trainee Competition and displayed for the duration of the conference.  The Trainee Competition finalists will receive their final judging onsite at the conference during the Poster Session on Monday afternoon.  Scores will be tabulated to determine the winners of the competition. In the event of a tie, judges will refer to the original scores for the tiebreaker.  All judges decisions are final. All poster finalists will receive a certificate and recognition onstage as part of the Student Competition Awards Ceremony.

The Student Competition Finalists for Neurotrauma 2016 are:

P# Presenting Author Affiliation Abstract Title
T01-06 Rania Abutarboush Naval Medical Research Center/
Henry Jackson Foundation
Exposure to Blast Overpressure alters cerebrovascular reactivity in rats
T01-09 Miriam Aceves Texas A&M Health Science Center Morphine undermines recovery following SCI: Opioid-immune interactions
T01-17 Christopher Ahuja University of Toronto Chondroitinase ABC and neural stem cells synergistically promote recovery after traumatic cervical spinal cord injury
T01-19 Ahmed Alshareef University of Virginia Stress Concentrations Around Vasculature - The Mechanics of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy?
T01-18 Anna Badner University of Toronto Early intravenous delivery of human stromal cells modulates systemic inflammation & leads to vasoprotection in spinal cord injury
T01-20 Elizabeth Bishop UTMB Galveston Persistent epigenetic changes in hippocampal neural stem cells following traumatic brain injury.
T01-13 Justin Burrell University of Pennsylvania Transplantable Micro-Tissue Engineered Neural Networks for Neuronal and Axonal Tract Reconstruction Following Brain Injury
T01-15 Shaun Carlson University of Pittsburgh Lithium increases synaptic vesicular proteins, improves neurotransmission and promotes recovery of cognitive function after CCI
T01-22 Mihika Gangolli Washington University of St. Louis Development of Methods to Perform Radiological-Pathological Correlations in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
T01-16 Allan Martin University of Toronto Microstructural Cervical Spinal Cord MRI Quantifies Tract-Specific Injury And Correlates with Global and Focal Deficits 
T01-14 Miranda Munoz Carnegie Mellon University Cerebral Spinal Fluid Cortisol Mediates Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Effects on Mortality Prediction after TBI
T01-02 Matthew Recker Drexel University  The role of mTOR in exercise dependent axon regeneration through a peripheral nerve graft following spinal cord injury
T01-04 Beatriz Rodriguez-Grande  INCIA-Universite de Bordeaux Early neurovascular changes precede long-lasting behavioral deficits after juvenile mild traumatic brain injury
T01-01 Rachel Rowe Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Aging with Traumatic Brain Injury:Age-at-injury effects on behavioral outcome following diffuse brain injury in rats
T01-05 Nathan Skinner Medical College of Wisconsin Double Diffusion Encoding for Rapid In Vivo Evaluation of Rat Spinal Cord Injury
T01-11 Bridgette Semple University of Melbourne Sex-dependent social behavior deficits and neuronal morphology after pediatric brain injury
T01-03 Michelle Umali Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Epigenetic, Transcriptomic, and Sleep Alterations Following Penetrating Ballistic Brain Injury (PBBI)
T01-10 Jenna VanRooyen University of Kentucky Transplanted Mitochondria Significantly Maintain Cellular Respiration After Acute Contusion Spinal Cord Injury
T01-21 Michal Vascak Virginia Commonwealth University Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) alters neocortical GABAergic interneuron structure and function via axonal injury
T01-08 Amanda White Pennsylvania State University  Oxidative status and reduced colonic giant migratory contractions following experimental spinal cord injury
T01-12 Nicole Wilson University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Phosphodiesterase 4B Inhibition as an Anti-Inflammatory Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
T01-07 Kristina Witcher Ohio State University Rod microglia induced by traumatic brain injury are resident cells that align with blood vessels adjacent to damaged neurons