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Tentative meeting agenda is as follows. More details will be added as they are confirmed. Agenda is subject to change.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

8:00 am                       

Event Check-In Opens; Continental Breakfast Available - Morgantown Event Center (MEC) A


9:00 am                       

Welcome & Opening Comments – MEC A

Sally Hodder, MD, Director West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute;                                              Associate Vice President of Clinical and Translational Science; Professor of Medicine and                                          Preeminent Scholar Chair; School of Medicine, West Virginia University

State of the WVCTSI Address – MEC A

Sally Hodder, MD


9:30 am                      

Taking Your Research to the Next Level: New WVCTSI Services  - MEC A

Editorial Services: Joan M. Lakoski, PhD, Co-Director, WVCTSI Professional Development Core

Geospatial Information Services (GIS) and New Tech in Research Data: Brian                                    Hendricks, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology, School of Public Health, West Virginia University

Pilot Funding Opportunities: Meg Haller, MPA, MSW, WVCTSI Pilot Project Program Coordinator; Matthew Dietz, MD, Co-Director WVCTSI Pilot Project Program & Orthopaedic Surgeon, WVU Medicine 


10:30 am                     

Keynote Address: "Scientific Communication Controversies" – MEC A

 Jon Cohen, Author & Senior Correspondent, Science


11:30 am                     

Panel Discussion: West Virginia Implications of Dr. Cohen’s Message  - MEC A

 Moderated by Stephenie Kennedy Rea, EdD, WVCTSI Community Engagement and                                                Outreach Core Co-Director, Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control; WVU                                            Cancer Institute

David McCutcheon, WVCTSI Community Advisory Board; Executive Director, Patch 21

William “Bill” Lewis, MD, FAAFP, WVPBRN Co-Director; Physician & Director, Harpers Ferry                                      Family Medicine

Lou Ortenzio, WVCTSI Community Advisory Board; Executive Director Clarksburg Mission


12:00 pm                     

Networking Lunch  - MEC A


1:00-2:00 pm               

Cutting Edge Research In West Virginia  - MEC A

 Alzheimer’s Disease: Rashi Mehta, MD, Associate Professor, Neuroradiology &                                                     Neuroscience, West Virginia University

 Substance Use Disorder: James Mahoney, PhD, Associate Professor and                                                             Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry, West Virginia University

Metabolic Disease: Emma Eggleston, MD, MPH, Associate Vice President for Community                                        Health Innovation, WVU Health Sciences; Associate Professor, Endocrinology; West                                                Virginia  University; Chief, Diabetes & Obesity Prevention for WVU Health System;                                                  Director, WVU Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health - WVUHS Eastern Campus


2:00-2:45 pm               

Clinical Trials Plenary: New Initiatives to Drive Clinical Trials in West Virginia – MEC A

Shelley Welch, RN, MSHS, CCRC, Director, WVCTSI Clinical Trials Center of Excellence  

Jason C. Roberts, Associate Director, WVCTSI Clinical Trials Center of Excellence

Debbie Lee, Training Manager, WVCTSI Clinical Trials Center of Excellence


2:50-4:15 pm               

BREAKOUT ROOM 1: Highlighted Oral Research Presentations  - Salon D

Jinju Wang, PhD, “Altered level and miR caroges of perivascular adipose tissue exosomes in type 2 diabetic mice” (Marshall University)

Evan Frigoletto, MD, “Aqueous Vein Diameter as a Predictor of Intraocular Pressure Reduction Following Glaucoma Angle Surgery” (West Virginia University)

Tuoen Liu, MD, PhD, “HSPA9/mortalin inhibition disrupts erythroid maturation independent of TP53 in human hematopoietic progenitor cells” (West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine)

Stephanie Thompson, PhD, “Prenatal Alcohol and Polysubstance Exposure Over a 5-year Period in Southern West Virginia” (Charleston Area Medical Center)


BREAKOUT ROOM 2: Highlighted Oral Research Presentations – Salon E

Nicole Stout, DPT, “Understanding WV primary care professionals knowledge and preferences in managing care for cancer survivors: a mixed methods study” (West Virginia University)

Kacie Kidd, MD, MS, “Pediatric Gender Care in Primary Care Settings in West Virginia: Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, Experiences, and Needs” (West Virginia University)

Wei Li, MD, PhD, “Thymidine Phosphorylase, SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein, and Vascular Dysfunction” (West Virginia University)

Kent Marshall, MS, “Characterization of the Transcriptomes of Brain-Metastatic and Drug Resistant Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer”

David Scarisbrick, PhD, “Cortical morphology in Parkinson's Disease and neurocognitive decline” (West Virginia University)


4:15 pm                       


Posters must be set up in MEC B by 5:00 pm at the latest


5:00 pm                      


Judges should check in at the judges table to pick up their materials.

All attendees are invited to submit one vote for “People’s Choice.” Votes should be returned to the judges table by 6:30 p.m. to be counted.


6:30 pm                      


Poster Awards Presentation

Fellows Research Academy Recognition


“IDeA-CTRs: What’s Past is Prologue”

Michele McGuirl, PhD, Chief, Research Advancement Programs Branch Division for                                                  Research Capacity Building, National Institutes of Health


Thursday, May 25, 2023


7:30 am                       

General Networking Breakfast  (no programming) - Salon D

 Females Advancing Clinical and Translational Science (FACTS) Breakfast Session  – Salon FGH

Brenda Peyser, MFA – Coauthor of The No Club – Putting a Stop to Women’s Dead-End                                          Work & Recent Distinguished Service Professor of Professional Communications at Heinz                                          College & Former Associate Dean School of Public Policy and Management, Heinz College,                                        Carnegie Melon University                    


8:30 – 9:30 am            

Early Stage Advisory Board Meeting*  (Farmer Board Room)              


9:30 – 10:30 am         

Community Advisory Board Meeting* (Farmer Board Room)


Panel Discussion: Career Progression and Pathways for the Clinical Investigator -Salon D

Moderated by Joan M. Lakoski, PhD

 Kent Marshall, MS, Current Clinical and Translational Science MD/PhD Student

Samantha D. Minc, MD, MPH; Associate Professor & Clinician, Cardiovascular and Thoracic                                       Surgery; Heart & Vascular Institute; WVU Medicine

Joel Palko, MD, Assistant Professor and Clinician, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, WVU                                         Medicine

Sarah Hadique, MBBS, Associate Professor, & Clinician, Pulmonary/CCM Fellowship Program                                    Director, WVU Medicine

Peter E. Konrad, MD, PhD, Chair of Neurosurgery, Professor; Executive Director of                                                  Integrative Neuroscience & Clinical Innovation, West Virginia University


10:30 - 11:30 am         

Partner Site Representatives Meeting* - Farmer Board Room             


11:00 am                      

Boxed Lunches Available for Takeaway


11:30 am                      


 WVCTSI Leadership Debrief * - Salon D (WVCTSI Faculty Core Directors, Staff Directors, Associate Directors and Managers)