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2017 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES
Huda Atiya, PhD Candidate
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Left-Right Differences in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Metastasis

CLINICAL SCIENCES
Carole Baggerly, Director
GrassrootsHealth
Serum 25-HydroxyVitamin D Concentrations ≥40NG/ML are Associated with >65% Lower
Cancer Risk: Pooled Analysis of Randomized Trial and Prospective Cohort Study

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Jennifer Mandelbaum, PhD Candidate
University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health
Social Capital and Women’s Comorbidities: A Longitudinal Study of Gender
Differences in Social Capital and the Risk of Comorbidities

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION
Huda Atiya, PhD Candidate
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Left-Right Differences in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Metastasis



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2016 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES
Elizabeth A. Easley, PhD
W. Scott Black, Alison L. Bailey, Terry Lennie, and Jody L. Clasey.
Heart Rate Recovery Following a Maximal Graded Exercise Test in Normal-Weight and Obese Women

CLINICAL SCIENCES
Chelsea Lynes, MSPH
Nansi Boghossian, PhD
Interpregnancy Weight Change and Adverse Maternal Outcomes

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Joi D. Anderson, PhD, LMSW
Trauma-Related Cognitions, PTSD and Vocational Readiness of Incarcerated Women

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION
Allyson Beetham
Kinjal Pandya, MA, Kelsey Sumpter, and Cheryl Armstead, Ph.D.
Financial Stress and Smoking Disparities among Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Women


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2015 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES
Ambrish Kumar, Ph.D.
DiPette DJ, and Singh US
Metformin Impairs RHO GTPase Signaling and Inhibits the Survival and Migration of Neuroblastoma Cells

CLINICAL SCIENCES
Kyle T. Johnson, B.S.
Al-Holou WN, Anderson RC, Garton HJ, and Maher CO
Morphometric Analysis of the Pediatric Cervical Spine

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Elizabeth L. Crouch, Ph.D.
Bennett KJ, and Probst JC
Rural-Urban Differences in Medicare Service Use among Women in the Last Six Months of Life

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION
Erin E. Gatrone, Ph.D. candidate
O’Connell K, Veldkamp AA, and Lavigne JJ
Using Synthetic Lectins to Investigate Metastatic Potential in Colon Cancer


2014 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES
Kayla L. Penta
Altomare D,  Shirley DL, and Nyland JF
Female Immune System is Protected from Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Mercury

CLINICAL SCIENCES
Jacinda M. Nicklas, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Zera CA, England LJ, Rosner BA, Horton E, Levkoff SE,  Seely EW
A Web-Based Lifestyle Intervention for Women with Recent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized Controlled Trial

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Noma Louise Mgutshini, M.S.P.H.
Liu J, Wilcox, Fleischer N
Gestational Weight Gain and the Risk of Obesity among Preschool Children:
Is This Mediated Through Birth Weight?

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION
Anna L. Handley, M.P.H
Gwynne MJ, Brown SL, Spiryda LB
Knowledge and Attitudes of University of South Carolina Undergraduate Students Regarding Risk Factors and Vaccination for Human Papillomavirus (HPV)


2013 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES
Yvon L. Woappi, PhD candidate
Pirisi-Creek L.
Multicellular-Spheroid Development Predicts Hpv-16 Transformation Grade In Vitro   
 

CLINICAL SCIENCES
Shea Sutton and Daniela Nitcheva.
Birth Data Quality In South Carolina: How Good Is It?

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Medha R. Iyer, MD, PhD, MPH, DNB
Moneyham L, Murdaugh C, and Tavakoli A.  
Predictors of Quality-of-Life among Rural Women with HIV Disease

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION
Shraddha Vyas, PhD Candidate
Liu J, Karmaus W, Zhang H, Soto-Ramirez S.
Association between Breastfeeding and Infant Growth: A Probable Reverse Causality


2012 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES
Jennifer D. Kraft, MD candidate
Davis C, O’Peña MM, and Robinson CM.
IL-27 and Immunonosuppression in Infants

CLINICAL SCIENCES
Kristen Morella, MPH candidate
Heidari K.
Risk of Premature Death among Females with Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease-Mineral and Bone Disorder in South Carolina

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Jihong Liu, PhD, Associate Professor
Gallagher AE, Carta, CM, Torres ME, Moran R, and Wilcox S.   
Racial Differences in Gestational Weight Gain and Pregnancy-Related Hypertension

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION
Caroline D. Bergeron, DrPH candidate
Foster C, Friedman DB, Tanner AH, and Kim S-H.
Knowledge and Perceptions of Clinical Trials among African American and White Women in South Carolina:  Implications for Future Research in Women’s Health


2011 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES

Swati Tomar, PhD candidate
Tomar S, Kowli S, Altomare D, Gillespie MB, Sutkowski NA, Creek KE and Pirisi-Creek L.
Divergent Gene Expression Profiles HPV-Positive AND HPV-NEGATIVE HNSCC

CLINICAL SCIENCES

Amy R. Messersmith, PhD
Messersmith AR, Banister CE, Spiryda LB,, Glover SH, Pirisi L, and Creek KE. Increased Risk of Persistent Human Papillomavirus Infection and Abnormal Pap Tests in African American Compared to European American Women in a College-Age Cohort

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Michelle E. Deming, M.A.
Deming ME, Covan EK, Swan SC and Billings DL. Exploring Rape Myths, Gendered Norms, Group Processing and the Social Context of Rape among College Women: A Qualitative Analysis

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION

Jonathan Motts
Motts J, Silbergeld EK, Gardner RM, and Nyland JF. Identification of Novel Biomarkers of Mercury-Induced Immune Dysregulation in Humans


2010 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES

Ambrish Kumar, PhD
Kumar A, Singh CK, DiPette DJ and Singh US. Neuroprotective Role of Resvertrol Against Ethanol-Induced Oxidative Stress in the External Granule Layer of Cerebellum In a Rodent Model of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorders. 

CLINCAL SCIENCES

Charles Rittenberg, MD
Rittenberg C,  Sullivan SA, Rushing J, Steadman EM, Anderson C, and Newman RM.  17P Reduces Recurrent Spontaneous Preterm Birth < 35 Weeks in Highest Risk Patients.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Melissa R.W. George, PhD
George, MRW.  Family Risk Factors in Childhood And Maladaptive Eating Behaviors, Depressive and Anxious Symptoms Among Females In Early Adolescence. 

BEST GRADUATE TRAINEE/STUDENT SUBMISSION

Rachel Bevins, DO
Bevins RE and Miller PB.  A Novel Colorimetric Test for Bacterial Vaginosis Using a Fiber-Embedded Biosensor.


2009 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES

Faculty Award: Kim Creek, PhD
Banister CE, Messersmith A, Altomare D, Spiryda L, Alexander AM, Pirisi L and Creek KE. Human Papillomavirus Detection and Typing in PAP Test Samples Using the Innogenetics INNO-LiPA HPV Genotyping Extra System in Comparison with Direct DNA Sequencing.

Student Award: Jennifer McLarty, PhD candidate
McLarty JL, Brower GL and Janicki JS. Estrogen Downregulation of TNF-Alpha Is Cardioprotective in Rats Secondary to Volume Overload.

CLINCAL SCIENCES

Faculty Award: Jihong Liu, ScD
Liu J, Akinbami LJ and Cai B. Gestational Weight Gain and Overweight Status In Children At Age 3.

Student Award: Dorian Lamis, PhD candidate
Lamis DA and Malon PS. Involvement in Intimate Partner Psychological Abuse and Suicide Proneness in College Women: Alcohol Related Problems as a Potential Mediator.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Faculty Award: Eva Monsma, PhD
Monsma EV and Torres-McGehee T. Eating Disorder Risk: Physical, Psychological and Contextual Factors among Female Collegiate Equestrian Athletes.

Student Award: Michelle Williams, doctoral candidate
Williams M, Kuffuor G, Ekuadzi E., Ampem PT, Korang-Yeboa M and El-Duah M. The Influence of Cultural Beliefs on the Breast Cancer Risk Factor Knowledge of Women in Kumasi, Ghana.

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2008 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES

Eun-Young Oh, MD, PhD candidate
Oh E-Y, Wood PA, Hrushesky WJM. Genomic Explanations Of The Menstrual Cycle Stage Dependence Of Post-Resection Metastatic Breast Cancer Spread

CLINICAL SCIENCES

Lauren Nelson, MD
Nelson LE, Miller PB, Forstein DA, Higdon HL III, Lessey, BA. Treatment of Unexplained
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss with HCG Support

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Eva V Monsma, PhD
Monsma EV, Gay JM, Torres-McGehee T. Developmental and Contextual Risks of Social Physique Anxiety among Adolescent Female Athletes

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION

Debeshi Maitra
Maitra D, Annang L, Walsemann KM. Racial Differences in The Relationship Between Education and STI Diagnosis Among Young Adult Females

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2007 Carolina Women's Health Research Forum Awards

BASIC SCIENCES

Margaret Crosby, USC undergraduate student
Crosby M, Brower G, and Gardner J. Female Cardioprotection in Rats: Synergistic Effects of Estrogen Replacement and Dietary Phytoestrogens

CLINICAL SCIENCES/PUBLIC HEALTH

Wilder Palomino, MD, PhD
Palomino W, Likes C, Mo B, Forstein D, Miller P, Lessey B. Progesterone Resistance in Endometriosis: Examination of L-Selectin Ligand in Eutopic and Ectopic Endometrium Using in vivo and in vitro model

Marsha Dowda, DrPH
Dowda M, Pfeiffer K, Dishman R, and Pate R. Associations Among Physical Activity, Health Indicators, and Employment in 12th Grade Girls

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Julie Lumpkin, MSPH
Lumpkin J. Physical and Mental Health Status of Female Frontline Workers in Anti-Violence Agencies in South Carolina: A Descriptive Study (2005)

BEST STUDENT SUBMISSION

Shalanda Bynum, MS, MPH
Bynum A, Brandt H, Wright M, Burgis, JT, and Bacon JL. Psychological, Educational and Behavioral Factors Related to HPV among Adolescent Girls and Young Women

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