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Wayne State University School of Medicine

School of Medicine students honored in campus-wide research exhibition

Brianne Mohl is a fourth-year doctoral student.

Brianne Mohl is a fourth-year doctoral student.

Six Wayne State University School of Medicine graduate students received awards at the 2014 Graduate Exhibition held March 18 at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center on WSU’s main campus.

The annual event celebrated the diversity of research among doctoral students from the university’s schools and colleges. Eighty-nine posters were presented, including 21 from the School of Medicine.

Doctoral candidate Brianne Mohl won the School of Medicine’s only first place award, for her poster presentation on a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging and a simple rhyming task to prove a reading disability is a legitimate second diagnosis for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

“Children with ADHD and reading disabilities would, therefore, likely benefit from educational interventions or remediations, which address both attentional and phonological deficits,” she said.

Mohl was surprised and encouraged by the Graduate Exhibition honor.

“I spoke with many talented students from other departments, so it was incredible to receive the award,” she said. “We actually get many chances to showcase our work in the Translational Neuroscience Program, but the exhibition was nice because it made you step back and explain your work to people who were very talented, but less familiar with your specific area or project. It was nice to hear their feedback and field their thought-provoking questions.”

Mohl is in her fourth year of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience’s Translational Neuroscience Program, and was mentored by Associate Professor Jeffrey Stanley, Ph.D., for the winning project, “Interactions of Attention and Reading Areas in ADHD using a Novel Task.”

Other School of Medicine winners in the poster presentation category included:

Second place:

Dhruman Goradia, “Evidence of Pronounced Surface Deformation of the Caudate Nucleus in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Boys with Comorbid Reading Disability.” Advisor: Jeffrey Stanley, Ph.D.

Brittany Haynes, “Involvement of Rad6 Pathway in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Response to Platinum DNA Damage.” Advisor: Malathy Shekhar, Ph.D.

Third place:

Neha Aggarwal, “Effects of Photodynamic Therapy on Inflammatory Breast Cancer Cells.” Advisor: Bonnie Sloane, Ph.D.

Andria Rodrigues, “Role of the c-terminus of Iron Sulfur Cluster Scaffold Protein Isu in Iron Binding and Interaction with Iron Chaperone Frataxin.” Advisor: Timothy Stemmler, Ph.D.

Jennifer Thomas, “Shh Signaling Differentially Effects Retinal Neuron Regeneration in the Adult Zebrafish.” Advisor: Ryan Thummel, Ph.D.
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