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USF Health Research Day showcases strong research and collaboration

Starting nearly at dawn March 1, budding researchers from across USF Health made their way to the Marshall Student Center on the USF campus. In the ballroom, they found their designated board, set up their posters that describe their research projects, and prepared for the judges to make their rounds.

A student sets up her poster at USF Health Research Day.

This is the annual USF Health Research Day, the largest research-oriented event of its kind at USF and the largest celebration of health sciences research collaboration across all four USF Health colleges (medicine, nursing, public health and pharmacy) as well as with colleagues in other USF colleges. Tampa General Hospital, the primary teaching hospital for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, was the presenting sponsor for USF Health Research Day 2024.

This is the 34th year for the event, which showcases research poster presentations by students, postdocs, residents, faculty, and staff across all health disciplines. As with previous years, this year set another high-participation record, with 463 poster presentations.

As the ballroom is filled, the event began with the Annual Roy H. Behnke, MD, Distinguished Lectureship featuring speaker David Holtzman, MD, from the Department of Neurology at Washington University in St Louis.

Dr. Holtzman is a leading investigator in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias, and has been aggressively seeking blood biomarkers for predicting disease onset. His presentation was titled “The Role of APOE and the immune response in Tau-mediated neurodegeneration.”

Visit here to learn more about Dr. Holtzman and his work.

A student sets up his poster at USF Health Research Day.

Next came the judging of work. Judges reviewed the posters that lined the Marshall Center Ballroom, asking the students for more detail and clarifications about their research projects. Presentations ranged from pilot, preliminary, empirical and case studies to system reviews and reviews of literature or charts.

Following lunch was the 14th Annual Joseph Krzanowski Invited Oral Presenters by 12 select students representing medicine, nursing, public health, and pharmacy.

The USF Health Research Day culminated with an Awards Ceremony in the Oval Theatre announcing the winners in 29 competitive categories – including 18 monetary awards totaling $ 10,500.

For the list of Research Day 2024 award winners, click here

Photos by Fredrick Coleman and video by Allison Long

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USF Health News highlights the great work of the faculty, staff and students across the four health colleges – Morsani College of Medicine, College of Public Health, College of Nursing and Taneja College of Pharmacy – and the multispecialty physicians group. USF Health, an integral part of the University of South Florida, integrates research, education and health care to reach our shared value - making life better.