Jersey Shore University Medical Center Hosts Successful Research Day

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center Hosts Successful Research Day

Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently hosted its annual Meridian Health Research Day. The program was held in the Lance Auditorium and proved to be very successful with over 150 health care professionals in attendance.

"Research Day provides opportunities for health care professionals affiliated with Meridian Health to present original research studies and case reports to the academic and professional communities," said Ernest W. Richards, Ph.D., FACN, corporate director of research services of clinical research for Meridian Health. "Research allows Meridian to provide our patients and communities with expanded access to novel therapies and cutting-edge treatment and diagnostic possibilities."

Throughout the day, guests had the chance to view the posters with each study's findings in the North/South Concourse of the Kurr Atrium in the medical center and take tours of the new Meridian Health Research Center.

Research Day concluded with an awards and presentations ceremony where three teams took home first place in their respective categories.

  • Placing first in the oral presentations category was Sasha Wagner, Arthur A. Topilow, M.D., John M. Davis, M.D., and Charles Gilvarg, Ph.D. who spoke on Carboxypeptidase A as a Potential Screen for Early Stage Pancreatic Cancer.
  • Placing first in the original research poster category was Eva H. Nunlist, D.O.; Gerald Almazan, M.D.; Yen-Hong Kuo, Ph.D.; Mitchel B. Alpert, M.D., FAAP, FACC; Denise Aloisio, M.D., FAAP; Elizabeth Assing, M.D., FAAP who conducted their research on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 2 Years Of Premature and Very Low Birth Weight Infants with a Hemodynamically Significant Patent Ductus Arteriosus (Hspda) Treated with Indomethacin versus Ibuprofen.
  • Placing first in the case reports poster category was, Deepa Prasad, M.D., Valerie Navarret, M.D., Srividya Naganathan, M.D., whose topic was Infant with Failure to Thrive, Dysmorphic Features and Hemihypertrophy.

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital - the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and women's specialty services. For more information on Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit