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Date: Jan 12, 2012

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Grad Student Wins Research Poster Competition

Project looked at changes in brain function in rodents during drug addiction.

A graduate student pursuing his PhD at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine has earned a $1000 scholarship for his first place finish in the Empire State Medical Association’s 5th annual research poster competition, held at the Mentoring in Medicine Conference in New York City. Joseph Carrion’s project was titled “Metabolic Response to Acute and Sub-Chronic Morphine in Rodents.” The research project looked at changes in brain function during opiate use in rodents and how this information might help predict eventual widespread damage.

Carrion is a graduate student pursuing his PhD in Molecular Basis of Medicine and, as part of his education, conducts original research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

“Mr. Carrion represents the caliber of student who is attracted to the School of Medicine’s PhD programs,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the School of Medicine. “I look forward to his future achievements in medical research.” 

The poster competition was open to students at three levels: high school students, college/post-baccalaureate students, and graduate/medical school students.  The winner in each category was judged on originality of research, interview and presentation of research to physician-judges, significance to the field, and overall clarity and thoroughness of the poster.  

“One of the biggest challenges I faced when creating the poster was to eliminate scientific jargon and reduce the explanation to simple terms that even non-scientific people could understand,” said Carrion. 

Carrion also worked on the research project with colleagues Amanda Talan, Christina Veith, Stergiani Agorastos, Alexandra Aarons, Sandra Scherrer, Dr. Stephen Dewey, director of the Lab for Behavioral and Molecular Neuroimaging and Wynne K. Schiffer, co-director.

“It is extremely gratifying that in the first year of this new PhD program, our students are already winning awards for their research,” said Dr. Betty Diamond, head of the MD/PhD program at the medical school. 

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine PhD program is unique in that all studies, whether basic or applied, have a disease focus. The goal of the PhD program is to graduate students who will continue to perform disease-related studies and are committed to transforming medical practice. 

Related Link: Feinstein Institute for Medical Research