The Beginnings of Big Ideas: Pritzker Scientific Session 2013

Students and guests during the poster session at this year's Pritzker Senior Scientific Session

Students and guests during the poster session at this year’s Pritzker Senior Scientific Session

Last week the Pritzker School of Medicine held its springtime tradition, the 67th annual Senior Scientific Session, where fourth-year medical students present research projects they conducted alongside faculty during their clinical studies. The event was founded in 1946 by Dr. Leon Jacobson, a radiologist and cancer researcher who wanted to showcase the caliber of Pritzker graduates and the quality of their education.

This year ten students gave oral presentations on their research, from using neural stem cells as a treatment for brain tumors, to the developmental impact of children hearing spoken language early in life, to the origins of the myth that patients who leave the hospital against medical advice have to foot the hospital bill. The oral presentations were followed by a poster session featuring an additional 28 student projects. Presentations were judged by a panel of 17 faculty members, and 8 prizes were awarded for scientific excellence and exceptional scholarly work. You can find a complete list of the winners on the Pritzker website, along with an abstract booklet (PDF) featuring all of the research.

Nikita Alexiades, winner of the Leon O. Jacobson Basic Science Prize for the best oral presentation given by a non-PhD student in the area of the basic biological sciences, with his presentation on the use of neural stem cells as a novel therapy for treating glioma.

Nikita Alexiades, winner of the Leon O. Jacobson Basic Science Prize for the best oral presentation given by a non-PhD student in the area of the basic biological sciences, with his presentation on the use of neural stem cells as a novel therapy for treating glioma.

Marcia Faustin, winner of the Franklin McLean Medical Student Research Award, granted to the non-PhD student who has performed the most meritorious research in the medical field, giving her presentation on the 30 Million Words Project.

Marcia Faustin, winner of the Franklin McLean Medical Student Research Award, granted to the non-PhD student who has performed the most meritorious research in the medical field, giving her presentation on the 30 Million Words Project.

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