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Dec. 7, 2015 - Students, Faculty Present Research Projects at 9th Annual COM Research Forum

researchforum01.jpgThe University of South Alabama College of Medicine’s 9th annual Research Forum was held Dec. 4, 2015, on USA's main campus.

Dr. Donna Cioffi, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at USA, said the research forum is a great opportunity for basic medical scientists and clinicians to present their research projects to colleagues.

The forum consisted of two sessions - the morning session was comprised of nine oral presentations, and the afternoon session included 57 poster presentations. "This year's event was our largest yet,” Dr. Cioffi said. “We are very excited that so many researchers were interested in participating, and I think this is a testimony to the success we have had in the past.”

Dr. Cioffi said the event gives everyone in the College of Medicine and Mitchell Cancer Institute a chance to interact. “This type of interaction leads to new ideas and new collaborations, and it is a great opportunity for the students and fellows to gain experience in presenting their work."

This is the first year that the College of Medicine is offering travel awards – one for the best overall graduate student presentation and one for the best overall post-doctoral fellow presentation. These awards are $1,000 each and are to be used for travel to national or international meetings. According to Dr. Cioffi, the awards were made possible by the generous support of the College of Medicine dean's office, the graduate school, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and the BMSSO graduate student organization. Awards will be announced within the next week.

To learn more about participating in the annual COM Research Forum, contact Dr. Cioffi at

Click here to view more photos from the event.

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