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The University of South Alabama College of Medicine will host the 44th annual Medical Student Research Day on Friday, July 28, 2017, in the Medical Sciences Building.
Oral presentations begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a keynote address at 11:00 a.m. The event will conclude with poster presentations from 12:45 p.m. until 2 p.m.
This year’s keynote address will be given by Dr. Betty Diamond, investigator and head of the Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease Center at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y.
Dr. Diamond is a member of the American Association of Immunology, American College of Rheumatology, American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. She is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as president of the American Association of Immunologists in 2009.
Dr. Diamond’s research has focused on the induction and pathogenicity of anti-DNA antibodies in systemic lupus erythematosus. She earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. She also completed a fellowship in immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y.
The nine-week Medical Student Summer Research Program includes hands-on research related to basic science and/or clinical medicine; a seminar program that focuses on various scientific and clinical topics; and student presentations at Research Day. Through this program, students develop an appreciation of how research contributes to the knowledge and the practice of medicine. Support for the program is provided by the USA College of Medicine Dean’s Office and the National Institutes of Health.
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