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MHIRT Projects Symposium

2013 Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training Projects Symposium 
Saturday, October 5
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cooper Wilson 105

Students who participated in the summer 2013 projects will be presenting the results from their summer international research experiences in Uganda and Brazil. The symposium is free and open to the public. Breakfast and lunch will be served. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the summer projects for 2014 to meet with students and learn more about the program, and how they can qualify for an all-expense paid research experience.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at by Wednesday, October 2.

The preliminary schedule is as follows:

• 8:30-9:00

• 9:00-9:10
 Welcome by Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald

• 9:10-9:30            
Assessing Sexual- and Gender-Based Violence: Participatory Action Research in Northern Uganda.
Justin Hendrix & Amanda Reinke 
Mentors: Margaret Ajok and Julia Hanebrink, Gulu, Uganda

• 9:30-9:45        
Analyzation of Expression Patterns of Hamartin and Tuberin in Animal Models with High Fat Diets.
Elton Banks
Mentor: Luiz Britto, Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

• 9:45-10:00       
Santa Catarina's Crimson Tide: Viral Identification and a Histone Expression Investigation
Adam Goodson
Mentor: Maria Risoleta Marques, Dept. of Biochemistry, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil

• 10:00-10:15       
A Translational Rodent Assay of Affective Biases in Depression and Antidepressant Therapy: A Protocol Replication.
Erica Johnson
Mentor: Cilene Lino de Oliveira, Dept. of Physiological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina 

• 10:15-10:30       
Comparative Analysis of the Electroretinogram Of Normal Patients With Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Adewale Odukoya & Phillip Stringer
Mentors: Bruno Duarte Gomes and Givago da Silva Souza, Tropical Medicine Center, Universidade Federal do Pará

• 10:30-10:45

• 10:45-11:00       
Interaction Between the Dorsolateral Periaqueductal Gray and Glucocorticoids in the Formation of Aversive Memories.
Timothy O’Neal 
Mentor: Antonio de Pádua Carobrez, Dept. of Pharmacology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

• 11:00-11:15    
The Anatomical, Functional, and Electrophysiological Evaluation of the Visual System in Albinism Carriers: A Clinical and Laboratory Study.
JD Wolfe
Mentor: Dora Fix Ventura, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Universidade de São Paulo

• 11:15-11:30        
A Survey of Amacrine Cell Types in the Goldfish Retina.
A’keem Williams
Mentor: Christina Joselevitch, Dept. of Experimental Psychology, Universidade de São Paulo

• 11:30-11:45
Activation of the Adenosine A2α Receptor Modulates Heme-oxygenase-2 in Dorsomedial Medulla Oblongata Cell Cultures.
Miriam Walker
Mentor: Debora Fior Chadi, Dept. of Physiology, Universidade de São Paulo

• 11:45-12:00         
Effect of Subcutaneous Serotonin Injection on Male Rat Sexual Behavior In Vivo.
Britney Lumbard
Mentor: Áurea Elizabeth Linder, Dept. of Pharmacology, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

• 12:00-12:20
Insights and Challenges of Community-Based Health Insurance/Financing in Uganda: A Case Study on the Ishaka Health Plan.
John Rincon & Ishaq Winters
Mentors: Susannah Acuff and Daniel Kakunta, Ishaka, Uganda

• 12:20-12:30
Closing Remarks

• 12:30pm