Research Symposium

We’re proud to announce the CUSM 3rd Annual Research Symposium
Research, Innovation, Challenges, and Opportunities During a Pandemic

Held on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

The Research Interest Group at the California University of Science and Medicine School of Medicine welcomes you to the 2021 CUSM Research Symposium brought to you virtually on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021. Our goal is to help students showcase their essential academic research skills and bolster education for the health professions by providing a forum for sharing innovative ideas.

This symposium features exciting work by students and CUSM faculty spanning basic sciences, clinical sciences, health equity, and medical education. Fifty abstracts were accepted to this symposium, and three abstracts were given the opportunity to deliver an oral presentation. We would like to thank our keynote speaker, Dr. Ronald Krauss, for an enlightening presentation on his research in the field of cardiovascular disease risk. Thank you to Dr. Paul Lyons, our Dean and President, for his warm opening address and our panel of judges for providing their invaluable feedback to our presenters. Additionally, we would like to thank the CUSM Research Department, especially Dr. Hani Atamna and Mrs. Wafa Atamna, for giving us the opportunity to organize such an event and for their tireless efforts along the way. Finally, we would like to give a special thanks to our wonderful presenters, faculty, and staff for helping to make the 2021 CUSM Research Symposium a success.

Research Interest Group 2020-2021 Board
Mudaser Basam, President
Priya Vedula, Vice President
David Klein, Secretary
Jonathan Ahn, Treasurer

Key Note Speaker

Dr. Ronald Krauss, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of California- San Francisco
Digging Deep into the Relationship Between Cholesterol, Diet, and Heart Disease

Dr. Krauss received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University with honor and served his internship and residency on the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital. He then joined the staff of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, first as Clinical Associate and then as Senior Investigator in the Molecular Disease Branch.

Dr. Krauss is board-certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, and is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a Fellow of the American Society of Nutrition and the American Heart Association (AHA), and a Distinguished Fellow of the International Atherosclerosis Society. He a member of the U.S. National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults, founder and past Chair of the AHA Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism, and a National Spokesperson for the AHA. Dr. Krauss has also served on both the Committee on Dietary Recommended Intakes for Macronutrients and the Committee on Biomarkers of Chronic Disease of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received numerous awards including the AHA Scientific Councils Distinguished Achievement Award and the Centrum Center for Nutrition Science Award of the American Society for Nutrition.

This is the third research symposium for CUSM. It will present the scholarly productivity and passion of the faculty and the students. The topics presented today reflect the intellectual diversity of CUSM, a culture that is created by all of us and that makes us proud of what we have accomplished together. Basic and clinical sciences, health equity, and medical education all come together for the purpose of seeking progress. Progress that comes through identifying deficiencies, proposing remedies and alternatives, and exploring new creative ideas.

The work that is presented today could be the harvest of lengthy and hard labor for some, and for others it could be the start of a new adventure. Regardless of where you stand on this trail, you will always learn something that either expands a horizon, answers a question, or simply ignites a mind’s wonder… and that is what we are working to achieve.

Hani Atamna, M.Sc. PhD.
Professor of Biochemistry and Neuroscience
Associate Dean for Research


Clinical Research

Impact of Comorbid Disease on Patients Undergoing Degenerative Cervical Spine Surgery

The Role of Race in Predicting Mastectomy Outcomes: Evaluation against Standard Reimbursement Tools

Basic Science Research

Descriptive Spatial Epidemiology of COVID-19 Social Behavior in California Based on Mobile Tracking Data

Mary-X Spheroids as a Model of Tumor Latency

Medical Education

Clinical Skills in Musculoskeletal System CUSM Virtual Experience

Health Equity

Room F- Health Equity