Welcome to the Stanford-Meharry Initiative Research Retreat!
We are pleased to showcase the summer research projects conducted virtually by Meharry Medical College medical students and Stanford University School of Medicine research mentors.
The Stanford-Meharry Initiative was instituted in 2017 under the direction of Dr. Abraham Verghese in the Department of Medicine to build a lasting collaboration between the institutions and to expose Meharry medical students to cutting edge research being conducted at Stanford. This year, research mentors from the Departments of Medicine, Radiology and Pathology participated in this effort hosting a record 23 medical students! We hope you enjoy this interactive and informative retreat.
- The retreat is a live virtual event that will be held via ZOOM and Virtual Poster Sessions
- Duration: 4 hours
- 2 distinguished keynote speakers will give a 15 minute talks (speakers & subjects to be determined) with a 5 minute Q&A session
- All Meharry students will create a 3-5 minute pre-recorded video presentation of their work. Your video will be viewed during the time of the retreat and you will have a Q&A session with other attendees
- Awards will be handed out in two categories
- All Meharry students will receive a participation certificate
Winners of this year's Stanford-Meharry Initiative Retreat
Held on October 12, 2021
Matthew Burke, BS, MHS
Student, Meharry Medical College
People's Choice Award
(for outstanding abstract,
poster and oral Presentation)
"In collaboration with my mentor Dr. Samantha Wang, my research this summer was entitled 5 Minute Moment for Racial Justice. We built a novel curriculum that includes race as a social determinant of health being taught to both patients and learners (residents and medical students) at the bedside."
Loren Cobb, MHS
Student, Meharry Medical College
Most Outstanding Project Award
(for the most outstanding abstract, poster,
and oral presentation)
"The research aimed to address the insufficient system in which minorities receive kidney transplants in Georgia; where the rate at which an individual receives a kidney is extremely low due to long wait times on kidney transplant wait lists."
Please note: This event has passed — please check back next year for the next retreat dates and times
Monday, September 13th, 2021
Abstract, Poster & Video Deadline
|Sunday, September 19th, 2021 (midnight)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021
STARTS: 8 am PT/10 am CT
1st KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 8:05 am - 8:25 am (10:05 am - 10:25 am CT)
SESSION 1 -VIDEO PRESENTATIONS and Q&A: 8:30 am - 10:00 am PT (10:30 am - 12:00 pm CT)
5 MINUTE BREAK: 10:00 am - 10:05 am PT (12:00 pm - 12:05 pm CT)
2nd KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 10:05 am - 10:25 am PT (12:05 pm - 12:25 pm CT)
SESSION 2 -VIDEO PRESENTATIONS and Q&A: 10:25 am - 11:55 am PT (12:25 pm - 1:55 pm CT)
PRESENTATION OF AWARDS: 11:55 am - 12:00 pm PT (1:55 pm - 2:00 pm CT)
Jennifer Cunningham Erves, PhD, MPH, MAEd, MS, CHES
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Meharry Medical College
Improving cancer health disparities has always been a childhood dream of mine. As a doctoral student, I conducted a mixed-methods study with African American (AA) mothers on their intentions to vaccinate their daughters for human papillomavirus (HPV). I proceeded to do a postdoctoral fellowship in community engagement, in which I did a survey of parental willingness to allow their child to participate in HPV vaccine clinical trials.
Ami S. Bhatt, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology)
and of Genetics, Stanford Medicine
In perpetual awe of how 'simple' microbial organisms can perturb complex, multicellular eukaryotic organisms, Ami Bhatt has chosen to dedicate her research program to inspecting, characterizing and dissecting the microbe-human interface. Nowhere is the interaction between hosts and microbes more potentially impactful than in immunocompromised hosts and global settings where infectious and environmental exposures result in drastic and sometimes fatal health consequences.