TTUHSC El Paso Research Spotlighted at National Digestive Disease Conference
This year, 52Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso(TTUHSC El Paso) researchers presented at international Digestive Disease Week (DDW)
in Chicago, Illinois. DDW is the premier conference for health care professionals
specializing in gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, gastrointestinal surgery,
and other GI-related fields.
Of the 29 TTUHSC El Paso research abstracts submitted, 27 were accepted for presentation
by a peer-review selection process — amounting to an acceptance rate of 93 percent,
compared to the average of 60 percent. Six of the abstracts were featured as oral
presentations, including one in the highly competitive plenary session.
“This kind of productivity establishes TTUHSC El Paso as a leader in the delivery
of many scientific messages to a national and international GI audience,” said Irene
Sarosiek, M.D., director of GI motility and neurostimulation research in the Department
of Internal Medicine.
TTUHSC El Paso’s representation at the conference exceeded regional expectations,
with cutting-edge findings being generated through successful collaborations between
the university’s faculty, medical students, internal medicine and surgery residents,
GI fellows, and research coordinators and assistants, as well as researchers at other
major universities throughout the nation.
Collaborations with external researchers included clinical trials run by the National
Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases’Gastroparesis Clinical Research Consortium, as well as joint research with Biomedical Engineer Ricardo von Borries, Ph.D., University
of Texas at El Paso; Kent Van Sickle, M.D., Department of Surgery, University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio; Vince Calhoun, Ph.D., the Mind Research Network,
Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Marvin Friedman, Ph.D., Department of Radiology, Mount
Sinai School of Medicine, New York University, New York.
“Serving as investigators, teachers, and mentors is the example we are setting for
all faculty at the PLFSOM,” said Dr. Irene Sarosiek. “Our university’s recognition
at the DDW conference emphasizes the importance of building a strong research infrastructure
at TTUHSC El Paso, as well as being open to local and national collaborators. We believe
this is one of many recipes for fulfilling our commitment to the mission of our university,”
TTUHSC El Paso faculty whose research was presented at DDW were:
PAUL L. FOSTER SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Department of Internal Medicine
Antonio Mendoza-Ladd, M.D.
Richard McCallum, M.D.
Irene Sarosiek, M.D.
Jerzy Sarosiek, M.D., Ph.D.
Marc Zuckerman, M.D.
Tamis Bright, M.D.
Department of Surgery
Brian Davis, M.D.
Department of Radiology
Jesus Diaz, M.D.
Luis Ramos-Duran, M.D.
Hugo Sandoval, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology
Alireza Torabi, M.D., Ph.D.
Nawar Hakim, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Silvina Tonarelli, M.D.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Daniel Terreros, M.D.
Olof Sundin, Ph.D.
Dolgor Baatar, M.D., Ph.D.
Alok Dwivedi, Ph.D.
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