Translational Research Day 2022: The Power of Collaboration

March 30, 2022
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SCTR hosted Translational Research Day on March 25, 2022. The half-day event featured a keynote presentation from Russell “Chip” Norris, Ph.D., and Sunil Patel, M.D., about their collaborative work on hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) and abstract presentations about translational research at MUSC.

Their talk, “The power of listening: How a journey initiated by one is transforming the scientific and clinical landscape for millions” discussed how they were brought together by Cortney Gensemer, Ph.D., a former student in Norris’ Lab who has hEDS. The collaboration between Norris and Patel pushes the science forward for the benefit of hEDS patients.

Throughout the talk, Norris discussed the lab’s work on identifying a genetic mutation in those with hEDS and their goal to use this gene to improve diagnostics and develop treatments. To support further research, the team created a registry for hEDS in partnership with SCTR.

Norris also talked about the future of hEDS care, focusing specifically on collaboration between physicians of different specialties and listening to input from hEDS patients. He underlined that patients should be at the center of research and care.

Following the keynote presentation, attendees were invited to listen to abstract presentations about current translational research at MUSC.

Judges for the abstract presentations awarded the top two presentations in each of the following categories: Students & Trainee, Staff & Translational Research Professionals, and Faculty.


Student and Trainee Presentations

  1. Jennifer Cho, “Essential role for the neurodevelopmental disorder-linked gene, MEF2C, in inhibitory neuron function and neurotypical behaviors”
  2. Corey Morrow, MOT, OTR/L,  “Contribution of Continuous Virtual Monitoring (CVM) to Hospital Safety, Quality and Value of Care for COVID-19 Patients”

Staff & Translational Research Professionals

  1. Laura Novotny, PhD, “Impact of IFNLR1 expression levels and engagement with lambda interferons on hepatitis B virus infection”
  2. Philip Broughton, MS, “Electrocardiography Implementation for MI Confirmation in Mouse Models”


  1. Jessica Chandler, PhD, “AppBuilder: a novel content management system to simplify app development”
  2. Mark Rosenberg, MD, “Point-of-Care MRI Demonstration in a Telemedicine-Equipped Ambulance and its Potential Application for Long-Duration Spaceflight”