Soma Weiss Student Research Day
What is Soma Weiss Student Research Day?
Soma Weiss Student Research Day is an annual event, first organized by Harvard students in 1940, to provide a forum for presenting their research to an interested audience and learning about the investigative work of others. The event honors the memory of Soma Weiss, M.D. (1899-1942), an inspiring teacher and physician at HMS and an ardent supporter of student research. The day consists of a poster session and selected student oral presentations.
The 76th Annual Soma Weiss Student Research Day was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in the Tosteson Medical Education Center of HMS. This day honors the memory of Soma Weiss (1899-1942), an inspiring teacher and physician at HMS and an ardent supporter of student research.
Who was Soma Weiss?
Soma Weiss, M.D. (1899-1942) was an exceptional physician and leader. After graduating from Cornell Medical College Dr. Weiss came to Harvard Medical School Thorndike Memorial Laboratory in 1925. He demonstrated considerable ability and rose quickly. In 1932, he became Director of fourth year medical students at Boston City Hospital and introduced innovative pathology and therapeutic pharmacology conferences. He was Physician-in-Chief at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from September 1939 until his death. Soma Weiss had keen powers of observation, and conducted his ward rounds masterfully. Sadly, Dr. Weiss died suddenly in January 1942. He left an indelible impression on the many students he mentored.
2016 Poster Award Winners
Elizabeth D. Hay Prize for Basic Science Research: Kathy K. Wang- IL-33 producers are neuro-immune modulators in skeletal muscle
Judah Folkman Prize for Clinical / Translational Science Research: Y. Raymond Shao- Developing preoperative assessments of brain function to improve anesthetic care in elderly patients, Honorable mention: Victoria Robson- Copy Number Variation Contributes to the Phenotypic Variability of Syndromic Duane Retraction Syndrome
Robert Ebert Prize for Health Care Delivery Research or Service: Dalia Larios Chavez- Students as health coaches and change agents at Brookside Community Health Center: a tool to improve health outcomes in diabetic patients
Charles Janeway Prize for International Research or Service: Rumbidzai Mushavi- Water insecurity and emotional distress: population-based, mixed methods study in rural Uganda
Leon Eisenberg Prize for Medicine in Society Research: Chloé Powell- Maternal experiences of racial discrimination and offspring sleep in the first 2 years of life
2015 Poster Award Winners
Elizabeth D. Hay Prize for Basic Science Research: George Huang - The Role of Sirt1 in Exercise-Induced Adaptation of Skeletal Muscle
Judah Folkman Prize for Clinical / Translational Science Research: James Baker - Opioid Prescribing Following the Extraction of Teeth
Robert Ebert Prize for Health Care Delivery Research or Service: Taavish Sharma - Oral Health Knowledge and Behaviors of Latina Mothers -a Pilot Study
Charles Janeway Prize for International Research or Service (Tie): Megan M. McLaughlin, MPH - Effect of community-based accompaniment with supervised antiretrovirals on viral load suppression in HIV patients in Peru: a cluster-randomized trial, and Laurel S. Gabler, MSc, PhD - Beyond the Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care Trial: A Qualitative Look at the Content, Delivery and Impact of the Community Mobilization Component of the EmONC Trial in Nagpur, India
Leon Eisenberg Prize for Medicine in Society Research: Samuel Slavin - Code Voices: An Audio Narrative of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest
Students will showcase their research and international projects supported by university funds. Effective networking is an important part of your professional development and this day provides you with a unique opportunity to meet with faculty, staff, and peers from the greater Harvard community. With the exception of community service projects, any student who received University funds for support of projects is required to submit an abstract and a poster for the Annual Soma Weiss Student Research Day.
Soma Weiss Student Research Day celebrates all student research efforts, including but not limited to bench and clinical research, outcomes and health delivery projects, public policy research, service learning, and systems improvements both in the US and abroad. All students who received HMS funding are encouraged to present posters about their funded projects.
The day begins with a poster session in the Tosteson Medical Education Center Atrium, followed by the oral presentations and a reception. Four students, selected by the Faculty Committee on Scholarship in Medicine, deliver oral presentations on their research.
In addition, the following prizes are awarded for the best student posters:
- Elizabeth D. Hay Prize for Basic Science Research
- Judah Folkman Prize for Clinical/Translational Science Research
- Charles Janeway Prize for International Research or Service
- Robert Ebert Prize for Health Care Delivery Research or Service
- Leon Eisenberg Prize for Medicine in Society Research
Any MD, PhD, DMD, or MD/PhD student enrolled in Harvard/MIT is eligible to submit an abstract or abstracts of student work done while at HMS. The research presented at Soma Weiss Student Research Day may have been done at another institution but should have been done while you are a student at HMS. The emphasis here is not on finished projects, but rather on exposing the community to your research efforts. Presentation of works in progress is encouraged.
For more information about Soma Weiss Student Research Day, contact Marcie Naumowicz, 617-432-0951, marcie_naumowicz(at)hms.harvard.edu.
At the 73rd Soma Weiss Student Research
Day, more than 160 students presented their work in the largest showcase of student research in the history of Harvard Medical School. “Today is a credit to the tremendous talent of our students, the dedication of their faculty mentors and to the Scholars in Medicine program,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard University.