The Advance-CTR Seminar Series gives Pilot Projects recipients, Mentored Research scholars and other awardees the opportunity to present their work and progress in a friendly, collaborative, and interdisciplinary setting. 

This monthly series allows participants to present work at all stages, whether it is early on, as their research progresses, or when they are nearing publication. Presentations, followed by feedback, allows presenters the opportunity to refine and strengthen their research progress. 



Surendra Sharma, PhD, MD; and Nicolas Fawzi, PhD: "Tauopathy and Protein Aggregation in Preeclampsia: Novel Mechanistic Similarities to Alzheimer’s Disease"

Andrea Goldschmidt, PhD; and Christina Tortolani, PhD: “Treating Adolescent Eating Disorders in the Home: A Novel Dissemination/Implementation Study.”

This talk will discuss how to adapt evidence-based treatments for eating disorders into community mental health settings as well as non-traditional sources of funding for research. 

Details: June 14, 2018 from 12-1 p.m. 70 Ship Street, Room 107, Providence, RI. Register to stream the webinar remotely.


Past Seminars: 

Nisanne Ghonem, PharmD, PhD: "An In Vivo Study of Treprostinil, a Prostacyclin Analog, in the Prevention of Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury to the Kidney"

Sadhak Sengupta, PhD: "Improving Targeted Immunotherapy Against Solid Tumors: Entrepreneurial Plans"

Dr. Sengupta's talk focused on entrepreneurial plans to launch an immuno-oncology startup, including technology, applications, market, projected plans, milestones, exit strategies and more. 

Presented May 10, 2018 at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


Yuan Zhang, PhD: "Moving from Bench to Bedside: Advance Vaccine Technology for Effective Disease Intervention"

This talk focused on science and entrepreneurship, and examined the current research in the context of entrepreneurial challenges. These included: The product market, technology platform and its medical applications, market competition, major milestones tied to the product plan, exit strategy, team structure and more. 

Presented April 12, 2018 at the University of Rhode Island.


Bong Sook Jhun, PhD, and Frank Sellke, MD: "A Novel Therapy to Reduce Cardiac Injury and Dysfunction after Myocardial Infarction." 

Yang Zhou, PhD, and Barry Shea, MD: "CHI3L1 and Its Receptors in Pulmonary Fibrosis."

Presented March 8, 2018 at the Alpert Medical School. 


Richard Clements, PhD, and Neel Sodha, MD: "Mitochondrial ROS-Dependent Modification of RyR/BKCa Signaling Axis in Diabetes."

Kali Thomas, PhD, and Roee Gutman, PhD: "Merging National Hospital Trauma Registry Data with Medicare Claims and Post-Acute Care Patient Assessments to Examine Predictors of Functional Improvement Among Older Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury"

Presented February 8, 2018 at the Providence VA Medical Center. 


Wentian Yang, MD, and John M. Sedivy, PhD: "Targeting the SHP2 Signaling Pathway to Ameliorate Bone Mineral Loss."

Adam Olszewski, MD: "Clonal Hematopoiesis in Recipients of Myelotoxic Therapy for Solid Tumors."

Presented January 11, 2018 at Rhode Island Hospital. 


Alexander Brodsky, PhD, and Ian Y. Wong, PhD: "Targeting Tumor Invasion and Drug Resistance Using 3D Human Organoids."

Carly Goldstein, PhD: "Randomized Controlled Trial of a Tailored Behavioral eHealth/mHealth Weight Loss Intervention for Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients."

Presented December 14, 2017 at Women and Infants Hospital. 


Chrystal Vergara-Lopez, PhD: "Attentional and Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Depression Among Adolescent Girls"

Marcella Thompson, PhD (presenting), and Elizabeth Hoover, PhD: "Community-engaged tribal research to assess dietary exposures to mercury and PCBs"

Presented November 9, 2017 at the Brown University School of Public Health.


Phillip Grupposo, MD, and David Rand, PhD: "Mechanisms for Nutrient Modulation of Mitochondrial Dynamics and Metabolism."

Chathuraka Jayasuriya, PhD (presenting) and Brett Owens, MD: "Meniscal Repair Using a Novel Subset of Cartilage-Derived Human Stem Cells." 

Presented October 2, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island.


Patrycja M. Dubielecka-Szczerba, PhD, and Elena Oancea, PhD"New Mechanism of Chemoresistance of Leukemic Stem Cells." 

Kerri Kim, PhD, and Kunal Mankodiya, PhD: "Brain/hehavior mechanisms of emotion dysregulation in adolescents with Mood and Anxiety Disorders."

Presented September 11, 2017 at the University of Rhode Island