The 20th annual Spring Research Festival (SRF) took place at Fort Detrick on May 3 and 4. The event included two seminar sessions, a keynote speaker, a Poster Blitz, and two poster sessions.
During the event, scientific staff, including students, technical support staff, postdoctoral fellows, and principal investigators, had the opportunity to present their research to the joint scientific communities.
This year, the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MRMC) organized and ran the SRF for the first time. The keynote speaker, Col. Stephen J. Thomas, M.D., gave a talk titled “Developing Medical Countermeasures Against Emerging Infectious Diseases.”
Approximately 1,000 people attended the SRF tent show, on par with last year’s turnout.
Meanwhile, the poster presentations saw strong participation from the entire scientific community. There were 128 posters presented, including 93 from NCI, that were reviewed by 40 poster judges. The Poster Blitz featured 13 presenters, 8 of whom were from NCI. Finally, the scientific symposium featured six presenters, all from NCI.
On Friday, June 24, a number of participants received awards at the Community Activities Center for their outstanding posters and presentations during the SRF:
Outstanding Presentation at the Scientific Symposium
Matthew Anderson and Ranu Sinniah, NCI at Frederick
Outstanding Posters by Category
Applied Environmental Biology
William Bruckart, USDA-ARS
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Smruti Haripraka, NCI at Frederick (Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern)
Biosafety and Biosecurity
Paul Landon, NBACC
Tomas Vilimus, NCI at Frederick
Detection and Diagnostics
Diana Sherman, USDA-ARS
Thomas Bocan, USAMRIID
Gene Therapy, Genome Editing, and Genetics
Alaina Fedors, USAMRIID
Christina Bergamaschi, NCI at Frederick
Infectious Pathogens and Epidemiology
Maya Swiderski, NCI at Frederick (Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern)
Sarah Keasey, USAMRIID
Emily Burnett, NCI at Frederick (Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern)
Scientific Core Services
Yongmei Zhao, NCI at Frederick
Structural Biology and Chemistry
David Hymel, NCI at Frederick
Therapeutics, Vaccines, and Drug Delivery
Jules Chabot, NCI at Frederick (Werner H. Kirsten Student Intern)