Program


 
7:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Room A-B
8:30 am

Poster Exhibits, Room A-B, E
Moderator: León F. Ferder, M.D.,  Ph.D.,  Chair, Planning Committee

8:30 am Welcoming Remarks
Manuel Martínez-Maldonado, M.D.

President and Dean, Ponce School of Medicine (PSM)
8:40 am Conference Goals and Presentation of Jury
León F. Ferder, M.D., Ph.D.
9:00 am Basic and Clinical Medical Sciences Oral Sessions are Concurrent
Clinical Medical Sciences Oral Presentations, Room D
Coordinator
:  Miguel Magraner, M.D.
9:00 am

Methadone:  An effective alternative to Morphine for pain relief of cancer pain,
B.W. Shelton*, J. Deynes-Romero, M. Tofani-Montalvo, J. Ramírez-Rivera, and F. Jaume-Anselmi, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital La Concepción

9:20 am Clopidogrel-aspirin inhibit the thrombogenicity of St. Jude mecanial aortic prostheses,
R. García-Rinaldi*, C. Carro-Pagán, J.F. Rodríguez-Acosta, H. Cruz, J. Quiñones, and M. Martínez-Maldonado, Advanced Cardiology Center, Mayagüez and  Department of Surgery,  PSM
9:40 am

Comparison of safety and effectiveness between different doses of Misoprostol,
C. Marrero-Vázquez, J.P. Richiusa, R. Bermúdez*, A. Ortiz-Oramas, and J. Laboy, Department of Ob/Gyn, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

10:00 am Profile of asthmatic children requiring intensive care,
W. Mauney*, V. Velázquez, Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
10:20 am

Effects of differences in hydration on 18F-FDG uptake by genitourinary structures and in reducing bladder artifacts on PET-CT studies,
S. Almodóvar*, A. Muthukrishan, J. Baldwin, and J. O’Malley, Transitional Program, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

10:40 am

Adherence to medicine-taking regimen and antiretroviral therapy response,
D. Ramírez-Abreu*, G. Veray, E. Koenig , C. Adón, and M. Hill, Instituto Dominicano de Estudios Virológicos

11:00 am

Homocysteine and the risk of stroke in latino population,
J. Prieto*, C. Hernández, L. Alvarado, W. Santiago, D. Ruiz-Soler, and O. Vázquez, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

Basic Sciences Oral Presentations, Room C
Coordinator
:  James Porter, Ph.D.
9:00 am

Validation of an animal model of endometriosis using DNA microarrays, L.A. Ruiz*, C.B. Appleyard, E. Rivera, O.I. Santiago, and I. Flores , Department of Microbiology, PSM

9:20 am Blockade of NMDA receptors in the medial prefrontal cortex impairs recall of fear extinction,
A. Burgos-Robles*, E. Santini, and G.J. Quirk, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
9:40 am Nucleotide and amino acid human immunodeficiency virus mutations corresponding to CD4+ decline,
M. Hil* and W. Hernández , Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
10:00 am Prophylactic treatment with valsartan reduces inflammatory parameters in acute experimental colitis,
O.I. Santiago*, L. Ferder, and C.B. Appleyard, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
10:20 am K-ras oncogene involvement in a new rat model of colitis-associated colorectal cancer (CRC),
C. Santiago*, B. Pagán, and C.B. Appleyard, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
10:40 am Association of HERV-K viral load during HIV infection,
R.A. Contreras-Galindo*, S. Almodóvar, S. González-Ramírez, M. González, E. Lorenzo, R.J.Noel Jr. and Y.Yamamura 
11:00 am Presynaptic A1 adenosine receptors inhibit thalamic stimulation of inhibitory neurons in the mouse somatosensory cortex,
D. Fontanez*, Z. Mateo, and J.T. Porter, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
11:30 am Lunch
Room A-B
12:30 pm Clinical and Behavioral/Public Health  Sciences Oral Sessions are Concurrent
Clinical Medical Sciences Oral Presentations (Continued) Room D
Coordinator
:  Luisa Alvarado, M.D.
12:30 pm

Aortoenteric fistula after the surgical repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm,
G. Rodríguez, J.J. González, and A. Lebrón*, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

12:50 pm Concordance between elevated cardiac troponins levels and coronary artery disease evidenced by cardiac catheterization,
C. Guerra*, G. Rodríguez, A. Lebrón, J.J. González, and J.D. Padrón, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
1:10 pm An unusual case of chest pain:  A case report,
J.V. Alvarado*, A. Sepúlveda, and A. Rosado, Internal Medicine Department,
Damas Hospital
1:30 pm Salt threshold sensitivity and good salt taste in a community of students of South area in Puerto Rico,
H.A. Vélez-Cortés*, and R. Bredy, Internal Medicine Department,
Damas Hospital
1:50 pm Aseptic meningitis hospitalizations during the 2004,
I. Felipe*, J. Caballero, L. Muñoz, R. Torres, C. Tang, J. Scarano, M. López, and L. Alvarado, Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
2:10 pm Exhibits
Behavioral and Public Health Oral Presentations, Room C
Coordinator:  Ernesto Rosario, PhD.
12:30 pm Depression as a predictor and correlate of cardiovascular disease in African Americans:  A systemic review,
C. del M. Vázquez* and S. Marshall Williams, Public Health Program, PSM
12:50 pm Las diferentes estrategias de acoso laboral y sus efectos en los niveles de depresión en una muestra de empleados públicos,
J. Rosado*, Public Health Program, PSM
1:10 pm HIV/AIDS sexual risk behaviors in heterosexual women ages 18 to 30 at Santa Catalina Housing Project in Yauco,
J. Pérez-Chacón*, Public Health and AIDS Programs, PSM
1:30 pm Effect of occupational stress in the interpersonal relationships between the health care professionals in the Emergency Department,
C. García-Gubern*, and M. Fernández, Emergency Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
1:50 pm Diet and dental caries in preschool children,
C. del M. Vázquez* and W. Maldonado, Public Health Program, PSM
2:10 pm

Análisis acerca del abuso de la medicación psicofarmacológica en la infancia,
L. Rotmistrovsky de Ferder*, Psychiatry Department and Clinical Psychology Program, PSM

2:30 pm Prevalencia y factores asociados al uso de tatuajes y “body piercing” en jóvenes universitarios,
R.I. Iriarte, Y. Burgos*, and P. Irizarry, Public Health Program, PSM
2:50 pm Comparación entre una muestra de la población puertorriqueña con las normas derivadas del sistema comprensivo del Dr. John Exner para la prueba proyectiva Rorschach,
A. Rodríguez*, Clinical Psychology Program, PSM
2:30 pm Poster Presentations, All Categories,
Rooms A-B, E
Behavioral Sciences Poster Session

Recall of fear extinction is correlated with the size of infralimbic cortex in rats,
B. Cintron-Alvarez*, M. Sepulveda, and G.J. Quirk, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM

Manipulating plasma levels of corticosterone has only a minor effect on fear extinction,
P. Hernanded-Poudevida*, B.S. McEwen, and G.J. Quirk, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
Lesions of the basal amygdala prevent recall of conditioned fear, but not extinction,
D. Anglada-Figueroa* and G.J. Quirk, Clinical Psychology Program and Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM

Genetic linkage to Chromosome 2Q of autism in Puerto Rican population,
N. Suarez, C. Burgos, R. Oliveras*, S. Carlo, V., Franceschini, and A.S. Cornier, Clinical Psychology Program and Department of Biochemistry, PSM

Basic Sciences Poster Session
Identification of molecular markers for endometriosis in blood lymphocytes using DNA microarrays,
E. Rivera*, I. Flores, S. Mousses, Y. Chen, A. Elkahloun, and E. Rozenblum, Department of Microbiology, PSM
Experimental intestinal endometriosis is not associated with alterations in microflora or motility disturbances,
C.B. Appleyard, M.L. Cruz, E. Rivera*, G. Hernandez, and I. Flores, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM

Glycosylation patterns as evidence of dependency of CD4+ T Cells,
J.C. López-Mattei, I.M. Maldonado, S. Almodóvar, and E. Lorenzo, Presenter: S. González *, Department of Biochemistry, PSM

The Molecular Biology Core at PSM:  Instrumentation, facilities, and technical support in Molecular Biology,
I. Flores, C.O. Figueroa*, R. Noel Jr., and A. Santiago-Cornier, Molecular Biology Core, PSM
Seasonal UV dose and DNA repair capacity predict non-melanoma skin cancer risk,
J.L. Matta, A. Ruiz, R. Armstrong, Y. Detrés, and J.M. Ramos, Presenter:  E. Suárez*, Department of  Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM

DNA repair capacity is associated with increased melanoma tumor penetration,
J. Matta, A. Ruiz, M. Collazo, J. Ramos, F. Viejo, F. Quintana, J. Villa, and J. Sánchez, Presenter:  E. Suárez*, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM

Characterization of microbial and fungal pathogenic species in Sahara dust samples using molecular techniques,
J. Matta, J. Ramos, R. Armstrong, J. Detrés, M. Rolón, L. Maldonado, and E. Suárez*, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM

Transcriptional regulation of the HERV-K by HIV-1 Tat Protein in astrocytes,
R.A. Contreras-Galindo*, G. Chompré, M. González, Y. Yamamura, and R.J. Noel Jr., Department of Microbiology and AIDS Program, PSM

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1 Tat protein activates a replication-competent Human Endogenous Retrovirus Type-K in astrocytes,
R.A. Contreras-Galindo*, G. Chompré, M. González, Y. Yamamura, and R.J. Noel Jr., Department of Microbiology and AIDS Program, PSM

Autophosphorylation of Chaperonin 60 from Chromatium vinosum,
J. Lara, J. Martínez, and J.A. Torres-Ruiz*, Department of Biochemistry, PSM

Physical conditioning ameliorates the vascular endothelial oxidative stress in alcohol-induced hypertension,
K. Husain*, J. Lalla, M. Vásquez-Ortiz, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
Rat colonic muscularis mucosae and mucosa each possess three neurokinin (NK) receptor subtypes, but only one mediates responses to substance P in each structure,
C.B. Appleyard*, M. Morales, and W.H. Percy, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, PSM
Correlation between virus compartmentalization and CD4 counts in HIV-infected females,
S. Chaudhary*, S. Collado, J. Muñoz, N. Rodríguez, R. Noel, A. Kumar, and Y. Yamamura, Department of Microbiology and AIDS Program, PSM
Clinical Medical Sciences Poster SessionClinical Medical Sciences Poster Session
Right diaphragmatic paralysis as uncommon complication of central venous port catheter insertion,
B. Torres*, L. Sotomayor, D. Sánchez-Cazau, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital II
Assessment of quality of health care for children,
J. Caballero* and W. Santiago , Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

Development and implementation of a community-based Geriatric curriculum,
M. Rivera* and H. Gil de Rubio, Family Medicine Department, PSM

The impact of Hurricane Georges on a university community-based Emergency Department in Puerto Rico,
C. García-Gubern* and L. Colón-Rolón, Emergency Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

Initial clinical findings of patient diagnosed post-operatively with appendicitis at the University of Puerto Rico Hospital Emergency Department ,
C. García-Gubern* and R. Purcell-Jordan, Emergency Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

Neonatal tuberous sclerosis with cardiac rhabdomyomas presenting as fetal bradycardia,
W. Mauney*, J. Caballero, J. Scarano, A. Finch, I. Cabrera, J. Ortiz, I. Galarza, and V. Velázquez, Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
11-ß hydroxylase deficiency,
J.A. Tosado* and J. Cruz-Correa, Department of Ob/Gyn, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Outcomes in patients receiving treatment for diabetic ulcers in a Wound Care Center,
G. Albán, P. DeMello, M. Pérez, and R.I. Iriarte*, Family Medicine Department and Public Health Program, PSM
Temporal arteritis in Puerto Rican Hispanics,
A.A. Guerra-Blanco*, M. Magraner, and R. Bredy, Internal Medicine Department,
Damas Hospital
Risk factors for high blood pressure in a community of university students of South area of Puerto Rico,
A. Santiag*o and R. Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital
Apache II as a tool of assess intubation length,
H.Y. Vázquez-Saad*, H. Rosado-Toledo, and R. Bredy, Internal Medicine Department,
Damas Hospital
Chorea and autoimmune hemolytic anemia as initial manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus:  A case report and literature review,
I. Dottin, R. Torres*, D. Alcalá, M. López, J. Scarano, and V. Velázquez, Department of Pediatrics, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
5:00 pm Awards Presentation, Room AB
Olga Rodríguez, MD
5:30 pm Adjourn & Cocktail