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
Jorge L. Sánchez, M.D. / Miguel Magraner, M.D. 
President / 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
Moderator: Olga Rodríguez de Arzola, M.D.
9:00 am

Laparotomy versus Primary Peritoneal Drainage Outcome in Neonatal Patients with Necrotizing Enterocolitis, 
F. J. Rivera Pedrogo, A. Mercado, Jadira Irizarry*, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

9:15 am Efficacy of EMTRIVA in the HIV population at Infectious Disease Clinic, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico , 
Renato C. Domínguez*, Internal Medicine, Dr. Ramón E. Betances Hospital
9:30 am

Epidemiology of Leptospirosis in the South Area of Puerto Rico
Dolores Sánchez-Cazau, M.D.*, R. Rafael Espinet, B. Medina, Gabriel Martínez, Clavell, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

9:45 am Factors Associated With the Reintubation in the Admitted Patient in ICU, Hernán A. Gómez*, Jesse Romeu-Vélez, Internal Medicine Department, Dr. Ramón E. Betances University Hospital
10:00 am

Vascular Cellular Adhesion Molecules –1 in Puerto Rican Hypertensive Patient:  A Case-Control Study, 
Jenniffer Vargas*, Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine,
Damas Hospital

10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am

Hemorrhagic Transformation of Stroke After Anticoagulation Therapy:  A St. Luke’s Hospital Experience, 
Juan J. González*, J. Padrón, D. Sánchez, M. Rodríguez, Janette Figueroa, J. Muñoz, Roxana Fuentes, V. Bedard, W. Santiago, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

11:00 am pH Monitoring After Refractory Heartburn
Lizanabell Torres Torres*, Félix Rivera Borges,  Internal Medicine Department, Dr. Ramón E. Betances University Hospital
11:15 am Risk Factors for Admission of Asthmatic Patients to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, 
Weldon Mauney*, Luis Muñoz, Tania Díaz, Vylma Velázquez, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
11:30 am Acinetobacter Baumannii as an Independent Risk Factor for Mortality, Guillermo Sánchez-De la Cruz*, Luis Duharte, Ronda Ramírez, Internal Medicine, Dr. Ramón E. Betances University Hospital
11:45 am Severe Dengue Cases During an Outbreak in Ponce Region:  2005, Mariel Silva*, Elba Massid*, Carlos Baldit, Ivonne Galarza, Luisa Alvarado, Mark Beatty, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Behavioral and Public Health Oral Presentations, Room C
Moderator
:  Luisa Ferder, M.D
9:00 am

Ansiedad Cognitiva, Ansiedad Somática, Auto-confianza y Rendimiento Deportivo:  El Impacto de las Diferencias por Edad, Género y Deporte en una Muestra de Adolescentes Deportistas Puertorriqueños/as
Laura J. Colón Negrón*, Ernesto Rosario, Bethzaida Orengo , Clinical Psychology Program, PSM

9:15 am ¿Un Niño con Problemas es Siempre un Niño en Tratamiento?  Un Caso Clínico, 
Emir S. Rivera Castillo*, Clinical Psychology Program, PSM
9:30 am Psychological Services in a Hospital Environment,
Katherine Ramos Santos
*, Clinical Psychology Program, PSM
9:45 am The Teddy Bear Hospital Project,
Julio Bracero*, Tania Díaz, Pediatrics Department, PSM
10:00 am Violencia en los Profesionales de la Salud Mental por Pacientes Mentales y su Preparación para el Manejo de Estos Eventos
Sally del Toro Segarra*, Carlos J. Mayol Sepúlveda*, Public Health Program, PSM
10:15 am Caso Control Problemas de Salud Relacionados con Turnos Rotatorios en el Hospital CMM, 
Auxi Peachey, Alfredo Perez Canabal, Gloria Ponce*, Internal Medicine, Dr. Ramón E. Betances University Hospital
10:30am Coffee Break
10:45 am Relation Between Animal Cruelty and Domestic Violence
Nilda Mateo*, Public Health Program, PSM
11:00 am Educational Campaign for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in an Occupational Setting
Douglas Rentas*, Rafael I. Iriarte, Public Health Program, PSM
11:15 am Risk Factors and Screening for Colon Cancer,
Dixie
M. García*, Rafael I. Iriarte, Public Health Program, PSM
11:30 am Prevalence of Natural Product Utilization ina Sample Po9pulation of St. Luke’s Hospital Patients, 
Jeannette M. Figueroa, Aurelio García*, Herby Ambroise, Internal Medicine, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
11:45 am Violence Act Toward City
Julio L. Cádiz Velázquez*, Public Health Program, PSM
12:00 pm Introducing an Instructive Tool May Cause an Impact in the Current Management of Coronary Artery Disease at Advance Cardiology Center of Mayagüez
Jorge Soto Rivera*, Antonio Padua, Internal Medicine, Dr. Ramón E. Betances University Hospital
12:30 pm

Central Conference
Bioethics
:  Compass of the Professional Behavior in the Medicine of Our Times

Key-Note Lecturer:
 
Rafael Ruiz Quijano, M.D.

1:30 pm Lunch
Room A-B
2:30 pm Basic Sciences Oral Session
Basic Sciences Oral Presentations, Room D
Moderator
:  James Porter, Ph.D.
2:30 pm A Novel Role for the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Protein as a Regulator of Cell-to-Cell Interactions, 
Pedro G. Santiago Cardona*, Gabriel M. Gutiérrez, Volkan Gündüz, Amit Deshpande, and Philip W. Hinds, Biochemistry
2:45 pm Molecular Profiling of a Rat Model of Colitis:  Validation of Known Inflammatory Genes and Identification of Novel Disease-Associated Targets, 
Edelmarie Rivera*, Elizabeth Rivera, Idhaliz Flores and Caroline Appleyard , Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
3:00 pm Time Response of Chronic Ethanol-Induced Hypertension and Cardiac Nitric Oxide/Antioxidants Systems in Rats, 
Manuel Vázquez* and Kazim Husain, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
3:15 pm Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy Inhibits HIV-1 Infection in vivo of Peripheral Blood Monocytes from Individuals Undergoing Viral Suppressive Regimens, 
Sharilyn Almodóvar*, María del C. Colón, and Irvin M. Maldonado, Biochemistry Department, PSM
3:30 pm Different Regulation of Gene Expression in Astrocytes by Full Length TAT in the Presence and Absence of Morphine, 
Gladys Chompré*, Elizabeth Rivera, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, PSM
3:45 pm Group II mGluR Inhibit Neurotransmitter Release at Thalamocortical Synapses, 
Zaira Mateo* and James Porter, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
4:00 pm Combined Role of HIV-1 Tat and Opioids in Cytokine Production by Human Astrocytes, 
Alia Toro* and Richard Noel, Biochemistry Department, PSM
4:15 pm Previous Inflammation Increases the Susceptibility of the Colon to the Effects of Subsequent Psychological Stress, 
Olga I. Santiago*, Marielly Cuevas, Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
Poster Presentations, All Categories
Rooms A-B, E.
9:00 am Basic Sciences Poster Session
Prior Exposure to a Spatial Learning Task Influences Contextual Fear Conditioning, 
Rachel Chadderdon, Kevin Corcoran, Gregory J. Quirk, and Kenira J. Thompson, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
Purification of HIV-1 LTR Circles from PBMs to Selectively Amplify Episomal env Sequences, 
Sandra González-Ramírez*, Sharilyn Almodóvar, María Colón, Eric Lorenzo, Rafael A. Contreras-Galindo, Martin D. Hill, Biochemistry and Physiology and Pharmacology Departments, PSM
Genetic Analysis of APC p53, and K-4as in Novel Rat Models of Colitis-Associated Dysplasia, 
Beatriz Pagán, Cariluz Santiago, Angel A. Isidro, Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
Evaluation of Germline FAS Antigen Gene Mutations in Familial Endometriosis, 
Maricarmen Colón*, Carlos O. Figueroa, Elizabeth Rivera, Perla Báez, Joaquín Laboy, and Idhaliz Flores , Biology Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico and Microbiology Department, PSM
Evaluation of Germline PTEN Mutations in Familial Endometriosis, Carmen T. Ramírez*, Elizabeth Rivera, Carlos O. Figueroa, and Idhaliz Flores , Biology Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Differential Expression of TNF Receptors (TNFRs) in the Colon of Chrohn’s Disease Versus Intestinal Endometriosis Animal Models, Marielly Cuevas-Torres*, Idhaliz Flores , Carmencita Rojas, Inés Stella, Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology and Microbiology Departments, PSM
The Tailspike Protein of the Salmonella Phage e34, 
Milka V. Zayas* and Robert Villafañe, Biochemistry Department, PSM
Exercise Training Modulates Chronic Alcohol-Induced Hypertension and Aortic Reactivity Responses in Rats, 
Kazim Husain* and Manuel Vázquez Ortiz, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
The Effect of Fear Extinction on the Intrinsic Excitability of Pyramidal Cells in the Ventral Medical Prefrontal Cortex, 
Edwin Santini Ríos*, Gregory J. Quirk, and James T. Porter, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, PSM
2:00 pm Clinical Medical, Behavioral Sciences, and Public Health Poster Session

Modalidades de Intervención para Lograr Cambios en las Conductas de Riesgo de Infección:  Percepción de un Grupo de Personas con VIH/SIDA, 
Sonia Pons*, Yma López, Pura Dedós, and Nydia Ortiz, Clinical Psychology Program, PSM

Comorbid Disorders in ADHD, 
Luis A. Franco, and Jose Palou*, Psychiatry Department, PSM and San Juan Veteran’s
Administration Medical Center
Adult Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Substance Use:  Prevalence, Subtypes, Drug Preference, and Legal Problems, 
William Almodóvar*, and Pedro Castaing, Psychiatry Department, PSM and San Juan Veteran’s
Administration Medical Center
Use of Complementary Medicine by Psychiatric Outpatients, 
Jhomarie Rivera* and Ronald Malavé, Psychiatry Department, PSM and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
Smoking and Psychiatric Disorders:  A Comorbidity Survey Centro de Salud Conductual del Oeste, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Efrén Mangual* and Ana Torres, Psychiatry Department, PSM
Wegener Granulomatosis Initially Presented as Acute Fatal Alveolar Hemorrhage, 
Belkliz Y. Torres*, Alfonso González, and Griselle Fortuna, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Sex, Drugs, and HIV Risk Among Impoverished Women in Puerto Rico , Lisa Norman*, Clinical Psychology Department, PSM
Hand Washing Improving Program Among Physicians:  A Study Carried Out in a Puerto Rico University Hospital
Rafael Chiong*, Internal Medicine Department, Dr. Ramón E. Betances University Hospital
Sleep Architecture Outcomes Post CPAP Intervention at Damas Hospital’s Sleep Laboratory:  An Observational Analytic Pilot Study, Martin Ruiz*, Gwendolyn Casanova, Nixzaliz Rodríguez, Rafael E. Bredy, and Héctor Rosado, Internal Medicine, Damas Hospital
Respiratory Values Outcomes Post CPAP Intervention at Damas Hospital’s Sleep Laboratory:  An Observational Analytic Pilot Study, Dolores Y. Delgado*, Gwendolyn Casanova, Nixzaliz Rodríguez, Rafael e. Bredy, and Héctor Rosado, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital
Pulmonary mass, Atypical Presentation of D. immitis
Vázquez Torres, Biomaris Medina Rivera, R. Rafael Espinet, and B. Torres, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital
Central Hypoventilation Syndrome in Dizygotic Twins, 
Weldon Mauney, Lilliam García, Kenneth Rivera, and Waleska Arias*, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Knowledge of Stem Cell Technology in a Pregnant Patient Population, 
J. Colón Marín, Juan Bonilla Pérez*, and J. Cruz Correa, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Desorden No-Epiléptico Imitando Epilepsia, 
Ileana M Arbona-Ramírez* and Jenaro Scarano, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in Hyperemesis Gravidarumin at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, 
Juan A. Tosado*, Joel Rivera, and Joaquín Laboy, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Bishop Score and Risk of Cesarean Delivery After Induction of Labor in Nuliparous Women, 
Nelson Álvarez, Celso A. Rodríguez Bermúdez*, and Cruz Correa, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Human Papillomavirus-Associated Cervical Cytology, 
Cruz Correa, Marrero , Bermúdez, and Juan P. Richiusa*, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Is the Puerto Rican Racer, Alsophis portorricensis, Really Harmless?  A Case Report Series, 
Carlos García-Gubern*, Emergency Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Management of Severe Arterial Hypertension in a Community Hospital’s Emergency Room, 
Gerard Aime, Evelyn Almodóvar, Gelmaris Meléndez, Eileen Zayas, and Rafael I. Iriarte*, Public Health Program and Family Medicine Department, PSM
Radiofrequency Energy Balloon-Based Ablation Device for the Elimination on Non-Dysplastic Barrett’s Esophagus, 
Amarylis Avilés*, Álvaro Reymunde, and Nilda Santiago, Internal Medicine Department,
Damas Hospital
Overall Assessment of Improvement in Bronchial Asthma Patients with Extraesophageal Reflux Disease After Effective Acid Suppression:  Case Series, 
Álvaro Reymunde, Nilda Santiago, Domingo Chardón, and Walter Feliciano*, Internal Medicine Department,
Damas Hospital
Initial Clinical Findings of Patients Diagnosed Post Operatively With Appendicitis at the South of Puerto Rico Hospital’s Emergency Department, 
Carlos García-Gubern, Roque Nido, Frank Aran*, Ramón Lugo, Roxana Fuentes, Carlos Feliciano, and Franco Álvarez, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Spinal Cord Toxoplasmosis as an Unusual Presentation for AIDS Diagnosis:  Case Report and Review, 
Carmen Fuentes* and Carlos García-Gubern, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Sepsis in HIV Patient Due to Parasitic Pulmonary Infection, 
Rafael Espinet Pérez*, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Growth Response of Short Stature With and Without Growth Hormone Treatment
Lydia Irizarry, Ileanna M. Arbona,* Ayleen Román,  Michelle M. Figueroa,  Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Physician Knowledge About Sepsis Campaign at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, 
Dolores Sánchez-Cazau*, Beliz Torres, Angel R. Lebrón, Juan González, Lisa Sotomayor, Griselle Fortuna, Marcos Vélez, Dianne Márquez, Luis Ortiz, Gloria Rodríguez Vega, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Severe Tetanus Despite Td Prophylaxis for a Dirty Wound:  A Case Presentation and Treatment Guidelines Review, 
Belkliz Y. Torres, Jose D. Padrón, Marcos E. Vélez, Minerva Rodríguez, Juan C. Román, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
5:00 pm Awards Presentation, Room AB
Olga Rodríguez de Arzola, MD
5:30 pm Adjourn & Cocktail