Program


 

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Room C-101

8:00 a.m.

Poster Exhibits, Rooms C-204, 205, 206, 207

Moderator:, Manuel Bayona, Dr. PH, Member, Planning Committee

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Raul Armstrong, M.D.

Dean for Academic Affairs, Ponce School of Medicine (PSM)

8:45 a.m.

Conference Goals and Presentation of Jury

Manuel Bayona, Dr.PH

9:00 a.m.

Public Health, Clinical, and Basic Sciences Oral Sessions are Concurrent

Public Health Oral Presentations, Room C-201

Moderator:  Juan C. Orengo, M.D.

9:00 a.m.

Quality of Life, Work Productivity, and Functional Assessment in Women with Endometriosis.   Lorna Báez*, Michelle Figueroa, Idhaliz Flores, Jessica Fourquet, Public Health Program and Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

9:15 a.m.

Factors Affecting Intention of Breastfeed in Expectant Mothers.  Luisa Alvarado, Ivonne Galarza, Laura Avilés, Verónica Colón-Falcón, Maryliz González, and Xamayta Negroni*, Pediatric Department, Hospital

9:30 a.m.

Understanding the Barriers that Reduce the Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategies for Puerto Rican Women Living in Low-Income households in Ponce, PR Lisa Norman*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

9:45 a.m.

Maternal Weight Changes and Neonatal Outcomes.  Vylma Velázquez, Edith Morales, Mirely Figueroa, and Soan Cruz*, Pediatric Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas 

10:00 a.m.

Effects of Premature Birth on Infant Mortality in Puerto Rico.  Mariela Alvarado Ortiz*, Nicole Melissa Muñoz López, R. Iván Iriarte, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

How Resistant is Our Friend Staphylococcus Aureus in the Community, María Aranda, Rosa Delgado, Annette Pietri*, and Yanira Hernández, Pediatric Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

11:00 a.m.

Enfermedades Asociadas a la Contaminación del Suelo en Puerto Rico.  Irma S. Díaz*, Fanny González, Yazmín Homar, Luis E. Ocasio, Zobeida Santiago, and Mayra Roubert, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

11:15 a.m.

Multinational Injury Surveillance Pilot ProjectDiego E. Zavala*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

11:30 a.m.

Creating a Culture of Safety in our Hospitals:  Tools for Preventing Medication Errors, Edgardo Báez*, Jorge Matos, Valerie Bedard, Daihanara Cintrón, Rafael Cordero, Pedro Solivan, Xiomara Velazco, Inés M. Hernández, Christopher P. Sander, and Ana Barrero, Pediatric Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

Clinical Oral Presentations, Room C-202

Moderator:  Miguel Magraner, M.D.

9:00 a.m.

The Prevalence of Sub-Therapeutic Anticonvulsant Levels in the ED:  A Patient Profile.  Carlos García-Gubern and Julio Andino*, Transitional Year Program, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

9:15 a.m.

Clinical/Radiological Association of Cardiopulmonary Disease Diagnosis- Pilot Study Misael Prieto*, Pedro Farinacci, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

9:30 a.m.

Relationship Between Cardiac Surgery Duration, Acute Renal Failure, and Acute CoagulopathyPedro G. Solivan*, Luis Cruz, Alejandra del Toro, and Roberto Velázquez, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

9:45 a.m.

Residual Cardiovascular Risk With LDL and Non-HDL Levels in Goals With or Without Statin Therapy in Puerto Rican Patients With Cardiometabolic Risk.  A Descriptive Pilot Study Nixzaliz Rodríguez*, César Trabanco, José García, Idenisse Berríos, Jesse Alemán, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

10:00 a.m.

Frequency of Apolipoprotein E (apoE) in Breast Cancer and Endometriosis Patients in Puerto Rico Tirtsa Porrata-Doria*, Jaime Matta, Idhaliz Flores, and Summer F. Acevedo, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Microbiology Department, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Clinical and Epidemiological Characteristics of Acute Bronchiolitis in the Southwestern Area of Puerto Rico.  Waleska Arias, Luisa I. Alvarado, Dimarys Sánchez*, and Angel Pérez, Pediatric Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

11:00 a.m.

The Role of Seminal Amyloid Fibrils in HIV-1 Transmission Across Cervical MucosaRosa Vélez*, and Yasuhiro Yamamura, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

11:15 a.m.

The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medical Medicine in the Treatment of Children’s Asthma Sonia Figueroa Rosario, Sheydy Rodríguez Fernández*, and Vylma Velázquez Almodóvar, Pediatric Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

11:30 a.m.

Measurement of Platelets Aggregation Inhibition to Clopidegrel and Aspirin by Light Transmittance Agregometer in Patients Who Received Coronary Drug Eluting Stent Keslie Gutiérrez Vélez*, and Juan F. Rodríguez Acosta, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón E. Betances University Hospital, Mayaguez

Basic Sciences Oral Presentations, Room C-203

Moderator:  Virgilio A. Salvo, M.D.

9:00 a.m.

The Molecular Mechanism of Resveratrol’s Anti-Cancer PropertiesNismaliry Martinez García*,  and Pedro Santiago Cardona, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

9:15 a.m.

Glutamate Transporters are Differentially Expressed in the Rodent Hippocampus During the Early Stages of a One-Day Morris Water Maze Task Ada Fraticelli*, Félix Matos, and Kenira Thompson*, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

9:30 a.m.

Seminal Amyloid Fibril Enhance HIV-1 Infection on Both Cell Free and Cell Associated VirusRosa Vélez*, and Yasuhiro Yamamura, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

9:45 a.m.

Functional Significance of a SNP in NPY2R Candidate Gene for Hypertension Elinette Albino*, Alan Deng, Tomohiro Katsuya, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

10:00 a.m.

Effect of Previous Inflammation on the Susceptibility of the Colon to Subsequent Physical Restraint Stress-Induced ChangesOlga I. Santiago, Myrella L. Cruz, Marielly Cuevas, Raymond A. Isidro*, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

In Vitro Production of Lentiviral Vectors for Research UsesFélix Matos-Ocasio*, Judy Ann Meléndez, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine 

11:00 a.m.

Contribution of Stress to the Development of Endometriosis in an Animal Model.  Marielly Cuevas*, Olga I. Santiago, Idhaliz Flores, Kenira J. Thompson, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

11:15 a.m.

Basal and Steroid Hormone-Regulated Expression of CXCR4 and CXCL12 in Human Endometrium and Endometriosis.  Abigail Ruiz-Rivera*, Virgilio A. Salvo, Lynette A. Ruiz, Perla Báez, Miosotis García, and Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

11:30 a.m.

Retinoblastoma Protein Promotes Wnt Signaling Pathway Activation in MC3T3 OsteoblastsViviana Vázquez-Rivera*, Bernadette Sosa-García, and Pedro Santiago-Cardona, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

11:45 a.m.

Effect of Targeting the Neurokinin-1 Receptor on the Transition of Chronic Inflammation to Dysplasia Beatriz Pagán*, Angel A. Isidro, Domenico Coppola, Jie Wu, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL,  Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

9:00 a.m.

All Poster Sessions are Concurrent

Basic Sciences Poster Session, Room C-204

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Effects of Enalapril on MCF-7 Cells Expressing AT1 ReceptorsYainyrette Rivera*, Leon Ferder, and Virgilio A. Salvo, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Extinction of Fear Conditioning Induces Synaptic Plasticity in the Infralimbic Cortex Marian T. Sepúlveda-Orengo*, Ana V. López-Velázquez, and James T. Porter, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Lack of Immune Response in Rapid Progressor Morphine-Dependent and SIV/SHIV-infected Rhesus Macaques Correlated With Down-Regulation of TH1 Cytokines.  Vanessa Rivera-Amill*, Richard J. Noel, Jr., Rakesh Kumar, Luis D. Giavedoni, and Anil Kumar, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor ( BDNF) Enhances Long-Term Potentiation.  Esther Jiménez-Núñez*, James T. Porter, and Kenira J. Thompson, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Simian Immunodeficiency virus Evolution in the Brain of Morphine-Dependent and Control Macaques.  Ivelisse Rivera Román*, Richard J. Noel, Jr., Yashira García Flores, Anil Kumar, and Vanessa Rivera-Amill, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Steroid Hormones Differentially Regulate the Expression of NDAC1 and HDAC2 in Human Endometrial and Endometriotic Cells.  Maricarmen Colón*, Perla Báez, Abigail Ruiz, Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Roles of Polypyrimidine Tract Binding Proteins on Major Immediate Early Gene Expression and Viral Replication of Human Cytomegalovirus.  Ruth S. Cruz Cosme*, Yasuhiro Yamamura, and Qiyi Tang, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Murine Cytomegalovirus Major Immediate Early Gene 3 Protein (IE3) Recruits Viral and Cellular Proteins Into the Viral DNA Replication Compartment Through Protein-Protein Interactions and IE1 Has Effects on Viral Replication in Cell Culture.  Ruth S. Cruz Cosme,  Kareni J. Pérez Torres*, Francisco Puerta, and Qiyi Tang, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Identification and Characterization of the SUMO Interacting Motif (SIM) of the K8 Protein the Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpes Virus (KSHV).  Francisco W. Puerta*, and Qiyi Tang, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Characterization of the Functional Domains in the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Protein Required for its Novel Role as a Regulator of Cell Adhesion.  Maricelly Santiago-Ortiz*, and Pedro Santiago-Cardona, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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A Role for the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Protein and the p21-Activated Kinase as Regulators of Cell-to-Cell Adhesion.  Bernadette Sosa-Garcia*, Viviana Vázquez-Rivera, William D. Cress, Gabriela Wright, Haiku Bian, Philip W. Hinds, and Pedro Santiago-Cardona, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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A Novel Candidate Gene for Hypertension:  Renal Outer Medulla Expressed (ROME) Gene.  Janice Monteiro*, Annie Menard, Julie Roy, Alan Y. Deng, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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Amplification Created Restriction Enzyme Site (ACRES) Method in the Detection of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Jewish Mutations in Puerto Rico.  Yisel Rivera*, Carlos Colón, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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The Role of Genetic Polymorphisms of DNA Repair Gene RAD23B and Breast Cancer Risk in Puerto Rican Women.  Julyann Pérez-Mayoral*, Carlos Colón, Alba L. Pacheco-Torres, Jaime L. Matta, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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XPD DNA Repair Capacity and the Risk for Breast Cancer in Puerto Rican Women.  Alba L. Pacheco Torres*, Julyann Pérez-Mayoral, Carlos Colón, Jaime Matta, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session, Room C-205

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How Much Our Adolescents Know About SexualityVylma Velázquez,  Rina Casasnovas*, and Irma Pérez-Amaro, Pediatric Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Burnout Among Puerto Rican Internal Medicine Residents.  Ronald Malavé, and Felipe Tirado*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Center

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Relación Entre Estilos de Apego e Indicadores Clínicos en Perfiles de MMPI-2 de Agresores DomésticosJuana F. Figueroa*, María Garrido, and Ernesto Rosario, Clinical Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

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The Experience of Opioid Dependent Veterans Treated With Buprenorphine.  Rosa I. Vargas and Erik G. Medina*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Center

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Clinical and Socio-Demographic Profile of Child Homicide Victims in Puerto Rico During 2000-2008).  Jessica Torres-Torres*, and Lillian Arroyo, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Center

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Use of Prescribed Stimulants Among Medical Students in Puerto Rico.  Arturo Arroba Carpio*, and Pedro Castaing, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Center

Public Health Poster Session, Room C-206

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Asthma Risk in Children and Exposure to Cats and Dogs.  Viani Ramírez Irizarry*, Carolina Álvarez Garriga, and Manuel Bayona, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

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Depression in Puerto Rico and Major Risk FactorsBenjamin Vidal*, Ruby Serrano Rodríguez, Carolina Álvarez Garriga, and Manuel Bayona, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

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Asthma as a Risk Factor for Lung Cancer.   Chanis Mercado*, Manuel Bayona and Carolina Álvarez Garriga, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

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Is Breastfeeding a Protective Factor for Asthma in Children?  Annick M. Conway*, Manuel Bayona, and Carolina Álvarez-Garriga, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

Clinical Sciences and Clinical Case Poster Session, Room C-207

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Adolescent pregnancy Delivery Demographics and Corresponding Neonatal Outcomes at HESL. Verónica Figueroa, Dilaury Mejía, Ednise Román*, and Jesús Cruz Correa, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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The Effect of Body Mass Index (BMI) on Long-Term Success of Abdominal Sacrocolpopexy Using Synthetic Graft.  Jeannette Colón, Lynell Pérez*, L. Smith, Jimmy Juliá, and H. Cholhan, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Improvement of Diagnosis and Management of Endometrial Adenocarcinoma in Hospital Episcopal San Lucas 2005-2008.  Yamil Crespo* and Jimmi Ríos*, Celso Rodríguez, Jesús Cruz-Correa, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Maternal Body Mass Index, Risk of Cesarean Delivery and Comorbidities in Nulliparous and Multiparous Pregnant Women.  Lenny Pagán* and José A. Hernández, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Obstetrical Management and Corresponding Neonatal Outcome of Late Preterm Births at Hospital Episcopal san Lucas. Brayan Stuard and Tatiana Fournier*, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Implementation of Ventilator Bundles on the ICU of HESL Ponce:  Approach to the HOB 30º Parameter. Valerie Bedard-Marrero, Daihanara Cintrón-La Fontaine, Rafael Cordero-Arill, Pedro G. Solivan, Xiomara Velazco-Vázquez, Biomaris Medina-Rivera, Manuel Fernos-Suárez*,  and William Santiago-Rivera, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Role of Paricalcitol (Vitamin D) in Atherosclerosis.  Natalied Rivera*,Fabian Vázquez*, Shayra Romero*, Edu Suárez, León Ferder, NIH Step-Up Program, University of Puerto Rico en Ponce, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Clinical Case Poster Session

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Panniculitis:  An Uncommon Complication of Pancreatitis.  Alex J. Hernández-Vélez, José Ramírez-Rivera, Francisco Jaume-Anselmi, and Axel Báez-Torres, Internal Medicine Department, La Concepcion Hospital, San German

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Catamenial Pneumothorax:  A Case Report of Spontaneous Recurrent Pneumothora in Puerto Rico; A Thoracic Endometriosis Syndrome.  Gretchen Martínez-Alayón*, Eugenio Mulero-Portela, Orlando Vázquez-Torres, Juan Santiago-Colón, and Roberto Velázquez-Torres, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Recurrent Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Presenting as Acute Pancreatitis:  A Case Report.  Xiomara Velazco, Rafael Cordero, Sharon Pagán*, Pedro F. Panelli, and Roberto Velázquez, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Episcopal San Lucas

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Mantle Cell Lymphoma:  An Unusual Presentation.  Leonardo I. Valentín*, Frances Tardy, and Guillermo Bolaños, Surgery Department, Ponce School of Medicine

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A 48-Year-Old Woman With Pruritus, Painless Jaundice, and Fatigue.  Héctor Guerra*, Cristina Sepúlveda, and Barbara Rosado, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

Room C-101

1:30 p.m.

Awards Presentation, Room C-101

Olga Rodríguez de Arzola, M.D. and Manuel Bayona, Dr.PH

 

*Presenter