Program
 

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Room C-101

8:30 a.m.

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

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Raúl Armstrong, M.D.,

Associate Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs,

Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences (PSMHS)

8:45 a.m.

Conference Goals and Presentation of Jury

León F. Ferder, M.D., Ph.D., Chair, Planning Committee

9:00 a.m.

Clinical and Basic Sciences Oral Sessions are Concurrent

Clinical Sciences Oral Presentations, Room C-203

Moderator:  Luisa Alvarado, M.D.

9:00 a.m.

The Epidemiologic Profile of HCV Infected Hispanic Patients From the Southern Area of Puerto Rico Since 2005.  David Colón*, Barbara Rosado, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

9:15 a.m.

Screening Post Menopausal Women With Osteoporosis.  Pilot Study. Rebecca Juarbe*, José García Mateo, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

9:30 a.m.

Drug Compounding for the Respiratory Illnesses in a Pediatric Population.  Diany López, Mairim Wiscovich*, and Ivonne Galarza, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

9:45 a.m.

Does a Patient-Centered History Improve the Completion of Advanced Directives (AD).  Alberto Piñot-González*, Yussef Galib-Fiol, Yazmín J. Soto-Guerrero, Karla Rivera-Rivera, Azar Sadeghalvad, Gerardo Rivera, William Dávila, Mariela Lugo, Laura Aponte, Francisco Jaume-Anselmi, and José Ramírez-Rivera, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital La Concepción, San Germán

10:00 a.m.

Clinical Relation Between Euroscore and the Length of Hospital Stay, Sepsis, and Respiratory Failure in Mayagüez Medical Center. Joan Ojeda* and Rosa Román Carlo, Ramón Emeterio Betances Hospital, Mayagüez

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Osteoporosis in Celiac Disease:  Hispanic PopulationJoel Ojeda-Rivera*, Barbara Rosado, Osvaldo Antonmattei, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

11:00 a.m.

What are the Parameters of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome in Non-Ambulatory Myelodsyplastic Children?   John M. Flynn, Norman Ramírez, Frances Rodríguez, and Brian W. Hill, Medicine Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:15 a.m.

Vitamin D. Levels and Severity of Bronchial Asthma.   José Zaragoza-Buxo*, Lisandra Pérez, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

11:30 a.m.

Readmissions of Healthy Newborns:  Experience at a Tertiary Hospital in Puerto Rico.  Vanessa Gutiérrez*,  Eric González, Nicole Torres, Cynthia Miguel, and Luisa I. Alvarado, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

11:45 a.m.

Fistula From Right Coronary Artery to Right Ventricle.  Edgardo Bermúdez and Maricela Jacobo Rubio*,  Medicine Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Basic Sciences Oral Presentations Room C-202

Moderator:  James Porter, Ph.D.

9:00 a.m.

A Reduction in the Intrinsic Excitability of Infralimbic Neurons Coincides with the Spontaneous Recovery of Fear.  Emmanuel A. Cruz*, Ana V. López, Gregory J. Quirk, and James T. Porter, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Psychiatry, Anatomy and Neurobiology Departments, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

9:15 a.m.

Differential Expression of CXCR4 at the Protein Level in Human Endometrium and Endometriotic Samples on a Tissue Microarray.  Abigail Ruiz*, Lynette A. Ruiz, Miosotis García, Carolina Alvarez, Manuel Bayona, Virgilio Salvo, Asgerally Fazleabas, and Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:30 a.m.

Fear Extinction Induces an Increase of AMPA Receptors Permeable to Calcium in IL Synapses.  Marian Sepúlveda-Orengo* and James Porter, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

9:45 a.m.

Genetic Polymorphism of DNA Repair Gene RAD23B Modulates DNA Repair Capacity and Breast Cancer Risk in Puerto Rican WomenJulyann Pérez-Mayoral*, Carlos Colón, Luisa Morales, Jaime L. Matta, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

10:00 a.m.

Glutamate Transporters and Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors Co-Modulate LTD at the Mossy Fiber Hippocampal Synapse.  Félix Matos Ocasio*, James Porter, and Kenira J. Thompson, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Enhanced Uterine Contractility in an Animal Model of Endometriosis.  Siomara Hernandez*, Myrella L. Cruz, Joanne S. Altieri, Antonio E. Ramírez, Dinah L. Ramos, Annelyn Torres-Reverón, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:00 a.m.

Increased Envelope Compartmentalization in the Cerebrospinal Fluid of a Patient with HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder.  Fabián J. Vázquez*, Loyda M. Meléndez, Marinés Plaud-Valentín, Valerie Wojna, Richard J. Noel, Jr., and Vanessa Rivera Amill, Microbiology Department, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

11:15 a.m.

Beneficial Effects of consumption of the Red Pupunha Palm Tree Fruit (bactris gasipaes) in the Lipid Metabolism of Lactating and Post-Lactating Wistar Rats.  Rosany Piccolotto Carvalho, Jefferson Raphael Gonzaga Lemos, Rejane Souza de Aquino Sales, Marcos Gassen Martins, Carlos Henrique Nascimento, Janice Barros Monteiro, Manuel Bayona Celis*, and Jaydione Luiz Marcon, Microbiology Department, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

12:00 Noon

Lunch

Room C-101

1:15 p.m.

Clinical Sciences and Cases (Continuation), Behavioral Sciences, and Public Health Oral Sessions are Concurrent

Clinical Sciences Oral and Clinical Case Presentations, Room C-203

Moderator:  Milton Carrero, M.D.

1:15 p.m.

Case Report:  Fibromuscular DysplasiaCarlos Vallejo* and Roberto León, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

1:30 p.m.

Case Report:  Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura and Thymoma:  Immune Mediated?  Jesús Negrón*, Nelson Matos, and Walter Feliciano, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

1:45 p.m.

Significance of APACHE IV in Predicting Mortality of Patients with Healthcare-Associated Acinetobacter Pneumonia in the ICU.  Francisco Cardona, Francisco Jaume-Anselmi, José Ramírez Rivera, and William Dávila*, Internal Medicine, La Concepción Hospital, San Germán

2:00 p.m.

Damas Hospital Compliance to American College of Cardiology Reperfusion Therapy During Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.  Ana Beauchamp*, José Gómez, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine, Damas Hospital

2:15 p.m.

Correlation Between Elevated Levels of Troponin I and Severity of Coronary Artery Disease According to the number of Affected Vessels in Patients with End Stage Renal DiseaseAngel Ramos* and Efraín Flores, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances Hospital, Mayagüez

2:30 p.m.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Anemia:  The Impact of Anti-Inflammatory Therapy on Hemoglobin Levels.  Carlos Calisto*, Roberto León, and León Ferder, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

2:45 p.m.

Communication Discrepancies Between Physicians and Patients in a Teaching Hospital.  Mónica Urrea* and Rosa Román Carlo, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances Hospital, Mayagüez

3:00 p.m.

Nephropathy Induced by Contrast Medium on Hispanic Population After Percutaneous Coronary Angiography Intervention at Damas Hospital.  José Enrique González*, José Gómez, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

Behavioral Sciences Oral Presentations, Room C-201

Moderator:  Pedro A. Castaing Lespier, M.D.

1:15 p.m.

Impact of Integrated Primary Care Interventions on the Levels of Depression, Treatment Adherence, and Immunological Status in a Sample of People Living with HIV/AIDS in the South of Puerto Rico .    Valerie Toro*, Clinical Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

1:30 p.m.

Anxiety and Psychosocial Disability in Patients Undergoing Repetitive Surgery for Early Onset Scoliosis:  We Should Be Worried!  John M. Flynn, Frances Torres, Norman Ramírez-Lluch, and Brian Hill*, Medical Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Public Health Oral Presentations, Room C-202

Moderator:  Manuel Bayona, MPH, Ph.D.

1:15 p.m.

“Los Factores Asociados a la Adherencia al Tamoxifeno en Mujeres Sobrevivientes de Cáncer de Mama en Puerto Rico” Betsy O. Ruiz Alvarado, Shayra Y. Romero Montes*, and Himilce Vélez Almodóvar, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

1:30 p.m.

Relationship of Environmental Factors with Pediatric Emergency Visits Due to Acute BronchospasmsAnnette Pietri, Beverly Di Giorgi, Julio Bracero, and N. Judith López*, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

1:45 p.m.

“Prevalencia de Actividad Fisica en las Sobrevivientes de Cancer de Mama y su Percepcion de las Caracteristicas de Vecindario”José Flores*, Elizabeth Santos, Laura Castro, and Himilce Vélez, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

2:00 p.m.

Association Between Hepatitis C Co-Infection and Renal Insufficiency in HIV-Infected Individuals.  Marvin Arguello* and Arelis Villot, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Behavioral, Public Health and Clinical Poster Sessions are Concurrent (AM)

Basic Sciences Poster Session, Room C-204 (PM)

 

HER2/neu Receptor Status is Associated with a low DNA repair capacity in Women with Breast CancerJaime Matta*, Luisa Morales, Heidi Acosta, Wanda Vargas, Michelle Colon, Alberto Lugo, Sonnya Bonnin, Miguel Echenique, Felipe Sánchez Gaetán, Eduardo Ramírez Lizardi, Anibal Torres, José Ortiz Rosado, Guillermo Bolaños, Juan Gonzalez Cruz, Joaquin Laboy, Ricardo Barnes, Santos Santiago Medina, Carolina Alvarez Garriga, and Manuel Bayona, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Surgery Department, and Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

A Case-Control Study for the Susceptibility of C3 and CFH Genes to the Development of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Puerto Rican Population, Héctor J. Díaz Zabala*, Camille Marrero-Laboy, Nelly A. Arroyo, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Modulation of Intestinal Inflammation in a Model of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) by Manipulation of Dendritic Cells (DCs).  Edelmarie Rivera, Harry Marty*, Myrella Liz Cruz, and Caroline B. Appleyard., Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Evolution of SIV VPR Accessory Gene in Brain Tissue and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear CellsIvelisse Rivera Román*, Yashira García Flores, Lucianette Maldonado Rodriguez, Richard J. Noel, Jr., and Vanessa Rivera-Amill, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

HIV-1 Nef Expression in Rat Brain Causes Systemic Inflammation and Immune Reactivity of Peyer’s Patches in the GI Tract.  Raisa Loucil*, Gladys Chompré, Myrella Cruz, Caroline Appleyard, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Administration of the Probiotic VSL#3 Increases Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) Expression in a Model of Colitis-Associated Colon Cancer.  Caroline B. Appleyard, Myrella L. Cruz*, Raymond A. Isidro, Angel A. Isidro, and Claudio De Simone, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Intranuclear Segregation of Foreign DNA/Protein Complexes to Specific Nuclear Domains for RNA Transcription.  Yisel A. Rivera Molina*, Ruth Cosme, Francisco Puerta Martínez, and Qiyi Tang, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Effect of Prior Stress Increases the Likelihood of Developing Endometriosis.  Marielly Cuevas*, Idhaliz Flores, Kenira J. Thompson, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Functional Role of the Neuropeptide Y Receptor 2 (NPY2R) Gene in Predisposition to Hypertension.  Elinette Albino*, Kena Sugimoto, Tomohiro Katsuya, Alan Y. Deng, and Julie Dutil, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Role of Vitamin D Receptor Activator (VDRA) Paricalcitol in Lipid Metabolism.  Omar Soler Cedeño*, Kazim Husain, León Ferder, and Edu B. Suárez, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico

 

Effect of Stress on the Expressions of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and its Receptor Trk-A in an Animal Model of Endometriosis.  Myrella L. Cruz, Víctor A. Rodríguez-Rapale, Joanne S. Altieri, Antonio E. Ramírez*, Marielly Cuevas, Angel A. Isidro, Idhaliz Flores, Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session, Room C-205

 

Effects of Labor Harassment on Puerto Rican soldiers Working in a Military Organization Angélica González* and José Pons, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Teaching Child and Adolescent Psychiatry to Undergraduate Medical Students in Puerto Rico – A Survey.  Pedro A. Castaing Lespier and Mario R. González Torres*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Depression Management Results in Increased Treatment Adherence and Improved Immune System Function in HIV-1 Infected Puerto RicansYainyrette Rivera*, Valerie Toro, Nydia M. Cappas Ortiz, and Vanessa Rivera-Amill, Psychology Program, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

The Prevalence of Women Treated With Tocolytics During Pregnancy Whose Children Have a Diagnosis of Speech Delay.  Pedro A. Castaing Lespier and Ilianette Ruiz Acevedo*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Factors Influencing Specialty Selection Among Medical Students at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  Maricarmen López Maldonado*, Pedro Vélez González*, and Ana I. Torres Martin, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Comparison of the Level Physical Activity Perform by Patient with Diagnose of Major Depressive Disorder with a Control Randomized Population.  Pedro Castaing-Lespier, Alexis Torres-Rodríguez, and Marcos Rabines-Burgas*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Public Health Poster Session, Room C-205

 

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Epidemiology and DNA Repair in Puerto Ricans. Manuel Bayona*, José F. Vidal, Luisa Morales, Carolina Alvarez-Garriga, Jorge Sánchez, Jaime Villa, Abigail Ruiz and Jaime L. Matta, Public Health Program, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Clinical Sciences Poster Session, Room C-206

 

The Failing Language in Medical Case Histories.   Yasmina Arroyo-Jiménez *, Francisco Jaume-“Anselmi, and José Ramírez-Rivera, Medicine Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Accuracy of EUS-Guided Fine-Needle Aspiration for the Diagnosis of Unexplained Bile Duct Strictures in a Hispanic Population.   Jorge L. Weber*, Keyur Patel, Kenneth R. McQuaid, M. Hossein Saboorian, Guy Lindberg, Peter B. Marcus, and Carlos G. Micames, Medicine Program, Department, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Association of Type 1 Diabetes with Month of Birth Among Puerto Rican Youth Lydia Irizarry, Vylma Velázquez, Christian Torres*, and Juan Camacho, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Medicine Program, Ponce School of Medicine & Health Sciences

 

Helicobacter Pylori:  A Protective Agent for Asthma or Not?  Jeannette Ramos*, Maryliz González, Arlene Sepúlveda, Vylma Velázquez, Carlos Camacho, José Santiago, Pediatrics Department,  St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Foreign Body Ingestion in Children:  10 Years Experience in the Southern Region of Puerto Rico.  Carlos Camacho, Vylma Velázquez, and Arleen Sepúlveda*, Pediatrics Department,  St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Recent Saint Luke’s Hospital Trends in Discharge Statin Treatment of Hospitalized Patients with Ischemic Stroke.  José A. Román Ramos*, Nilson D. Feliz, Luis J. Cruz, Alejandro de los Santos, and Humberto Simmonetti, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Ovarian Volume, Ovarian Stromal Hyperplasia, and Endometrial Cancer in Puerto Rican Women.  Jimmi Ríos-Pérez, Yamil Crespo, Sylvia Gutiérrez, Manuel Bayona, Daniel Cruz*, Joaquín Laboy, Yolanda González, , and Jesús Cruz-Correa, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Incidence A Fib in Patients Post CABG.  Félix González*, and David Bermúdez, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances University Hospital, Mayagüez

 

Atypical Hip Fractures in Patients on Long-Term Use of AlendronateIolani García* and Braulio Quintero, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances University Hospital, Mayagüez

 

Level of Vitamin D in Patients with Multiple SclerosisOsiris Salcedo* and Alfredo Pérez Canabal, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances University Hospital, Mayagüez

 

Identifying Risk Factors for Head and Neck Cancer and Association with HPVZulmarie Ortiz*, Sifredo Acarón, and Santa Merle, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances University Hospital, Mayagüez

Clinical Cases Poster Session, Room C-207

 

An Uncommon Cause of HemoptysisAlberto Piñot-González*, Yazmín J. Soto-Guerrero, Amaury Segarra, Francisco Jaume-Anselmi, and José Ramírez-Rivera, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital La Concepción, San Germán

 

An Old World Disease in the New World.  Karla B. Rivera*, Francisco Jaume Anselmi, José Ramírez Rivera, Gloria R. Jové, Onix Bonilla Vélez, Rafael Vélez and Axel Báez, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital La Concepción, San Germán

 

Massive Hemoptysis in a Young Man.  Mónica V. Almeida Lalama, Alberto Pinot*, Francisco Jaume-Anselmi, and José Ramírez-Rivera, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital La Concepción, San Germán

 

Female Hydrocele of the Canal of Nuck:  Case Report.  Lynell A. Pérez-Colón, Dilaury Mejía Berríos, José Cruz-Correa, Omar Pérez*, Francisco J. Rivera-Pedrogo, and Joaquín Laboy Torres, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Profuse Vaginal Bleeding in an Adolescent with a Cervical Myoma:  A Case Report.  Lynell Pérez-Colón, Manuel Rodríguez*, Verónica Colón, Joaquín Laboy-Torres, and Waleska Arias, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

An Unusual Case of Mediastinal Mass.  Sara M. López Llado, Jannice Arroyo*, George Fahed, and SharonVélez, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

The Fish Tank Granuloma.  Zaydalee Cardona* and Michelle González, Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Clinical and Neuroradiological Stroke Like Brain Pathology, Nilka Figueroa*, Ricardo Villalobos, Lourdes Sepúlveda, Reynaldo De Jesús, and Orlando Vázquez Torres, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

An Uncommon Back Pain.  Mara A. Palléns Feliciano*, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

3:45 p.m.

Awards Presentation, Room C-101

Olga Rodríguez de Arzola, M.D. and León F. Ferder, M.D.

4:15 pm

Adjourn & Cocktail

 

*Presenter