Research and Clinical Trials

Lifespan Research Day 2023

The Lifespan Office of Research will host its 30th annual Research Day on Thursday, October 5.

More than 460 clinical trials are currently underway at Lifespan, and awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other sources, totaling more than $120 million, support Lifespan’s pioneering academic and clinical research. Please join us in celebrating the research being conducted at Lifespan.

Keynote Speaker

The event will be headlined by a presentation from Rohan Palmer, PhD titled Understanding and Translating Genetic Markers of Addiction.

Palmer is the director of the behavioral genetics of addiction laboratory and associate professor of psychology at Emory University. He is also a staff scientist (WOC) at the Providence VA Medical Center.

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Join Us in Person or Online

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Rhode Island Hospital, George Auditorium

For those unable to attend in person, the talks at the George Auditorium will also be broadcast via Zoom.

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Additional presentations will include the Bruce Selya Award Winner in Research Excellence and research posters from Lifespan and other Rhode Island research institutions.  


Time Activity
8 to 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions, John Fernandez, President and CEO of Lifespan and Bharat Ramratnam, MD

8:15 to 9:15 a.m.

Rohan Palmer, PhD will present Understanding and Translating Genetic Markers of Addiction 

9:15 to 9:30 a.m. Bharat Ramratnam, MD will present "Research Update: Accomplishments and Opportunities"
9:30 to 9:35 a.m.

Introduction of 2022 Bruce Selya awardee: Tracy E. Madsen, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAHA

9:35 to 10:10 a.m. Tracy E. Madsen, MD, PhD, FACEP, FAHA will present “A Sex-Specific Approach to Stroke Epidemiology and Prevention”
10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Poster viewing and refreshments/break in cafeteria

There will be three 20-minute poster sessions.

11:20 to 11:30 a.m. Introduction of the 2023 Bruce Selya Award awardee
11:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Kirsten Langdon, PhD will present "Improving Access to and Engagement in Medication for Opioid Use Disorder"
12:05 to 12:10 p.m. Ghada Bourjeily and Jen Friedmann will announce abstract winners
12:10 to 12:55 p.m. Abstract winner presentations
12:10 to 12:25 p.m. Alexandria Martinez, Brown University undergraduate
Basic Science winner, Rhode Island Hospital's Department of Orthopedics
“Mapping SUMOylation Sites that Regulate SOX9 Stability and Transcriptional Activity in Chondrocytes”
12:25 to 12:40 p.m. Iole Ribizzi-Akhtar, MD 
Clinical and Translational winner, The Miriam Hospital's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
“Analysis of the NOTCH pathway in HNSCCC: A target with a wide prognostic and therapeutic potential.”    
12:40 to 12:55 p.m. Dominique Barnes, Brown University graduate student 
Innovation winner, Rhode Island Hospital's Department of Orthopedics 
”Post-Surgical Artifact Correction in MR Imaging by Deep Neural Networks”
1 to 1:15 p.m. Closing remarks, Bharat Ramratnam, MD


Research Abstracts