Thank you everyone for making our Department of Surgery Research Week 2022 activities a huge success! It was refreshing to connect again in person and celebrate the spirit of our research mission. 

We are proud and humbled to have such a broad representation showcasing the work of our scientific community as a multidisciplinary research hub, highlighting the work of our residents, faculty, staff, and community partners. Significant accomplishments across health informatics, translational, clinical, and educational exploration will create our future.

Led by Basic and Translational Research Professor Subree Subramanian, PhD, with Kelli Tourand, Jenni Sullivan, and communications support from Alyssa Dindorf, including members within the Chair's Office, we want to extend our gratitude for their planning efforts. The week's events were also made possible by uplifting our collaborations and support across the Medical School. Thank you for being part of the #ResearchWeek2022 experience! 

Congratulations to our six abstract poster winners representing research in health informatics, translational, clinical, and educational exploration.

Clinical/Education Research

First Place: Taylor Krivanek
"Assess readability of FDA labeling for breast implants"
Travel Award: $1,000
Second Place: Alex Dayton, MD
"Loss of Protection from Salt-Sensitive Hypertension in T-cell Deficient SSCD247-/- Rats Enables the Isolation of the Pathological Effects of Renal T-cells from Hypertension"
Travel Award: $750
Third Place: David Leishman, MD
"Characterization of gut microbiome on tacrolimus metabolism in transplanted nonhuman primates"
Travel Award: $500

Basic/Translational Research

First Place: Jillian Wothe
"Evaluation of Minnesota Score in the Allocation of Venovenous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation During Resource Scarcity"
Travel Award: $1,000
Second Place: Maria Martell
"The Impact of the Kras and ApcΔ468 Oncogenes on the Colorectal Cancer Microbiome"
Travel Award: $750
Third Place: Courtney Broedlow
"A longitudinal investigation of reoccurring bacterial vaginosis"
Travel Award: $500

Research Week 2022

Each year, the Department of Surgery celebrates Research Week, bringing together the work of our residents, faculty, staff and community partners representing the significant areas within the department related to research in health informatics, translational, clinical and educational exploration.
Our robust research programs provide the opportunity to participate in scientific discovery and clinical innovation. We have a rich history of renowned basic and clinical science research, distinguishing ourselves as an academic and clinical center of excellence.
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Grand Rounds Research Week Lecture

 Tuesday, October 4, 2022

  • Time: 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
  • Location: HSEC 3-110
  • Length: (20-25 minutes)

Keynote Speaker: 

Marc K. Jenkins, PhD 

Regents and Distinguished McKnight University Professor,
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Representing Research in Surgery

Keynote speaker lecture (20-25 minutes), following four additional talks by Department of Surgery faculty members (Length:15 minutes each).

Education: Dr. Melissa Brunsvold | Professor, Division of Critical Care/Acute Care Surgery

Basic Research: Dr. Erik Finger | Associate Professor, Division of Transplant Surgery

Clinical Research: Dr. Cyrus Jahansouz | Assistant Professor, Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery

Outcomes Research: Dr. Rui Zhang | Founding Chief, Division of Health Data Science

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Research Week Poster Session Event

Thursday, October 6, 2022

  • Time: 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • UPDATED! Location: The Graduate Hotel – Meridian Ballroom (refreshments and appetizers to be served)

Special Introduction by:

Dean Jakub Tolar

The Research poster presentation event is expected to feature research abstracts from across the department!

All faculty, staff, students and community researchers are invited to present their work and as in past years, we hope to have broad representation from each division and invite our adjunct faculty members to participate. Abstracts recently presented at meetings are also encouraged! Judges from around the Medical School will visit posters for awarding.
The judges will be given a scoring sheet with 1-9 score range with 1 being exceptional and 9 being the lowest (NIH scale). The criteria include - poster content, presentation and impact of the research.

There will be three categories for judging clinical/educational and basic/translational research. Prizes to be awarded first, second and third place in each category:

  • Clinical/Educational Research - First Prize: $1,000 Travel Award

  • Clinical/Educational Research - Second Prize: $750 Travel Award

  • Clinical/Educational Research - Third Prize: $500 Travel Award

  • Basic/Translational Research - First Prize: $1,000 Travel Award

  • Basic/Translational Research - Second Prize: $750 Travel Award

  • Basic/Translational Research - Third Prize: $500 Travel Award

Call for Abstracts & Presentations!

Submission Deadline: Friday, September 16, 2022

Abstract Instructions:

1. Please upload your document below as a word document.    

2.  Abstracts are limited to 1 page. Include your title, and author block within the 1-page document. Please use at least 1" margins and font size 12. 

3. Underline the presenting author's name in the author block. 

4.  Any subheads (i.e. Aim, Background, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion) must be followed by a colon (i.e. Introduction:) and begin on a new line.

Submit Here!

Department of Surgery Research - Quick Facts:

  • We receive several million dollars each fiscal year in sponsored research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), internal allocations, and private donations.
  • So far in FY22, we've reached 576+ publications.
  • As of April 1, 2022 - 24+ grant proposals have been submitted on behalf of our research projects.