Program


 

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Room C-101

8:30 a.m.

Poster Exhibits, Rooms C-204, 205, 206

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

8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Raúl Armstrong, M.D.

President and Dean, Ponce School of Medicine (PSM)

8:45 a.m.

Conference Goals and Presentation of Jury

León F. Ferder, M.D., Ph.D.

9:00 a.m.

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

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

Moderator:  Miguel Magraner, M.D.

9:00 a.m.

Early Kidney Disease Detection by Primary Physicians at Damas Hospital.   Glenda Miranda*, León Ferder, Miguel Pérez-Arzola, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

9:15 a.m.

Spatial Memory Altered in Children Exposed to Methamphetamine During PregnancySummer F. Acevedo* and Jacob Raber, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

9:30 a.m.

Predictive Value of Sed Rate & CRP in Children with Chronic Renal Failure.  Melvin Bonilla, Rina Casasnovas*, Irma Pérez, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

9:45 a.m.

Levels of Circulating 25 (OH) D Level Within CKD III/IV Population in Western Region Puerto Rico.  Wilfredo Alonso Acevedo*, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances University Hospital, Mayagüez

10:00 a.m.

Use of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib in the Management of Early Onset Scoliosis.  José A. Serrano, Laura L. Avilés*, John M. Flynn, Norman Ramírez Lluch, Simón Carlo, Alberto Santiago-Cornier, Miguel Suárez-Villamil, Ernesto Jusino, and Heriberto Sánchez, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and Orthopedics Department, Hospital La Concepción, San Germán

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Hepatitis-Induced Pancreatitis, Edgardo Rivera*, Dennies Cuevas, Rafael Bredy, and Miguel Magraner, Ponce School of Medicine

11:00 a.m.

Presentation of an Acute Superior Vena Cava Syndrome in a Previously Asymptomatic Woman.  Orlando Vázquez Torres, Jeannette Vergeli Rojas*, and Xiomara Velazco Vázquez, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

11:15 a.m.

An Unusual Case of Necrotizing Fascitis in a 70 y/o Male; Risk Factors, Evolution, and Outcome.  Rafael Cordero Arill* and Gabriel Martínez, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

11:30 a.m.

Endometriosis of the Bladder.  Ricardo Cumba, Daniel Guerra, and Daniel Hoffman*,  Ponce School of Medicine

11:45 a.m.

CVA Due to a Complication of Carney’s Syndrome.  Rafael Espinet Pérez, Valerie Bedard*, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

12:00 Noon

Guillian-Barre and Influenza Vaccine:  Case Report.  Valerie Bedard, and Ramón L. Osorio*, Orlando Vázquez-Torres, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

Public Health and Behavioral Oral Presentations, Room C-202

Moderator:  Juan Carlos Orengo, M.D.

9:00 a.m.

Mortality and Morbidity Rates in Preterm Babies Born in the Southern Region of Puerto Rico During 2006Nancy Cuevas*,  and R. Iván Iriarte, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

9:15 a.m.

Exposure to Community Violence and Crime and a History of Substance Use Among Impoverished Women Living in Public Housing in Ponce, PR Lisa R. Norman*, S. Abreu, and E. Candelaria, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

9:30 a.m.

Breastfeeding Rates in Puerto Rico and Uruguay:  Influence of Baby-Friendly Hospital CertificationCarina P. Fernández-Golarz*, Juan C. Orengo, Vivian S. Green, and Elizabeth A. Barranco, Public Health Program and CAIMED, Ponce School of Medicine

9:45 a.m.

Relation Between Sexuality, Reproduction, and Physical Impairments in Women of the Ponce Region.  Sully Ann Sosa Vargas*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

10:00 a.m.

Relation Between the Phenotypic Spectrum Variety of the Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome and its Symptoms in Puerto Rican Patients Yeidyly Vergne Martínez*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

10:15 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.

Implementing a Hospital-Based Injury Surveillance System in AfricaDiego E. Zavala*, S. Bokongo, I. John, P. Olupot Olupot, R. Mtonga, and M. Aminu Zakari, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

11:00 a.m.

Chubby and Cute:  A Parental Perception on Children Nutritional Status Sonia Figueroa Rosario*, H. Díaz Escalera, M. Silva Musalem, L. Irizarrry González, and V. Velázquez Almodovar, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

11:15 a.m.

Effectiveness of Primary Counseling in Smoking CessationMalynie D. Blanco*, Marta Febo, R. Iván Iriarte, Wallesca Rodríguez, Family and Community Medicine Department, Ponce School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Pila Hospital

11:30 a.m.

Evaluación de Consumo de Bebidas Energizantes en Universitarios.  Yadira Guilloty*, Juan Carlos Orengo, Vivian Green, and León Ferder, Public Health Program and Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

11:45 a.m.

A Modern Day OedipusMelissa Castro Couch*, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

12:15 p.m.

Lunch Conference:  A New Drug for Nicotine Addiction, Veranioline

Room C-101

1:15 p.m.

Clinical Sciences Oral Sessions (Continuation)

Clinical Medical Sciences Oral Presentations, Room C-203

Moderator:  Luisa Alvarado, M.D.

1:15 p.m.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Allergies in the Pediatric Population.  Vylma Velázquez, Jadira Irizarry*, and Alfredo Mercado, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

1:30 p.m.

Lowest Safe Hematocrit Levels in Cardiopulmonary Bypass on First CABG ProcedureAnna Di Marco*, Ernesto Soltero, E. Vélez, and Rafael Bredy, Internal Medicine Department, Damas Hospital

1:45 p.m.

Postanaesthesia Events in Admitted Patients at St. Luke’s Hospital of Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Luis Cummings, Jr.*, Orly Peña Sánchez, Duvis Vásquez, Ileana Maldonado and David Rodríguez, Anaesthesiology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

2:00 p.m.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale as Predictor Factor for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome in PR Population.  Sandra E. Rivera* and Antonio Padua, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances University Hospital, Mayagüez

2:15 p.m.

Changing Trends in Dengue Fever manifestations at HESL, Ponce.  Luisa Alvarado, Ivonne Galarza, Verónica Colón*, and Dimarys Sánchez*, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

2:30 p.m.

Profile of Patients Who Attend a Skin Cancer Screening Clinic.  Jennifer Rullán, Daisy Acevedo*, Mariel Muriel, Giovanna Rodríguez, and Paola Chamorro, Ponce School of Medicine

2:45 p.m.

Prevalence of MRSA in Patients Admitted with Soft Tissue Infections to a Community Hospital.  Alex Andújar, Arístides Colón, Alexandra Dominicci, Blanca Fernández*, and R. Iván Iriarte, Family Medicine Department, Dr. Pila Hospital

3:00 p.m.

HAART As An Inducer of Lipodystrophy, Ramón Ramírez Ronda and Marielys Otero Maldonado*, Internal Medicine Department, Ramón Emeterio Betances University Hospital, Mayagüez

1:15 p.m.

Basic Sciences Oral Sessions

Basic Sciences Oral Presentations Room C-202

Moderator:  James Porter, Ph.D.

1:15 p.m.

Development of a Genotyping Assay to Amplified and Characterize HIV-1 RNA From Plasma With Viral Load < 48 Copies per ml.  Carlos A. López*, Manuel Vázquez, María del C. Colón, Ian Johnston, and Eric Lorenzo, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

1:30 p.m.

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

1:45 p.m.

A Novel Role for the Retinoblastoma Tumor Suppressor Protein as a Regulator of Cell-to-Cell Adhesion.  Bernadette Sosa*, and Pedro Santiago, Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

2:00 p.m.

Isolation, Cultivation, and Phenotypic Characterization of Rat Dendritic CellsEdelmarie Rivera-De Jesús* and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

2:15 p.m.

Identification of Biomarkers for Endometriosis-Associated Infertility.  Lynnette A. Ruiz*, Idhaliz Flores, Patricia A. Mavrogianis, Julie Hasting, Asgerally T. Faleabas, and Virgilio Salvo, Microbiology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

Basic Sciences Poster Session, Room C-204

 

Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors (mGluR5) Modulate the Intrinsic Excitability of Infralimbic Neurons and Memory for Fear ExtinctionDarah Fontánez-Nuin*, Edwin Santini, Gregory J. Quirk, and James T. Porter, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Linkage and Association Studies of the 10q23.3 Region and the TNFRSF6 Locus With Endometriosis in a Hispanic Population.  Idhaliz Flores, Maricarmen Colón*, C.O. Figueroa, Lynette Ruiz, E.M. Ledet, Julie Dutil, J.E. Bailey-Wilson, and D. Mandal, Microbiology Department, Endometriosis Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

HIV Nef Promotes the Activation of CAMKII in Primary Astrocytes.  Gladys Chompré*, James Porter, Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

HIV VPR and Opioids Interaction in Rat Astrocytes.  Lilith Torres*, Elizabeth Rivera, Luciannette Maldonado, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Neuropathogenic Effects of HIV-1 Tat and Morphine on Astrocyte Cells.  Alia Toro”*, Elizabeth Rivera, and Richard J. Noel, Jr., Biochemistry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

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

 

In Chronic Colitis Altered Motility Induced by the Bacterial Peptide Formuylmethionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP) is Associated With Dysregulation of the Immune System.  Myrella L. Cruz*, Zellinette Alvarado, Domenico Coppola, Scott Antonia, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Susceptibility of the Colon to Psychological Stress-Induced Changes is Increased by Exposure to Previous Inflammation.  Olga I. Santiago*, Myrella L. Cruz, Marielly Cuevas, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

The Pathophysiology of Intestinal Endometriosis is Exacerbated by Uncontrollable Stress.  Marielly Cuevas*, Olga I. Santiago, Kenira J. Thompson, Idhaliz Flores, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Role of Neurokinin-1 Receptor During the Transition of Inflammation to Dysplasia in a Colitis-Associated Colon Cancer Model.  Beatriz Pagán*, Angel A. Isidro, Edelmarie Rivera, Genovés Rosario, Domenico Coppola, Jie Wu, and Caroline B. Appleyard, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session, Room C-205/206

 

Confiabilidad Temporal de la EIWA III-PR.  Leida Matías,  and Lizette Flores Pabón*, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

The Effects of Amphetamine and Yohimbine on Extinction of Auditory Fear ConditioningLening A. Olivera Figueroa*, Devin Mueller, Daniel S. Pine, and Gregory J. Quirk, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Medical Students Attitudes Toward Targeted Mental Illnesses in Puerto Rico.  Jesús Mercado Santiago*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Center

 

Correlation of Serum Homocysteine Levels and Cognitive Function in Elderly PeopleEdgardo Rodríguez Falche*, R. Iván Iriarte, and Luis Franco, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Center

 

Clinical Profile of High Users of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at VA Caribbean Healthcare Systems.  Lillian Arroyo and Marjorie Maccone*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine and San Juan Veteran’s Administration Center

 

Perfil Comparativo del Funcionamiento de Adultos con Diagnostico de Esquizofrenia y la Muestra de Normalizacion de la Escala de Inteligencia Wechsler Para Adultos – Version III, Puerto Rico (EIWA-III, PR).  Maitee Soto Crespo*, Giselle Medina, Leida Matías, José Pons, and Mary Rodríguez, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Perfil de Puntuación en la Escala de Inteligencia Para Adultos, Tercera Edición, en una Muestra de Personas con Depresión.  Rocío del Mar Rosario*, Leida Matías, and Mary Rodríguez Rabassa, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Performance of Mentally Retarded Adolescents and Adults in the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale III Puerto Rico.  Kristel L. Jiménez*, Leida Matías, and Mary Rodríguez, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Psychological Tests as Potential Predictors of Fear Extinction.  Melissa Castro-Couch*, Karen G. Martínez, José A. Franco, Brenda Ojeda Arce, Gustavo Segura Hernández, Mohammed R. Milad, and Gregory J. Quirk, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Traducción, Adaptación, y Validación del BarOn EQ-i Para la Población Puertorriqueña.  Emir S. Rivera Castillo*, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Evaluación de la Validez de Constructo de la EIWA-III, Puerto Rico, A Través de un Análisis de Factores Exploratorios y Confirmatorios Alessandra C. Negrón Simonetti* , Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Estudio de Validez de Criterio de la Escala de Inteligencia Wechsler Para Adultos-Versión III (EIWA-III) con la Prueba de Matrices Progresivas de Raven, Escala General (MPG).  María Emil Jiménez*, Psychology Program, Ponce School of Medicine

Clinical Sciences Poster Session, Room C-207

 

Obstetrical Management and Corresponding Neonatal Outcome of Late Preterm Birth.  Arturo Hernández, Joel Rivera, Brayan Stuart*, and Tatiana Fournier, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Differential Regulation of Lysyl Oxidase Family Isoforms by Steroid hormones in Human Endometrial CellsPerla M. Báez Vega*, Abigail Ruiz, Maricarmen Colón, Nivette Pérez, Pedro Santiago, Sukru Tuzmen, and Idhaliz Flores, Microbiology Department, Endometriosis Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Clinical Demographics of Repeat Cesarean Section and Associated Gestational Age of HSL Patients.   Dilaury Mejía*, Celso A. Rodríguez, Joaquín Laboy, and Milersy Rodríguez, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

The Impact of Genetic Counseling and Testing Results on Cancer Screening and Risk-Reduction Strategies in Individuals Evaluated for Hereditary Breast CancerJorge G. Rodríguez-Figueroa*, N.D. Kauff, Clinical Genetics Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Short Term Outcome of Transient Ischemic Attack and Minor StrokeJ. González, B. Medina, and Xiomara Velazco Vázquez*, Internal Medicine Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Maternal Diabetes in Pregnancy and Corresponding Neonatal Outcome.  Jeannette Colón, Verónica Figueroa*, Lynell Pérez, Joaquín Laboy, and Juan C. Orengo, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

New Insights Into the Role of DNA Repair in Breast Cancer.  Jaime L. Matta, Esperanza Negrón, Lisa Norman, Luisa Morales, Wanda Vargas, Manuel Bayona*, and Miguel Echenique, Physiology and Pharmacology Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Obesity in Pregnancy, and the Implications of Birth Outcomes.  Juan P. Richiusa, Lenny Pagan*, Rosa Bermúdez, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Developmental Outcomes of Infants Born During the Late Preterm PeriodMirely Figueroa*, Edith Morales, Laura Avilés, Ayleen Román Luisa I. Alvarado, and Jenaro Scarano, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Are we culturing more than blood?  An Evaluation of False Positive Blood CulturesHilda Díaz Escalera*, S. Figueroa Rosario, E. Cruz, S. Rodríguez Fernández, and V. Velásquez, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

Public Health Poster Session, Room C-205

 

Lessons From “Amor Que Sana”, A Community Intervention to Decrease Morbidity Associated With Injection Drug Use and Homelessness. José Serrano, Adrianna Mickelson, Amelia Adcock, Neha Morparia*, Juan Panelli, and R. Iván Iriarte, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

 

The Effectiveness of MHICM Program in Reducing Hospitalization at VA Caribbean Healthcare System.  Ana Vega-Rodríguez, and Katherine Mercado*, Psychiatry Department, Ponce School of Medicine

 

Knowledge of Oral Health Among Health Professionals That Care for Children.  María Aranda, and Carlos Baldit*, Pediatrics Department, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital

 

Obesidad/Sobrepeso y Lesiones Musculoesqueletales de Espalda Baja y/o Rodilla en la Población Adulta del Centro Fisiátrico Santa María, Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Sally del Toro Segarra and Jesús Ortiz Morales*, Public Health Program, Ponce School of Medicine

3:30 p.m.

Awards Presentation, Room C-101

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

4:00 pm

Adjourn & Cocktail

 

*Presenter