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2015 Residents Trauma Papers Competition

The Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is pleased to announce the 15 regional winners in the 2015 COT Residents Trauma Papers Competition. The regional winners will present their papers at the 2015 COT Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, on March 12. At the meeting, first- and second-place winners will be chosen in two categories: basic laboratory science and clinical research. The competition is open to anyone who would like to attend. For information about the venue and time, please contact Bridget Blackwood at 312-202-5380 or The competition is funded by generous contributions from the:

  • Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery conference
  • Point/Counterpoint Acute Care Surgery conference
  • Advances in Trauma conference
  • American College of Surgeons

Region1 – Basic Science
“Valproic Acid Mitigates the Inflammatory Response in Murine Acute Lung Injury at the Expense of Bacterial Clearance”
Elizabeth King, MD, Boston University, MA

Region 2- Basic Science
“Impact of Chest Wall Recruitment in Prevention of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome”
Michaela Kollisch-Singule, MD, State University of New York

Region 3 – Clinical Research
“Prospective Evaluation of Post-Traumatic Vasospasm (PTV) and Post-Injury Functional Outcome Assessment: Is Cerebral Ischemia Going Unrecognized in TBI Patients?”
Cherisse Berry, MD, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Region 4 – Clinical Research
“Hemodilution: Fact or Fiction? A Prospective, Randomized Control Trial to Quantify the Effect of Blood Loss and Crystalloid Resuscitation on Hemoglobin:
Samuel W. Ross, MD, MPH, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

Region 5 – Basic Science
“Early Resuscitation with Fresh Frozen Plasma for Traumatic Brain Injury Combined with Hemorrhagic Shock Improves Neurological Recovery”
Ihab Halaweish, MD, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor

Region 6 – Basic Science
“Alteration of the Circadian Network Following Traumatic Brain Injury”
Melody R. Saeman, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas

Region 7 – Basic Science
“The Problem of Age: The Role of the Immune Response to Severe Injury in the Elderly”
Hainee Chung, MD, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Region 8 – Basic Science
“Hyperfibrinolysis is Driven by Hemorrhagic Shock and Attenuated by Plasma Resuscitation: The Role of Plasma First Resuscitation in Critically Injured Patients”
Hunter B. Moore, MD, University of Colorado, Denver

Region 9 – Basic Science
“The Vagus Nerve Mediates the Neural Stem Cell Response to Intestinal Injury”
Simone M. Langness, MD, University of California, San Diego

Region 10 – Clinical Research
“Acute Rehabilitation after Trauma: Does It Really Matter?”
Deepika Nehra, MD, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA

Region 12 – Clinical Research
“A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Trial on the Efficacy of Early Enoxaparin: The Optimal Timing of Thromboprophylaxis in a Traumatic Intracranial Haemorrhage Study”
Timothy J. Rice, MD, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, ON

Region 13 – Basic Science
“Administration of FTY720 During Tourniquet-Induced Hind Limb Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Attenuates Morbidity and Mortality in a Rodent Model”
CPT Jonathan J. Sexton, MD, Naval Medical Research Center, Silver Spring, MD

Region 14 – Clinical Research
“Prospective Evaluation of a Protocol of Whole-Body CT Based Only in Mechanism of Injury in Major Trauma Patients”
Eduardo Rissi Silva, MD, São Paulo, Brazil

Region 15 – Clinical Research
“Associated Thoracic Injury in Patients with a Clavicle Fracture: An Analysis of 1478 Polytrauma Patients”
Jacqueline van Laarhoven, MD, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

Region 16 – Clinical Research
“Clinical Parameters Predicting In-Hospital Mortality in Geriatric Patients Following Severe Trauma: A 15-Year Experience”
Chow Che-Lok (Felix Chow), MD, Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong