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2015 Residents Trauma Papers Competition

The ACS Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) held its 38th Annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition during the ACS COT Annual Meeting in Chicago on March 12. The competition is open to surgical residents and trauma fellows. Submissions describe original research in the area of trauma care and/or prevention in one of two categories—basic laboratory research or clinical investigation. The competition is funded by the eastern and western states COTs, Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska), and the ACS.

Submissions begin at the state or provincial level, and winners are then judged at regional competitions. Each region is then eligible to submit two abstracts to a panel of COT judges, who make the final selection for presentation at the Scientific Session of the COT meeting. This year, 15 presentations were given at the session, which was moderated by Leonard J. Weireter, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the ACS COT and Chair of the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma. Each of the 15 presenters received a prize of $500, with an additional $500 awarded to the second-place winners in each category, and an extra $1,000 was awarded to the two first-place winners.

The first- and second-place place winners are:

1st Place, Basic Laboratory Science
Simone M. Langness, MD, San Diego, CA
“The Vagus Nerve Mediates the Neural Stem Cell Responses to Intestinal Injury”

2nd Place, Basic Laboratory Science
Michaela Kollisch-Singule, MD, Syracuse, NY
“Impact of Chest Wall Recruitment in Prevention of Acute Respiratory Distress”

1st Place, Clinical Research
Deepika Nehra, MD, Seattle, WA
“Acute Rehabilitation after Trauma: Does it Really Matter?”

2nd Place, Clinical Research
Cherisse D. Berry, MD, Baltimore, MD
“Prospective Evaluation of Post-Traumatic Vasospasm (PTV) and Post-Injury Functional Outcome Assessment: Is Cerebral Ischemia going Unrecognized in TBI Patients?”

ACS COT Chair Ronald M. Stewart, MD, FACS; Dr. Berry; Dr. Kollisch-Singule; Dr. Nehra; Dr. Langness; and Dr. Weireter

The 15 regional winners are:

Region 1 – 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