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Student Research

The following posters were the final products of the course HHS 492: RS Internship in Clinical Research offered by the College of Health and Human Services. For more information, contact Dr. Ali Weinstein

2016

A Scoping Review of Food Behaviors Questionnaires for a Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Population
- by Nadia Busekrus
Conducted in Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Sina Gallo, RD, PhD

Examining the Correlation between Qualitative Severity Scores in Focus Groups and Quantitative Severity Scores from Self-Reported Surveys
- by Erin Kimmelman
Conducted in Center for Liver Diseases, Department of Medicine, Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Sophie Afdhal, BS

Grip Strength in those affected by Chronic Liver Disease Negatively Changes after One Year of Follow-up
- by Matthew N. Eiman
Conducted in Center for Liver Diseases, Department of Medicine, Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Patrick Austin, MPH

2015

The Relationship between Cytokines and Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors
- by Anam Asif (BS Biology ‘16)
Conducted in the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability at George Mason University
Mentor: Ali A. Weinstein, PhD

Relationship between TGF-β1 and Self-Reported Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors
- by Lauren Bryan (BS Nursing ‘17)
Conducted in the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability at George Mason University
Mentor: Ali A. Weinstein, PhD

Do Patients Who Have Achieved SVR, Report Improvement in Mood, Sleep, and Social Functioning?
- by Kazi Ahmed (BS Biology ‘17)
Conducted in the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Carey Escheik, BS

Vitamin D Supplementation Beliefs and Practices of Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Clinic Participants
 - by Julia Pfeiffer (BS Nursing ‘17)
Conducted in the Nutrition and Food Studies Laboratory at George Mason University
Mentor: Sina Gallo, RD, PhD

Comparison of Oxygen Kinetics in the Upper Trapezius in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain and Myofascial Trigger Points before and after Treatment
- by Abdelrahman Gouda (BS BIOE ‘17) and Armita Kabirpour (BS Chemistry ‘16)
Conducted in the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Mason
Mentor: Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD

Use of Ultrasound Analysis to Determine the Presence and Severity of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  -by Ameeta Kumar (BS Biology ‘17)
Conducted in the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Mason
Mentor: Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD

The Relationship between Psychological Distress and Physical Performance for Patient with or without Metabolic Syndrome and Chronic Liver Disease
- by Patricia Tran (BS Nursing ‘17)
Conducted in the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Lynn Gerber, MD

Do Serotonin Levels Predict Fatigue in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease?
- by Emma Powers (BS Biology ‘17)
Conducted in the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Lynn Gerber, MD

Factors Contributing to Word Forming and Tiles Moved in Normal and Traumatic Brain Injury Subjects
- by Alicia Suchicital (BS BIOE ‘17), Mohamed Salih (BS Neuroscience ‘17)
Conducted in the Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement at Mason
Mentor: Zoran Duric, PhD

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis: Commonalities between Horses and Humans
- by Erika Pashai (BS Biology ‘17)
Conducted in the Human Performance Laboratory at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Mentor: Patricia Deuster, PhD

2014

Analyzing Success of a Virtual Environment Word Forming Exercise as a Potential Tool to Assess the Motor and Cognitive Differences between Participants with and without Traumatic Brain Injury
– by Adriana Pacheco (BS Bioengineering '15)
Conducted in the Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement at Mason
Mentor: Zoran Duric, PhD

The Association Between Comorbid Conditions and Length of Stay in Hip Fractures: A Retrospective Review, 2012-2013
– by Anna Rantanacharoensiri (BS Nursing '14)
Conducted in the Inova Fairfax Hospital Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Department
Mentor: Lolita Ramsey

The Impact of Sleep Quality on Physical Fitness and General Health Functioning
– by Daniel Suarez (BS Neuroscience '15)
Conducted in the Human Performance Laboratory at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Mentor: Patricia Deuster, PhD

Ultrasonic Characterization of the Tibialis Anterior Muscle in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Foot Drop
– by April Aralar (BS Bioengineering '16)
Conducted in the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Mason
Mentor: Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD

Intervention of Silymarin/Phosphotidylcholine Complex of Male Wistar Rats with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease/Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
– by Drew Venuto (BS Chemistry/Biochemistry '16)
Conducted in the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Fatema Nader

Effect of Grape Pomace Extract on In Vitro CGRP Secretion as a Proxy for Migraine
– by Kyle Jackson (BS Economics '16)
Conducted in the Nutrition and Food Studies at George Mason University
Mentor: Margaret Slavin, PhD

Relationship between Breast Cancer Treatments and Physical and Mental Outcomes
– by Heather Hobbs (BS Biology '16)
Conducted in the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability at George Mason University
Mentor: Ali A. Weinstein, PhD

2013

The Effect of Dietary Supplements on the Rate of Calcium Influx in PC-12 Cells
– by Julia Bourguigon (BS Biology '15)
Conducted in Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
Mentor: Margaret Slavin, PhD

Depressive Symptoms and Physical Activity of Subjects with Chronic Liver Disease
– by Areeg Elayan (BS Biology & Neuroscience '15)
Conducted in the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Lynn Gerber, MD

The Relationship between 2D Ultrasound and Blood Flow Velocity
– by Ashlee Ong (BS Chemistry '14)
Conducted in the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Mason
Mentor: Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD

Correlating Head Movement with Haptic Navigation in a Virtual Environment
– by Stephanie Howe (BS Computer Science '15)
Conducted in the Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement at Mason
Mentor: Zoran Duric, PhD

Measured Recovery Time Constant, as Measured by Near Infrared Spectroscopy in the Upper Trapezius of Normal Subject, is Affected by Weight Lifted
– by Meghan Neary (BS Neuroscience '14)
Conducted in the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Mason
Mentor: Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD

Prediction of Maximal Oxygen Consumption (VO2max) in Healthy Adults
– by Kurt Fedors (BS Athletic Training '15)
Conducted in the Human Performance Laboratory at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Mentor: Patricia Deuster, PhD

The Relationship between Life Stress and Performance
– by Rachel Taylor (BS Nursing '15)
Conducted in the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability at Mason
Mentor: Ali A. Weinstein, PhD

Electrode Assessment via Cyclic Voltammetry and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
– by Hamza Ijaz (BS Neuroscience '15)
Conducted in the Neural Engineering Laboratory at Mason
Mentor: Nathalia Peixoto, PhD

New Treadmill Walking, an Effective Tool for Gait Training?
- by Hinduja Nallamala (BS Biology & Neuroscience '15)
Conducted in the Functional and Applied Biomechanics Laboratory at NIH
Mentor: Hyung-Soon Park, PhD

2012

Can an Isometric Exercise Demonstrate the Dynamics of Oxygen and Blood Flow in the Upper Trapezius Muscle Using Near-infrared Spectroscopy?
– by Maryam Zaazhoa (BS Biology '14)
Conducted in the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at Mason
Mentor: Siddhartha Sikdar, PhD

Validating the Accuracy of Microsoft Kinect Depth Information
– by Sam Gelman (BS Computer Science '14)
Conducted in the Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement at Mason
Mentor: Zoran Duric, PhD

The Impact of Marital Status on Adverse Psychological Effects in Patients Undergoing Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis C (HCV)
– by Lauren Rover (BS Neuroscience '13)
Conducted in the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Lynn Gerber, MD

Associations Between Supplement Intake and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) Severity
– by Mandy Cho (BS Biology '14)
Conducted in the Center for the Study of Genomic Liver Disease at Inova Fairfax/Mason
Mentor: Ancha Baranova, PhD

2011

Perception of Exertion in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease (CLD)
– by Anthony Loria (BS Biology '12)
Conducted in the Betty and Guy Beatty Center for Integrated Research at Inova Fairfax Hospital
Mentor: Lynn Gerber, MD

Exercise Self-Efficacy and Pulmonary Hypertension
– by Audrey Ferguson (BS Nursing '12)
Conducted in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department at NIH Clinical Center
Mentor: Randall Keyser, PhD

Objective Measures of Pitch-Matching in a Multi-Sensory Environment
– by Giannina Garcia (BS Applied Computer Science '12)
Conducted in the Laboratory for the Study and Simulation of Human Movement at Mason
Mentor: Zoran Duric, PhD

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