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2018 Medical Student Research Day

The University of Maryland School of Medicine Proudly Presents: 41st Annual Medical Student Research Day, 2018

Congratuations to the student awardees for their outstanding presentations!

Thank you to all the judges for volunteering your time to judge the presentations!

Thank you to all the medical student event staff for volunteering your time to run the event!

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this event, including all the faculty mentors, research team members, staff, and many others!


Please note: This event has already occurred.

The 41st annual MSRD will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in Bressler Research Building (BRB) and Medical School Teaching Facility (MSTF).

The event will begin at noon with lunch and the keynote address, followed by the presentation sessions at 1:30 p.m., and will conclude with the awards banquet at around 5:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker for this year's program is Graeme F. Woodworth, M.D., B.S., Professor of Neurosurgery, Anatomy and Neurobiology, and Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Woodworth received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Tufts University, M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University, and completed his residency in Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Woodworth received additional fellowship training in Cancer Nanomedicine (Johns Hopkins) and Neuro-endoscopy (Cornell). Dr. Woodworth is currently the Director of the Brain Tumor Treatment and Research Center at the University of Maryland, which includes components of the Maryland Proton Treatment Center, Focused Ultrasound Foundation Center of Excellence, and Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center.  He is a board-certified neurosurgeon with a clinical practice focused on caring for patients with brain, skull base, and spinal tumors. His research focuses on cross-disciplinary approaches to studying critical challenges in therapeutic delivery to invasive brain cancer using (1) focused ultrasound enhanced treatment strategies, (2) nanotherapeutic drug formulations, and (3) faithful, genetically engineered rodent models of human brain tumors. Dr. Woodworth is leading the first two FDA approved clinical trials using MRI-guided FUS for blood brain barrier disruption in patients with glioblastoma.

Please see sections below for more details.

Attending the Event

Event attendance is open to the entire UMB campus. UM SOM faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend the event.

If you plan to participate in or attend the event, please respond through the online RSVP Form by Wednesday, November 7, 2018 (extended deadline).

Please see above for Event Program and Abstract Booklet.

Participation as Presenter

Presentation Registration & Abstract Submission

To present and compete at MSRD, eligible medical students interested in participating must 1) register their presentation and then 2) submit the abstract by the deadlines below. Registration and abstracts will be submitted electronically through online forms that will be provided. Detailed instructions will be provided under Guidelines and Procedures section below.  Please read the instructions for each form carefully prior to submission.

  • Presentation Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 11:59 pm EST.
    Presentation Registration is CLOSED.
    Presentation registration is now open.  Please review the "Presentation Registration" document under Guidelines and Procedures section below for detailed instructions before submitting your entry. Presentations must be registered prior to abstract submission.  Late registration submissions will not be considered.
    Presentation Registration Form - Form is closed

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST.
    Abstract Submission is CLOSED.
    Abstract submission will be open in the week of September 17.  Late abstract submissions will not be accepted, and the abstract will not be included in the printed abstract booklet.

Presenter and Research Eligibility

All of the following requirements for eligibility must be met.

  1. Presenter must be a medical student currently attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) and who has completed at least one year of medical school.
  2. Presenter must have conducted the research while matriculated as a UM SOM student and within two years from the date of MSRD, regardless of the location of the research.
  3. The content of the research must be related to biomedical fields or health topics. Clinical case presentations or vignettes are eligible.
  4. The research must not have been presented at a previous MSRD.  If the research is an extension of research presented at a previous MSRD, prior research and data can be included as part of background and preliminary data.
  5. The research must not be part of thesis or dissertation research. Dual degree students (MD/PhD and MD/MS) are eligible if the research was conducted prior to PhD or MS training.

Note: To be eligible for award prizes, presenter must be present at the Awards Banquet.

See Attending the Event section above.

Guidelines and Procedures

The link to the Presentation Registration Form and the instructions are provided in the Presentation Registration document.  Please read carefully and follow the instructions and procedures.

Participation as Judge

We appreciate and extend our thanks to the UM SOM faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, residents, and AOA medical student members who have judged this event in the past.

If you are interested in judging the oral or poster sessions, please let us know by completing an entry through the Judges Availability Form (see link below) as soon as possible, by November 1, 2018 (extended deadline). Details regarding the judging process will be provided to MSRD judges prior to the event.


For questions, please use the Ask MSRD form.