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MUSC Digestive Disease Research Center 3rd Annual Research Symposium & Retreat - April 8th, 2022

Join us on Friday, April 8rd for the 3rd Annual Digestive Disease Research Center Symposium to celebrate our research efforts across the MUSC Digestive Disease Research Core Center (DDRCC) and the MUSC Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Digestive and Liver Disease (CDLD). This event will bring together Gastrointestinal and Liver disease researchers from across the campus and provide an opportunity to share new research findings, facilitate scientific exchange, identify potential new collaborations, and promote our associated research core facilities.

Registration is now open to all interested members of the MUSC Digestive Disease Research community

To register and submit your abstract now, CLICK HERE*

The event will include both oral and poster presentations as well as a keynote address from S. Paul Monga, M.D., Professor and Director of the University of Pittsburgh Liver Research Center.



5:00 PM, Friday, April 1: Deadline for all presentation abstracts


Final Meeting Agenda and Schedule

Friday, April 8, 2022

Hollings Cancer Center Auditorium, HCC 120

Posters and refreshments: HCC auditorium atrium, Pearlstine Family Garden


8:30 am Registration, Poster set-up, Coffee

8:20 am Welcome and Introduction

  Don C. Rockey, Director, and Stephen L. Duncan Co-Director


Session I

8:30 am B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD Dept. of Medicine, GI & Hepatology Division

  "Moving the needle in the prevention of post-ERCP pancreatitis."


8:50 am Kristin Wallace, PhD Public Health Sciences Dept.

  "Racial differences in immune gene expression in colorectal neoplasms."


9:10 am Amy C. Engevik, PhD  Regenerative Medicine & Cell Biology Dept.

  “Myosin Vb is Necessary for Proper Trafficking of P-glycoprotein in Intestinal Epithelial Cells.”


9:30 am Taylor Ticer Regenerative Medicine & Cell Biology Dept.

  "Klebsiella pneumoniae cross-feeds Clostridiodes difficile and enhances colonic pro-inflammatory responses."


Break and Posters


Session II

10:30 am Jessica H. Hartman, PhD Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

  “Mitochondrial Cytochrome P450 2E1 in Non-alcoholic fatty siver disease: protection or liability?”


10:50 am Eduardo Maldonado, PhD Dept. of Drug Discovery & Biomedical Sciences

  "Strategies to induce mitochondrial-dependent metabolic imbalances in cancer."


11:10 am Matthew Carson Oral Health Sciences

  "Antibiotic disruption of the intestinal FXR-FGF15 axis dysregulates adiposity and skeletal maturation in mice."


Keynote Address


11:30 am S. Paul Monga, MD University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  “The many tiers of hepatic repair: Prometheus needed them all.”


12:15 pm Closing Remarks


Lunch (RSVP required) & Further Poster Viewing



Profile: Our Keynote Speaker

S. Paul Monga, MD


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Dr. Monga currently serves as Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of PIttsburgh School of Medicine, and Founding Director of the Pittsburgh Liver Research Center. He also holds positions as Vice-Chair of Experimental Pathology, Asst. Dean and Co-Director of the MSTP program, at UPMC, and as Assoc. Director of The University of Pittsburgh Drug Discovery Institute.

A graduate and post-graduate trainee of the Dayanand Medical College & Hospital and Ludhiana and Punjab University in Ghandigarh, India, Dr. Monga received further postdoctoral training in Gastroeneterology, Biochemistry, and Developmental and Molecular Biology at Georgetown University Hospital and VAMC, Washington DC, and the Fels Cancer Institute, Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, prior to joining the faculty at UPMC.

His research, focused particularly on the role of the Wnt signal transduction pathway in liver growth and development and liver cancer, is multiply funded by NIDDK, NCI, NIBIB and NIAID, as well as by private sources. He has served on multiple NIH study panels, and is Editor-in-Chief of Seminars in Liver Diseases, as well as serving on the editorial board of numerous GI-related journals including JCI Insights, Hepatology, Gastroenterology and American Journal of Physiology.


If you have questions, please contact the DDRCC Center Manager, Kyu-Ho Lee.