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Nationwide Children’s Trainees Dominate Presentation Competition at International Otitis Media Symposium

Trainees from Nationwide Children’s Hospital received several awards during the 10th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media, sweeping the competition.

During the symposium, held in New Orleans June 5 through June 9, 2011, trainees from research laboratories all over the world competed in poster and oral presentation categories.  Of the 10 selected poster finalists, five were from the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis at The Research Institute.  Of the six award-winning poster and oral presentations, five were from the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis.

“This is a testament to the wonderful science and the extraordinary mentoring going on at the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis,” said John Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s.  “We are proud of the work our trainees do and the impact that they will have on lives and well being of children.”

1st place – oral competition
Sam Sharpe      
Nontypeable Haemophilus Influenzae Outer Membrane Vesicles Contain Virulence-Associated Proteins and Adversely Affect Epithelial Cells
3rd place – oral competition
Forrest Raffel   
The Haemophilus Sap Transporter Is Required for Commensal Establishment and Pathogenesis
1st place – poster competition
Eric Jones      
Extracellular DNA in a Nontypeable Haemophilus Influenzae-Induced Biofilm Serves as a Molecular Sink for Host Defense Peptides
2nd place – poster competition
Kyle Obergfell  
Biofilms Formed In Vitro by Bacterial Strains That Cause Otitis Media Are Eradicated by Treatment with Antibodies Directed Against Integration Host Factor Protein

3rd place – poster competition
Andrew Vogel    
The SapF ATPase Enhances Haemophilus Innate Immune Resistance, Nutrition Acquisition, and Biofilm Formation
Finalist – poster competition
Rachel Balder    
Sublingual Immunization as a Novel and Noninvasive Method to Prevent Experimental Nontypeable Haemophilus Influenzae-Induced Otitis Media
Finalist – poster competition
Lucia Rosas     
Using Proteomics to Identify a Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae Specific Signature in Infectious Diseases of the Upper Airway

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