24th Cardiovascular Research Day

About the Event

Oct. 28, 2022

Central Bank Center
Grand Ballrooms
430 W. Vine St.
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

Schedule of the Day
Abstract Book
Flickr Photos


The Gill Awards

Kathryn Moore, PhD

Gill Heart and Vascular Institute
Outstanding Contributions in Cardiovascular Research

Kathryn Moore, PhD
Jean and David Blechman Professor of Cardiology
Department of Cell Biology
New York University

Scott Cameron, MD, PhD

Gill Heart and Vascular Institute
Early Career Award

Scott Cameron, MD, PhD
Section Head
Vascular Medicine
Cleveland Clinic

Presentation Opportunities

NEW: Rapid Fire Presentations

Up to five staff and trainees will have five minutes to present their research project followed by a short Q&A session from a panel composed of faculty.  The panelist along with Research Day attendees will vote for their favorite project.  Cash prize of $500 is awarded for the winning presentation. 

Selected from abstracts submitted by October 7.

Trainee Presentations

Two trainee will present 10-minute presentations followed by Q&A from attendees.

Selected from abstracts submitted by October 7.


90 Second Poster Advertisements

Staff and trainees have the opportunity to drive traffic to their posters in 90-second advertisements. 

All abstracts are eligible. Prior registration required.

Poster Presentations

Staff and trainees will present their work in a judged poster session.  Cash prizes are awarded for best presentations by Staff, Postdoc, Graduate Student, and Undergraduates.

DIFFERENT THIS YEAR!  - Posters are judged in 10 minute timed sessions. Presenters should budget 5 minutes to present their poster with 5 minutes for judge's questions. All attendees are assigned a poster to judge so presenters should be prepared to present their work succinctly and to a broad audience. After the judged sessions, presenters will remain at their posters for the general poster session.

Poster size is recommended at 36in x 48in landscape format.

All abstracts are eligible. Prior registration required. 


Event Speakers

Matt Devalaraja

Lunchtime Speaker

Matt Devalaraja, DVM, PhD
University of Kentucky Alumnus
Founder, CEO
Nipuna Therapeutics
Entrepreneurism in Science: A multidisciplinary effort to translate from bench to bedside

Moriel Vandsburger

Alumni Speaker

Moriel Vandsburger, PhD
Associate Professor
Timothy and Karen Guertin
Chair in Bioengineering
University of California at Berkeley
How non-invasive imaging of physiology can accelerate the next generation of cardiovascular disease research and development

Assistant Professor Showcase


Meredith Duncan, PhD

Meredith Duncan, PhD

Public Health

Congqing Wu, PhD

Congqing Wu, PhD


Robin Shoemaker

Robin Shoemaker

Agriculture, Food and Environment

Congratulations to our Poster Presentation Award Winners


Rapid Fire Presentation

Samantha Xu
Baylor College of Medicine

Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentations

David Graf
Mississippi State University

Katelyn Collins
University of Kentucky

David Schneider
Centre College

Outstanding Staff Poster Presentation

Ting Zhou
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Graduate Student Poster Presentation

Alex Pettey - 3rd Place
University of Kentucky

Holly Sucharski - 2nd Place
Ohio State University

Mikala Zelows - Deneys Van Der Westhuyzen Award
University of Kentucky

Postdoc Poster Presentations

Kimberly Rebello - 2nd place
Baylor College of Medicine

Abhilash Prabhat - Steward Whitman Award
University of Kentucky

Event Sponsors

Cardiovascular Research Priority Area
Saha Aortic Center logo
Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
UK HealthCare Gill Heart and Vascular Institute