Joint Research Conference

MUSM Joint Research Conference

The annual Mercer University School of Medicine Joint Research Conference brings together faculty and students from MUSM and the School of Pharmacy for a collaborative, interprofessional research symposium to present the latest developments in Mercer health-related research. It includes posters and oral presentations from students and faculty, and a keynote address.

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2023 Annual Joint Research Conference

The 2023 Annual Joint Research Conference hosted by the School of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy was held on the four campuses on Friday, October 27, 2023. The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for faculty to showcase their work and for students to gain experience in dissemination of research findings. Awards will be given for faculty and student research in both the oral and poster presentation categories.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Dr. David Hollar at

Conference Agenda

  • 9:00 am – 9:45 am | Introduction and Keynote Address: Rural Autism Spectrum Disorder: Barriers to Healthcare and Solutions

Keynote Speaker
Sarah Rotschafer, PhD
Associate Professor

2023 Conference Award Winners

Oral Presentation Winners

  • Atlanta: Dr. Reid Proctor and Dr. Renee Hayslett – Implementation of Spark, an open source solution for the team-quiz. 
  • Columbus: Briana Richardson – Understanding the factors that influence matriculation and persistence in Black medical students.
  • Macon: Ian Sellars – Age-Specific Associations between Maternal Smoking During Pregnancy and Blood Lead Levels in US Children: Exploring Associations and Age-Dependent Vulnerabilities.
  • Savannah: Rhett Parr – Immunomodulatory Effect of AMD3100 on Human Bone Marrow Non- Hematopoetic Mesenchymal Stromal Cells.

View the complete list of oral presentations

Poster Presentation Winners

Biomedical Sciences
  • Atlanta: Razan Teyani, Farzana Zerin
  • Columbus: Dominic Robles
  • Macon: John Escate
  • Savannah: Tyler Faircloth
  • Columbus: Jordan Tasman
  • Macon: Kenzie Hoover
  • Savannah: Josh Moore
  • Columbus: Christiana Esowhode
  • Macon: Mary Rachel Bonner
  • Savannah: Final Patel
Medical Education
  • Columbus: Christian Casteel
  • Macon: Lindsey Duke, Morgan Mathis (tie)
  • Savannah: David H. Posas

View the complete list of poster presentations

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