Ethan Smith & Quan Vo win UF COM Awards

UF College of Medicine  held their 14th Annual Celebration of Research, February 12th and 13th to celebrate the phenomenal research accomplishments of all departments, institutes and centers within the college.  Awards were given for Outstanding Faculty, Outstanding Poster and Research Art.  Two of CTRND’s students won in two of these areas, Ethan Smith and Quan Vo; both members of Dr. Paramita Chakrabarty’s lab.

Ethan Smith Art Submission


Ethan Smith won first place for the Research Art Competition where participants were challenged to generate artwork that bridges STEM and AI.  By utilizing Adobe Generative AI, he was able to create a piece that captures the resilience of the human brain.  Ethan explained, “I work in a lab that studies Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. I wanted to create an image that recaptured an older man with dementia being brought down a neuron to remember a memory of a time when he was younger. Memories are the music that accompanies us, a melody of moments that compose the symphony of a life well-lived. The scent of a childhood home, the soft cadence of a familiar voice, or the embrace of a long-lost friend—all crystallized moments, awaiting the gentle touch of remembrance.” 



Quan Vo won Outstanding Poster Award in Basic and Translational Sciences in the pre-doctoral category with his poster “Peripheral Systemic Immune Changes Modify Brain Neuropathologies in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease Amyloidosis”.  Quan won out of almost 500 posters that were showcased in the Monday night gathering.

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