Research Day 2018

The UF department of surgery’s Research Day 2018 will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Please note that the abstract submission form has changed dramatically from past years. Abstracts must comply with the character limit and photo requirements to be considered for acceptance.



DEADLINE: The deadline for abstract submissions is March 16, 2018, 5:59 PM ET. Abstracts must be submitted electronically to

ABSTRACT LIMIT: There are no restrictions on the number of submissions you may submit. An individual can be named as first author on more than one abstract. However, an individual may be the first author on only one abstract accepted for oral or quick shot oral presentation.

  • Abstracts from the same first author not accepted for oral presentation will be potentially eligible for oral poster presentation.

CHARACTER LIMIT: There is a limit of 3,000 character count. Only one figure or table is allowed for each abstract submission. The character count includes title, body text, spaces, and figure or table. The maximum figure or table size (when reproduced for publication) will not exceed 3.5 inches wide by 1.5 inches in height. Reduce your image to 3.5 x 1.5 to see if it is still legible. All illustrations should be of professional quality (tiff files are recommended) and must be clear even after reduction in size for publication.

  • Please note that artwork generated from office suite programs such as CorelDRAW and MS Word and artwork downloaded from the Internet (JPEG or GIF files) cannot be used.
  • Color figures are allowed but all figures will be printed in black and white in the Program. Abstract reviewers will be able to view figures online in color. You will be advised of your character count usage throughout the submission process as you save and move to the next step.

TITLE AND BODYDO NOT INCLUDE INSTITUTION OR AUTHOR INFORMATION IN THE ABSTRACT TEXT. All abstracts will be blinded relative to institution and authors during the review/selection process. The title should be entered in ALL CAPS. Do not put your title in quotation marks. Do not use formatting tags in the title. You may copy and paste your submission body into the appropriate sections.

 DISCLOSURES: You will be asked to complete specific disclosures in order to finalize your submission.


The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the continuation of the Research Career Development Award to faculty in the Department of Surgery. These annual awards, consisting of up to $25,000 in direct funding, are intended to support clinical, translational and basic research programs within the Department of Surgery that will lead to independent external funding. This year’s award(s) are to be announced at Research Day, on April 13, 2018. The deadline for electronic submission for the RCDA and MRRA is Friday, March 9, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Research Career Development Award Application

Mentored Resident Research Award Application


  • The deadline for application submissions is March 9, 2018. Applications will not be accepted after the submission deadline. All applications are to be submitted electronically, using the enclosed template. Applications should be submitted to There are four parts to the application that must be completed in their entirety:
    • Proposed Research Program, including a) Specific Aims or Hypothesis, b) Background and Significance, and c) Research Design. Preliminary data, although optimal, is not required for the submission, and any preliminary data of the applicant should be integrated into the Background and Significance Section. The Proposed Research Program cannot exceed a total of four pages. There are also font and spacing requirements. The application should be submitted in either a sans serif font of 11pts or greater (Helvetica, Arial, Verdana) or a serif font of 12 pts or greater (Times New Roman). The application should be single-spaced and the margins should not be less than 0.75”. Applications that do not comply with these space or font requirements will be returned to the applicant.
    • Detailed Budget for one calendar year. Use the enclosed form. Please note that the award is not intended to support recurring or ongoing expenses (such as salary), so unless a specific justification is provided, salary support is not to be included. There are no travel, indirect charges or collaboration expenses to be supported by this award. In addition, the funds are intended to be used during the 2018-2019 academic year. Unused funds are returned to the Department. No-cost extensions are not permitted, unless approved by the Executive Committee ahead of time.
    • Proposed Development Program. These grants are primarily intended to provide seed money for projects that will ultimately be submitted for outside peer-review funding. In the space provided, please detail a brief development plan regarding how this funding instrument will be used to seek and obtain additional peer-review funding.
    • Current PHS 398 form (modular) for the Applicant containing NIH bibliography, including Other Support (4 page maximum)
  • The Award is open to all faculty members at the rank of Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor (Clinical, Research and Adjunct included). Recipients who have received the Award within the past five years may not reapply.
  • The Award decision will be made by the Chairman of the Department in consultation with the Executive Committee. Applications will be judged on their scientific merit, and their likelihood of leading to independent, external funding.
  • Award decisions will be announced at the Department of Surgery Research Day, 13 April 2018.

Lester Dragstedt Visiting Professor

Keith Ozaki

Keith Ozaki, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Director of Resident Research Associate Professor,
Harvard Medical School
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Please mark your calendars and plan to participate. This year’s Lester Dragstedt Visiting Professor and keynote speaker will be Dr. Charles Keith Ozaki.

Dr. Charles Keith Ozaki is a vascular surgeon and the director of vascular surgery research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). In addition, he is the John A. Mannick Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Ozaki earned his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency through the Deaconess/Harvard Surgical Service (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) and later completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Michigan Health System. He is board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery.

He currently leads the Ozaki Basic Vascular Biology Lab within the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at BWH, which aims to delineate how physical forces alter the morphology of the blood vessel wall. Recent investigations have focused on inflammatory and adipose-driven mechanisms.

His clinical interests include arterial aneurysm, cerebrovascular disease and wound healing. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications.

In addition to his clinical and laboratory responsibilities, Dr. Ozaki is the director of resident research. In this role, he prepares surgical trainees for their two to three years of academic enrichment time embedded in their surgical residency.