Research Day 2020

In this unprecedented time of social distancing and travel restrictions,

the 16th annual Department of Surgery Research Day has been canceled.

Applications for the Research Career Development Award (RCDA) will still be accepted and the deadline for submission extended an additional week to April 5th, 2020.




The University of Florida Department of Surgery is honored to welcome

Sandy Feng, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Sandy Feng
Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery
Vice Chair for Research
Director, Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program
University of California San Francisco

as the 2020 Dragstedt Visiting Professor for the 16th annual Department of Surgery Research Day which will be held on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Harrell Medical Education Building.


As Professor of Surgery and Director of the Abdominal Transplant Fellowship Program at UCSF, Dr. Sandy Feng performs liver, kidney and pancreas transplants and teaches surgical fellows, residents, and medical students. She received a doctorate in molecular biology from Cambridge University with her Marshall Scholarship and earned her medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then completed general surgery residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a transplant fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Feng has numerous leadership roles, including Councilor for the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation, former Co-Chair of the Executive Planning Committee for the American Transplant Congress, and current Chair of the Kidney Pancreas Advisory Committee of the American Society of Transplantation. She has been an invited organizer or participant in several national consensus conferences addressing issues critical to the transplantation community.



Abstract Site Opens:  2/24/20 @ 12:00am

Abstract Site Closes:  3/22/20 @ 11:59pm

Research Grant Application Deadline:  3/29/20 @ 11:59 pm (*Email submission*)

Abstract Grading:  3/25/20 – 4/8/20

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  4/13/20

Research Day:  5/8/20


Abstract Submission Site



Abstract Instructions:

DEADLINE: The deadline for abstract submissions is March 22, 2020, 11:59 PM ET. Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission link above and no late submissions will be accepted.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: 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 150 character count limit for the title (including spaces) and a 3,000 character count limit (including spaces) for the body of the abstract (Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion).  Figures and tables are not allowed.

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



Research Day Grant Application Instructions:


The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce the continuation of the Research Career Development Award (RCDA) to faculty in the Department of Surgery. These annual awards 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) will be announced at Research Day, on May 8, 2020.

Grant Application Instructions:

DEADLINE:  The deadline for submission for the RCDA via email is Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

GRANT SUBMISSIONS:  A faculty member can submit and be the principle investigator (PI) on only one RCDA application (ie they may not be the PI on multiple RCDA or MRRA applications).  All applications (see link below for packet) must be submitted via email to Angela Avery ( prior to the deadline above.  Late submissions will not be accepted and applications which are incomplete or missing information will not be considered after the deadline.


  • 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 2020-2021 academic year. Unused funds are returned to the Department. No-cost extensions are not permitted, unless approved by the Research Advisory 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, the applicant should 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 Research Advisory 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, May 8, 2020.


Research Career Development Award Application Packet

The award winner will be expected to present the results of his/her project, including any resultant publications or grant applications, at the Department of Surgery Research Day next year.



Special thanks to the University of Florida Department of Surgery Research Advisory Committee for help making the annual Research Day a success:

Scott Berceli, MD, PhD
(Chairman Research Advisory Committee)

Ryan M. Thomas, MD
(Co-Chair, Research Day 2020)

Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD
(Co-Chair, Research Day 2020)

Joshua Carson, MD

Phil Efron, MD

Kristina Giles, MD

Zhihua Jiang, PhD

Shawn Larson, MD

Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD

Alicia Mohr, MD

Lyle Moldawer, PhD

Kerri O’Malley, PhD

Jose Trevino, MD

Gib Upchurch, MD

Kim Wollard, PhD


View our 2019 award recipients!