Research Day 2024

The University of Florida Department of Surgery is honored to welcome

Christine Lau, MD, MBA

Dr. Robert W. Buxton Chair of Surgery

University of Maryland Medical Center

as the 2024 Dragstedt Visiting Professor for the 19th annual Department of Surgery Research Day which will be held on

Thursday, May 9, 2024 (5-8 PM) 

Harrell Medical Education Building (HMEB)

Quickshot & Visual Abstract Session 1 (Room 125)

Quickshot & Visual Abstract Session 2 (Room 135)


Friday, May 10, 2024 (7:00-8: 00 am)
Grand Rounds with Dr. Lau:

“Building and Balancing an Academic Surgical Career

HPNP Auditorium Room 1404

followed by the continuation of research day:

Plenary Session
8:00 am -12:00pm

HPNP Auditorium Room 1404

Dr. Lau is a nationally renowned thoracic and lung transplant surgeon who is widely regarded for her leadership in the field of thoracic surgery. She specializes in the treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, non-cancerous thoracic disorders and lung transplantation. Her clinical interest parallels and complements her laboratory interests. Her research laboratory has had a long-standing interest in adenosine analogs and lung transplant injury and repair.


Abstract Site Opens:  2/7/24 @ 2:00pm

Abstract Site Closes:  3/28/24 @ 11:59pm

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:  Approx 4/19/24

Research Day:  5/9/24 and 5/10/24

Abstract Instructions:

DEADLINE: The deadline for abstract submissions is March 28, 2024, 11:59 PM ET. Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission link below 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 the first author on more than one abstract. However, an individual will only be selected to present their work one time/their highest-scoring abstract will be presented. Other abstracts will be included in the program but will not be presented as an oral presentation.

TEMPLATE – The template for submission can be found at this link. 

Submission Link – Once you have revised the template with your abstract, you may submit your abstract using this link. 

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

Special thanks to the University of Florida Department of Surgery Research Activities Committee

for helping make the annual Research Day a success:

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

Mindaugas Rackauskas, MD, PhD
(Co-Chair, Research Day 2024)

Gib Upchurch, MD

Dejana Braithwaite, MD, MSc

Sergio Duarte, Ph.D

Phil Efron, MD

Zhihua Jiang, PhD

Shawn Larson, MD

Tyler Loftus, MD

Robert Maile, PhD

Alicia Mohr, MD

Lyle Moldawer, PhD

Kerri O’Malley, PhD, MHA

Ashish Sharma, MBBS, PhD

Ryan M. Thomas, MD

Kim Wollard, PhD

Ali Zarrinpar, MD, PhD