Prince Awuah and Angel Byrd’s SIPMeT Experience
Prince Awuah's Experience:
The meeting of the Italian Society of Pathology and Translational Medicine was an excellent opportunity for me to gain the experience of presenting at an international meeting. For me, this was great because it was my first time attending an international conference and in addition I was given the opportunity to give a platform presentation. I had the opportunity to learn and further appreciate the Italian culture. I had the chance to visit some historic sites and enjoy some excellent traditional meals, which was nice. I made many great connections with several people for potential future mentoring and collaborations. I really recommend this opportunity to any graduate student looking for the opportunity to travel abroad to participate in an international conference. It is a great opportunity to learn a lot and get a great idea of the great research that is being done in other parts of the world. I will forever be grateful for this excellent opportunity to present my work abroad, network, and listen to many great presenters.
Prince Awuah and Executive Officer Mark Sobel at dinner
Prince Awuah and his mentor, Paul Monga
Prince Awuah from the balcony of his hotel room in Venice
Angel Byrd's Experience:
My Experiences at SIPMeT 2012 XXXI National Congress
I would like to first of all express my appreciation for receiving the ASIP Minority Trainee Travel Award supported by the FASEB MARC Program. It is indeed an honor! Attending the SIPMeT 2012 XXXI Meeting: Italian Society of Pathology and Translational Medicine/INFLAMMATION: from the Basics of General and Clinical Pathology to Personalized Medicine was indeed a rewarding experience! It was very interesting to hear research that is ongoing in various places including Italy, France, Germany and the United States, to name a few. I enjoyed hearing talks that were given by our mentors of the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP), including Dr. Paul Monga’s (University of Pittsburgh) talk entitled Beta-Catenin Signaling as the Basis of Personalized Medicine in Liver Cancer. It was very encouraging to hear one of my colleague’s talks, Prince Awuah – NAMT4 – PDGFRa signaling in liver regeneration reveals novel redundancies. Implications in Hepatocellular Cancer. Another talk in particular that I enjoyed and was able to draw information to apply to my thesis work was one given by Dr. F. Bossi entitled The complement system, angiogenesis and tissue remodeling.
I appreciate having the time to network with other students, professors and scientists. Although I often see our mentors from ASIP, this trip allowed one-on-one time to discuss present and future career plans and life as a physician scientist in general. I particularly look forward to contacting Dr. J. Rivera (NIH, USA) who gave a presentation entitled Basic Mechanisms of Inflammation. Meeting and interacting with him was indeed a great opportunity as he provided useful information regarding successful completion of my graduate degree and ultimately, MD/PhD. In addition, it was a great networking experience. I would love to work at the NIH on day in the near future as my career continues to unfold!
To mirror my 2010 experience, I also value the opportunity of having the chance to experience international travel and a different and unique culture. I will forever remember this conference and all that it allowed me to see in the view of life, education and career paths. I look forward to attending other ASIP-sponsored events. Words cannot express my sincere appreciation for being a recipient of the FASEB MARC-supported ASIP travel award and the opportunities that is has afforded!
Prince Awuah, Angel Byrd, Courtney Johnson, and Mark Sobel having a late-night dinner
Jacqueline Jones-Triche and Angel Byrd on a coffee break
Jacqueline Jones-Triche and Paul Monga
My Cultural Experiences at SIPMeT 2012 XXXI National Congress
In addition to the scientific meeting aspect of our visit to Udine, Italy, we were also able to take part in some of the cultural gems. One of the most memorable visits was to Cividale del Fruili. There is so much rich history on this area, you must look it up and read all about it! One of the most impressive sights there is known as the “Devil’s Bridge” and it is indeed quite impressive! It is such a quiet, cute, adorable and quaint city. We were able to visit some of the local shops that made goods that were only known to that particular area. It also gave us an opportunity to practice the little (very little) Italian language we had learned. Courtney Johnson, Prince and I will always remember and cherish our visit there!
We rushed back to Udine to take part in a festival and dinner that was sponsored by the SIPMeT. This was also a great experience. There were many of the local people, students from the university and many others who gathered to celebrate life and living in Udine, Italy! There were live bands, singing, dancing and lots of food in addition to the delicious food that the Society provided. I have never had the opportunity to taste so many different kinds of cheeses! We ended the night with laughter, fun and dancing with Dr. Sobel, Dr. Monga, Dr. Castronovo and others! It is so nice to see these guys have so much fun, and being able to witness them having fun with us is even better!
Angel Byrd's hotel
Courtney Johnson, Angel Byd, and Prince Awuah
Quatrone are four-sided ravioli filled with ricotta and spinach, served at the farewell lunch in Udine hosted by Mark Sobel