Volume I, Issue 7: August 2020
American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) Insights
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Janice P. Dutcher, MD, AFMR President
Janice P. Dutcher, MD
AFMR President
AFMR is gearing up for 2021 regional meetings, including abstract presentations and awards.

This month's column covers:



The Southern and Western Regions of AFMR have decided to hold their 2021 annual meetings virtually given the continual uncertainties of the COVID19 pandemic. Both regions plan to return to in-person meetings in 2022. More

School Re-Opening in the Time of COVID19: International Lessons

COVID-19 As the school year approaches, states and localities are weighing whether or not to open their school systems. And, if so, what model to follow.

Some articles/analyses of how countries abroad have handled the issue:


Abstract submissions are open for the 2021 Western Medical Research Conference and Southern Regional Meeting.

All AFMR members are eligible to submit abstracts given that the 2021 meetings will be held virtually, acclimating to the uncertainties caused by the COVID19 pandemic.

All accepted abstracts will still be published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine. Awards will still be given by participating societies as well.

Western Medical Research Conference

The abstract submission site is now open. Deadline: September 25, 2020, 11:59 PDT.

Submit Abstract

Southern Regional Meeting

The abstract submission site will open in mid-August. Deadline: October 9, 2020, Midnight, EST.

Submit Abstract
Note: This link will not work until submissions open.

AFMR Publications Highlights

Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM)

Journal of Investigative Medicine (JIM)

Hepatitis C Month with Don Rockey
Guest: Don C. Rockey, MD, Chair/Department of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina. Hosted by JIM editor-in chief. Dr. Richard McCallum

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Guest: G. Nicholas Verne, MD, Chair/Department of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center.
Hosted by JIM editor-in chief. Dr. Richard McCallum

Twenty-five Years Ago: A New Journal is Born in a Changing World
Aurelie M. Alger, Richard McCallum; 10.1136/jim-2020-001534

Faculty Development & Education
Peer Mentoring for Professional and Personal Growth in Academic Medicine
Melanie Cree-Green, Anne-Marie Carreau, Shanlee M Davis, Brigitte I Frohnert, Jill L Kaar, Nina S Ma, Natalie J Nokoff, Jane E B Reusch, Stacey L Simon, Kristen J Nadeau; 10.1136/jim-2020-001391

Experimental Biology Symposia
Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Failed Trials, So Where Do We Go from Here?
Allison Bethanne Reiss, Amy D Glass, Thomas Wisniewski, Benjamin Wolozin, Irving H Gomolin, Aaron Pinkhasov, Joshua De Leon, Mark M Stecker; 10.1136/jim-2020-001297

Oral Immunotherapy for Treatment of Peanut Allergy
Joan H Dunlop; 10.1136/jim-2020-001422

Original Research
Elevated Levels of Anti-carbamylated Protein Antibody in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Association with Disease Activity and Bone Destruction
Bei Zhang, Yimeng Lei, Xin Li, Ziyu Gao, Liping Xia, Jing Lu, Hui Shen; 10.1136/jim-2019-001249

Brief Report
Clinical Frailty Scale for Risk Stratification in Patients with SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Christian Labenz, Wolfgang M. Kremer, Jörn M. Schattenberg, Marcus-Alexander Wörns, Gerrit Toenges, Arndt Weinmann, Peter R. Galle, Martin F. Sprinzl; 10.1136/jim-2020-001410

JIM — High Impact Case Reports

JIM — High Impact Case Reports

A Case Series of Patients Coinfected with Influenza and COVID-19
Coronavirus disease 2019, also called COVID-19, is a global pandemic resulting in significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. In the United States, influenza infection occurs mainly during winter and several factors influence the burden of the disease, including circulating virus characteristics, vaccine effectiveness that season, and the duration of the season. We present a case series of 3 patients with coinfection of COVID-19 and influenza, with 2 of them treated successfully and discharged home. We reviewed the literature of patients coinfected with both viruses and discussed the characteristics, as well as treatment options.

"Do Not Ignore Musculoskeletal Pain" — Initial Presentation of a Rare Malignant Disease: Case Report and Literature Review
Gray zone lymphoma, also known as B-cell lymphoma, unclassifiable, with features intermediate between diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and classical Hodgkin lymphoma, is a rare malignancy with overlapping features of both diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and classical Hodgkin lymphoma. Most commonly mediastinal involvement is seen. Extranodal involvement is rare. In this case report, we present the case of a 59-year-old male who presented with stress-related left shoulder pain, ultimately diagnosed with gray zone lymphoma. The patient was treated with etoposide, prednisone, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, and doxorubicin-rituximab (EPOCH-R) regimen followed by consolidation radiotherapy resulting in complete response. We are highlighting this case as rare and atypical presentation of a rare disease.

The Dangerous Life of a Storm Chaser: A Lightning Strike Injury Causing Serious Injury
Lightning strikes to people are rare events that cause significant injuries and mortality when they do occur. We describe an uncommon case of a storm chaser in Oklahoma who was struck by lightning who suffered cutaneous burns, bilateral tympanic membrane ruptures, as well as pulmonary edema, which is an atypical finding in survivors. This case report highlights several injury patterns seen in lightning strike cases and provides evidence that these patients should be managed at a center with multidisciplinary services available.

Chronic Diarrhea in a Drinker: A Breakthrough Case of Pellagra in the US South
The triad of diarrhea, dementia, and dermatitis constitutes the clinical diagnosis of pellagra. However, most reported cases of pellagra have occurred without all components of the triad. Pellagra was declared eradicated in the United States after an outbreak in the 1920s, and is now considered to be an exceedingly rare diagnosis in developed countries. In this article, we present a case of a 56-year-old man who presented with a significant history of alcohol use and chronic diarrhea. Pellagra was clinically diagnosed based on the triad of diarrhea, cognitive dysfunction, and dermatitis in this malnourished, alcoholic patient. The patient was treated and clinically improved with resolution of his diarrhea and cognitive dysfunction.

FASEB President Discusses Future Initiatives in Interview

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) In an interview, FASEB President Louis B. Justement, PhD discussed his thoughts on future initiatives of the organization. His responses also covered how FASEB can better serve its member organizations and their constituents.

He identified initiatives that help support the critical missions of FASEB, including:

He also discussed creating revenue-creating opportunity to sustain FASEB into the future.

Read the interview.

AFMR is a FASEB member. Five (5) AFMR members represent the organization on the FASEB board/committees:

NIH Grants & Funding: Coronavirus Disease 2019


The NIH Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Fund page offers a wide range of guidance on research funding.

The Guidance portion includes the following sections:
  • Overview presentation (in PowerPoint and Word formats)
  • Proposal Submission & Award Management
  • Human Subjects & Clinical Trials
  • Animal Welfare
  • Peer Review
  • FAQs (last updated April 13, 2020)
In the Funding section, there are two sections:
  • Blog: COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities
  • List of NIH Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19

Learn more.

Global Research on Coronavirus

World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has a dedicated page devoted to global research on coronavirus.

Elements include:

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center

News and information on COVID-19 is constantly changing.

Johns Hopkins has updated and expanded its resource center.

The website now has separate pages covering:

Its Interactive Map is updated throughout the day.
COVID-19 Interactive Map

AFMR 2021 Meeting Dates Set

Dates have been set for AFMR Regional and Affiliate meetings for 2021. Meeting dates, locations, and abstract information are listed below based on date.

Visit the AFMR website to get the latest updates on 2021 AFMR Meetings & Events.
Cherry Wongtrakool, MD, VP of Meetings & Programs
Cherry Wongtrakool, MD
VP of Meetings & Programs

January 2021
Western Regional Meeting
Western Regional Meeting
January 29-30, 2021
Going Virtual for 2021

Abstract Submission Now Open
Submit Abstract
Deadline: Friday, September 25 at 11:59 PM PDT

Abstracts will continue to be published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.
February 2021
Southern Regional Meeting
Southern Regional Meeting
February 25-27, 2021
Going Virtual for 2021

SRM Abstract Submission Opening mid-August
Submit Abstract
Note: This link will not work until submissions open.
Deadline: October 9 at 12:00 midnight EST

Abstracts will continue to be published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine.
March 2021
Translational Science 2021
Translational Science 2021
March 30, 2021-April 2, 2021
Washington, DC
April 2021
Eastern Regional Meeting
Eastern Regional Meeting
April 2, 2021
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC
Abstract Deadline (Tentative): December 1, 2020
Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting
Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting
April 8-9, 2021
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Chicago, Illinois
Abstract Deadline: January 10, 2021
May 2021
Experimental Biology 2021
May 1-4, 2021
Indianapolis, IN