2020 Research Conference

The Seventh Annual High School GIDAS Research Conference

This year’s conference is on August 30, 2020, and the theme is Genes and Opioid Addiction.


       Do you like science and computers?  Are you interested in discovering relationships between genes and diseases?

       Come to the High School Students’ Research Conference and find out what other students are investigating.

       This conference is designed to provide young students experience in a research conference setting to promote learning and interest in science and research.



Date: August 30, 2020

Location: Online

Open to the public, including middle school students and adults.

  General Attendee fee: $25 (workshops included)
  Conference Presenter fee: $35
  Accompanying parents: Free ($10 donation suggested)
  Conference Proceedings (abstract booklet): $12


You will receive email confirmation of the registration and payment.

Registration options
Student Name:

Keynote Speaker

Chad Brummett, M.D.

Director of the Division of Pain Research

University of Michigan

2020 Conference Tentative Agenda

12:30 pm Registration
1:00 pm Greetings from miRcore President | Inhan Lee, Ph.D.
1:05 pm Keynote Address:

The Role of Acute Care Prescribing in the Opioid Epidemic

Chad Brummett, M.D.

Director of the Division of Pain Research

1:40 pm Student Oral Presentation I
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm Poster Session
3:30 pm Student Oral Presentation II
4:10 pm Break
4:20 pm Workshops (more to come) • GEO2R and String-db: Learn computational resources used in the research process • Transition from high school to college: Interact with college students to hear their experiences and to ask questions • Pseudo-code workshop: Good coding practice and advice for new coders • Healthy mind workshop: Keeping a positive mindset during the pandemic
5:00 pm 2019-20 GIDAS Activity Reports and Conference Awards
5:15 pm Closing

If you present, you will

–  Meet professional scientists and connect with peers who share your interest in science

–  Grow in professionalism through presentation, writing, and reading for science

–  Develop public speaking skills in a larger group setting

–  Compete for science presentation awards

Your 2020 conference presentation should address some genetic aspect of opiod addiction (or a related field).

Oral Presentation

We select 15 oral presentations. If you want to compete to give an oral presentation, please submit your abstract by May 3, 2020. Professional scientists will score the abstracts and we will announce the oral presenters at a future date.

Certificate will be given to the best three presenters/groups by their scores.

2020 Oral Presenters


Project Name

Andrew Ye “Pep19-2.5 and NSAID treatment for Opioid-related Sepsis”
Arthur Krieger, Jeremy Nelson, Luke Liu “FBL, NHP2L1 And Their Effects on Heroin Addiction”
Audrey Gunawan “An Analysis of the NaV1 Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Family To Develop A Treatment for Nociceptive Pain”
Audrey Gunawan, Siya Goel, Maria Sicilia “Promotion of Axon Regeneration in the Striatum to Increase Resistance to Pain”
Ava Barbano, Carson Chiavatti, Emily Kang, Isha Soni, Kate Wang “Association of Dopamine Transmitter Protein Underregulation with Cocaine Addiction”
Brahmpreet Saini, Alex Wang, Ruben Pawar, Aryan Singh, Priyanka Gadam, Kayli Banno “Midbrain Gene Regulation in Non-Cocaine Users and Cocaine Users”
Chris Chung, Alycia Mann, Eric Li, Sophia Scott “Metallothioneins are Upregulated in Alcoholics”
Claire Swadling “Cancer as a Long-Term Symptom of Morphine Addiction”
Eleanor Lin “Immunosuppression in heroin users”
Eleanor Lin, Nina van der Velde, Ananyaa Asthana, Pranav Narayanan, Divija Chandupatla “Increased neuron projection development in the nucleus accumbens is associated with human heroin use”
Emilia Neyer, Thomas Park “Upregulation of cellular response to cytokine stimulus in chronic cocaine addiction”
Isabella Imirowicz, Nishant Domala, Shruthi Chakravarthy, Jocelyn Zhang, Annabel Yang, Meghana Lanka “Possible Onset of Neurodegenerative Diseases Promoted by Cocaine-Induced Oxidative Stress”
Jibiana Jakpor “Comparative Analysis of Gene Expression in Opioid Use Disorder and Other Substance Abuse”
Noah Vogel, Aditi Ganesan “Regulation of Cell Projection Organization in Heroin Addiction”
Riley Rane, Reva Agrawal, Arianna Zaidi, Savio Pinto “Role of the Neurotrophin Signaling Pathway in Patients with Psychological Disorders Experiencing Chronic Pain”

Poster Presentation

All presenters (including oral presenters) should exhibit their posters and prepare a three-minute presentation to pitch their research to conference attendees.

We invite genetic and cancer research professionals from the University of Michigan and assign them to judge poster presentations. The professionals (judges) will engage each poster presenter in discussion about their research and give their feedback to presenters.

Certificates will be given to the best three poster presenters/groups as graded by the judges; the three most popular posters as selected by conference attendees will also receive certificates.

Publish Proceedings

If you want to publish your abstract in the conference proceedings, please submit your research abstract and your “About Me” with your picture in Word format by July 11, 2020 (refer to “Abstract Submission”).

Even if you miss the deadline to publish, you can still bring in your research poster and compete for the poster presentation award. However, you should submit your poster abstract content to us by July 25, 2020 to be assigned to a judge.

Abstract Submission

Abstract Guidelines can be found here.

File submission: email attach the abstract as a Word file to abstract at mircore dot org.


Poster Guidelines:

Due to the coronavirus, the conference will be online. Please prepare a presentation no more than 10 slides in length (not including the title and ending slides), and aim for a presentation time of about 5 minutes.

Special thanks to our poster and abstract judges/reviewers:

Sami Barmada, M.D., Ph.D. David Beer, Ph.D. Shelly Flagel, Ph.D. Venkat Keshamouni, Ph.D. Daniel Leventhal, M.D., Ph.D. Jun Li, Ph.D. Jie Liu, Ph.D. Ryan Mills, Ph.D. Kayvan Najarian, Ph.D. Steve Parker, Ph.D. Michael Uhler, Ph.D. Stephen J. Weiss, M.D.


Past Year Conferences

Here you can find information about the conferences from past years.

2019 Conference

2018 Conference

2017 Conference

2016 Conference

2015 Conference

2014 Conference