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2021 Research Symposium

The symposium is where this year over 90 rising M2 medical students at the UofSC School of Medicine Greenville will present their research efforts from the spring and summer. Students had to work with a faculty mentor on various research projects across the Prisma Health Sciences Center (UofSC SOMG, Prisma CLE, Clemson, Furman, UofSC Arnold School of Public Health) and a handful of offsite and out-of-state research. The experiences are in the areas of clinical research, translational research, community health, medical education, population health, and health policy. This annual event will include student oral presentations, poster sessions, and networking opportunities for students and research mentors.

Friday, July 30th, 2021
12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Welcome Remarks 
Presented by Dean of UofSCSOMG Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, MD, MEdHP, FACP

Clemson School of Nursing Auditorium

12:30 P.M.

Oral Presentations Information

Clemson School of Nursing Auditorium

12:40 P.M. - 1:45 P.M.

Break

1:45 P.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Rapid Poster Presentations

Sessions 1 & 2 | Sessions 3 & 4

SOMG Lecture Hall | SOMG Multi-Disciplinary Lab

2:00 P.M. - 2:50 P.M.

Break

2:50 P.M. - 3:05 P.M.

Oral Presentations

Clemson School of Nursing Auditorium

3:05 P.M. - 4:10 P.M.

Presentation of Awards

Clemson School of Nursing Auditorium

4:10 P.M. - 4:25 P.M.

Closing Remarks

Presented by Director of Student Research Renee Chosed, PhD

Clemson School of Nursing Auditorium

4:25 P.M. - 4:30 P.M.

  • DUE TO NEW UofSC HEALTH GUIDLINES, ALL PRESENTERS AND GUEST ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACEMASK WHILE IN PRESENTATION AREAS. 
  • Everyone will gather at the Clemson Nursing School Auditorium by 12:30pm for the welcome and opening by Dean Jenkins, followed by 8 oral presentations.
  • After the first oral presentations, we will move to the MDL and Learning Studio during a 15 minute break for four, concurrent digital poster presentation sessions.
  • At the conclusion of the poster presentations, we will have another 15-minute break and go back to the Clemson Nursing auditorium where the second group of 8 oral presentations will be presented followed by awards and closing remarks. 

 

2021 Research Symposium Posters

Oral Presentation Abstracts


The value of Pharmacogenomics for White and Indigenous Americans after Kidney Transplant [pdf]  
Student: Alexandra Brady
Faculty Advisor: Mira Keddis, MD  
Department: Mayo Nephrology Clinic

CenteringPregnancy - Depression Diagnosis Among Prenatal Women [pdf]
Student: Hannah Cain
Faculty Advisor: Amy Crockett, MD  
OB/GYN
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Rates of Preventive Cancer Screenings Among Patients with Opioid Use Disorder: Recommendations to Close Gaps in Care [pdf]
Student: Kelcy Jackson
Faculty Advisor: Heather Delisi, NP
Department: North Shore Community Health Peabody

Molecular Characterization of Cancer Patient Samples using Mutational Analysis and Glycomic Profiles [pdf]
Student: Avery Funkhouser
Faculty Advisor: Anna Blenda, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Stakeholder Perceptions on Screening and addressing the social determinants of health at the Internal Medicine Clinic [pdf]
Student: Jackson Hartley
Faculty Advisor: Meredith Eicksen, MD  
Department: Medicine
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Medicine

Connect for Health Pediatric Weight Management Program Patient Experience with Care Survey [pdf]
Student: 
Madeline Holt
Faculty Advisor: Kerry Sease, MD  
Department: Pediatrics
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Pediatrics

Serendipitous Science: Discovery and Characterization of a possible E. histolytica Protein Involved in Regulating Virulence [pdf]
Student: 
Cameron Keramati
Faculty Advisor: Lesly Temesvari, PhD
Department: Clemson EPIC
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Clemson EPIC Mentor NIH T35 Program

Analysis of deubiquitinating enzyme (DUBs) expression in blastocoel fluid from IVF-generated embryos may serve as a biomarker to aid in reducing miscarriages [pdf]
Student: Hayes Lanford
Faculty Advisor: Renee Chosed, PhD  
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Waist-Height Ratio (WHR) may predict loss of nocturnal dip on Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) [pdf]
Student: Anne Nguyen
Faculty Advisor: Sudha Garimella, MD  
Department: Pediatrics

Stroke prevention in atherosclerotic disease: A comparative study of transfemoral carotid artery stenting (TFCAS) versus transcarotid artery revascularization (TCAR) [pdf]
Student: Gift Ochiobi
Faculty Advisor: Bruce Gray, MD
Department: Surgery
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Surgery

Defects in renal papillary repair after reversible ureteric obstruction [pdf]
Student: Teebro Rahman
Faculty Advisor: Mark deCastecker, MBBS, PhD  
Department: Vanderbilt Nephrology

Needles in a Haystack: Key Insights on Cancer in the Upstate [pdf]
Student: Sparsha Saxena
Faculty Advisor: Jeffery Edenfield, MD
Department: Medicine
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Effects of Chemotherapy Regimens on Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Function in Breast Cancer Patients Measured by Near Infrared Spectroscopy [pdf]
Student: Shannon Smith
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Trilk, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Mechanisms of SARS-CoV-1 Non-Structural Protein-1 (Nsp-1)-mediated Immune Regulation [pdf]
Student: Elias Wheibe
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Grier, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) Elastography versus Liver Biopsy [pdf]
Student: Caroline Wilson
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Misidentification of small bowel NET via  68Ga-Dotatate PET/CT [pdf]
Student: Brandon Xavier
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD  
Department: Pathology
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Poster Session 1 Posters


Evaluation of the 2016 Grading System of Post-operative Pancreatic Fistulas: Literature vs Clinical Disparity [pdf]
Student: Ana-Gabriela Balcazar
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology

Distrust, doubt, and disparities: Barriers to recruitment in a clinical research study. [pdf]
Student: Josh Benito
Faculty Advisor: Sudha Garimella, MD
Department: Pediatrics
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Pediatrics

Engaging with Latinx community stakeholders: Building a protocol to understand COVID -19's impact on Latinx community in Upstate SC [pdf]
Student: Luis Cardenas
Faculty Advisor: Smitty Heavner-Sullivan, RN
Department: Medicine
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Medicine

Feasibility, Functionality and Design of Open-Source 3D Printed Pediatric Prosthetics [pdf]
Student: Dan Childes
Department: UofSC SOMG

Appendectomy resource utilization: Does it correlate with severity of disease [pdf]
Student: Ethan Covil
Faculty Advisor: Shanu Kothari, MD
Department: Surgery
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Surgery

The Effect of Illness Perception on Diabetes Control [pdf]
Student: Katie Florescu
Faculty Advisor: Meenu Jindal, MD
Department: Medicine
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Medicine

Racial Disparities and Outcomes of Patients Undergoing Ventral Hernia Repair [pdf]
Student: Samantha Garza
Faculty Advisor: Alfredo Carbonell, MD
Department: Surgery
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Surgery

The Role of Medical Student Notes within the Emergency Department Team [pdf]
Student: Grant Gauthier
Faculty Advisor: Paige Bridges, MD
Department: Medicine

Female Sexual Dysfunction in Patients with Abnormal Uterine Bleeding [pdf]
Student: Holly Glisson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lisa Green, MD OB/GYN
Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Disparities in perinatal mood disorder screening and prevalence [pdf]
Student: Caitlin Hay  
Faculty Advisor: Erica Lowing, MD
Department: OB/GYN

A Comparison of H. Pylori Detection Methods [pdf]
Student: Kathleen Hill
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology

Young Infant Characteristics and Laboratory Findings Associated with a Positive FilmArray Meningitis/Encephalitis PCR Panel [pdf]
Student: Abigail Hoenes
Faculty Advisor: Nicholas Potisek, MD
Department: Pediatrics
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Pediatrics

Complications after reverse shoulder arthroplasty lessening over time:  A Retrospective Review of Complications  [pdf]
Student: Isaiah Jackson
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Pill, MD
Department: Orthopedics
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Robotic Resection of Mediastinal Parathyroid Masses [pdf]
Student: Joshua Jenkins
Faculty Advisor: William Bolton, MD
Department: Surgery
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Telehealth: The New Approach to Routine Prenatal Care? [pdf]
Student: Skylar Lambert
Faculty Advisor: Kristine Martin, MD
Department: OB/GYN

Retrospective Review of ADH and ALH Excision Results After Core Needle Biopsy [pdf]
Student: Connor O'Boyle
Faculty Advisor: Wendy Cornett, MD
Department: Surgery

Cerebrospinal fluid neopterin: potential marker for central nervous system inflammation in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) [pdf]
Student: Molly Riehs
Faculty Advisor: Robin Haynes, PhD  
Department: Boston Children's Hospital Pathology

Socioeconomic disparities in pediatric patients with gastrostomy tubes [pdf]
Student: Emily Shores
Faculty Advisor: Robert Ricca, MD
Department: Surgery

The effect of patient-centered lifestyle interventions on health knowledge and self-empowerment in patients with obesity [pdf]
Student: Laura Synder
Faculty Advisor: Meenu Jindal, MD
Department: Medicine
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Medicine

Poster Session 2 Posters


Provision of Blood Pressure Monitors to improve Hypertension Control and enhance patient self-management and empowerment  [pdf]
Student: Erin Carriker
Faculty Advisor: Meenu Jindal, MD
Department: Medicine
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Medicine

Correlation of Marshmallow Esophagram with High Resolution Manometry and Clinical Outcomes [pdf]
Student: Chloe Caudell
Faculty Advisor: Shanu Kothari, MD
Department: Surgery  

Nutrition Optimization Before Bariatric Surgery:   Does Required Dietitian Follow-up Improve Patient Outcomes? [pdf]
Student: Michael Colpoys
Faculty Advisor: John Scott, MD
Department: Surgery  

Carotid Artery Calcifications in Patients 30-60 years of age: important indicator for radiologists to report? [pdf]
Student: Issac Daffron
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology  

Models of Access to Care for Immigrant Children [pdf]
Student: Katelyn Girtain
Faculty Advisor: Julie Linton, MD
Department: Pediatrics
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Pediatrics

Improving Radiographic Data Capture for the Prisma Health Comprehensive COVID-19 Registry [pdf]
Student: Tori Grice
Faculty Advisor: Smitty Heaver-Sullivan, RN
Department: Medicine
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Outcomes of Subsequent Abdominal Operations after an Initial Ventral Hernia Repair [pdf]
Student: Anna Hayden
Faculty Advisor: Jeremy Warren, MD
Department: Surgery
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Surgery

Challenging Cases and Practical Approaches: Actinic Keratosis to Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression [pdf]
Student: John Langford
Faculty Advisor: Todd Schlesinger, MD
Department: Dermatology

Error Occurrence in Death Certification:  A Single Health System Based Review [pdf]
Student: Ashley Marler
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology  

Error Occurrence in Death Certification: Improving Accuracy with Educational Intervention [pdf]
Student: Cara Logan
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

The effects of prescribed psychotropic medications on patient baseline to end PHQ-9 and GAD-7 scores compared to the scores of patients that were not prescribed psychotropic medications within the Collaborative Care Model [pdf]
Student: Oluwashayo Oginni
Faculty Advisor: Karen Lommel, DO
Department: Psychiatry
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research Funded by UofSC SOMG

Splenic Artery Embolization: A Non-Invasive Intervention for Blunt Splenic Injury [pdf]
Student: Megan Prescott
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology  

Cholecatch: An Axial Compression Device to Improve Cholecystectomy Extraction Complicated by Large Gallstones [pdf]
Student: Noah LaBelle 
Department: UofSCSOMG

Let's Talk About Sleep: Correlations of Self-Reported Sleep, Actigraphy, and Disease Activity in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis [pdf]
Student: Shelby Rader
Faculty Advisor: Melanie Cozad, PhD  
Department: BMS  

Resolution of symptoms following surgical resection of meningiomas [pdf]
Student: Gabrielle Rodriquez
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology  

Comparing The Efficacy of Biliary Brushings to that of SpyGlass-Directed Biopsies in the Evaluation of Biliary Strictures [pdf]
Student: Trey Singletary
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Utilization of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) to Identify and Address the Needs of Adolescent and Young Adults (AYAs) With Cancer [pdf]
Student: Patrick Smith
Faculty Advisor: Anikey Saha, MD
Department: Pediatrics
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Pediatrics

Post-operative Pancreatic Fistulas: A single institution review of definition relevancy.  [pdf]
Student: Tommy Tedeschi
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology  

Influential Factors for Meningioma Recurrence [pdf]
Student: Santiago Teran
Faculty Advisor: Christine Schammel, PhD
Department: Pathology  

Poster Session 3  Posters


Feasibility and Limited Efficacy of a Tandem Cycling Community Exercise Program on Physiological Health, Functional Health, Therapeutic Relationships, and Quality of Life in Persons and Care Partners affected by Parkinson's Disease [pdf]
Student:
Greggory Adams
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Trilk, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

The Impact of Posaconazole and Macrophages on Aspergillus Fumigatus Growth in Larval Zebrafish [pdf]
Student: Sarah Baum
Faculty Advisor: Emily Rosowski, PhD
Department: Clemson EPIC
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Clemson EPIC Mentor NIH T35 Program

Impact of Harm Reduction in South Carolina:  What's the Harm in Harm Reduction? [pdf]
Student: Samantha Brummer  
Faculty Advisor: Margie Stevens, PhD
Department: Addiction
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research Funded by UofSC SOMG 

Food Insecurity Among USC Health Professions Students [pdf]
Student: Grace Butler
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Trilk, PhD
Department: BMS

When the Shift Hits The Fan: Investigating Burnout in Local EMTs and Paramedics [pdf]
Student: Aaron Dunn
Faculty Advisor: Lauren Fowler, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Identifying Patient Therapeutic Goals and Preferences to support Patient-Centered Care: A Qualitative Study [pdf]
Student: Morgan Edwards
Faculty Advisor: Melanie Cozad, PhD/Ann Blair Kennedy, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Identifying Patient Therapeutic Goals and Preferences to support Patient-Centered Care: A Qualitative Study [pdf]
Student: Kelty Fletcher  
Faculty Advisor: Meredith Morris, PhD
Department: Clemson EPIC
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Clemson EPIC Mentor NIH T35 Program

Demonstrating lyso-PAF Acetyltransferase Activity In Sea Urchin Embryo [pdf]
Student: Tareq Hailat
Faculty Advisor: Renee Chosed, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Prisma HSC Seed Grant

Synthesis of a Novel Antimicrobial Siderophore [pdf]
Student: Conner Horne
Faculty Advisor: Steven Fiester, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Incidence of COVID-19 infection related to school district policy. [pdf]
Student: Mills Johnson
Faculty Advisor: Brooks McPhail, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Prisma HSC Seed Grant

Creating A Medical School-Oriented Map of Immunologic Processes [pdf]
Student: Autumn Leggins
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Grier, PhD
Department: BMS

Handle with Care: Associating Empathy and Stress Among Emergency Medical Services [pdf]
Student: Hunter Owen
Faculty Advisor: Lauren Fowler, PhD
Department: BMS

Comparison of USP34 expression in preimplantation blastocoel fluid from IVF-generated embryos [pdf]
Student: Eleanor Petyak
Faculty Advisor: Renee Chosed, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the UofSC Aspire Grant

Empathy Behind the Scenes: Training future healthcare providers to treat opioid use disorder with a focus on patient narrative through forum theatre [pdf]
Student: Brandon Smalls
Faculty Advisor: Margie Stevens, PhD
Department: Addiction
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Medicine

Intelligent Pervasive Augmented reaLity (iPAL) Therapy [pdf]
Student: Haley Stockton
Faculty Advisor: Margie Stevens, PhD/Angelica Perez-Litwin, PhD
Department: Addiction
Scholarship/Donor Information: Summer Research funded by the Department of Medicine

Poster Session 4 Posters


When the Shift Hits The Fan: Investigating Burnout in Local EMTs and Paramedics [pdf]
Student: Kip Callahan
Faculty Advisor: Lauren Fowler, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Expression of members of the multi-protein SAGA chromatin modifying complex in blastocoel fluid-conditioned media from IVF-generated human embryos is associated with positive implantation status [pdf]
Student: Allie Conry
Faculty Advisor: Renee Chosed, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information SOMG Summer Research Scholar funded by the Sargent Foundation

Steps to Validation of Interferon Alpha Inducible Protein 27 (IFI27) Knock Outs in Human Lung Epithelial Cells [pdf]
Student: Ben Dalkin
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Grier, PhD
Department: BMS

Investigation of the polyol pathway in Entamoeba histolytica [pdf]
Student: Jabbarrius Ervin 
Faculty Advisor: Cheryl Ingram-Smith, PhD
Department: Clemson EPIC
Scholarship/Donor Information Summer Research funded by the Clemson EPIC Mentor NIH T35 Program

Are We Normal? Comparing Medical Student Stress to the "Norms" [pdf]
Student: Madison Faulkner 
Faculty Advisor: Lauren Fowler, PhD
Department: BMS 

Elucidating the Hemocompatability of Nanoparticles [pdf]
Student: Michael Garovich
Faculty Advisor: Jessica Larsen, PhD
Department: Clemson Bioengineering 

Social Determinants of Health Impact on SARS-CoV-2 and RSV Incidence and Severity in Upstate South Carolina [pdf]
Student: Zachary Jasper
Faculty Advisor: Brooks McPhail, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information Summer Research funded by the Prisma HSC Seed Grant

Investigating the Anti-Parasite activity of Diazacyclobutenes [pdf] 
Student: Harrison Lapin 
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Whitehead, PhD
Department: Clemson EPIC
Scholarship/Donor Information Summer Research funded by the Clemson EPIC Mentor NIH T35 Program

Does Stroke Severity Influence Sensory Feedback Needed for Reaching? [pdf]
Student: Greg Loftis
Faculty Advisor: Michelle Woodbury, PhD
Department: MUSC Stroke Research 

Characterization of the Anti-Apoptotic Effects of IFIT3 During the Innate Antiviral Immune Response in an IFIT3 Knock-Out Cell Line [pdf]
Student: Haley Meltzer  
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Grier, PhD
Department: BMS

Understanding Ovarian Cancer Patients by Applying Text Mining to Online Health Communities [pdf]
Student: Adriana Rush
Faculty Advisor: Yong Lee, PhD, MS, RN
Department: University of Pittsburg Bioinformatics

SOD1 expression in blastocoel fluid-conditioned media from IVF-generated embryos may serve as a biomarker for pregnancy outcomes [pdf]
Student: Mustapha Sanni
Faculty Advisor: Renee Chosed, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information Summer Research funded by the Prisma HSC Seed Grant

Feasibility and Limited Efficacy of a Tandem Cycling Community Exercise Program on Physiological Health, Functional Health, Therapeutic Relationships, and Quality of Life in Persons and Care Partners affected by Parkinson's Disease [pdf]
Student: Margaret Smith
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Trilk, PhD
Department: BMS 

Investigating the Effects of Heat-Labile Enterotoxins in a Respiratory Immunization Model [pdf]
Student: Margaret Stroud
Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Grier, PhD
Department: BMS

Fatigue Risk Management Strategies to Mitigate Elevated Levels of Fatigue in the Emergency Department [pdf]
Student: Margaret Sulzbach
Faculty Advisor: Lauren Fowler, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information Summer Research funded by the Prisma HSC Seed Grant

Expression and Purification of Glycosomal Proteins from Trypanosoma brucei [pdf]
Student: Hunter Summey  
Faculty Advisor: Meredith Morris, PhD
Department: Clemson EPIC
Scholarship/Donor Information Summer Research funded by the Clemson EPIC Mentor NIH T35 Program

Characterization of Negative Outcomes in Pediatric Acute Respiratory Infection [pdf]
Student: Brian Woods
Faculty Advisor: Brooks McPhail, PhD
Department: BMS
Scholarship/Donor Information Summer Research funded by the Prisma HSC Seed Grant

 


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