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MU Health System Leaders Announce Awards at Health Sciences Research Day

Leidy wins Spurgeon Distinguished Medical Research Award

Leaders from the University of Missouri Health System and MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (iCATS) announced the winners of 15 student research awards and the faculty Dorsett L. Spurgeon, MD, Distinguished Medical Research Award during its annual Health Sciences Research Day held Thursday, Nov. 14, 2014.

“This event allows MU’s best and brightest students an opportunity to showcase the exceptional research that’s happening within our health system,” said Harold A. Williamson Jr., M.D., executive vice chancellor of health affairs. “We take great pride in our students’ novel studies in health sciences research, which might ultimately develop new treatments and better lives for patients.”

In addition to student research awards, the Spurgeon award is presented annually to an MU School of Medicine researcher for outstanding accomplishments early in his or her career. This year’s award winner, Heather Leidy, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the MU School of Medicine. Leidy’s research examines the mechanisms by which several dietary factors improve weight management. This line of research has led to the development of novel dietary strategies and recommendations for the prevention and treatment of obesity across the lifespan. The winner receives a plaque and $5,000.

Heather Leidy

“The Spurgeon Award allows the School of Medicine to highlight world-class research from our newest scientists as it follows a pathway from scientific labs to medical treatments for patients,” said Jamal Ibdah, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for research at the School of Medicine and director of the MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. “Dr. Leidy’s collective research suggests that the consumption of a higher-protein breakfast might be a potential dietary strategy to improve appetite control, diet quality and weight management in overweight young people. This line of research is important in combating obesity and the associated health complications of obesity.”

Three Dean’s Awards were presented to health sciences students for their research abstracts. The winners receive plaques and $500.

Sara Tepe, a second-year medical student mentored by Aneesh Tosh, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Child Health, won the MU School of Medicine Dean’s Award for Outstanding Student Research for her project, “Adenovirus-36 Antibody Status and BMI Comparison Among Obese and Healthy-Weight Missouri Adolescents.”

Andrew Hathaway, a graduate student in health psychology mentored by Victoria Shaffer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences, won the MU School of Health Professions Dean’s Award for Outstanding Student Research for his project, “Predictors of Accuracy in Choosing a Healthcare Plan.”

Colleen Becker, MSN, RN, CCRN, a nursing Ph.D. student mentored by Deidre Wipke-Tevis, Ph.D., RN, associate professor and director of the nursing school’s PhD program, and Lorraine Phillips, Ph.D., RN, associate professor and John A. Hartford Foundation Claire M. Fagin Fellow, won the MU Sinclair School of Nursing Dean’s Award for Outstanding Student Research for her project “Meta-Analysis of Risk Factors Contributing to Surgical Patient Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers.”

Awards also were presented to students for basic science and clinical research in two categories, including Category I, for undergraduate students, medical students and summer research fellowship participants; and Category II, for graduate students, resident physicians, medical fellowship physicians and post-doctoral researchers.

Posted Nov. 13, 2014

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