MU Health System Leaders Announce Awards at Health Sciences Research Day
Event features projects from student and physician researchers
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, 2013.
"Our goal for Health Sciences Research Day is to showcase the outstanding research that students are conducting at the University of Missouri and to encourage collaboration by sharing our research with colleagues," said Jamal Ibdah, MD, PhD, professor of internal medicine and medical pharmacology and physiology, director of the MU School of Medicine's division of gastroenterology, senior associate dean for research in the School of Medicine, and director of MU iCATS. "It's impressive to see so many students engaged in top-notch health sciences research at MU. Educating strong researchers today is the key to developing tomorrow's health care breakthroughs."
In addition to student research awards, the Spurgeon award is presented annually to a MU School of Medicine researcher for outstanding accomplishments early in his or her career. This year's award winner was Maike Krenz, MD, assistant professor of medical pharmacology and physiology and a researcher at MU's Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center. The winner receives a plaque and $5,000.
"Maike Krenz is performing important research to better understand inherited heart defects," said Hal Williamson, MD, vice chancellor of the University of Missouri Health System. "Congenital heart diseases are among the most common birth defects, affecting approximately one percent of babies born each year. With research funded by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Krenz is working to better understand heart development on a cellular level in hopes of developing better treatments for heart defects."
Three Dean's Awards were presented to students for their research abstracts. The winners receive plaques and $500.
Lexi Ragsdale, an undergraduate student studying biological sciences, mentored by David Berversdorf, MD, associate professor of neurology and radiology at the medical school, won the MU School of Medicine Dean's Award for Outstanding Student Research for her project, "Effects of Propranolol on Social and Cognitive Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders."
Charlene Freeman, Anna Grimshaw, and Sarah Twenter, graduate students in the School of Health Professions, mentored by Karen Hebert, PhD, assistant professor of occupational therapy, won the MU School of Health Professions Dean's Award for Outstanding Student Research for their research project, "The Role of Sensory Processing Styles in Impulsive Responding."
Whitney Beaton, RN, a graduate student in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, mentored by Patricia Schnitzer, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing, won the MU Sinclair School of Nursing Dean's Award for Outstanding Student Research for her research project, "Medication Adherence in Adults Listed for Kidney Transplant."
Awards also were presented to students for basic science and clinical research in two categories, including Category I, for undergraduate students, medical students, Conley Scholars and summer research fellowship participants; and Category II, for graduate students, resident physicians, medical fellowship physicians and post-doctoral researchers.
Research Day Award Recipients
Category I Clinical
Category I Basic
Category II Clinical
Category II Basic
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