Bree Baker, a postdoctoral fellow on the Skeletal Morphology Team, won second place at MU’s Postdoc Appreciation Week Poster Session held on September 16 in the Bond Life Sciences Center.
Her winning poster titled “Six-Month Assessment of Biomarkers, Skeletal Attributes, Body Composition, and Performance in Collegiate ROTC Members” presents findings from her work to better understand the high incidence rate of tibial stress fractures in young military personnel. Baker studied potential predictors of change in lower tibiae bone strength in college-aged ROTC members. She found that nearly 50% of the variability in the change in lower tibiae bone strength was significantly predicted by the change in the biomarkers sclerostin and parathyroid hormone (PTH). Her findings may allow the military to target those at greater risk of stress fractures before injury.
MU’s Postdoctoral Association (MUPA) hosted events September 16-20 in celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Events included keynote talks, workshops, a writing retreat, a poster session and other social activities.