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Aug. 29, 2018 - Clyde G. 'Sid' Huggins Medical Student Research Awards Announced
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HugginsAward1.jpgThe University of South Alabama College of Medicine recently hosted its 45th annual Medical Student Research Day, recognizing students who participated in the Summer Medical Student Research Program.

During the 10-week summer program, first- and second-year medical students participated in research projects with basic science and clinical faculty in the USA College of Medicine. Students presented their research projects either orally or on poster at the culmination of the summer research program.

The Clyde G. “Sid” Huggins Medical Student Research Awards honor the memory of Dr. Huggins, who served as the first dean of students for the USA College of Medicine.

Jordan Matthews Smith, a second-year student, was recognized for the best oral presentation, titled, "Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Type III Secretion System Effectors Influence Production of Cytotoxic Amyloid Species in the Lung of Infected Mice." Smith was sponsored by Dr. Jonathon Audia, associate professor of microbiology and immunology at the USA College of Medicine and a member of the Center for Lung Biology.

Poster presentation winners were Carson Edwards, Will McDonough, Kimberly McWilliams, Justin Rich and Patricia Vogel.

Edwards, a second-year student, presented "Mitochondrial DNA Damps in Severe Injured Patients Requiring Massive Transfusion: Evidence for a Feed-Forward Pathway Regulating MTDNA Damp Production." He was sponsored by Dr. Mark Gillespie, professor and chair of pharmacology at the USA College of Medicine and a member of the Center for Lung Biology.

McDonough, a first-year student, presented "Inhibition of PDE4 Induces Gastroparesis in Mice." He was sponsored by Dr. Wito Richter, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the USA College of Medicine and a member of the Center for Lung Biology, and Lina Abou Saleh, a graduate student in biochemistry and molecular biology and the Center for Lung Biology.

McWilliams, a second-year student, presented "Evaluation of Anticancer F10 Compound in Combination with CHK1 Inhibitor in Colon Cancer Cells." She was sponsored by Dr. Kumar Palle, Abraham Mitchell Cancer Research Scholar and associate professor of oncologic sciences at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.

Rich, second-year student, presented "Assessing the Acute Effects of PDE4 Ablation in Mice." He was sponsored by Dr. Richter and Abou Saleh.

Vogel, a second-year student, presented "Characterizing Modified Sites of a Cancer-Associated C-Terminal Peptide in 1-Antitrypsin." She was sponsored by Dr. Lewis Pannell, professor of biochemistry and microbiology and oncologic sciences at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.

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