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Research Day awards announced

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Some 29 students presented their research at Research Day, March 31, an event sponsored by the Iowa Student Medical Research Club and many College of Medicine departments. Following the presentations, an awards banquet was held at the Highlander Inn.

The following students received awards and $100 cash prizes:

* Douglas White, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), won the Edward Heath Award for his presentation titled, "CD8+ T Cell Mediated Immunity Against an Intracellular Bacterial Pathogen in the Absence of Cytolysis."

* Gregory Wu, MSTP, won the Melvin Marcus Clinical Research Award for his presentation, "Apoptotic Cell Death Following Mouse Hepatitis Virus-Induced CNS Disease."

* Aimee Kao, MSTP student, won the Borts Award for her presentation, "Expression of a Dominant-Interfering Dynamin Mutant in 3T3L1 Adipocytes Inhibits GLUT4 Endocytosis Without Affecting Insulin Signaling."

* Navin Jaipul, second-year medical student, won the New Researcher Club Award for his presentation titled, "Tumor Necrosis Factor Alters Intercellular Signaling in Adipocytes."

* David Anderson, second-year medical student, won the Summer Student Research Fellowship Program Award for his presentation titled, "A Surgical Guide to Accurately Place Pins or Nails Within the Femoral Head."

"We are proud of our students," says Dr. Peter Densen, associate dean for student affairs and curriculum. "The quality of these presentations show that our medical students are not only interested in training to become physicians, but are also interested in the research that pushes medical science forward."