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Five Creighton Students Get Awards for Biomedical Research Efforts

Five Creighton Students Get Awards for Biomedical Research Efforts

Creighton University medical and graduate students walked away with five of 16 awards presented at the 41st Annual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum (MSBRF) on Feb. 20.

This year’s event, cosponsored by Creighton University Medical Center and University of Nebraska Medical (UNMC), attracted 105 students from Creighton, UNMC, University of Michigan, University of Iowa, University of Manitoba (Canada), University of Minnesota and Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine (Chicago) . Creighton had a total of 17 participants, accounting for 31 percent of the awards.

Award-winning entries from Creighton were:

  • First place for medical student poster presentation ($500 and plaque) – Edward Mrachek on“3D Volumetric MRI Measurements of Glioblastoma Multiforme to Predict Directional Tumor Progression: Modification and Validation of 3D Glioma Growth Model” Advisor: Mark Preul, M.D. Barrow Neurological Institute and Medical Center, St Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix

  • First place for graduate student poster presentation ($500 and plaque) Joju George on“Sodium Channel Activator-Induced Neuronal Development is NMDA Receptor Dependent and Involves a Ca 2+/Calmodulin Kinase (CaMK) – CREB – BDNF Signaling Pathway. Advisor: Thomas Murray, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology, Creighton University School of Medicine

  • Third place for medical student poster presentation ($100 and certificate) – Sam Hauck on “An Antillatoxin Analog Stimulates Neurite Outgrowth in DIV-1 Embryonic Cerebrocortical Neurons” Advisor: Thomas Murray, Ph.D.

  • Third place for medical student oral presentation ($100 and certificate) – Jacob Miller on “cAMP-Independent Expression of Canonical WNT Signaling Pathway-Regulated Genes.” Advisor: Dr. Diane Cullen, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical Sciences, Creighton University School of Medicine

  • Sigmi Xi Award of Merit for medical student oral presentation ($25 and certificate) – Geoffrey Hays on “Laser Lipolysis/Radiofrequency : Combined Skin Tightening and Fat Reduction.” Advisor: Dr. Susan Van Dyke, M.D., private-practice dermatologist, Phoenix