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Creighton Medical Students Place First in Research Forum

Two Creighton University School of Medicine students recently walked away with first-place awards at the 52nd Annual National Student Research Forum, held in April in Galveston, Texas.

Medical student Zachary Peņa, of Omaha, pictured far right, won the best poster presentation in neurosciences and cell biology award as well as a second-place award for outstanding poster presentation. His research focused on identifying a mechanism through which cancers become more invasive, which could lead to new strategies for cancer treatment. Laura Hansen, Ph.D., was his faculty advisor.

Graduate student Philip Kurpiel, of Omaha, won the best poster presentation in microbiology award for his work on superbugs and antibiotic resistance. Nancy Hanson, Ph.D., was his faculty advisor.

Ninety-two students representing 37 U.S. medical schools participated in the competition.