COPH Students Participate in UAMS Student Research Day
Seven COPH students participated in the UAMS student research day on April 12. Clare Brown, Melissa Clemens, Laura Ewing, Jing Jin, Adrienne Nevola, Cole Pace and Sun Hee Moon all presented their work to peers and faculty in the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building.
The annual campus-wide event gives graduate and professional students, postdocs, and medical house staff/fellows the opportunity to communicate about their work. It included morning and afternoon poster sessions, where students explained their research to judges. About 70 volunteer judges helped make the event possible for the 132 poster presentations.
In addition, there was significant excitement over the speaker, Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. who spoke to an audience of over 300 students, faculty, and staff. Students lined up to have their photos taken and exchange a few words with Laurencin, the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut, who has won numerous distinctions, including national-level awards from two presidents. His innovations are frequently listed among the top scientific achievements of the century.
Laurencin gave an overview in his groundbreaking work in regenerative engineering. He and his research partners have successfully developed processes and technologies for re-growing bone and skin, nerves, ligaments and other tissues. His process for regenerating a torn ACL has been used in humans for three years. His current project to repair rotator cuff tears and other shoulder injuries through regeneration has proven successful in mice.
Looking forward, he has set a goal to regenerate a knee within the next seven years and an entire limb in 15 years. Laurencin characterized it as a lofty – but achievable – goal.
“Actually, a lot of people have told me, ‘believe me, it is a moonshot,’ but as I’ve said before, the last time I’ve checked, we’ve been to the moon,” Laurencin said
COPH students represented the MPH, MHA, and Ph.D. programs at the research day.
Brown, an MPH graduate and current Ph.D. student in the COPH, presented her work “Medicaid Expansion of Health Insurance and Smoking Behavior.”
Nevola, MPH and Ph.D. student, and Pace, MHA candidate 2017, presented their work, “Revisiting ‘The Determinants of Hospital Profitability’ in Florida.”
Clemens, MPH candidate 2017, presented her research “Measurement of Nicotine, Cotinine, and Tobacco-Specific Nitrosamines in the hair of Pregnant Women who use Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems.”
Ewing, Ph.D. candidate, presented her work on “Dietary Methionine as a Determinant of Radiation-Induced Gastrointestinal Toxicity.”
Jin, Ph.D. candidate, presented her work “OLFML3 and SP1 Together Act as Biomarkers to Distinguish Subtypes of Lung Cancer.”
Moon, postdoctoral fellow, presented her work “Novel Linear Lipopeptide Paenipeptin C targeting Antibiotic-resistant Pathogens.” Moon took home first prize in the postdoctoral category for her poster.