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Mobile, Ala. (July 25, 2005)
Contact: Cristin Etheredge, (251) 461-1509

32nd Annual Medical Student Research Day At USA College of Medicine

Last Year's Student Research Day Winners - Amy Bowden, Best Oral presentation, Dept. of Physiology and sponsored by Dr. Stephen Ballard, Ph.D.
James Brad Proctor, Best Poster presentation, Depts. of Physiology and Medicine, sponsored by Dr. Michael Cohen, M.D.

For most students, the summer is a time of relaxation. But for 11 USA medical students, the summer months have been devoted to professional development through intense research activities with faculty at the USA College of Medicine.

On August 9, 2005, beginning at 8:30 a.m., these medical students will present their work to the medical school faculty in the College of Medicine Conference Room (adjacent to the Charles Baugh Biomedical Library). The culmination of their research during the summer seeks to better understand some of the most important health issues impacting our community, including skin cancer, obesity and lung diseases. These presentations will be displayed in either oral or poster format.

"Student Research Day is an opportunity for medical students to display their hard work and dedication," explained Samuel, J. Strada, Ph.D., senior associate dean of the USA College of Medicine. "These hands-on experiences enable these students to gain a better appreciation for the scientific progress needed to improve our understanding of the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease."

In the program, each student chooses a topic to study and a faculty member with whom to collaborate. Many of the students' research projects will ultimately be published in professional scientific journals and/or abstracts. In years past, some students who participated in this program were invited to present their findings at national scientific and medical meetings and conferences.

Following tradition, a guest physician-researcher will deliver the keynote address. This year's speaker is Dr. Andre Dubois, professor of medicine and chief of the laboratory of gastrointestinal and liver studies at the Uniformed Services University of the Heath Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. His lecture, entitled "Helicobacter pylori and Gastric Diseases: A Model of Medical Discovery", will begin at 11 a.m.

Dubois' discussion will focus on the role of H. pylori in the pathogenesis of gastric cancer and peptic ulcer disease. The current challenge in this field is to analyze the dietary and genetic factors that interact with H. pylori to induce ulcers or cancer.

Helicobacter pylori is a type of bacterium that plays a role in the development of peptic and small intestine ulcers. This infection can also increase the risk of stomach cancer. H. plyori bacterium contributes to ulcer development o by growing in the lining of the stomach, causing irritation and allowing the stomach lining to be more susceptible to digestive acids.

Awards will be given to the students with the best oral and best poster presentation. Each winner will receive a plaque and $100 cash award.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Natalie Kent at 460-6041.

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