OHSU Students Present Their Research

05/03/00    Portland, Ore.

"Paper of the Year" Presentation Highlights Annual Research Forum

NOTE: Graduate and medical students will present their research in talks and poster sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 4 - 5 in the Old Library at OHSU. Award presentations will be made at 4 p.m. Friday, May 5. For a schedule of specific topics, please call (503) 494-8231.

This millenium's breakthroughs in scientific and medical research might well be made by today's students. On May 4 - 5, graduate and medical students in the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine will present their research to peers and faculty at the 17th annual Student Research Forum

The forum is a graduate student-run event where individuals in training at OHSU have the opportunity to present their research in a conference-like environment. Talks and poster presentations are attended by faculty volunteers, who provide useful feedback on content and presentation style. For most, it is simply a chance to see what friends and colleagues are doing in their research areas.

Student presentations will be held each day with guest lecture talks each afternoon and an afternoon poster session on Friday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. Culminating the event is the presentation of two "Paper of the Year" awards Friday at 4 p.m. Richard Maurer, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate studies, will present the graduate council's award for "Best Student Paper" to Kara Manning, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics. Manning discovered a genetic combination in mice that resulted in a form of a rare liver disease that underwent a suppressor mutation, meaning the illness was able to heal itself over time. Her experiment allowed the study of the self-healing properties of the disease in a laboratory setting, something that had not been done before in a mammal. Manning's paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in October and she was given a special award from the American Society of Human Genetics for her work.

Susan Olson, Ph.D., secretary of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, will present an award for best published work by a basic sciences post-doctoral fellow to Daniel Streblow, Ph.D., for his work on how the human cytomegalovirus causes vascular disease. The virus, a common herpes virus, is linked to vascular problems that occur in patients who have undergone an organ transplant or angioplasty procedure to clear clogged arteries. The paper was published in the journal Cell last November.