Faculty, students present research at international conference

Sixth-year students Amanda Fletcher, left, and Susamita Kesh, right, made poster presentations with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and director of student research, at an international scientific conference on pulmonary fibrosis in Dublin, Ireland.
Sixth-year students Amanda Fletcher, left, and Susamita Kesh, right, made poster presentations with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and director of student research, at an international scientific conference on pulmonary fibrosis in Dublin, Ireland.

A faculty member and two student researchers from the UMKC School of Medicine presented posters on lung disease during an exclusive international meeting of scientists in Dublin, Ireland in April.

Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and director of student research, and sixth-year students Amanda Fletcher and Susamita Kesh, made the poster presentations at the 19th International Colloquium on Lung and Airway Fibrosis that took place at Dublin Castle.

Scientists and health care professionals from more than 24 countries participated in the conference that presented the latest studies on lung fibrosis, including results from recent clinical trials, as well as sessions on advanced radiology of the disease.

Fletcher and Kesh are the lead authors of a research poster they presented on “Aliskiren, a Direct Renin Inhibitor, Reduces Mast Cell Accumulation in Lungs of Rats After Fat Embolism.” Molteni, along with School of Medicine students Dayne Voelker and Paul Guidos, and UMKC residents Rana Al Zoubi, M.D., and Emily Tylski, M.D., contributed to the research.

Fletcher presented a second poster on “The Protective Effects of Aliskiren on Lung Histopathology after Triolein-Induced Fat Embolism.” Molteni and UMKC residents Rakesh Ponnapureddy, Chirage Patel and Mark Pluym, were co-authors of the poster.

Molteni also presented a third poster on “Differential Collagen Deposition and Smooth Muscle Actin (SMA) Expression in the Lungs and Heart of Adult Transgenic Mice Overexpressing CUX1.” Three School of Medicine students, Navya Reddy, Ahmed Said and Rarhan Raza, contributed as co-authors of the study.