Four receive Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards

for the Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards. The recipients, shown with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, are Himanshu Banda, MS 6, Hassan Rao, MS 6, and Brandon Carney, MS 4, (far right). Not pictured is Pratik Sandesara, MS 5.

Four students have been selected to receive the School of Medicine’s Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards for July.

The recipients and their research mentors include:

  • Brandon Carney, MS 4, “Effects of FGF23 on Intracellular Calcium Levels in Cardiomyocytes,” Michael Wacker, Ph.D., assistant professor of basic medical science.
  • Pratik Sandesara, MS 5, “Relationship Between Serum High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Level, Vitamin D and Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness and Arterial Distensibility Index Among Pediatric Population,” Geetha Raghuveer, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics.
  • Himanshu Banda, MS 6, “Diabetes management of Homeless People in Greater Kansas City: An assessment of the Sojourner Free Health Clinic Population,” Angela Barnett, M.D., clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine.
  • Hassan Rao, MS 6, “Is there a relationship between neonatal and maternal biometric and the severity and persistence of acne into adulthood?” Colleen Reisz, M.D., clinical assistant professor of internal medicine.

“I was very pleased with the wide variety of projects involving clinical, socially oriented, and basic science research,” said Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research. “We had a number of very good submissions for this round of the Sarah Morrison awards.”

The application deadline for the next round of Sarah Morrison Student Research Awards is Oct. 1. For application information, students should contact Molteni, M.D., 235-5604 or moltenia@umkc.edu, or the Office of Research Administration at 235-6687 or somresearch@umkc.edu.

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