Students present posters at annual Experimental Biology symposium

UMKC-SOM-LogoFour students from the School of Medicine produced posters presented in San Diego at the 2016 Experimental Biology, a multidisciplinary meeting of more than 14,000 scientists from across the world.

The annual assembly attracts academic researchers from the fields of anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology, and physiology, as well as scientists from government, non-profit and private organizations.

Amanda Fletcher, a sixth-year student, made four presentations. During a session on cell and tissue injury, she presented “Absence of Mast Cells in the Kidneys of Rats Subjected to Fat Embolism Despite Their Presence in the Lungs and Heart.” She presented her poster, “Losartan Blocks the Recruitment of Mast Cells in the Lungs of Rats Subjected to Fat Embolism with or without a Second Hit with LPA,” at a session on lung pathobiology. During a cardiac pathobiology session, she presented, “Effect of Losartan on Mast Cells in the Hearts of Rats 10 weeks after Fat Embolism with Triolein.” Her final presentation, at a session on inflammation, immunopathology and vascular pathobiology, was “Effect of Aliskiren on Fat Distribution and Elimination in the Lungs of Rats after Triolein-Induced Fat Embolism.”

Navya Reddy, Farhan Raza, and Ahmed Said, all fifth-year students, were co-authors of a poster that was presented twice. They presented “Absence of Mast Cells in an Experimental Model of Pulmonary and Cardiac Fibrosis, CUX-1 Mice” during symposiums on pulmonary pathobiology, and on cell and tissue injury neuropathology.

Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and director of student research, was a co-author for each of the posters and served as the students’ research mentor.