Students present research abstract at national conference

Chelsea Shapland
Chelsea Shapland
Matt Hendrix
Matt Hendrix

Two School of Medicine students were recognized for their research.

Matt Hendrix and Chelsea Shapland co-authored an abstract that was selected for presentation at the 2015 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research conference. The event took place this past October in Seattle.

Hendrix, a fifth-year student, was awarded a 2015 Young Investigator Travel Grant as the first author of the abstract, “Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) increases cardiac contractility and induces cardiac mechanical alternans which are eliminated by FGFR4 antibody treatment.” Hendrix presented the research at a pre-conference symposium on Crosstalk Between Kidney and Bone: Bench to Bedside. Shapland, a sixth-year student, also presented the abstract during a regular session of conference.

The students spent more than a year conducting their research at the School of Medicine with Michael Wacker, Ph.D., associate professor of basic medical science.

“The problem solving and analytical skills that Chelsea and Matt have gained while conducting research will greatly help them as physicians as they critically evaluate their patients and treatment options,” Wacker said.