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Eight ASU-MHIRT participants will present research papers at a major national research conference

MHIRT 2010

Eight Alcorn State University students, recent participants of the Minority Health International Research Training held in India, will present their research findings at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Charlotte, North Carolina, November 10-14, 2010. Their names of the outstanding students are: Jasmine A. Burrell, Iyuanna N. Brown, Kendrick D. Bufford, Calandra Davis, Cheree R. Finley, Myron Green, Lucius K. Daughtry, and Angelica Jones.

Burrell is a junior majoring in biochemistry and biology. Her presentation is titled “Role of Vitamin B 12 in modulating resting and noradrenalin stimulated energy expenditure in healthy male men.” Brown is a senior majoring in computer science. Her presentation is titled “Body composition of South Indian children with the use of anthropometry and handgrip tests.” Bufford is a junior majoring in biology. His topic is “A study to assess autonomic nervous system changes in children born to vitamin B12 deficient mothers.” Calandra Davis is a senior majoring in biochemistry. Her presentation topic is “Handgrip strength in South Indian school children.” These four students were trained at St. John’s Research Institute, St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, by clinical professors, Drs. S. Sucharita, S. Sowmya, A.V. Kurpad, Mario Vaz, and K. Srinivasan, and biomedical research scientists, Drs. S. Swaminathan, Dwarkanath, and K. G. Jayachitra.

Finely and Green, both juniors majoring in biology, participated in research training in pharmaceutical science held by Drs. Eswar Kumar and Rajeswararao Pragada at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. Finley’s presentation is titled “Influence of aqueous extract of garlic (Allium sativum) on the pharmacodynamic activity of gliclazide in rats/rabbits.” Green’s research topic is “Role of free radical scavenging activity of selected herbal drugs of genus Ocimum against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced hepatotoxicity in rats.”

Daughtry and Jones, both graduate students, were trained in physiology and neurotoxicolcogy laboratories under the direction of Dr. Y. Prabhakararao, with assistance of doctoral research scholar Manoj Kumar Velaga. Daughtry’s research topic is “Protective role of Moringa oleifera seed against lead induced oxidative stress in different regions of adult rat brain", and Jones’ – “Effects of Moringa oleifera seed on lead induced oxidative stress in liver and kidney.”

ABRCMS is the largest professional conference for biomedical and behavior students, including mathematics. The Conference attracts over 2800 individuals, including 1500 undergraduate students, 300 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1000 faculty members. Students come from over 285 colleges and universities nationwide. During the four day conference, 1,200 research papers will be presented in ten major disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. Several nationally and internationally known research scientists and educators including Nobel laureates will address students at this conference sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and managed by the American Society for Microbiology. For more information on the Conference, visit www.ABRCMS.org .

The ASU-MHIRT program is spearheaded by Dr. Bettaiya Rajanna, professor and chair, Department of Biological Sciences and director of MHIRT program, and Mrs. Sharada Rajanna, a faculty in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science and co-director of the program. “At the 2009 ABRCMS conference three ASU students - Justin Nash, Madhu Aditya, and Kendra Robinson-Taylor won best presentation award and a cash prize,” said Dr. Rajanna. “We hope this year’s group will follow the footsteps of their peers, hold their presentation successfully and bring awards home.” “Travelling to India last summer was an eye-opening experience for our students,” stated Mrs. Rajanna. “And attending the Conference and making research presentations at the ABRCMS will be a stepping stone in continued process of scientific and professional enhancement of our students.” The next MHIRT program is scheduled for June 01 - August 6, 2011. Students interested in the program contact Dr. Bettaiya Rajanna at 601-877-6681 or Mrs. Sharada Rajanna at 601-877-3984.

Caption: Aug 3, 2010, after the presentation of ASU-MHIRT participants stationed at St. John’s Research Institute. L to R: Kendrick Bufford, Jasmine Burrell, Cherry Finley, Sharada Rajanna, Dr. S. Sucharita (ASU-MHIRT research coordinator at St. John’s), Iyuanna Brown, Calandra Davis, and Angelica Jones. Front row: Lucius Daughtry.