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KU Medical Center students present research in Topeka

A pair of doctoral students were the winners from the University of Kansas Medical Center at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit Feb. 26 at the state capitol in Topeka.

The summit, which is open to the public, brings together students from the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Emporia State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University and Wichita State University.

Founded 16 years ago, the summit brings attention to the innovative research being performed by students at the state universities with an emphasis on the public benefits. This year, the summit provided an opportunity for Governor Laura Kelly, plus state lawmakers and their staff members, to interact directly with the student researchers.

2019 Graduate Research Summit"The Capitol Graduate Research Summit is an incredible event where graduate students from all the Board of Regents institutions present their research at the Capitol," said Michael J. Werle, dean of postdoctoral affairs and graduate studies. "KU Medical Center had participants from every school and presented a full spectrum of the research performed at the medical center. The presenters showed how their research impacts the state of Kansas."

Andrew Trembath, a doctoral student in microbiology, who researches diabetes, received the BioKansas Award, which is based on scoring by judges from BioKansas, a network serving the bioscience community in Kansas. Trembath's research was titled, ""Immune Regulation of CD8+ T Cells by NKG2D in Autoimmune Diabetes."

"As basic science researchers, we work to lay the foundation for future discoveries and medical advancements, but our findings in and of themselves aren't always glamorous, so this award was a really big surprise to me," Trembath said. "I'm honored to have our research recognized by BioKansas. It's an inspiring reminder of the importance and impact of the work we and others do daily."

Abdalghani Yahya, a doctoral student in rehabilitation science, part of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, received the University of Kansas Medical Center Award. This award is decided via a vote by students from the other universities who are in attendance. Yahya's poster presentation was titled, "Pinch Proprioception and Hand Dexterity: Are They Correlated?"

"I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received," Yahya said. "Without a doubt, hard work, focus and unconditional support from my colleagues and mentors all have contributed to my success. I will continue to strive to give back to the world."

Earlier this month, five students from the KU School of Nursing represented KU Medical Center at Undergraduate Day at the Capitol.

Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Feb. 26
Kaitlyn Carl, medical student, "Gene Expression Profiling Use is Associated with Reduction in Moderate to Severe Tricuspid Regurgitation After Heart Transplant."

Hannah Cunningham, doctoral student, nursing, "Impact of a Low-Cost, Multicomponent Intervention to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in a Primary Care Clinic in Rural Kansas."z

Miranda Macheck, doctoral student, pathology, "Elevated O-GlcNAc Exacerbates Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Secretion from CD4+ T Cells."

Andrew Trembath, doctoral student, microbiology, "Immune Regulation of CD8+ T Cells by NKG2D in Autoimmune Diabetes."

Abdalghani Yahya, doctoral student, rehabilitation science, "Pinch Proprioception and Hand Dexterity: Are They Correlated?"

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, Feb. 20
"Guidelines for Educating Psychiatric Mental Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMH-ARPNS) in Telemental Health (TMH)."
Josephine Baker, senior in nursing from Lawrence; mentor: Cara Busenhart, clinical assistant professor, and Cindy Whitney, clinical assistant professor.

"Pilot Testing Adherence Surveys with Heart Failure Patients."
Ashlee Jacobson, senior in nursing from Lawrence; mentors: Kelly Bosak, associate professor, and JoAnn Peterson, clinical assistant professor."

"Nurses' Experience of Providing Care across Nursing Unit Types in the United States."
Emily Razavi, senior in nursing from Kansas City, Kansas; mentor: Heather Nelson-Brantley, assistant professor.

"The Relationship between Celiac Disease or Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Mental Health Changes in Adults with Down Syndrome."
Tylar Lock, senior in nursing from Lenexa; mentor: Moya Peterson, clinical associate professor.

"Exploring Interprofessional Education Learning Transfer to First-Year Nursing Practice."
Erin Howat, senior in nursing from Olathe; mentor: Pamela Barnes, associate dean of nursing.

Last modified: Mar 06, 2019