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DRC Summer Students Pursue Research

Two DRC students wearing gloves, holding test tubes.

Each summer, JHU and UMD host a cadre of medical students from across the country with support from the NIH-NIDDK. Each student works with a faculty mentor and engages in a summer research project in order to inspire and engage the next generation of physicians in diabetes research.

The summer of 2013 involved the following students, their mentors and projects:

  • Anish Shah (Scott Blackman, M.D., Ph.D., mentor): Genetic Linkage Analysis for Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes;
  • Brijesh Patel (Jessica Yeh, Ph.D.; Erin D. Michos, M.D., M.H.S.; and Eric Bass, M.D., M.P.H., mentors): All-Cause Mortality According to Troponin Levels in Dialysis Patients Without ACS: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis;
  • Chen Chen Costello (Christopher Romero, M.D., mentor): Characterization of the Metabolic Effects of Growth Hormone in the Somatotroph Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 Knockout (SIGFRKO) Mouse;
  • David Jacobs (Kimberly Gudzune, M.D., M.P.H., mentor): Efficacy and Comparative Effectiveness of Commercial Weight Loss Programs: Preliminary Results from Weight Watchers;
  • DeAsia Gilmer (Katherine Beckwith-Fickas, M.D.; Fredric Wondisford, M.D.; and Sally Radovick, M.D., mentors): A Look at Hepatic Gene Expression in a Diet-Induced Obesity Mouse Model;
  • Lauren Evans (William Wong, Ph.D., mentor): CTRP Metabolic Signaling and Expression in the Brain;
  • Stephanie Chan (Jessica Yeh, Ph.D., mentor): Glycemic Control and Anti-Diabetic Medication Usage in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in an Inner-City Primary Care Practice;
  • Varsha Kishore (Nisa Maruthur, M.D., M.H.S., mentor): Diabetes and Incident Parkinson’s Disease: Results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study.

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