A second year student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford received a top award during the American Medical Association Research Symposium.
Kavin Arasar was the overall winner in the biochemistry/cell biology category for her research titled "Increased â-cell Proliferation and â-cell Mass Induced through High Fat Diet in Mice."
"The work of Kavin and the other young physicians and medical students shows us that the future of medicine looks very bright," AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., said. "The research presented at this AMA symposium provides valuable information for current and future physicians. These advances will help them provide the best possible care for patients."
Arasar said of her work, "I've been fascinated with how molecules interact or how signaling works in the body, and metabolism and diabetes, which aside from being incredibly relevant now, is also fascinating to study."
The symposium features competitive categories for members who are residents or fellows, medical students, and international medical graduates who are certified and awaiting residency.
Over 600 abstracts were submitted for consideration this year.
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