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    Vivien Thomas Research Students Place in Poster Contest

    Vivien Thomas Research Students Place in Poster Contest


    The Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc. (AMHPS) recently sponsored the 25th Annual Symposium on Career Opportunities in the Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions hosted by Hampton University, School of Pharmacy in Newport News, Virginia at the Marriott City Center from March 23-27, 2011. The Symposium was attended by approximately 200 students from around the country, including 49 students from Morehouse School of Medicine and Atlanta University Center Pipeline Programs.

    Three students from the Vivien Thomas Summer Research Program, through the abstract competition for the Symposium, were selected to participate in the Poster Presentation. All three students placed in the competition: Vivek Patel – 1st Place, Azikiwea Green and Kaamilah Wilson tied for 2nd Place. We congratulate these students for their accomplishments.

    Vivek Patel attends Collins Hills High School and is under the mentorship of Dr. Minerva Garcia-Barrio. Vivek has also won first place in the regional science and the Fisher Scientific Lab special award. He will continue to the State of Georgia’s Science Fair. The title of his research under Dr. Garcia –Barrio is, Regulator of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation and a Novel Target of The CDK2 Kinase. Vivek plans to become a surgeon.

    Azikiwea Green is home schooled and conducted his research under a collaborative study in the laboratories of Drs. Sandra Harris-Hooker and Julian Menter. He has presented his research at the Curtis Parker Student Research Symposium for two consecutive years. Azikiwea continues to work in the laboratory during the school year and is supervised by Dr. Comnuan Nokkaew. The title of Azikiwea’s research is The Effects of Melanin on Collagen Type I Production by Human Fibroblasts. Azikiwea’s career goal is to become a cardiovascular surgeon.

    Kaamilah Wilson is a student at Blackstone Academy.  Kaamilah conducts her research under the mentorship of Dr. Ruben Gonzalez. The title of her research is, Leptin Regulation of Interlukin 1. Kaamilah plans to major in biology and minor in Spanish and pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology.

    These students received cash prizes and award certificates. We commend each student for their dedication and hard work. We celebrate their success and trust that their future endeavors will be equally successful and rewarding.


    About the Vivien Thomas Summer Research Program

    The Vivien Thomas Summer Research Program (VTSRP) was established in 2002 to provide research experiences for high school students under the mentorship of research faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine.  Students conduct research for 6 weeks under the guidance of medical school faculty and learn the content, process and methodology involved in inquiry science. At the end of the summer, the students present their research findings to the faculty and staff at MSM.  The primary goal of the VTSRP is to increase the number of minority students interested in pursuing a career in the biomedical sciences.

    The member institutions of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools, Inc , are: Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science; Florida A&M College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences; Hampton University School of Pharmacy; Howard University College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, and College of Dentistry; Meharry Medical College School of Medicine and School of Dentistry; Morehouse School of Medicine; Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health; and Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy.