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CADET WINS SECOND PLACE IN MUSC RESEARCH

CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 20 -- Dean Sproles, a cadet at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, and a resident of Rock Hill, South Carolina, won second place in the undergraduate division of the Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) Annual Student Research Day earlier this month.

     Students presented talks about research conducted at MUSC. Sproles discussed the effects of Phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate on MAPK activation in epidermal keratinocytes. Essentially, his research involved a study of the molecules that play a part in generating skin cancer. Sproles has been conducting his research under Kay Meier, PhD, in the department of pharmacology at MUSC.

     Also competing in the competition from The Citadel was Arthur Baker of James Island whose talk was on vascular risk factors in people with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus. Specifically, Baker's research is about type I diabetes (also called insulin diabetes and formerly called juvenile diabetes). He is looking for molecules in the blood of these patients that can be used to determine if a particular patient will be at increased risk for vascular disease. Baker interned with Alice Jenkins, MD, and Timothy Lyons, MD, both of the department of medicine, division of endocrinology at the Medical University.

     Judging the contest was a panel of MUSC faculty. Groups competing for the awards were undergraduate, graduate, PhD first year, PhD second year, PhD third year. First place recipients were awarded $500 and second were awarded $200.

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