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ATSU-KCOM biomedical sciences student receives 2022 AGA Research Foundation Abstract Award

ATSU-KCOM biomedical sciences student Georgetta Skinner, MSc

A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) biomedical sciences first-year student Georgetta Skinner, MSc, has received the 2022 American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation Abstract Award.

Skinner was mentored by Suhail Akhtar, PhD, assistant professor, department of biochemistry, at ATSU-KCOM.

Skinner’s poster, “Effects of Inulin on Intestinal Barrier Function In a Caco-2 Cell Monolayer Model of Intestinal Barrier,” was selected as a “Poster of Distinction” and rated in the top 10% of all abstracts selected for presentation at the Digestive Disease Week Conference, scheduled for late May in San Diego.

Skinner’s study investigates whether inulin treatment can help attenuate LPS-induced intestine inflammation and gut barrier damage.

The conference is the world’s premier meeting for physicians, researchers, and industry in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy, and gastrointestinal surgery.


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