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Second year veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Cecilia Montes
attended the Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium
located in Athens, Georgia where she was named a winner in the
research poster competition.
This past August, veterinary medical students from all over the
United States and Canada met to present their research findings and
network with peers, veterinarians, scientists, researchers and
faculty members. The meeting was hosted by the University of
Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
Over 300 posters were presented, but only around a dozen awards
were given out with Montes taking home one of them.
"I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Cristine Heaps this summer,
and winning this award was the icing on the cake!" said Montes.
The poster that Montes submitted was entitled "Contribution of
ETA receptor to the exercise training-enhanced ET-1-mediated
constriction of collateral-dependent coronary arteries" and
displayed the research she worked on this summer with other authors
Juan Carlos Robles (graduate assistant research), Jeff F. Bray(
laboratory technician) , Mildred L. Mattox (associate research
specialist), and Dr. Cristine Heaps (associate professor at the
Montes participated in the Veterinary Student Research Fellows
Program this summer under the direction of Heaps.
"I really enjoyed participating in the fellowship and I feel
like I learned so much this summer about research, especially for
someone who had never actually participated in research at all
prior to this summer," said Montes.
Heaps' lab is currently looking at the effects of exercise
training on collateral-dependent coronary arteries in pigs.
"Previous studies have shown that collateral-dependent arteries
of exercise-trained pigs have an increased contractile response to
endothelin-1 (ET-1) and the goal of this project was to assess the
contribution of ETA receptors to this adaptation," said Montes.
"Cecilia was a wonderful addition to our laboratory as part of
the Veterinary Medical Student Research Training Program," said
Heaps, "she approached this learning experience with great
enthusiasm and dedication and through the intensive nature of this
12-week program, Cecilia acquired a great deal of insight into
hypothesis-driven research and the scientific approach."
Heaps further explained that the Fellows Program experience was
mutually beneficial because Montes, who collaborated with the
laboratory staff and students, performed a great deal of
experimental troubleshooting as well as initiating data collection
on studies that the team will continue to pursue.
Dr. Cristine Heaps
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