2019 FOEDRC Research Day

The third annual Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Research Day was held on Monday, February 25, 2019.  This day, each year is set aside for investigators and lab members to share their research to the rest of the department. It becomes beneficial when members can meet others focusing on similar types of work. Not only does the Diabetes Center hope that members can collaborate and share their ideas, but we also have the opportunity to thank the members of the department for their hard work.

The day began with a poster session including 60 posters by students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty, followed by speaker symposium short talks by Zeyuan Zhang, Akansha Mishra, Blake Monroe and Jordan Fuqua. After a short break came the keynote address by Clay Semenkovich, MD, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research at Washington University in St. Louis who gave a talk titled, “Lipid Flux, Chronic Disease, and Metaphysics”. The seminar focused on cortical functional connectivity in PEKO mice, and the relation to arousal, blood pressure, heart rate and memory. Research day concluded with presentations by T32 postdocs, Katie Robinson, Kyle Flippo and Jingwei Jiang.

This year poster awards were given to two postdocs, two graduate students and one undergraduate student. Please help us to congratulate the awardees.

Postdoc poster awards:

Kyle Flippo – (Matt Potthoff Lab): Metabolic effects of low protein diet are mediated through an FGF21-CNS signaling axis

Adam Rauckhorst (Eric Taylor Lab): Hypoxia-induced rapid metabolomic alterations parallel delayed postmortem tissue sampling

Graduate Student poster awards:

Alix Rouault (Julien Sebag Lab): MRAP2 Mediates Signaling Bias and Constitutive Activity Inhibition of the Ghrelin Receptor

Jessica Ponce (Chad Grueter Lab): Investigating the roles of cyclin C in heart disease

Undergraduate Student poster award:

Jessie Cochran (Dale Abel Lab): Sex Differences in the Response of C57BL/6 Mice to Ketogenic Diets


We want to thank students, staff, and judges for their participation in Diabetes Research Day and Speaker Symposiums. Without you, this event wouldn’t have been a success.


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