Welch Center trainees, Julie Bower, PhD, MPH, and Meredith Foster, ScD, MPH, were winners in the 2013 Delta Omega Scientific Poster Competition. Delta Omega is a national honor society of public health faculty, students and alumni. The annual poster competition is open to students and fellows enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Posters represent the researchers' recent "noteworthy scholarly investigation or scientific study." Awards are granted in two categories: Applied Research (epidemiologic public health research) and Laboratory Research (basic science research).
Dr. Foster placed first in the Laboratory Research category with her poster titled "APOL1 and Risk of Incident and Progressive Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in African Americans: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study." Dr. Bower placed second in the Applied Research category with her poster entitled "The Association of Lifestyle Factors with Circulating Levels of the Soluble Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products (sRAGE): The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study". Both Welch Center winners are post-doctoral fellows in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology training program directed by Welch Center Core Faculty member Josef Coresh, MD, PhD, MHS. The awards are accompanied by cash prizes.
Kudos to Julie and Meredith for carrying off the palms!