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  • The GSO NewsVolume 2, Issue 1, September 2010

    www.mcg.edu/gradstudies/students.htmMedical College of Georgia Graduate Student Organization

    The GSO News 1

    Inside this Issue

    Welcome Back from the GSOPresident

    2010/11 GSO Officers

    26th Annual Graduate Research Day

    Student: Aisha Cobbs

    Student: Irfan Ali

    Faculty: Dr. Jennifer Sullivan

    Student Accomplishments

    Feature Article: Medical Illustration

    GSO Fundraiser

    2010/11 GSO OfficersColleen Carey

    In addition to the GSO presidents wel-

    come note, the GSO officers would also

    like to take the opportunity to briefly in-

    troduce themselves. Here we provide you

    with some basic information about the

    work we do at MCG and highlight the

    goals each one of us is eager to achieve

    within this academic year.

    Welcome Back from the GSO President

    Dear fellow graduate students,

    Its once again that time of the year - a

    new academic term has just begun and

    we have a lot planned for you. Last year

    we were able to establish many new things

    for MCGs graduate students while at the

    same time also maintaining well-appreci-

    ated GSO traditions and even reviving

    old ideas. In doing so, we were able to

    meet our goals of improving the overall

    communication among the graduate stu-

    dent body, connecting students from dif-

    ferent programs, combining GSOs and

    SGAs efforts for the benefit of all MCG

    students, and establishing new relation-

    ships with other schools within the Uni-

    versity System of Georgia. As a result of

    these team efforts, we are able to look

    back on a very active and successful past

    year for our organization!

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    While we begin the new academic year

    with presenting the 1st edition of the

    GSO Welcome Handbook to the new

    incoming classes of graduate students

    (which can be found at http://www.mcg.

    edu/gradstudies/students.htm), we also

    plan to extend our focus on the more up-

    per level students by a variety of means.

    One such goal of doing so is through in-

    viting guest speakers to talk about profes-

    sional career opportunities, because one

    can never start planning the future too

    early! Lastly, Id like to encourage you

    to keep an eye out for announcements

    from your organization. Thanks to your

    help, input, and participation, GSO has

    become one of the most influential and

    well-respected student organizations at

    MCG and together we can keep it that

    way! On behalf of the GSO and my fel-

    low officers I wish you all a very success-

    ful year and look forward to seeing you

    at many of the upcoming events we have

    planned.

    Samuel Herberg

    GSO President

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    ...from Officers, pg. 1

    President Samuel Herberg:

    3rd year Cellular Biology & Anatomy

    PhD student in Dr. William Hills lab,

    research interest in stem cells for tissue

    regeneration. Goal(s) for this year: To

    further improve the overall recognition

    of GSO campus-wide by representing

    our organization at the highest level of

    student leaders while also making sure

    that our services reach the more than

    500 graduate students by acting as their

    point person. Ultimately, I wish for GSO

    to become an invaluable part of every

    graduate students intellectual and social

    experience at our institution.

    Vice president Katie Spitler:

    2nd year Biomed PhD student in Dr.

    Clinton Webbs lab, research interest

    using dietary supplementation to im-

    prove hypertension. My goals are to

    help organize a new lecture series featur-

    ing speakers that will talk about job op-

    portunities that are out there after some-

    one gets a PhD.

    Secretary Paramita Pati:

    3rd year BIOMED PhD student in Dr.

    Dan Rudics lab, research interest is in

    the role of the circadian clock in hyper-

    tension and regulation of the circadian

    clock in the vasculature. Goal for this

    year: To provide official correspon-

    dence and distribute information related

    to GSO. Also, to work with the

    Colleen Carey

    As one of the longest-standing tradi-

    tions and highlights of the academic year

    within the School of Graduate Studies,

    Graduate Research Day provides an op-

    portunity for both students and postdocs

    to share with the campus the outstand-

    ing work that is being conducted here on

    campus. As expected, the 26th annual

    Graduate Research Day held in March

    2010 proved to be an impressive display

    of progressive and innovative projects

    from all participants. This year over 100

    postdoctoral fellows and graduate stu-

    dents showcased research in biomedical

    sciences, biostatistics, health informatics,

    medical illustration and nursing.

    This year, Sir Salvador Moncada (MD,

    PhD, DSci, FMedSci, FRS) a world re-

    nowned scientist and Professor of Ex-

    perimental Biology and Therapeutics

    at University College London, United

    Kingdom was the invited guest speaker.

    Dr. Moncada earned his Doctor of Phi-

    losophy in Pharmacology at the Royal

    College of Surgeons at the University of

    26th Annual Graduate Research Day: Students, trainees and post-doctoral fellows shine London and Wellcome Research Labora-

    tories under Sir John Vane. While there

    he solved the mechanism of action of as-

    pirin, which was published in three clas-

    sic papers for which he received a PhD in

    1973. Dr. Moncada then went on to play

    a central role in the discovery and devel-

    opment of prostacyclin as a medicine for

    cardiopulmonary bypass operations and

    pulmonary hypertension.

    In 1985 Dr. Moncada began investiga-

    tions that lead him and his team to

    identify the newly described, endothe-

    lium-derived releasing factor or EDRF

    and his lab made one of the first break-

    throughs that later enabled EDRF to be

    identified as nitric oxide. To date, his

    work still continues to elucidate new

    mechanisms in endothelial cell biology

    and explore new therapies in cardiovas-

    cular medicine. Dr. Moncada is an excel-

    lent speaker and his talk was enjoyed by

    all who attended.

    The staff of GSO News would like to congratu-late all participants for their hard work as well as to specifically acknowledge the winners of

    this years awards. (Next page)

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