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PY3 Offered Multiple Fellowships For Parkinson's Research

Kristin MinerIn the last month, Kristin Miner, a student pharmacist in her third professional year, received two research fellowships for her work in the laboratory of Dr. Rehana Leak, Associate Professor of Pharmacology. Two foundations offered her awards: The Irene and Eric Simon Brain Research Foundation and the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE). The latter "Gateway to Research Award" from AFPE was turned down, as Miner had already accepted the first award. The AFPE decided to still recognize Miner as an "AFPE Fellow" when she declined their funding.

Miner's research is on DNA repair/redox proteins in an animal model of the smell loss and olfactory Lewy pathology that surfaces in the earliest stages of Parkinson's disease. Her work demonstrates gender differences in the expression of these stress-induced proteins, which may shed light on why men are twice as likely as women to develop this condition.

"I am tremendously excited and thankful to have received two fellowship offers from such competitive foundations," said Miner. "This would not have been possible without help from my laboratory mentor, Dr. Leak. Her continuous motivation and dedication to science drives me to become a better student researcher every day. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to represent Duquesne as I continue my work on Parkinson's disease this summer as an Irene & Eric Simon Brain Research Fellow."

Aside from a doctorate in Pharmacy, Miner also intends to acquire a Bachelor's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Duquesne University.

The Irene & Eric Simon Brain Research Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of brain research and education. Each year, the foundation provides fewer than 10 students from around the country with the opportunity to continue a neuroscience research project as an IES fellow.

AFPE is a nonprofit organization that has been supporting pharmaceutical education for over 75 years. They offer competitive scholarships and grants to researchers in the pharmaceutical sciences who are conducting novel research projects at U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy.

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