The Fifth Annual Tennessee Physiological Society Meeting was held at Belmont University on Nov. 22 in Beaman A&B. This society, chartered in 2009 as a chapter of The American Physiological Society, seeks to “enhance and advance the field of physiology with all its molecular, cellular, organ and organismal basic and applied disciplines of research and education and unite the Physiologists for this purpose within the State of Tennessee.” Dr. Nick Ragsdale, associate professor of biology, serves as president.
The keynote speakers at the meeting included Dr. Edgar Diaz-Cruz, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at Belmont University, who presented “Tamoxifen or letrozole … Which drug will better treat my breast cancer?” There were also poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle Tennessee area. Justin Hughes and D’angeleau Newsome from Belmont University earned the best undergraduate presentation award and $100 cash prize.
There were four Belmont biology students that presented research posters. Justin Hughes presented “Study of Caffeine’s Neuroprotective effects on Caenorhabditis Elegans treated with 6-hydroxydopamine.” Taylor Brown presented “HPLC Measured Nucleotide Concentrations in Staphylococcus aureus Infected and Uninfected Caenorhabditis elegans.” Maria Martino presented “The Effect of the Tub-1 Gene on Mortality of Caenorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus.” D’Angeleau Newsome presented “Affect of Hypoxia Inducible Factor on Mortality of Ceanorhabditis elegans Infected with Staphylococcus aureus.”