|July 26, 2004|
Radhika Phadke, a doctoral student in UAB’s department of Nutrition Sciences in the School of Health Related Professions, has been selected as the recipient of the Buris R. Boshell Scholarship in Medicine.
A native of India, Ms. Phadke graduated with Distinction (top 2%) from Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Medical College, University of Pune, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S). She was accepted into the doctoral program in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at UAB in 2002. Since then, she has been working with Dr. Barbara Gower on a project involving insulin secretion in African-American and Caucasian children. This longitudinal project is designed to provide insight into why African-Americans are at disproportionate risk for development of type 2 diabetes when compared to Caucasians. She is using hormone data acquired during a glucose tolerance test to determine if ethnicity influences beta cell responsiveness over time as children traverse puberty. This research involves mathematical modeling of hormone data as well as complex statistical modeling to examine relationships among genetic admixture (African vs European), socioeconomic status, body composition, and insulin secretion and action.
The Boshell Scholarship was established in 1995 by a special appropriation of $100,000 by the Alabama State Legislature to The Diabetes Trust Fund. The $12,000 award each year supports graduate studies in endocrinology and pathophysiology related to human diabetes mellitus.
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