|August 28, 2001|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., -- Paul Higgins, a doctoral student in UAB’s (University of Alabama at Birmingham) 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 Donegal, in the Republic of Ireland, Higgins graduated with honors from the University of Ulster at Coleraine, Northern Ireland in Human Nutrition. He spent his junior year at UAB. During that year, Higgins was the lead author on two peer-reviewed papers, published in Obesity Research. The first dealt with ways to identify prepubertal children at risk of adverse levels of blood insulin and blood lipids, which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease and Type II Diabetes. Higgins collaborated with UAB faculty Barbara Gower, Gary Hunter and Michael Goran.
In the second paper, in association with Gower, Hunter and David Fields, Higgins examined the possible confounding effects of body hair on percentage of body fat estimations by the BOD POD, a relatively new instrument used for body composition analysis.
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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