Meet John Campbell
When John Campbell presented his poster at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in November 2010, he was competing against students from over 285 U.S. colleges and universities. Campbell is a senior in Biochemistry, so this was his last chance as an undergraduate to present his research at such a large conference of his peers. His 'last chance', however, turned into a first-place award at ABRCMS!
For ten years, ABCRMS has been the largest professional conference for minority students -- both undergraduate and graduate students -- who are focused on biomedical and behavioral sciences. The annual conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in these fields. Students are encouraged to attend professional society meetings, as well as continue scientific and professional development in their respective disciplines. The conference also provides faculty mentors and advisors with resources to facilitate students' success.
Campbell presented his research poster, Identification of Cytokines that Stimulate the Migration of Metastasis of Lung Cancer Cells, at the afternoon session on November 11. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, with barely a five-year survival rate. Although lack of early detection plays a role, the majority of lung cancer therapies fail once metastasis occurs. Metastasis is the process by which cancer spreads from the place at which it first arose as a primary tumor to distant locations in the body.
Cytokines, signaling proteins that are secreted by cells to aid in cell-cell communication, may also stimulate the migration of human lung cancer cells. Campbell's research project focused on identifying the role of cytokine receptors functional role in lung cancer. At this point, quantification from preliminary data show that cell migration may be induced by certain 'hit' cytokines. Campbell hopes that these studies will determine if and how stem cell biology approaches can be applied to understanding the biology of lung cancer.
Campbell is a participant in the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program, an NSF funded program that seeks to increase in a meaningful way the number of underrepresented groups in the professoriate through research, professional development, mentoring, advising, and moral support. AGEP is a very competitive program that is coordinated through The Graduate School, although the program serves both undergraduates and graduate students.
Congratulations, John Campbell -- not only on your well-deserved win at ABRCMS, but also on your focus, hard work, and perseverance in attempting such a huge difference in the medical research community!
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