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UPIKE student recognized for research

January 03, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Danielle Upton earned second place for her health sciences poster presentation during the Kentucky Academy of Science 2016 Annual Meeting held at the University of Louisville.

Upton, a chemistry major from Mayfield, has worked with Maiyon Park, assistant professor of physiology at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, for three years on her research titled “Anacardic acid, found in cashews and mangoes, as a dietary supplement for pancreatic cancer patients.”

“The goal was the find if anacardic acid was an effective therapeutic in the treatment of pancreatic cancer patients that also exhibits low toxicity, low resistance and higher survival rate,” said Upton.

Upton was among more than 700 scientists and students to attend the annual meeting and hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from Kentucky and regional colleges and universities who participated in the research competitions.

The Kentucky Academy of Science is a nonā€profit organization, founded in 1914, whose mission is to foster scientific discovery and understanding in Kentucky.

To learn more about science programs and undergraduate research at the University of Pikeville, contact Thomas R. Hess, Ph.D., dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at (606) 218-5475 or thomashess@upike.edu.

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