Heritage College D.O./Ph.D. student wins poster award at Endocrine Society’s annual meeting

May 30, 2017

Ashley Patton

A D.O./Ph.D. student at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine who last year won a coveted research fellowship from the Endocrine Society has received an award for her research poster presentation at the Society’s 2017 annual meeting, which took place April 1-4 in Orlando, Fla.

Ashley Patton was a mentoring reception poster winner for her entry, “Small Molecule Inhibitors of Inflammation Prevent Hepatic Steatosis in High Fat Diet-Fed Male C57BL/6J Mice.” According to the Endocrine Society, the competition was based on scoring by senior mentors, with awards given in categories such as undergraduate, clinical fellow, post-doc and medical student; Patton won in the medical student category.

In 2016 Patton and fellow Heritage College D.O./Ph.D. student Elizabeth Jensen won Summer Research Fellowships from the Endocrine Society. They were among only 15 undergraduates, medical students and first-year graduate students nationwide to get these fellowships.

The fellowship included a stipend to conduct a summer research project and an expense-paid trip to the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. For her research project, Patton worked with her Heritage College mentors, Associate Professor of Specialty Medicine Kelly McCall, Ph.D., and Professor of Endocrinology Frank Schwartz, M.D., on her dissertation, which focused on the prevention of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease caused by a high-fat diet. Her winning poster at the ENDO 2017 meeting was related to this area of research.