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(Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 25, 2013) Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) student Kenna Schnarr, MS, received the second place award for her research study on breast cancer cell growth at the 57th Annual American Osteopathic Association Research Conference held Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 in Las Vegas.Schnarr is a second-year osteopathic medical student and one of 15 KCU-COM students who presented research posters at the conference. Her project, Investigating the Role of Carcinoma-Associate Fibroblasts in Tumor Angiogenesis, focused on the development of a complex cell culture model to study factors that contribute to breast cancer cell growth. Schnarr’s faculty mentor was Eugene Konorev, MD, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology and microbiology at KCU.Students from 21 colleges of osteopathic medicine competed in the poster presentations. KCU ranked fifth among all institutions for the number of posters presented.
About KCUMBKansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. It is the second-largest provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty in Missouri and 69 percent in Kansas.
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