Annual St. Albert’s Day celebrates student and faculty research
By Megan McKinley
On November 3rd, the Health Sciences Division hosted the 37th annual St. Albert's Day, which celebrates the research from Loyola University Chicago faculty, staff, and students. Throughout the day, students and faculty attended symposiums on topics ranging from the possible benefits of peony extract on inner eye injuries to the effect of alcohol on a protein that controls metabolism and our immune system. The day ended with the poster review of students’ prospective research projects lining the hallways of the Cuneo Center and Stritch School of Medicine.
This year's Junior Scientist Award recipient was Lara Dugas, PhD, MPH, Department of Public Health Sciences. Before joining Loyola in 2007, Dugas worked primarily in South Africa examining factors affecting obesity, body energy expenditure, and metabolism. Recently work done by Dugas included tracking an athlete's physiological changes throughout 140 days of marathons from the west to the east coast. Dugas is a founder of the Loyola University Chicago Sports Medicine Epidemiology research group focusing on the risks for adolescent athlete injury.
William Small, Jr., MD, was awarded the Senior Scientist Award for his excellence in research and continued efforts in the field of oncology, specifically in gynecological cancer and innovative radiotherapy techniques.
After presenting his research discoveries and journey, Small Jr., choked up while crediting his parents as the inspiration to become a doctor and work hard at his research.
"My hobby is doing this [research]," said Small Jr. "I'm getting an award for doing what I really, really like."