March 27, 2008 | Rebecca Gilbride, a student in the M.D. | Ph.D. program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has been honored by the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation for her research endeavors – one of only 47 selected nationally.
Gilbride was chosen for the 2008 Seed Grant Research Program based on her research in the category neoplastic diseases. Her project titled “Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) and Galectin-3 Binding Interactions: Implications for Prostate Cancer Progression” focuses on the possibility that PSA — a biomarker for prostate cancer — also is an agent in progression of the disease.
As one of the 47 national recipients, she will receive a $2,500 seed grant to further her research. The AMA Foundation established the Seed Grant Research Program to encourage medical students, physician residents and fellows to enter the research field. The grants are intended to encourage small basic science, applied, or clinical research projects.
“Rebecca is an excellent student and has shown an exceptional commitment to her education,” said Alan B. Diekman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Gilbride’s research mentor. “Research such as hers is essential to understanding the biology of prostate cancer and positively influencing men’s health.”
More than 218,000 men are expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. When caught early, prostate cancer has a 90 percent cure rate. However, that rate drops dramatically once the disease has metastasized to the bone.