FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2002
John Mahoney, Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences Student Wins Statewide Research Award
Brian Miner, a biological sciences major and a senior at California State University, Chico, has been selected to receive a 2003 Howell/CSUPERB Young Investigator Award for his original research proposal. A prize of $2,500 for research accompanies the award. CSUPERB, the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology, co-funds the awards with the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research.
Miner’s research will shed light on whether low glycemic index diets can be of therapeutic benefit in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. He will study the effect of carbohydrate type on post-meal lipid response and levels of glucose and insulin in two groups of women.
Both groups, one of women with abdominal obesity and the other a normal weight control group, will eat two breakfast meals on two separate days. One meal will have a low glycemic index (the glycemic index ranks foods on how they affect blood sugar levels), and the other a high glycemic index.
Blood samples will be collected from each participant prior to each meal and then at one-, three- and five-hour intervals after the meal. The samples will be analyzed for total triglycerides, glucose and insulin. The results of this project will further the understanding of the interaction between the type and quality of dietary carbohydrate, the after-meal response and risk for cardiovascular disease.
The Howell Foundation makes awards for faculty-mentored student research proposals for research that has not yet begun. The proposal must explain the connection between the research and women’s health care, and how the funding would enable the student to do research that otherwise would not be possible.
Miner is from Chico and intends to go to medical school after CSU, Chico. He is interested in many fields of medicine and still exploring his interests.
“Professors Kathryn Silliman and John Mahoney have been of invaluable help to me in my college career, through both their aptitude for teaching and their consistent dedication to my progress. My receipt of this award is due, in no small part, to their efforts. My colleagues Cindy Allen, Loni McIntosh and Jalien Higgins also contributed to a successful proposal through their generous sharing of their talents,” said Miner.
Miner is the first student from CSU, Chico to receive this statewide award.