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Gibbs' pain relief research earns national award

San Antonio (Dec. 20, 2002) — Jennifer Gibbs, a joint D.D.S./Ph.D. student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, earned the President's Award for Excellence in Dental Research from the National Student Research Group. She presented her research at the recent Hinman Student Research Symposium sponsored by the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry.

Gibbs won first prize for her work investigating the role of the body's Neuropeptide Y (NPY) as an analgesic, or pain reliever, and its potential to serve as a prototype for a novel class of analgesics.

"We at the Dental School are extremely proud of the research accomplishments of our dental students. This award is just one example of the recognition that our students receive on a national level for their research work. Jennifer is a gifted researcher with a bright future in dental oral health research as a clinician scientist," said Mary MacDougall, Ph.D., associate dean for research and professor of pediatric dentistry.

The annual Hinman Student Research Symposium provides a forum for dental students and residents to present scientific research for competitive judging.

Contact: Aileen Salinas