Ms. Corinna Serviente, an MS/PhD student in the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences, traveled to Annapolis, MD to attend the American Physiological Society (APS) Conference. The conference, held November 17-20, was subtitled “Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Physiology and Gender.” Ms. Serviente, who is a member of Dr. Sarah Witkowski’s Molecular and Cardiovascular Physiology Lab, presented an abstract at the conference, “Effects of menopause and acute exercise on brachial artery flow mediated dilation and plasma endothelial microparticles”. Ms. Serviente’s research showed diminished endothelial responses to intense exercise among subjects who had already experienced menopause compared to women going through menopause. Endothelial dysfunction is often considered an early stage in the development of cardiovascular disease.
The American Journal of Physiology Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology awarded Ms. Serviente a Research Recognition Award, placing her among the top student presenters at the conference. The award includes a $300 honorarium and an invitation to submit a research report or mini-review to the journal. Ms. Serviente was also awarded a $500 travel award by the APS before the conference to use towards her costs for attending the gathering.