Faculty In The News

Marshall School of Medicine faculty member elected to national post

Dr. Darshana Shah, associate dean for faculty affairs and professional development at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, is the new chair-elect of the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA) Steering Committee.

The mission of the GFA is to build and sustain faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospitals.

“I feel honored and privileged to have been elected to this post, “Shah said. “GFA professionals feel a great responsibility to prepare our faculty to meet the challenges of the 21st century. My training as a biomedical scientist, and experiences in the medical education and professional development arenas, will serve the GFA well during this time of educational and health care reform.”

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MU School of Medicine receives $50,000 grant for orthopaedic research

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was awarded a grant of $50,000 to go toward a research project headed by Maria Serrat.

Serrat is an assistant professor in the department of anatomy at the School of Medicine and a clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics.

“We developed a model to study how the application of heat on the body’s surface can stimulate bone elongation,” Serrat said in a press release. “By validating this model, we are looking at future possible clinical treatments to lengthen bones in children with growth issues or orthopaedic trauma using non-invasive methods.”

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Marshall School of Medicine researchers and students to present their findings at national orthopaedics meeting

Researchers with the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine will present their findings at the national Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) meeting in New Orleans that begins Saturday.

Dr. Maria A. Serrat, assistant professor in the department of anatomy at the school of medicine and a clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics, will present her team's research model on the effects of temperature on the acceleration of bone growth in mice.

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Bones Heat Up Research Study

Anthropologist Dr. Maria Serrat understands the secrets bones hold. The Marshall University Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Pathology is determined to discover relevant therapeutic properties from established environmental effects on bone growth — a largely unexplored research area. Applying her graduate-level experience in biological anthropology, Serrat is answering questions today that may change the way growthrelated disorders are treated tomorrow.

“Whether from disease or injury, short stature or limb length discrepancy can be problematic in growing children. Even a few centimeters’ difference in legs, for instance, can cause a lifetime of chronic back problems,” says Serrat, in anticipation of what her findings about heat’s effects on encouraging bone growth might mean to medicine.

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