Northwestern professors win "Best Poster" award at AHMA conference

| September 26, 2014

Accepted by Dr. Kashif Ahmad and John Pirog on behalf of a collaborative team of researchers from Northwestern Health Sciences University and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Kashif Ahmad and John Pirog receiving "Best Poster" award at AHMA conference
Dr. Kashif Ahmad and John Pirog accepting the "Best Poster" award - a Tibetan singing bowl

In collaboration with a team from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Northwestern faculty were recognized at the American Holistic Medical Association’s conference held in Minneapolis Sept. 17-21, 2014. The team won the event’s "Best Poster" award for "The Chinese herbs Scutellaria baicalensis and Fritillaria cirrhosa target NFκB to inhibit proliferation of ovarian and endometrial cancer cells." The "Best Poster" was awarded to the team of Leyla Kavandi, Laura R. Lee, Amber A. Bokhari, John E. Pirog, Yongping Jiang, Kashif A. Ahmad, and Viqar Syed.

"We are very excited to see our pioneer work on herbs being recognized. This is a unique cross institutional collaboration which involved the hard work of students, postdocs, clinicians and basic scientists working together to offer a mechanistic explanation on Chinese herbs as bio-active molecules. Our combined effort perfectly fits with the conference's theme - Connection & Collaboration," said Dr. Kashif Ahmad, associate professor, College of Chiropractic and associate director of Office of Faculty Development.

The poster highlights the research on the influence of two Chinese herbs on ovarian and endometrial cancer. Out of the many posters submitted and eighteen selected for the conference, Ahmad and Pirog's collaborative work was selected for the "Best Poster" by the AHMA.

"Without enormous effort on the part of Viqar Syed and her team at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, this study would not have been possible. The organizers of the conference were especially impressed by the multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration involved in the research," said John Pirog, professor, College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

The research study was published in Molecular Carcinogenesis in November 2013.

Northwestern extends its congratulations to the winning team.

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