There is no doubt that any treatment for diabetes and its associated complications will have a great impact on the lives of every person, both directly and indirectly. Sheikh remarks that, “the Sigma Xi award is probably one of the most exciting, important and relevant achievements for me.” With the help of this award, Sheikh hopes to continue researching, not just “for his own sake, but for the well-being of people suffering from diabetes.”
With the Sigma Xi funds, Sheikh will now be able to learn techniques to and assess the function, structure, blood supply, etc. of diabetic hearts. He looks forward to working with the world class faculty and labs at the UC Medical Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
“UC has an excellent biomedical engineering program, with one of the most accomplished and talented faculty in the nation,” says Sheikh, “I am glad and lucky to be a part of such a great institution through the collaboration of UC Medical Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and other UC programs.”
The UC chapter of Sigma Xi is an international research society dedicated to promoting scientific enterprise and honoring scientific achievement. David Butler PhD, Program Chair of Biomedical Engineering, is this year’s President of the University of Cincinnati’s Sigma Xi Chapter. He is immensely proud of this year’s GIAR winners, and adds:
“Our University of Cincinnati chapter of Sigma Xi is devoted to the promotion of science and engineering among all of its members. There is no greater purpose for Sigma Xi than to promote its future educators and researchers. As such, we are privileged to be able to support three of our young investigators with our Graduate-in-Aid-of-Research awards. We are confident that Andrew Breidenbach, Amie Norton and Abdul Sheikh will benefit from our investments and we look forward to their research presentations at our 2012 Autumn banquet.”