Matt Giddings, a graduate student in the UAB Doctoral Training Program in Obesity and Nutrition Research funded by Kraft Foods Global, Inc., was the recipient of 3rd place in his session of the 2008 UAB Graduate Student Research Days. The competition took place on February 28 - 29 and he received his award at a luncheon on March 7. His research, titled "An orally available ghrelin agonist chronically increases hunger in mice", is a pilot study for the development of a possible caloric restriction mimetic.
Each Spring, graduate students from all academic departments are invited to participate by presenting the results of their studies in this forum. Cash awards are given for 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-places in most presentation sections. The presentations are judged by UAB Faculty by the submitted abstract as well as overall creativity, approach, thoroughness, skill, & clarity.