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Volume 12, Issue 4 (2018) 2019 STEP-UP Special Issue

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NIDDK’s Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) Program
Rob Rivers, PhD; Kelley Brinkley, M.S.; and Lawrence Agodoa, M.D

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Need for Advancing Underrepresented Minorities in the Health Sciences and Medicine
Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD and Sheila McLaughlin, MFA

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Development of the Family Poverty Index (FPI): A Novel Index to Measure Socioeconomic Status
Ozi Amuzie; Joseph Rigdon, PhD; FeiFei Qin, MPH; Cynthia R. Rovnaghi, M.S.; and Kanwaljeet S. Anand, M.D.

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What Are Normal Cortisol Values for Young Children?
Aidan Rubio; Kanwaljeet Anand, MBBS, D.Phil.; and Cynthia Rovnaghi, BA, BS, M.S

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Epigenetic Factors Impacting Type 2 Diabetes in American Indians
Alejandra Salazar Gonzalez and Shelley Cole, Ph.D.

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Dental Emergencies in the Current Health Care System
David Singleton and Nawar Shara, PhD

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Effects of Par1a Deletion on Tubulointerstitial Fibrosis in Folic Acid Mouse Models of Renal Injury
Vellia Zhou; Kimberly J. Reidy, MD; Zhongfang Du, MD; Cara Ford; and Miguel Cole

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Training Underrepresented High School Students as a Strategy to Increase Diversity in the Biomedical Research and Health Professions Workforce
Dolores E. Caffey-Fleming, MS, MPH; Lourdes Guerrero, EdD, MSW; and Keith C. Norris, M.D., PhD

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The Effects of Trunk Fat on Endothelial Function in African American Women
Kayla A. Braggs; Priscilla E. Pemu, M.D. MSCR FACP; and Connie Jones, LPN

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Missed Treatments of Hemodialysis Patients after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Mercedes Harford; Keith Norris, MD, PhD; and Ylene Rodriguez, RN, MPH

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Assessing Indications of Riskiness in Adolescents
Niral Patel and Roland Alexander Blackwood, MD, PhD

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The Interaction between Nef Protein and ABCA1 Mutants in Tangier Disease
Jaden White; Michael Bukrinsky, M.D., PhD; Beda Brichacek, PhD; and Christina Darwish

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Are Purple Hermit Crabs (Coenobita brevimanus) Seed Dispersers or Predators?
Alyssa Cepeda; Haldre Rogers, PhD; Meg Kargul; and Anthony Castro

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Investigating the Effect of Air Conditioning on Radon
Tina Choi; Captain Derek Chambers, P.E. MPH; and Austin Flores, A.A.S. Criminal Justice

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Exosomes: A Novel Zika Virus Vaccine Candidate
Carlos Furukawa and Pakieli Kaufusi, B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.

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STEP-UP: A Cultural Alaska Journey for Students and Staff
Carolee Dodge Francis, Ed.D.; Noehealani Bareng-Antolin, MPH; and Kira Tran, B.S.

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Effect of Antioxidants in Cathepsin B Release by HIV Infected Macrophages
Luz J. Cartagena Isern; Loyda M. Meléndez, Ph.D; Gabriel Borges; and Lester Rosario

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Exploring Vanadium Chemical Transferrin Mimetic Compounds for Insulin Enhancement
Amanda Feliciano; Arthur D. Tinoco, Ph.D.; and Sergio A. Loza

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nvestigating the Aquatic Ecosystem of the Kenektok River in Quinhagak, Alaska
Ashley Forbes, Noehealani Antolin, and Carolee Dodge Francis

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Exploring Characteristics of Condom Use among a College Population
Erika McPhetridge; Sarah Baron, Ed.D, MPH; and David A. Baron, Ed.D, MPH

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Effects of Maternal Separation and Adolescent Stress on Microglial Levels in the Adult Brain
Joseph Noel-Torres; James Porter, PhD; Kimberly Santos-Avilés; and Anixa Hernández-López

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Parents’ Perception of Overweight in Relation to Child Mood and Disordered Eating
Jillian Perry; Marian Tanofsky-Kraff, Ph.D.; Mary K. Higgins Neyland, Ph.D.; Natasha L. Burke, Ph.D.; Abigail Pine; and Mary Quattlebaum

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Depression in Those with Diabetes
Jaidyn Probst; Darin Prescott, DNP, MBA, RN; and Stacy Hammer, RDN, LD

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A Novel Ultrasound-based Measure of the Liver among Diabetes Mellitus Type II Patients
Carlos I. Ayala Santos; Juan Carlos Jorge, PhD; and Bárbara L. Riestra-Candelaria, PhDc

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Translocator Protein in Brain Tissue and Neurodegeneration
Kayla Bland; Rochelle Hines, PhD; and Dustin Hines, PhD

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Using DREADD to Examine the Role of Infralimbic Gq-coupled Receptors in Fear Acquisition
Héctor A. Haddock Martínez; James Porter, Ph.D.; and Anixa Hernández-López

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Bioanalytical Assay of Antimicrobial Polymers Binding to Bacterial Cells
Natalia Roberts; Charles V. Rice, PhD; Melissa Foxley, MS; Stoffel Strange; Min Xiao; and Summer Wright

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Synthesis and Characterization of Reinforced Chitosan Hydrogels for Bone Tissue Regeneration
Alanis E. Rodríguez-Rosario; Eduardo Nicolau, PhD; and Jaime Santillán

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Determining Fish Mercury Levels: An Alaska Native/Napaskiak Subsistence Food Source
Jackelyn Steven, Noehealani Antolin, and Carolee Dodge Francis

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Drug Discovery of Novel Targeted Therapeutics for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Dayralee Torres and Linette Castillo-Pichardo, Ph.D.

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Effects of Epac1 on Diabetic Retinal Inflammation
Claire Hawthorne; Jena Steinle, PhD; Youde Jiang, MS; and Li Liu, PhD

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Functional Analysis of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms Associated with Type 2 Diabetes
Serdjan Rolovic; Zhongming Zhao, PhD; and Junfei Zhao, PhD