Maria Zangara, a third year doctoral candidate at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, was awarded the first Brett Sacks Scholarship from the Institute for Human Individuality (IfHI).
Students from accredited medical colleges were eligible to apply and required to submit a 2,000 word article detailing polymorphic influence on digestive function. Zangara’s essay, “The Digestion and Absorption of Fats,” was selected based on the depth of her research and clear understanding of the subject matter, said Ann Quasarano, the Institute’s spokesperson.
“Ms. Zangara’s dedication to the principles of naturopathic medicine was demonstrated in her essay,” Quasarano added. “We are proud to support her journey toward pursuing a career in the field.”
As winner Ms. Zangara receives an all-expense paid trip to the Institute’s fifth annual conference in order to further her knowledge in the field of epigenetics.
The prime goal of Institute is to foster education and research in the expanding area of human nutrigenomics and epigenetics. These emerging sciences seek to provide a molecular understanding of the effects of common dietary chemicals on health by altering the expression, or structure, of an individual’s genetic makeup.
The Brett Saks Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Brett Sacks, a founding member of the Institute for Human Individuality and naturopathic physician whose life was cut short while training for a 600-mile charity bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego, California. Dr. Sacks cofounded the Institute with Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, an adjunct professor at UB’s College of Naturopathic Medicine and author of the bestseller, Eat Right 4 Your Type.
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