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Human kinetics student presents StFX undergraduate work at major international conference

April 11th, 2016
Mitch George

A recent StFX human kinetics graduate presented his undergraduate research at an international conference consisting mainly of graduate students, postdocs and senior scientists. 

Mitchell George, a current master of science student from Antigonish, NS, presented his StFX undergraduate research, entitled “Ten days of free wheel running alters cortical glutamate-linked mitochondrial respiration in rat brain,” at the annual Experimental Biology conference held in San Diego, California.
Mr. George’s undergraduate work was supervised by StFX faculty members Dr. Daniel Kane and Dr. Karen Brebner. 
“Presenting my undergraduate research on an international level was a remarkable experience,” he says. 
“In basic research, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget about the big picture. However, when presenting your research you get to relish in the fruits of your labour and tell your peers, who are also passionate about your research, about what you have discovered and what that means to the world. It's truly an incredible feeling.”
Mr. George says his time at StFX had a big impact.
“At StFX, you get a lot more than just a degree. Fellow students, professors, lab instructors, coaches, roommates all become friends,” he says. “These friends become a community and before you know it, you realize you recognize almost every face on campus and you would have no problem striking a conversation with any of them. 
“This community helped develop me into a competent adult, ready to take on the world. While presenting at this conference, one of the most distinguished researchers in the field inquired about my project and I had no problem speaking with him and addressing his questions because of my unique experiences I had at StFX.” 
Experimental Biology is an annual meeting comprised of over 14,000 scientists and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies. General fields of study include anatomy, biochemistry and molecular biology, investigative pathology, nutrition, pharmacology, and physiology.  

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