Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Department of Internal Medicine second-year resident, Gengqing Song, M.D., Ph.D., was selected to present his research via satellite at the XIII Little Brain Big Brain (LBBB) meeting/Federation of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (FNM) meeting held in Guangzhou, China.
Dr. Song was one of only 30 world-wide applicants selected from hundreds of bright, young investigators to present. Applicants were selected based on the quality of their abstract, scientific achievements and area of research. Dr. Song also won a “Distinguished Abstract” designation at the FNM meeting which gathered scientists and clinicians from universities all over the world in the field of Neurogastroenterology and Motility. There were over 100 research presentations and lectures as well as more than 200 posters including Dr. Song’s.
Dr. Song’s project was on needleless acupuncture and gastroparesis. “Gastroparesis is a condition which affects approximately 10 million Americans, but the pathophysiology is still evolving and there is a lack of current effective therapies,” he said. Although acupuncture has frequently been used for treatment of gastrointestinal ailments in Eastern countries, little is known on its effects on gastroparesis. In this project, Dr. Song and his collaborators investigated gastric slow waves and brain networks underlying electrical potentials in gastroparetic patients when nausea and vomiting are dominant symptoms as well as assessed changes during anti-emetic therapy with acupuncture.
Previous winners of this international recognition, said Dr. Song, have been from more noted university hospitals. “This shows that we are now competitive with the best university hospitals in the world doing research in the area of neurogastroenterology and motility,” he said.
Dr. Song credits research mentor Richard W. McCallum M.D., professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, and expressed appreciation for his supervision and support. Dr. Song also recognized other faculty and collaborators, Drs. Irene Sarosiek, Yan Sun, Hugo Sandoval, Stephen Sands and Jiande Chen.
“His selection for this honor appropriately reflects his hard work, creative approach and the potential of his research to improve the quality of care for gastroparetic patients, particularly diabetics” said Dr. McCallum. According to Dr. Song, this recognition is a tribute to the interdepartmental collaborations that are possible at TTUHSC El Paso.