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Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, recently presented two awards for research manuscripts.

Dr. Kim Johnson (MO '02) received the 2008 Phi Zeta Research Award in the Basic Sciences Category. The Pi Chapter at the University of Missouri-Columbia submitted Dr. Johnson's manuscript "Galectin-3 as a potential therapeutic target in tumors arising from malignant endothelia."

Dr. Patricia Sura (TEN '02) received the 2008 Phi Zeta Research Award in the Clinical Sciences Category. The Phi Chapter at the University of Tennessee submitted Dr. Sura's manuscript "Comparison of 99mTcO4 trans-splenic portal scintigraphy with per-rectal portal scintigraphy for diagnosis of portosystemic shunts in dogs."

The awards consist of a plaque and a check in the amount of $1,000.

Phi Zeta has chapters at 28 U.S. veterinary colleges and at St. George's University in Grenada. Each chapter conducts a local competition and then submits its winning manuscript to the Phi Zeta Research Awards Committee. The senior author of the manuscript need not be a Phi Zeta member but must be a veterinarian who has participated in a graduate or residency training program within the past two years.