September 24, 2008 - Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) student Katherine Sage recently won first place in the Medical Student Research Competition at the annual American College of Osteopathic Surgeons convention in Boca Raton, Fla.

During the competition, Sage presented her research, entitled "Genetic Analysis of the MMP7 gene on Age Related Macular Degeneration," which she conducted in June and July 2008 at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, Mass. Sage’s research was made possible through a 2008 DeBusk Summer Research Fellowship at LMU-DCOM.

Sage is currently a second-year osteopathic medical student at LMU-DCOM. She is originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., and received her undergraduate degree from Boston University.

The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons is a national organization committed to assuring excellence in osteopathic surgical care through education, advocacy, leadership development and the fostering of professional and personal relationships.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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