MiOra’s Nikita Shirsat Teaches Dance for Diabetes Prevention

MiOra’s Nikita Shirsat Teaches Dance for Diabetes Prevention by Mellanie Soth | November 19, 2019   MiOra intern Nikita is a recent USC premed graduate with a passion for preventative care and improving health. In addition to her advocacy/policy work for adult pneumococcal vaccination, Nikita has been teaching dance at nursing homes to promote and improve health in a fun way. Dance has been shown to reduce the risk factors for heart disease and type 2 diabetes among children, while restorative yoga and stretching have been shown to improve fasting blood glucose among less active adults. So let’s dance!

Erasmo Aleman wins the MiOra Perseverance Award!

MiOra is proud to present the Perseverance Award to Erasmo Aleman from Alliance Patti and Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy in Los Angeles, CA. Erasmo has a 3.3 GPA and he will be studying Business Administration at the California State University, Dominguez Hills on a scholarship. Erasmo is a focused, intelligent and hard working young man with excellent networking skills. Dominguez Hills (@CSUDH) is lucky to have him as a student.  Congratulations Erasmo!

New MiOra Mentor: Dr. Larry Yin, Director of USC UCEDD and Deputy Division Head of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

MiOra (www.miora.org) attended Dr. Larry Yin’s, Director of University of Southern California (@USC) Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (@ UCEDD) and Deputy Division Head of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, lecture on developmental delays in children. This excellent lecture was organized by Dr. Mona Patel, Tomas Torices, the Executive Director of AAP-CA2 and the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2 (aapca2.org). The event provided a platform for MiOra mentee Ronit (Bita) Farahmand, a senior pre-med student majoring in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, to network with local pediatricians and meet with Dr. Larry Yin who kindly agreed to mentor Ronit. We know that you are very busy Dr. Yin, thank...[Read More]

Read about MiOra Mentee Nikhil C.’s Work with Stem Cells

3 months ago, a fellow MiOra mentee, Nikhil C. from Granada High School  CA, received the CIRM SPARK award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine with the help of his mentor Dr Arumugaswami (www.miora.org) and was chosen to participate in a seven week stem cell research program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center @CedarsSinai.   Over the past seven weeks Nikhil was grouped with eight like-minded individuals, all pursuing similar goals to gain a solid grounding into the biomedical sciences. He learned how to design and conduct experiments in the laboratory using pluripotent stem cells, specifically embryonic stem cells. He conducted a project that focused on Alagille syndrome, which causes the underdevelopment or complete absence of bile ducts in those afflicted. ...[Read More]

Inspirational Quotes #2

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” — Bruce Lee The MiOra family (www.miora.org) believes that success is achieved with the combination of perseverance and hard work. We suggest our students to keep on trying and never give up in any circumstance.

Inspirational Quotes

“I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” — Marie Curie, Physicist and Chemist 

The “Doctor Muhammad Ali” Inside YOU

In an interview #MuhammedAli said he had always believed in himself, even as a young child. “My parents instilled a sense of pride and confidence in me, and taught me and my brother that we could be the best at anything. In high school, I boasted weekly — if not daily — that one day I was going to be the heavyweight champion of the world.” STUDENTS! We, your mentors at MIORA, are telling you to believe in yourselves. YOU are the GREATEST! YOU can be the BEST at any career. Text us, email us, boast about what you are going to be! We would love to hear!

Carissa L. Update 5/12/16

There is a continued debate on the effects of playing violent video games among young people. MiOra Mentee and Junior at William Howard Taft High School in California Carissa L. conducted a pilot survey study among 32 adolescents (average age 14 +/- 0.6 years) and observed that weekly, 7 hours or more, Mature (M) rated computer game exposure was common in this population (18 out of 32; 56%), and that this frequently exposed group, non-casuals, scored significantly higher on the “feeling powerful” scale and significantly lower on the “feeling less-friendly” scale after playing 30-minutes of an M-rated computer game of their choice. Playing 30-minutes of M-rated computer game had no effect among adolescents who had been exposed to M-rated games for less than 7 hours p...[Read More]

MiOra Foundation Mentee Emma C. Met With Her Mentor, Dr. Chung, A Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Acclaimed Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, California.

MiOra Foundation Mentee Emma C. Met With Her Mentor, Dr. Chung, A Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Acclaimed Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles, California.   MiOra owes many thanks to Dr. Alfredo Trento, the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, for facilitating 10th grade Buckley School student and MiOra mentee Emma C.’s visit to Cedars-Sinai. There, Emma met her mentor, Dr. Joshua S. Chung and asked him candid questions about his career path. Dr. Chung, a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon at the CSMC, earned his MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine (https://medicine.llu.edu/) in 2007 and was more than happy to provide guidance to Emma.    When asked about her experience, Emma remarked that it was “very cool to be able to...[Read More]

MiOra/AAAS Pacific Division Scholarships

MiOra (www.miora.org) is collaborating with AAAS Pacific Division (pacific.aaas.org) and providing scholarships to high school students in San Diego area to attend their annual meeting at the University of San Diego campus between June 14-17. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS; aaas.org) is the world’s largest general scientific society dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. The scholarship students will have the opportunity to meet with distinguished local and national academicians in STEM and healthcare fields. If you are a high school student and are interested in attending AAAS Pacific Division meeting at UCSD please email admin@miora.org

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