Monticello grad recognized for research work

Just over 10 years have passed since Monticello High School Class of 2002 graduates threw their mortarboards in the air and took their next steps in life.
One graduate, Megan (Moore) Weivoda, has put the last decade to especially good use. Last month, Weivoda was recognized for her bone cancer treatment research at an international conference.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Winona State University and her doctorate in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa,
Weivoda spent six months as a visiting research scholar at England’s Oxford University where she studied the molecular pathways of cancer-induced bone pain.
“Bone pain is one of the most common symptoms of primary and metastatic bone cancers,” she said.
“I found that increasing the level of an anti-inflammatory protein (adiponectin) produced by fat cells decreased markers of bone pain in mouse models.”
Weivoda’s research landed her an invitation to the International Bone and Mineral Society’s Cancer-Induced Bone Disease Conference Nov. 15-17 in France’s third largest city.
The international medical conference in Lyon featured discussions on the latest advancements in innovative treatments and cutting-edge practices from leading scientists and researchers from the United States, Europe and Australia.
The world’s leading scientists and researchers attended the conference and shared their expertise in bone metastases and bone and cancer cell biology.
Weivoda received a honorable mention award for her short talk presentation.
“While it was intimidating to present to a group of experts in the field, it was rewarding to be recognized for my work,” Weivoda said.
Weivoda currently works as a research fellow for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, focusing on the molecular pathways of bone cells.
She said one of her researchs goal is identifying new targets for the treatment of osteoporosis and low bone mass, a position she took after her time at Oxford.
Following her fellowship, Weivoda said she hopes to earn an academic faculty position at a research institution.