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Top Journals Publish Briarcliff High Science Students' Research

Briarcliff High School science research students Laura Charney and Christopher Fischer, both seniors, had their research published in recognized science journals.
Briarcliff High School science research students Laura Charney and Christopher Fischer, both seniors, had their research published in recognized science journals. Photo Credit: Submitted

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- American Headache Society and Science Direct have published the research of Briarcliff High School seniors Laura Charney and Christopher Fischer.

“It’s a tremendous accomplishment,” said Annmarie O’Brien, who co-runs the Briarcliff High School science research program with Michael Inglis and Melissa Carnahan. “Getting published is a real testament to the confidence that their mentors had in them to trust that they could execute sound scientific research and report it in a way that’s consistent with what professionals in the industry are doing.”

Charney worked with her mentor Joshua M. Cohen at Mount Sinai West to complete a case study on barotrauma-induced post-traumatic headache with a cluster headache phenotype. She wanted to bring attention to the association between head trauma and cluster headaches to promote diagnosis and prompt treatment.

“I feel this research will make people’s lives easier,” Charney said. “It’s so exciting that researchers who are so accomplished in the field validated my research and case report.”

Fischer created a 3-D paper-based enzymatic fuel cell for self-powered, low-cost glucose monitoring with mentor Seokheun Choi at Binghamton University. He wanted to develop a low-cost sensor made out of paper for diabetics in developing countries.

“It was a challenging but extremely rewarding process,” said Fischer. “Other researchers will be able to build on what I’ve done. This is the start of possibly a new method for glucose sensing because it’s novel. It hasn’t been done before, and it’s able to be done at a low cost and with high reliability.”

Charney focused her case study on a patient who suffered from cluster headaches after a scuba diving incident, during which he had an oxygen tank mishap and surfaced too quickly. She said she wanted to bring attention to the association between head trauma and cluster headaches to help doctors diagnose and treat patients more quickly.

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