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OU-HCOM invites community to celebrate innovation

at 11th annual Research Day

(ATHENS, Ohio – Sep. 19) The 11th annual Research Day at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine showcases the creativity and scholarship of its student researchers and faculty scientists. The event takes places as OU-HCOM experiences unprecedented growth in research funding and as the college expands research programs and research education.

The campus and community are invited to celebrate faculty and student innovation at the as researchers present a broad range of projects in clinical medicine, biomedical and biological sciences, social medicine and other health-related disciplines. The 46 project posters presented include research on potential treatments and insights into diabetes, back pain and cancer.

This year’s event will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, on the Bricks in Irvine Hall. OU-HCOM’s Dean, Kenneth Johnson, D.O., will make comments at noon.

Twenty-five students will be among the presenters this year, including sixteen OU-HCOM Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship (RSAF) students. RSAF is a 10-week summer research immersion experience for medical students who have completed their first year of education. The program is meant to give a more dynamic, interactive introduction to basic science and clinical research, and many RSAF fellows continue to work with their mentors after the fellowship.

The projects represent the quality of students and researchers working at OU-HCOM. “These are not research projects that have been created by the faculty specifically for student research. They represent work either ongoing in their labs or directly related to it,” said Jessica Wingett, manager of the office of research and grants and organizer of the event. “Many of these projects are federally funded or funded by some other external means. The students are contributing to the greater body of knowledge within these labs.” 

“This event also allows faculty members to disseminate their research. What the research posters do, for students and faculty members, is get that information out. It helps foster collaboration not only with the college but also within the entire University,” Wingett says.

This year, all participating students will be critiqued by a panel of OU-HCOM faculty in three categories of research; clinical research, basic science and, for the first time, social-behavioral research. The opportunity for feedback is intended to hone students’ presentation skills and add to their professional development. The panel review takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

“Research Day gives our faculty and students a chance to mingle, discuss their research interests and show off their scholarly achievements,” Jack Blazyk, Ph.D., associate dean of research and grants said.  “It’s an especially great opportunity for new students to become acquainted with the wide range of research activities at OU-HCOM and see if there are projects in which they would like to participate.  Many of our graduates who were first introduced to research in the early years of their training continue to be engaged in advancing medical knowledge throughout their careers.”


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