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Research Day showcases student, faculty research

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9th annual event


Treatment for diabetes and lower back pain, new knowledge concerning cancer and atherosclerosis, and the health implications of Kenyan grandparents taking care of grandchildren orphaned by AIDS highlight just a few of the topics during the ninth annual Research Day at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

This year’s event, to be held on Friday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., moves to a new location in the atrium of the recently opened Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey Academic & Research Center.  

OU-COM students and faculty members, and other OHIO students who collaborated with OU-COM faculty, will present research posters in topics in clinical research, biomedical sciences, and social medicine. 

The annual Research Day provides students a chance to gain invaluable experience of conducting research and disseminating their findings to a panel of judges and in a public venue. These students gained research experience working alongside faculty members on such projects as groundbreaking clinical trials for diabetes treatment. They worked with researchers with NIH grants, on interdisciplinary neuromusculoskeletal research teams, and on medical and health-related projects studying certain cancers, atherosclerosis, AIDS, and rosacea, to name just a few.

“Some projects go on to national conventions; several students have even won awards at those events,” said Jessica Wingett, manager of the office of research and grants at OU-COM.

“Research Day represents the fruition of many hours of work for students and faculty who conduct research,” Wingett said. “I can’t speak for everyone, but most students in RSAF (the Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship at OU-COM) work for 40 hours a week for 10 weeks, and another 20 plus hours completing their paper and poster.” 

For many faculty members and students, the research presented here represents years of work on a particular topic or subject, Wingett said. “These are very time-intensive projects.”

OU-COM Dean Jack Brose, D.O., will deliver a keynote address to the participants, as well as present awards to the winning students. 

Student poster presentations will be judged by the panel based on professionalism, clarity of the presentation, ability to answer questions and the readability and visual impact of posters.

Projects will be judged in two categories of research—clinical and basic science—with a $200 prize awarded to the winner of each group. Presenters must win over judges during 10-minute time-slots, during which they showcase their findings for the first six minutes and answer judges’ questions for the remaining four.

Judging will take place on Thursday evening prior to Friday’s public event.

A list of the researchers and their poster titles can be viewed at

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