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10th Annual Research Day showcases

Sept. 21, 2011

By Charlie Martinez

Potential treatments for diabetes, the impact of yo-yo dieting on obesity and the effect of telephone-administered therapy on depression in people with HIV/AIDS are among the almost 60 research topics that will be on display at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-HCOM) 10th annual Research Day.

Campus and community members are invited to attend the event held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the atrium of the Academic & Research Center.

Medical students and faculty will present 59 posters about research initiatives conducted from OU-HCOM’s Appalachian Rural Health Institute Diabetes/Endocrine Center, Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute, Tropical Disease Institute, the college’s many departments, and the university’s Edison Biotechnology Institute.

“Research Day represents the fruition of many hours of work for students and faculty who present posters,” said Jessica Wingett, CPS/CAP, manager of OU-HCOM’s Office of Research and Grants. For example, she noted, students from the college’s Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship program―who spend more than 40 hours a week for 10 weeks during the summer on research―are required to present their research at the event.

Other topics in this year’s event include:

·        results from the ongoing INSPIRE clinical trial examining a potential new treatment for Type 2 diabetes;

·        an examination of protocols for glucose control in rural community hospitals;

·        the effects of osteopathic manipulative therapy to treat lower back pain;

·        studies into the neurological disorder Mal de debarquement syndrome and a look at the disease’s economic costs;

·        the use of transgenic mice in research of the human growth hormone;

·        long-term Chagas Diesese control interventions;

·        understanding the effects of certain receptors on ovarian cancer; and

·        the generation of a new open-access 3D interactive human anatomy website for education in health sciences.

For both faculty and students, the research often is the result of federal and other types of grant funding, Wingett said. For example, OU-HCOM researchers Joseph Bianco and Timothy Heckman will present results of research into reducing depression symptoms in HIV-infected older adults, research that was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research. See a complete list of abstracts (PDF)

Wingett added that this year’s event includes many medical students who began or conducted research prior to enrolling at OU-HCOM, illustrating the growing numbers of the college’s students who actively engaged in research prior to medical school.

Twenty three medical students will be competing in a research competition in which they will be judged by a panel of OU-HCOM faculty on their professionalism, clarity of presentation, ability to answer questions, and poster readability and visual impact. Projects will be judged in two categories of research―clinical research and basic science. The event will take place Thursday, Sept. 22. Thursday’s judging session is not open to the public.

At noon on Friday, Jack Blazyk, Ph.D., associate dean of research, will give a short keynote address and announce the competition winners. Winners for each of the two categories will receive $200

Research Day is an event that provides students with the experience to conduct faculty sponsored mentored research and the present it to a public venue. Not only does Research Day give students the hands on opportunity to present research for critique, but many students can go on to nationally known conventions and conferences to present their work, Wingett said.

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