June 5, 2014
Student researcher attends national symposium for young scientists
OSU-CHS student Vadim Yerokhin, of Tulsa, recently presented research on cellular neuroscience pharmacology at a national forum for young biomedical scientists. His poster, “Effects of Exercise on Tumor Necrosis Factor-α in the Presence and Absence of 17-β-Estradiol,” was selected to be part of the 55th Annual National Student Research Forum at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston this spring.
Yerokhin’s presentation summarized results from the first known scientific study on the effects of estrogen supplementation and exercise on neuroinflammation. Past research shows inflammation associated with the nervous system can be reduced by exercise and is strongly influenced by hormones. Yerokhin found that estrogen supplementation combined with exercise may help reduce neuroinflammation.
“Chronic neuroinflammation has been associated with various debilitating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease, which are a major concern with the increasing population of older adults in our country,” said Yerokhin. “This study paves the way for further research on the effects of estrogen hormone therapy for aging adults.”
Yerokhin conducted the study in collaboration with OSU-CHS researchers Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., and Randall L. Davis, Ph.D. He recently completed the first year of medical school and is also working on a doctorate in biomedical sciences.