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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 16, 2015

OSU-CHS faculty present at OCAST health research conference

Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., left, Gerwald A. Köhler, Ph.D., Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., and Randall Davis, Ph.D., presented research at the OCAST health research conference. Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., not pictured, also presented.
Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., left, Gerwald A. Köhler, Ph.D., Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., and Randall Davis, Ph.D., presented research at the OCAST health research conference. Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., not pictured, also presented.

Seven researchers from OSU-CHS presented projects ranging from developing smart garments for home health monitoring to therapeutic options for treating depression with anti-inflammatory medications on April 9 at the 2015 Oklahoma Health Research Conference in Oklahoma City.

Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., chief operating officer and interim vice president for research at OSU-CHS, collaborated with Thad Leffingwell, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of OSU’s Behavioral Change Laboratory in Stillwater, for a presentation on electronic intervention for HIV/AIDS treatment adherence.

Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost for graduate programs, discussed his research on smart garments for home health monitoring. Gerwald A. Köhler, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry, presented ‘Probiotics and the Gut-Brain Axis.’ Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D, associate professor of immunology, presented her work on nanoparticles for drug delivery and treatment of urinary tract infections.

Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and physiology, presented research on estrogen, dieting and central nervous system control of food intake. Randall Davis, Ph.D., director of the biomedical sciences graduate program and associate professor of pharmacology, discussed therapeutic options for treating depression with anti-inflammatory medications.

The annual event features investigators from across the state who are working on research projects funded by the OCAST health research program.

OSU-CHS represented at 2015 Experimental Biology meeting

Dusti Sloan, biomedical graduate student, presented research recently at the 2015 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston.
Dusti Sloan, biomedical graduate student, presented research recently at the 2015 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston.

Twelve OSU-CHS biomedical sciences graduate students, faculty and staff recently participated in the 2015 Experimental Biology meeting in Boston.

Collectively, the group presented seven posters about research on pharmacology, renal and cardiovascular regulation, biological rhythms, ingestive behaviors and metabolism.

Faculty members who attended the meeting include Al Rouch, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and associate professor of physiology, Bill Meek, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and cell biology, Craig Stevens, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology and physiology, Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and physiology and Tom Curtis, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and physiology. Biomedical graduate students who participated were Rebecca Naukam, Dusti Sloan, Sheri Toal, Summer Dodson and Robert Lewis. OSU-CHS staff Liming Fan and Lucia Kudo also attended the event.

Experimental Biology is an annual meeting comprised of more than 14,000 scientists and exhibitors representing six sponsoring societies and multiple guest societies.

Peds Club hosts mini-medical schools

First-year medical students Riley Hedin, left, and Cord Gothard share information about the human brain with elementary school students during the OSU-COM Mini-Med School Wednesday.
First-year medical students Riley Hedin, left, and Cord Gothard share information about the human brain with elementary school students during the OSU-COM Mini-Med School on Wednesday.

OSU-COM hosted a Mini-Med School for Kids on Wednesday for about 20 area children with the goal of sparking their interest in science.

The children, who are members of a homeschool organization, participated in four interactive stations, including anatomy, nutrition, science experiment and an outdoor station. During the event, children learned about human anatomy, made healthy snacks, conducted a science experiment and participated in fitness activities.

The Mini-Med School was sponsored by the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians Club. The group will host another mini-med school for Eugene Field Elementary fourth-graders on May 6. Eugene Field is OSU-CHS’ Partner in Education school.

OSU-COM students elected to SNMA regional executive board

Three second-year medical students were recently elected to the Region 3 East executive board of the Student National Medical Association at the organization’s Annual Medical Education Conference in New Orleans.

Baker Ceesay Chatmon
Baker

OSU-COM SNMA chapter president Christin Baker was elected assistant regional director. In the role, she is responsible for SNMA chapter members in the East region - Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi. She will also provide support for officers and chapter presidents in those areas.

Ceesay
Ceesay

As the elected health policy liaison, OSU-COM SNMA chapter vice president Anjula Ceesay’s duties include spearheading SNMA advocacy efforts and educating members about legislative policy developments affecting medical education and health care. She will also sit on the national Health Policy Committee.

Chatmon
Chatmon

Shcarry Chatmon, OSU-COM’s Minority Associated Pre-Medical (MAPS) chair, was elected the MAPS Liaison. As such, she is charged with maintaining the undergraduate chapters throughout the region and starting new chapters whenever possible. She will also help undergraduates understand what is needed to enter medical school and to keep them informed.

SNMA to offer free screenings, giveaways at community health fair

Elizabeth Tran, OMS-II, helps students at Eugene Field Elementary School select boxes of cereal at the 2014 SNMA Community Health Fair.
Elizabeth Tran, OMS-II, helps students at Eugene Field Elementary School select boxes of cereal at the 2014 SNMA Community Health Fair.

OSU-COM Student National Medical Association will provide free health screenings and giveaways during a community health fair tomorrow from 3-5 p.m. in the Eugene Field Elementary School gymnasium.

Community members can get free blood pressure screenings and learn about healthy eating, smoking cessation, mental health, cancer, diet and meal planning, first aid and other health issues. Community Action Project will provide information on early childhood education and St. Francis Hospital will offer nutrition advice.

A representative of Tulsa’s Healthy Community Store will demonstrate how to prepare healthy and affordable meals. Personal hygiene items and cereal will be given away and a free meal will be provided.

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