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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Students to start medical school with Dr. Pete's Big Event

OSU medical students Cedric Griffin, left, and Samantha Bingham sort and package food at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma during Dr. Pete’s Big Event last year.
OSU medical students Cedric Griffin, left, and Samantha Bingham sort and package food at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma during Dr. Pete’s Big Event last year.

First-year medical students at OSU-COM will begin their medical school careers by volunteering at local charities as part of Dr. Pete’s Big Event on Friday, July 31.

Students will garden, clean, sort care packages and conduct other community service projects at locations such as Clarehouse Hospice, the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, Life Senior Services, Hospitality House of Tulsa and more.

Dr. Pete’s Big Event is aimed at building camaraderie among medical students through helping others and implementing  OSU-CHS’ mission of community service.

OSU-CHS researcher examines estrogen’s effects on central nervous system

Curtis
Curtis

Estrogen could hold the key to understanding variations in common health conditions like high blood pressure, obesity and stress. Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., a researcher at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, is working to understand how this common hormone influences health through the central nervous system.

Curtis, an associate professor of physiology at OSU-CHS, is studying how estrogen’s influence in the brain affects physiology and behavior.

Although estrogen is a hormone critical to sexual and reproductive development mainly in women, Curtis said the overall goal of her research is “to understand what estrogen does in the brain and the consequences of that on body fluid balance, energy homeostasis and stress. More than 50 percent of our population is female, so this work has enormous clinical implications.”

Obesity rates are at epidemic proportions in the U.S., as are many of the health problems associated with obesity. The incidence of hypertension is also high and women are particularly at risk after menopause, Curtis said.

“Studying estrogen’s effect on weight regulation and blood pressure control will help us determine whether estrogen acts at specific areas of the central nervous system to influence eating behaviors and weight gain, as well as hypertension,” she said.

To read the full story, visit the OSU-CHS website.

OKstars, Native OKstars make final research presentations

Arkam Javed, a Union High School senior, explains the summer research project he conducted under the guidance of Earl Blewett, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at OSU-CHS.
Arkam Javed, a Union High School senior, explains the summer research project he conducted under the guidance of Earl Blewett, Ph.D., associate professor of microbiology at OSU-CHS.

About 20 high school students from across Oklahoma completed their six-week summer research internships by making a presentation of their work before their peers, faculty and graduate students.

High school juniors and seniors who participated in the 2015 Oklahoma Science and Training and Research Students program, or OKstars and Native OKstars, were matched earlier this summer with a faculty mentor and research team to conduct scientific studies in biology, anatomy, forensics and other disciplines.

Students came from several area districts, including Bartlesville, Grove, Union, Jenks, Owasso, Bishop Kelley, Holland Hall, Edmond's Deer Creek, Oklahoma City’s Casady, Henryetta and more. The program is geared to spark high school students’ interest in pursuing a career in science.

Lot C to close Friday for event preparations

Lot C on the east side of campus will close tomorrow as preparations begin for Family Fun Day. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to park in the temporary parking lot or other lots.

OSU-CHS will host Family Fun Day in conjunction with OSU Medical Center managed by Mercy on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will feature food, live music, a dunk tank, face painting and more. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event website.

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