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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

OSU-CHS partners with state to improve detection of drug-impaired drivers

Wagner
Wagner

OSU-CHS in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the Governor’s Impaired Driving Prevention Advisory Council is looking to develop new tools to help detect drug-impaired drivers. Jarrad R. Wagner, Ph.D., OSU-CHS associate professor of forensic sciences, is coordinating the project with assistance from Allison Veitenheimer, M.S., OSU Forensic Toxicology and Trace Laboratory senior research assistant.

In coordination with ENDUI campaign, Oklahoma state troopers collected samples from suspected impaired drivers as part of a study to evaluate the testing of oral fluid as a means of detecting drugged drivers.

ENDUI vans were equipped with two mobile test systems and test kits were provided to officers for screening purposes. OHSA will collect the results of the rapid on-site oral fluid screenings and provide the data to the OSU-CHS Forensic Toxicology and Trace Laboratory for analysis of the test kits’ effectiveness. Read more.

Iranian graduate students partner with Rouch for renal physiology research

Shadan Saberi, left, and Aghdas Dehghani, both of whom are working on their doctorate degrees at Isfahan University in Isfahan, Iran, are on a six-month research sabbatical at OSU-CHS.
Shadan Saberi, left, and Aghdas Dehghani, both of whom are working on their doctorate degrees at Isfahan University in Isfahan, Iran, are on a six-month research sabbatical at OSU-CHS.

OSU-CHS is hosting two Iranian college students as part of a six-month research partnership in the study of renal physiology.

Alexander Rouch, Ph.D., chair of the pharmacology and physiology department and associate professor of physiology, is serving as a research mentor for Aghdas Dehghani and Shadan Saberi, doctoral students in physiology at Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran.

An expert in renal function, Rouch will oversee the students’ research on the differences between men and women in renal regulation of sodium and blood pressure. Renal physiology is the study of how kidneys work to filter waste and excess water from the body and regulates the body’s level of glucose, sodium and other substances. Read more.

OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation welcomes new medical director

Shepherd
Shepherd

Scott Shepherd, D.O., is joining the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation as the group’s first medical director. Shepherd will be leading CHSI’s care delivery projects which will be creating and testing solutions to some of rural health’s most entrenched problems.

A 2004 OSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, Shepherd earned his medical degree from OSU-CHS in 2008 and completed the internal medicine and pediatrics residency program from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine in 2012.

Shepherd, who spent his third and fourth years of medical school focusing on health care in a rural setting, is excited to be joining the Center. He brings a passion for improved rural health care, expert insights necessary for health care database research and a drive to create and implement solutions.

The center’s focus is on rural health innovation, patient care innovation and data analytics. It is a joint effort of the OSU Spears School of Business and OSU-CHS. Read more.

Rural Oklahoma photo contest celebrates state’s beauty

Hoppin’ Hay Bales was submitted by Jackie Elizabeth Callaway of Durant in last year’s contest.
Hoppin’ Hay Bales was submitted by Jackie Elizabeth Callaway of Durant in last year’s contest.

Show off the beauty of rural Oklahoma and celebrate the 5th annual National Rural Health Day on Nov. 19 by entering the OSU Center for Rural Health’s photo contest.

Photos of life in rural Oklahoma, including animals, landscapes and community events, will be accepted in one of two contest categories – public or OSU-CHS students. Submissions must be submitted by 12:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19. One winner from each category will be selected and announced no later than Dec. 3 via Facebook or email.

Submit photos by posting entries to the OSU Center for Rural Health Facebook Page with "Photo Contest: (photo title)" in the caption with the eligibility category (OSU-CHS student or public) or email photos to the OSU Center for Rural Health and they will be posted. The location of the photo should also be included with the submission.

The OSU Center for Rural Health will select the favorite submission in each category and display them on the Rural Health Blog. Winners will also be featured in The Center.

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