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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, may 12, 2016

Biomedical graduate students transform third-graders into budding scientists

Todd Green, biomedical sciences graduate student, discusses a research poster on fingerprints with third-graders at Eugene Field Elementary School.
Todd Green, biomedical sciences graduate student, discusses a research poster on fingerprints with third-graders at Eugene Field Elementary School.

Observing osmosis in gummi bears. Testing human reaction times. Identifying the most common fingerprint type. Determining the sudsiest soap.

These were among the research projects presented by 48 third-graders during the OSU-CHS Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Association Science Fair at Eugene Field Elementary School last Wednesday.

Each year, the BSGSA puts on a science fair for children at Eugene Field Elementary, the OSU-CHS Partners in Education school.

Kathleen Ahles, graduate student and vice president of the BSGSA, said the student organization is committed to getting children interested in science and scientific careers. Read more.

OSU-CHS doctoral student selected for NIH summer fellowship

Dalton Delaney, a doctoral student in biomedical sciences, has been accepted to a summer research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He will be among the first participants in the new Graduate Summer Opportunity for Advanced Research program (GSOAR).

Delaney will work with Robert Balaban, Ph.D., senior investigator in the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics in the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, to study how mitochondria are regulated to ensure cell and tissue metabolic homeostasis. Regulation of cellular energetics has been shown to be implicated in diseases such as heart failure and diabetes. Learning more about how our cells regulate energy production and metabolism will lead to new diagnostic techniques and treatments for these patients, Delaney said.

He will also participate in other research projects, including one focusing on how energy is distributed throughout the cell via the mitochondrial reticulum and another studying the use of the bacteria Paracoccus denitrificans as a model for mitochondria and energy regulation.

Delaney’s goal is to become a physician-scientist and he plans to begin the medical curriculum at OSU-CHS after completing his doctorate.

Emergency medicine CME conference to update providers on patient care

The 19th Annual Emergency Medicine Review will be June 10-12 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Warren Place and will cover topics from pharmacotherapy for sexually transmitted and urinary tract infections to management of angioedema in the emergency room.

Other lecture topics will focus on hemodialysis emergencies, management of neuromuscular junction disorders, sepsis, orthopedic and eye emergencies. Emergency evaluation of the inconsolable child and the emergency physician and mission medicine are also the subjects of two sessions.

Proper prescribing lectures are scheduled June 10-11 at 4:30 p.m. Friday’s lecture is “Opioid Prescribing 2016: Understanding the Guidelines” and the Saturday lecture is “The Prescription Monitoring Program and the Prescribers Responsibility to Check.”

The conference, hosted by the OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education, is aimed at improving patient care in the emergency department and private office settings. A discount for early registration is available through May 27. The conference is open to emergency care providers, health care professionals, fellows, residents, interns and students. For more information or to register, visit the Continuing Medical Education website or call 800-274-1972.

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