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VCOM Hosts Twelfth Annual Via Research Recognition Day

The twelfth annual Via Research Recognition Day at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)-Virginia was held on February 24, 2017. Over 220 people attended this year’s conference. The event featured research posters from students, faculty, and collaborative researchers in the region, spanning the fields of biomedical, educational, and clinical research. 

The featured speaker at Research Day was Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, Harrison Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Kipnis led a plenary lecture entitled, “Meningeal Immunity ad Lymphatics in CNS Health and Disease,” which focused on his recent breakthrough discovery of meningeal lymphatic vessels in the brain and their role in the regulation of immune response and brain drainage in neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Sheldon Yao, DO, OMM Chair and Associate Professor at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, led a presentation titled, “Creating Opportunities for Osteopathic Research.” Dr. Yao also led a pre-conference OMM workshop for VCOM first- and second-year students before the Research Day event kicked off. The workshop focused on OMM techniques and cervical manipulation and was attended by approximately 25 students.  

John Winston, Vice President for Health & Life Science Programs at American Defense International, Inc., presented “Federal Government Medical Research Funding: Strategies for Success” in a moderated discussion session led by James Mahaney, PhD, VCOM-Virginia Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs and Research. This session identified governmental funding agencies to which VCOM faculty can submit funding proposals. 

The Osteopathic Medical Network of Excellence in Education (OMNEE) sponsored a portion of the poster competition in which medical residents submitting posters of the work conducted during their residency tenure. Top honors in this area were awarded to Joshua Prickett, DO (Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute), Christopher Busch, DO (Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery), and Cara Marie Rogers, DO (Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery).  Approximately 30 OMNEE residents participated in the poster competition, displaying a total of 35 posters.

Similarly, students and faculty from VCOM-Virginia and collaborating entities in the area submitted a total of 52 posters in the categories of biomedical, clinical, and educational research.  Top prizes were awarded to 12 competition entry research posters.

2017 Via Research Recognition Day Poster Competition Winners

OMNEE Resident Research Poster Winners

First Place Joshua Prickett, DO
Virginia Tech Carilion SOM and RI
Effect of KCC2 Expression on GABA-Mediated Peritumoral Hyperexcitability in a Pediatric Model
of Glioma
Second Place Christopher Busch, DO
Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery
Economic Impact of Hospitalizations Past Maximal Inpatient Neurosurgical Benefit
Third Place Cara Marie Rogers, DO
Carilion Clinic Neurosurgery
The Effect of 24 Hour Call on Fine Motor Dexterity, Cognition, and Mood

Biomedical Research - Students

First Place Michael Mabry, OMS-IV
VCOM - Virginia Campus
The Impact of Low Cost Below Knee Prosthetics in Patients in Honduras
Second Place Gregory Rodden, OMS-II
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Investigating the Mechanism of Nitroxyl's Effects on Cardiac SERCA2a Function
Honorable Mention Qinghui Mu
Graduate Student - Virginia Tech
Control of lupus nephritis by the gut microbiotia

Biomedical Research - Faculty

First Place Teresa R. Johnson, PhD
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Human Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infects and Activates Sheep Monocyte-Derived Dendritic Cells
Second Place Terry Hrubec, PhD
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Abundance of Household Products Contain Quaternary Ammonium Compounds
Honorable Mention Ramu Anandrakrishnan, PhD
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Tumorigenesis: A result of one of many possible combinations of a small number of mutations

Clinical Research - Students

First Place Giulio Menciotti, DVM
VMRCVM 
Three-dimensional echocardiographic comparison of mitral valve morphology in Cavalier King Charles spaniels to mitral valve morphology in dogs of other breeds
Second Place Stephen Hribar, OMS-II
VCOM - Virginia Campus
The ins and outs of ACL surgery: Dissection of Knee Joint and Graft Structures
Honorable Mention Jazzmine Hernandez, OMS-IV
VCOM - Virginia Campus
VCOM Passport to Health Project

Clinical Research - Faculty

First Place Susan Meacham, PhD, RD
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Identifying Factors contributing to higher rates of chronic health conditions in coal producing regions and other rural, underserved counties in Virginia
Second Place Christina Wong, DO
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Assessment and Management of a Division I Athlete with Avascular Necrosis of the Hallucial Sesamoid
Bone
Honorable Mention Lindsay Call, DO
VCOM - Virginia Campus
A Case Report of Elite Athletic Performance in a Division 1 Women's Soccer Player with Cystic Fibrosis

Educational Research - Students

First Place Nicholas Ryan, OMS-I
VCOM - Auburn Campus
Are We Making a Difference? Understanding the Impact of Public Health Education Modules on Nutrition Knowledge in Children in Honduras and El Salvador
Second Place Kendall Talley, OMS-I
VCOM - Auburn Campus
Assessment of Honduran and El Salvadoran children exposed to high violence environments while participating in violence prevention educational intervention
Honorable Mention Tyler Weeks, OMS-I
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Drug abuse educational modules; assessing effectiveness among children in El Salvador

Educational Research - Faculty

First Place Matt Martin, PhD
Southern Regional AHEC
SBIRT: A Train the Trainer Model
Second Place Ashleigh Dunn, DO and Krista Johansen, MD
VCOM - Virginia Campus
From Dissection to Documentation, teaching clinical skills in the anatomy laboratory
Honorable Mention Susan Meacham, PhD, RD
VCOM - Virginia Campus
Lessons learned from pre-medical student public health education missions in Latin American and Caribbean countries