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Research Day

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Virginia Campus, in conjunction with OMNEE, will hold its Twelfth Annual Via Research Recognition Day on Friday, February 24, 2017.  Research Day is a significant event for VCOM and supports the mission of the College to provide medical education and research that prepares globally-minded, community-focused physicians and improves the health of those most in need.

Research Day Virginia: February 24, 2017

VCOM-Virginia, 2265 Kraft Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061


Registration is FREE, but required. Registration opens on November 15, 2016 and the deadline to register is February 3, 2017. All participants, including students, must register to participate in Research Day.

With registration for this event, you get:

  • Program materials
  • Lunch provided during the event
  • Full access to all event activities


Pre-Conference OMM Workshop

Hosted by SAAO and SAACOFP
Presented by Sheldon C. Yao, DO
Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
OMM Lab, Knollwood
Dr. Sheldon Yao has been providing osteopathic family medical care and incorporating osteopathic manipulative medicine in the care of his patients since 2006.  Applying his training in OMM, he is able to address structural problems that may be preventing his patient’s body from optimal function.  He has a special interest in treating clinical presentation such as Parkinson’s disease, and musculoskeletal complaints such as scoliosis, neck and back pain, and sports injuries.


Jonathan Kipnis, PhD
Dr. Kipnis from the University of Virginia Department of Neuroscience will talk about his work on neuro-immune interactions in neurodegenerative, mental, cognitive and neurodevelopmental disorders, including his recent physical identification of the brain lymphatic system.
Sheldon Yao, DO
Dr. Yao from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine will talk about his work on the effects of osteopathic manipulative medicine on motor function, balance, and neuroprotective serum markers in Parkinson Disease.

Van Hipp, Jr. and John Winston
Van Hipp, Jr. and John Winston from American Defense International will lead a presentation and moderated discussion on governmental and institutional funding opportunities specific to VCOM and its collaborative partners.

How do I participate?

  • Research Day Abstract Submission Form [Deadline to submit abstracts was December 20, 2016 at 5 p.m.]
    If you missed the deadline, please contact Stephanie Hurt at shurt [at]

Poster Presentation and Preperation Instructions
You will recieve poster submission instructions via email if your abstract is accepted. Free VCOM Poster Printing Deadline is February 3, 2017 at 5 p.m.

For questions about abstract submissions or participation in the poster competition, please contact Ms. Stephanie Hurt at shurt [at] vcom.vt.eduPlease note: due to limitations in space, no extensions for abstract submission will be granted.

Will I receive CME credits for attending and participating in this event?

CME Credits

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. This program anticipates being approved for AOA Category 1-A CME credit pending approval by the AOA CCME. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Evaluation data will be compiled and provided to the VCOM Director of Faculty Development and Continuing Medical Education. Comments and suggestions regarding program content, location and other program specific details will be considered when planning future activities. Grievances regarding program administration and reporting of AOA CME credits will be handled on an individual basis by the Director of Faculty Development and Continuing Medical Education, Maria Harris, at mharris [at] or 804-269-0136. Participants with grievances that cannot be resolved by the Director will be sent to VCOM administration and then to the AOA CCME.

What will this conference offer?

A forum for health professionals and scientists in academic institutions, teaching hospitals and practice sites to present or benefit from new research innovations and programs intended to improve the health of all humans. By attending the sessions with the speakers, participants will have the opportunity to learn cutting edge information in the physiological bases of osteopathic manipulative therapy efficacy, new trends in physician-based research networks, and how to develop innovative research projects with high impact for human health. By attending the poster session, participants will also learn about the biomedical, clinical and educational research activities at VCOM and its partner institutions, and will have ample opportunity to identify new collaborative research opportunities.

Who should attend?

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, public health professionals, medical residents, health professions students and others interested in primary care issues and research.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of the VCOM Medical Education Department to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. All participating faculty are expected to disclose to the participants any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations.