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The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Virginia Campus, in conjunction with OMNEE, held the 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.

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 Osteopathic Medical Network of Excellence in Education (OMNEE) sponsored a portion of the poster competition, with residents from multiple programs submitting posters of the work conducted during their residency tenure. Top prizes 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 resident research posters were participants in the poster competition with a total of 35 posters displayed during the event. 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.

Sheldon Yao, DO, OMM Department Chair and Associate Professor at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine presented “Creating Opportunities for Osteopathic Research.”  Dr. Yao also led a pre-conference OMM workshop for VCOM first- and second-year students on Thursday, February 23. 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, Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs and Research at VCOM – Virginia. The session designed to identify governmental funding agencies to whom VCOM faculty can submit funding proposals.

A feature of this year’s event was the plenary lecture delivered by 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.  The lecture, entitled, “Meningeal Immunity ad Lymphatics in CNS Health and Disease,” was centered on Dr. Kipnis’ 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.

Awards for Research Day 2017

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

2017 Research Day Speakers

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.