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Research Day

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Carolinas Campus, in conjunction with OMNEE, will hold its Second Annual Via Research Recognition Day on Friday, April 7, 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 Carolinas: April 7, 2017

VCOM-Carolinas, 350 Howard Street, Spartanburg, SC 29301


Registration is FREE, but required. 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

How do I participate?

  • Research Day Abstract Submission Form [Deadline to submit abstracts was February 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.]

Poster Presentation Template
Free VCOM Poster Printing Deadline is March 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.

For questions about abstract submissions or participation in the poster competition, please contact Robert Augustyniak at raugustyniak [at] carolinas.vcom.eduPlease note: due to limitations in space, no extensions for abstract submission will be granted.


7:30 am - 9:30 am
7:30 am - 9:30 am
Continental Breakfast
Location:  First Floor
8:00 am - 9:10 am
Poster Presentations
9:15 am - 9:30 am
Opening Remarks
Jack. W. Pledger, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Affairs and Research, VCOM–Carolinas
9:30 am - 10:30 am
Keynote Lecture
Rett Syndrome: From Natural History to Clinical Trials
Steven A. Skinner, MD, Director, Senior Clinical Geneticist, Greenwood Genetics
Location:  Lecture Hall 2
10:30 am - 10:50 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Research Lecture
Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transitions
Philip Howe, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hans and Helen Koebig Chair in Clinical Oncology, Medical University of South Carolina
Location:  Lecture Hall 2
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Location:  First Floor
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Plenary Lecture
Foundation for the Future: AOA Research Covering the Spectrum
Kenya D. McRae, JD, PhD, Vice President of Research and Development, American Osteopathic Association
Location:  Lecture Hall 2
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Oral Presentations
Location:  Lecture Hall 1- Biomedical Research
Location:  Lecture Hall 2- Clinical Research
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Awards Ceremony
Location:  Lecture Hall 2
3:00 pm
Closing Remarks

 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.