The third annual Via Research Recognition Day at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)–Carolinas was held on March 30, 2018. The event featured research presentations and posters from 48 VCOM students, faculty, and local researchers, with a total of 287 registered attendees.
The featured speaker at VCOM– Carolinas Via Research Day was Robert Gourdie, PhD, Director of the Center for Heart and Regenerative Medicine (CHARM) at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Gourdie delivered this year’s first keynote lecture, entitled “The Gap Junction Protein Connexin43: New Roles in Wound Healing and Cardiac Ischemia Reperfusion Injury.”
The second keynote lecture, “Integrin-dependent Leukocyte Gene Expression in Vascular Remodeling and Angiogenesis,” was given by Jeffrey R. Bender, MD, Robert I. Levy Professor of Cardiology and Professor of Medicine and Immunology, Associate Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director of the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center.
Medical students, faculty and other participants submitted a total of 48 posters in the categories of biomedical, clinical, and educational research. In addition to the featured speakers, six oral presentations on topics in both biomedical and clinical research studies were presented. Top prizes were awarded to 16 research presentations.