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Research Day

The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) – Virginia Campus, in conjunction with the Osteopathic Medical Network for Excellence in Education (OMNEE), will hold its Fourteenth Annual Via Research Recognition Day on Friday, February 22, 2019.  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 22, 2019

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


Registration is FREE, but required. Registration opens on November 15, 2018 and the deadline to register is February 1, 2019. 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

For any problems with registration, please email Kelly Varelos at researchday [at]



Terrie Taylor Terrie E. Taylor, DO
University Distinguished Professor
College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University
Scientific Director - Blantyre Malaria Project
University of Malawi College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi

Dr. Terrie Taylor has been living and working in Malawi for six straight months each year (January – June, the “malaria season”) since 1986. Her focus has been on the pathogenesis of cerebral malaria. The project provides clinical care for children with cerebral malaria and, in that context, studies the disease. This has included conducting 4 interventional clinical trials, recognizing malarial retinopathy and establishing its importance, orchestrating the largest single autopsy study of fatal cerebral malaria, and coordinating the introduction of magnetic resonance imaging in Malawi. 
The children hospitalized on the Pediatric Research Ward in Blantyre are the most exhaustively characterized cerebral malaria patients in the world. 
In early 2018, she started an interventional clinical trial comparing immediate hyperventilation or hypertonic saline to usual care in Malawian children with CM and increased brain volume.  Dr. Taylor hopes that this study will support other investigations into the etiology of increased brain volume in this patient population

How do I participate?

Attendees are invited to share their research in poster format.  Poster abstracts must be accepted for the event for posters to be displayed.  The Via Research Recognition Day features an optional poster competition with distinct categories: Research by a medical resident, biomedical research by a faculty member, biomedical research by a student, clinical research by a faculty member, clinical research by a student, educational research by a faculty member and educational research by a student.  For the competition, students are defined broadly as any student in training, including undergraduate, graduate, medical and post-doctoral students.  The resident research category is reserved for physicians currently in residency, internship and/or fellowship training.

Research Day Abstract Submission Form 

Abstracts must be submitted electronically to ResearchDay [at] using the Abstract Submission Form at the link above.  The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, December 7, 2018. Please note: due to limitations in space, no extensions for abstract submission will be granted.

Poster Presentation and Preparation Instructions

When an abstract is accepted, the submitting author will receive further instructions on poster submission via email.

VCOM provides free poster printing for any meeting attendee with an accepted abstract.  Details will be sent to submitting authors with the abstract acceptance email.

Free VCOM Poster Printing Deadline is February 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

For questions about abstract submissions or participation in the poster competition, please email Kelly Varelos at ResearchDay [at]

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?

The Via Research Recognition day is a forum for health professionals and scientists at 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.