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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Miller receives grant to extend research on role of glutamate in pleurisy


The Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases recently awarded Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., chair of anatomy and cell biology at OSU-CHS, a grant to research the role of glutamate in pleurisy, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the lungs. Malignant pleural inflammation affects more than 150,000 people in the U.S. each year.

People with chronic pleurisy experience sharp pain when inhaling and exhaling. Miller’s research will examine the role of sensory nerve fibers on the initiation and maintenance of the inflammation and determine the role glutamate has in initiating and increasing the symptoms. His goal is to find ways to decrease the inflammation and provide pain relief.

Past research has shown that glutamate release from sensory nerve fibers in injured tissue influences swelling and pain from the inflamed site. In arthritis, blocking the production of glutamate reduces swelling and provides pain relief.

The Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases is a statewide multi-institutional center focused on research, faculty mentoring and interdisciplinary collaborations in the respiratory infectious disease field.

Class of 2017 raises money for Kiefer family

OSU-COM Class of 2017 recently made a donation to help support a family in Kiefer, Okla. with a child suffering from cancer.

During the fall semester, the students collected more than $300 for Justin Reaser and his family. Reaser is a sophomore at Kiefer High School who has been battling leukemia for more than a year.

In the past year, the Kiefer community has hosted several fundraisers to help the family cover the medical costs. The funds from the first-year medical students were presented to the family last month.

OSU-CHS volunteers prepare for global health outreach trip to Nicaragua

Stan Grogg, D.O., left, with medical students Heather Hardebeck, Jacquelyn Boyd, Janel Johnson, Christy Kenkel and Tyler Miller in Nicaragua.
Stan Grogg, D.O., left, with medical students Heather Hardebeck, Jacquelyn Boyd, Janel Johnson, Christy Kenkel and Tyler Miller in Nicaragua during a trip in May.

A group of 12 OSU-CHS faculty, staff and students participating in a global health outreach trip will travel to Chacraseca, Nicaragua on Saturday. During the week-long visit, the group will provide medical services to more than 1,000 patients in the Central American nation.

The group includes third-year medical students Felicia Expo, Michael Dunlap, Justin Magalassi and Mercedez Bernard, first-year student Nicole Abel, forensic sciences student Chelsea Bullard,  faculty members Teri Bourdeau, Ph.D., Chariny Herring, D.O., and Regina Lewis, D.O., and staff member Linda Frey.

Stanley Grogg, D.O., associate dean of clinical research at OSU-CHS, will serve as chief medical officer for the team of 36. The medical mission is the group's sixth trip to Nicaragua. A videographer will travel with the group to develop a documentary about their efforts.

Center for Family Resilience to host seminar on diabetes and bone health


The Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa will host researcher Brenda J. Smith, Ph.D., for a diabetes and bone health seminar on Friday, Dec. 13 at 12:15 p.m. in D107 at OSU-CHS.

Smith, the John and Sue Taylor Professor of Nutritional Sciences in the OSU College of Human Sciences, will present “Unraveling the Story of Type 2 Diabetes and Its Implications on Bone Health: A Translational Approach.” The seminar will include a discussion of why bone fractures can result as a complication of Type 2 diabetes, the social and economic impact of major health events like hip fractures and how applying this research can provide insight into the development of complex diseases.

Smith’s research areas include effects of phytochemicals and exercise on bone health, the role of immune and antioxidant systems on bone biology as well as research on inflammation, nutrition and aging. She has received the OSU Regents Distinguished Research Award and received numerous grants from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

The seminar is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Amanda Harrist, Ph.D., at amanda.harrist@okstate.edu.

Get tickets to see the Cowboys play in the Cotton Bowl

Cotton Bowl Logo

The OSU Cowboys will make their eighth straight bowl appearance when they take on the Missouri Tigers on Friday, Jan. 3 in the 78th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl. 

Students, faculty, staff and alumni may purchase tickets to the game in Arlington, Texas by visiting the Oklahoma State Ticket Office. Public tickets to the Cotton Bowl are sold out. For a seating chart of the OSU allotment, visit the AT&T Cotton Bowl Seating Chart.

For information about travel packages, visit the International Tours website or call 405-372-1647. Visit the Orange Connection website for details on special events planned by the OSU Alumni Association during the Cotton Bowl.