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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Summer Golf Classic to raise funds for OSU-COM Alumni Association

Pistol Pete practices his golf swing during the 2013 Summer Golf Classic.
Pistol Pete practices his golf swing during the 2013 Summer Golf Classic.

The OSU-COM Alumni Association will host the 2014 Summer Golf Classic on Sunday, May 18 at the Cherokee Hills Golf Club at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Tournament registration is $200 per person or $700 per team of four, which includes green fees, practice range and balls, golf carts, breakfast and lunch. Registration and breakfast begins and the practice range opens at 8 a.m. The shotgun start is 8:30 a.m. with lunch and the awards program at 12:45 p.m. Awards will be presented for first-, second- and third-place teams, closest putt and longest drive.

Funds from the tournament benefit the OSU-COM Alumni Association, which supports student scholarships, alumni activities and medical school programs. Registration is requested by May 12.

The Summer Golf Classic is part of OSU-COM's Alumni Weekend, which runs from May 15-18. For a complete schedule of events, visit the OSU-COM Alumni Association website. To register, visit the Summer Golf Classic webpage or contact Bria Taylor at 918-561-1219.

Pain researcher to discuss role of toll-R receptors during seminar


University of California, San Diego researcher Tony Yaksh, Ph.D., will present the First Friday Seminar on pain management tomorrow at noon in D-107. A distinguished professor in the UCSD School of Medicine, Yaksh will discuss, “The role of toll-R receptors and the acute to chronic pain transition.”

The presentation will focus on developing pharmacological therapies for the management of pain. Yaksh serves as the vice chair of research in the department of anesthesiology and also teaches pharmacology and anesthesiology. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1977.

The free lecture is hosted by the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Association. Light refreshments will be provided beginning at 11:45 a.m.

Bolt wins first place, People’s Choice award at thesis contest

Brittany Bolt presents during the Three Minute Thesis contest at OSU-CHS on Friday.
Brittany Bolt presents during the Three Minute Thesis contest at OSU-CHS on Friday.

OSU-CHS biomedical sciences graduate student Brittany Bolt won first place and the “People’s Choice” award during a preliminary contest on Friday for the 2014 OSU Three Minute Thesis Competition.

Bolt took the top prize for explaining her dissertation research on chronic pain in just three minutes. She received a $100 prize and will represent OSU-CHS on April 10 during the final competition at the Little Union Theatre in the OSU-Stillwater Student Union.

Two other biomedical sciences graduate students also took top honors. Michelle DeGear was named first runner-up for her presentation on the impact of waste water on environmental bacteria, and Dusti Sloan placed second runner-up for her presentation on the implications of estrogen and dehydration on eating.

Polak named to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40


Eric Polak, interim vice president for administration and finance, was named one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40 in the publication’s April issue. The annual feature highlights 40 of the state’s top professionals under the age of 40.

Polak oversees the financial and administrative support areas of OSU-CHS and OSU Physicians Clinics, ensuring that the university continues to train new physicians for Oklahoma and provide health care services for the state’s underserved.

In addition to his work at OSU-CHS, Polak received the honor because of his work through his church by mentoring youth in Tulsa and supporting local missions to help make a positive impact in the community and around the world.

Hispanic Health Fair to provide free screenings, services

The OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience and OSU-CHS will be working with Hispanic families in the Tulsa area to increase access to health care and provide information on community services at a special event on Saturday.

The Hispanic Health Fair will offer free medical screenings and information about community health services from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garnett Road Baptist Church, 620 S. Garnett Road.

A variety of information and services will be available, including blood pressure, obstetrics and gynecology, respiratory, body mass index, diabetes, vision and dental screenings. Health care professionals will provide consultations, answer questions and share information on community resources.

The event is sponsored by OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience, OSU-CHS, Community Health Connection and the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations.

A whole-person approach to medicine

A whole-person approach to medicine

OSU-COM students practice a whole-person approach to medicine. These future physicians will help their patients develop healthy habits and attitudes to promote an active lifestyle and prevent chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. This proactive philosophy is another way the OSU-CHS is ensuring a brighter, healthier future for all Oklahomans.