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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Student researcher presents scientific study at national symposium

Vadim Yerokhin, MS-I, with his research poster at the National Student Research Forum.
Vadim Yerokhin, MS-I, with his research poster at the National Student Research Forum.

OSU-CHS student Vadim Yerokhin, of Tulsa, recently presented research on cellular neuroscience pharmacology at a national forum for young biomedical scientists. His poster, “Effects of Exercise on Tumor Necrosis Factor-α in the Presence and Absence of 17-β-Estradiol,” was selected to be part of the 55th Annual National Student Research Forum at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston this spring.

Yerokhin’s presentation summarized results from the first known scientific study on the effects of estrogen supplementation and exercise on neuroinflammation. Past research shows inflammation associated with the nervous system can be reduced by exercise and is strongly influenced by hormones. Yerokhin found that estrogen supplementation combined with exercise may help reduce neuroinflammation.

Yerokhin conducted the study in collaboration with OSU-CHS researchers Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., and Randall L. Davis, Ph.D. He recently completed the first year of medical school and is also working on a doctorate in biomedical sciences.

Biological outbreak detection program focus First Friday seminar


In the event of a bioterrorism attack, Michael Allswede, D.O., wants to ensure a swift and coordinated response. The emergency room physician will discuss an initiative to identify and respond to bioterrorism as part of the First Friday Seminar tomorrow at noon in D007.

“Forensic Epidemiology Theory and Practice: The Strategic Medical Intelligence Model” will examine the historical background of the project and provide several examples of its use in the emerging field of forensic epidemiology. 

According to Allswede, forensic epidemiology uses medical, public health and law enforcement information to establish situational awareness of illnesses that could indicate a natural event, an accident, crime or a national security matter. The free seminar, hosted by the OSU-CHS School of Forensic Sciences, is open to the public.

STATE: Training physicians, healing Uganda

Max Cieminski, MS-II, sits with several children during a medical mission trip to Uganda in 2013.
Max Cieminski, MS-II, sits with several children during a medical mission trip to Uganda in 2013.

After a week treating children and young women in war-torn Uganda last year, Luanne Vo returned to OSU-COM with a renewed passion for medicine.

“My time in Uganda solidified my desire to be a physician,” the second-year medical student says. “In just a week, my skills were put to the test. I quickly became comfortable working with patients and met many fascinating people who are full of joy, despite their awful past.”

As the college’s chapter president of Pros for Africa, Vo organizes summer medical trips for students to support the efforts of the Oklahoma City-based international aid nonprofit that connects professionals from all fields with ways to help children in Africa.

Read more about the university’s efforts in Uganda in the spring 2014 edition of STATE magazine on the OSU-CHS website.

Creating a healthier future

Creating a HEalthier Future

OSU-CHS has a mission to address the health care needs of rural and underserved areas of Oklahoma. The more than 100 osteopathic physicians, biomedical and forensic scientists and researchers that graduated from the university this spring will have a tremendous impact on our health care system through quality patient care, community leadership and innovative research. These outstanding professionals will ensure a brighter, healthier future for all Oklahomans. Congratulations, Class of 2014!