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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 10, 2014

OSU-CHS receives $270,000 in OCAST grants for biomedical research

Davis, left, and Kaul
Davis, left, and Kaul

OSU-CHS was recently awarded $270,000 in grant funding for biomedical research from the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology. Randall Davis, Ph.D., and Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., were each awarded $135,000 through the OCAST Health Research program.

Davis, director of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and associate professor of pharmacology, is researching a treatment to reduce neuroinflammation, a common symptom of major depressive disorder and a wide range of brain disorders. The project’s results could be effective in developing new drug treatments for these disorders.

Kaul, associate professor of immunology, is researching the use of diamond nanoparticles in the treatment of urinary tract infections. These infections are commonly treated with antibiotics, but the development of several drug-resistant bacteria strains has created a need for new treatments.

Majority of OSU-COM graduates select primary care residencies

Residency Map

For the eighth consecutive year, at least 50 percent of the OSU-COM graduating class will enter a primary care residency program.

Thirty-one graduates will enter an Oklahoma-based primary care residency with 11 physicians heading to rural programs in Durant, Enid, McAlester, Tahlequah and Talihina. Of the 66 Oklahomans in the class, 39 are remaining within the state to complete residency training and 25 of those are selecting a primary care specialty.

The OSU Center for Rural Health recently created an interactive map showing the Class of 2014’s residency training locations across the nation.

OSU-CHS honors behavioral sciences professor for distinguished service

Van Winkle
Van Winkle

The OSU-CHS Faculty Senate recently presented Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D., with the Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

Van Winkle helped establish a senior mentoring program as part of a new curriculum implemented by the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013. The program pairs medical students with volunteers to build relationships, gain insight into health issues affecting older adults and foster positive attitudes toward seniors. Students also polish their interpersonal skills, which are a vital part of the doctor-patient relationship.

She is a member of the OSU Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee, which organizes conferences and events to provide resources to health care professionals working with older adults.

Integrated curriculum focus of annual Medsation conference

National experts will discuss topics related to integrated curriculum during the OSU-CHS Office of Educational Developmentā€™s fourth annual Medsation conference on Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in D007. The conference is repeated to give participants an option to attend either day.

An integrated medical school curriculum combines classroom instruction with early clinical experiences to create an enhanced learning experience for students. Other conference topics include current trends in medical education, accreditation expectations and teaching strategies.

Registration for the conference is $125 and the deadline to RSVP is Monday, July 28. Faculty can register online or contact Machelle Linsenmeyer, director of the Office of Educational Development.