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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Smith elected to national SOMA board of trustees


Alex Smith, MSII, has been elected to the 2015-16 board of trustees of the national Student Osteopathic Medical Association at the group’s annual conference in Seattle. He is the National Liaison Officer of the SOMA chapter at OSU-COM.

As regional trustee, Smith will oversee and help coordinate efforts of SOMA chapters at seven osteopathic medical schools. He will also ensure each chapter meets its goals and works toward completing regional efforts.

“I really love being involved in advocating for students, representing OSU and working to enrich our experience in medical school,” he said. “I also hope to be a communicator of and advocate for osteopathic student needs during this pivotal time in our profession.”

Smith will seek to continue the region’s success in achieving large membership numbers, supporting philanthropic work and sharing students’ love of osteopathic medicine with the community. His term begins in the spring.

Physiology professors present research at AOA conference

Kathleen Curtis, left, and Tom Curtis
Kathleen Curtis, left, and Tom Curtis

Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D., associate professor of physiology, and J. Thomas Curtis, Ph.D., assistant professor of physiology, presented research at the 58th annual American Osteopathic Association Research Conference last week in Seattle.

Kathleen Curtis presented her work, “Estrogen and Body Sodium: Behavioral Responses and Central Pathways in Rats” in a symposium entitled “Gender Differences and Women’s Health: Does Sex Really Matter?”

In the symposium “Autism Spectrum Disorders: How Close are We to Tearing Down the Wall?” J. Thomas Curtis outlined his research “An Animal Model for Social Withdrawal: Sex Specific Changes in Prairie Vole Social Behavior After Chronic Metals Exposure.”

The conference, hosted in conjunction with the AOA Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED), features research from D.O.s, professors and students from across the nation.

Kaul cited as national expert in cancer prevention book


OSU-CHS Associate Professor of Immunology Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., was featured as one of the leading national experts on cancer research in a recently published book on cancer prevention.

“The Cancer Prevention Handbook” explores the causes of cancer and preventative measures people can take to help prevent the development of cancer. Kaul provides author Steve Riczo her perspective on the lack of focus on cancer prevention in the U.S.

The book was published by Global Health Publishing in July and can be purchased online.

Student presents nerve regeneration research at national meeting

Vadim Yerokhin displays a poster used in his presentation on nerve regeneration research.
Vadim Yerokhin displays a poster used in his presentation on nerve regeneration research.

Second-year medical student Vadim Yerokhin recently presented research on the role of mesenchymal stem cells on nerve regeneration at the annual meeting of the American Society of Exosomes and Microvesicles.

His work, “Exosomal uptake following sciatic nerve injury: direct administration of exosomes with and without mesenchymal stem cells,” explores whether the benefits of the use of stem cells in current therapies could be accelerated by the addition of other cellular materials.

The dual usage “may accelerate nerve regeneration and recovery of patients who suffer traumatic nerve injuries,” said Yerokhin, who is also working on a doctorate in biomedical sciences. Kenneth Miller, professor and chairman of the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department, and research assistant Michael Anderson also were authors of the poster.

Harrington to present wellness information Nov. 13


The OSU-CHS chapter of the American Medical Student Association will host OSU’s chief wellness officer for a special presentation on Nov. 13.

Suzy Harrington will present ‘Five Dimensions of Wellness and You (Personally and Professionally)’ at noon in D-007. The presentation is open to students, faculty and staff.

Harrington serves as the leader of the university’s health and wellness initiatives as it strives to be America’s Healthiest Campus.