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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Research Spotlight video series highlights OSU-CHS faculty research

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A study looking at neuroinflammation could result in new treatments for major depressive disorders. Another research project using an innovative DNA swab with glass fiber could help law enforcement investigators solve thousands of crimes that would otherwise go unsolved. In another study, research on salt sensitivity in humans may offer relief to people who suffer from high blood pressure. These are just three examples of the many OSU-CHS research projects that have the potential to improve the health and well-being of people around the world.

“OSU-CHS faculty are conducting research that is having a meaningful impact in science and health fields,” said Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost for graduate programs at OSU-CHS. “As a land grant institution, it is our mission to share the knowledge that we gain from research for the betterment of humankind.”

To help achieve that mission, OSU-CHS has launched a new video series to highlight the diverse faculty research at the Tulsa-based institution. The Research Spotlight series showcases the many different projects underway in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences, health care administration, paleontology, medicine and other health-related fields.

Each month, new videos will feature additional OSU-CHS faculty discussing their research projects. The first videos presented by program directors highlight the university’s School of Biomedical Sciences and the School of Forensic Sciences.  Two other videos highlight faculty research programs.

View the Research Spotlight series on the OSU-CHS website. Under the direction of Benjamin, the series is produced by OSU in Tulsa Marketing and Communications Services.

Whitten presentation launches new course on addiction medicine

Reggie Whitten, founder of FATE, Pros for Africa and the Native Explorers Foundation, discusses the high cost of substance abuse in Oklahoma on Monday.
Reggie Whitten, founder of FATE, Pros for Africa and the Native Explorers Foundation, discusses the high cost of substance abuse in Oklahoma on Monday.

Reggie Whitten, founder of Fighting Addition Through Education (FATE), kicked off efforts by OSU-COM to integrate addiction medicine into the medical school curriculum at a special presentation on Monday in Dunlap Auditorium.

He discussed the life of his late son, Brandon, who died at age 25 after years of struggling with substance addiction. In his son’s honor, he formed FATE as a way to raise awareness and increase education about the serious epidemic, particularly in Oklahoma.

Whitten’s presentation served as an introduction to a new course, which begins Monday, for second-year medical students on addiction medicine. The course includes a presentation on Monday at noon in D-107 featuring Stephen A. Wyatt, D.O., medical director for addiction medicine at the Carolinas HealthCare System and former president of the American Osteopathic Academy of Addition Medicine. He will discuss “Integrating Addiction Medicine throughout the Medical School Curriculum.”

First OSU-COM student is elected to national SAAO board


Eric Morrison, OMS-II, was elected national coordinator for the Student American Academy of Osteopathy Executive Board. He was elected at the AAO Convocation in Louisville, Ky. earlier this month.

He is the first OSU-COM student elected to the national SAAO board. His duties as national coordinator include maintaining and coordinating communication among regional coordinators of SAAO chapters at each osteopathic college, the AAO Office and the SAAO Executive Board.

Morrison also will be responsible for running all nationally organized SAAO chapter programs and attending meetings of the SAAO Board of Governors and SAAO Executive Board. Along with the other members of the SAAO Executive Board, he will help plan student programming for the 2016 AAO Convocation.

OSU-CHS commencement regalia, announcements available online

Students prepare for graduation at last year’s OSU-CHS commencement ceremony.
Students prepare for graduation at last year’s OSU-CHS commencement ceremony.

Academic regalia and announcements are available to order online for the OSU-CHS commencement ceremony in May. The deadline for ordering graduation regalia online is April 17.

The OSU-CHS commencement will be Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. OSU-COM Class of 2015 President Michael Dunlap will be the featured speaker. Graduate students may contact Bavette Miller with any questions or concerns about submitting information for the ceremony program. Medical students must provide information for the programs and diplomas online by Monday. For more information, medical students may contact Amanda Sumner.

Several events are scheduled for the days leading up to the graduation, including two mandatory meetings. The first mandatory meeting will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13 in D-007 for review of the graduation ceremony, exit paperwork and financial aid information. Later that day, a graduation rehearsal with the administration will be from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Attendance is required.

Other events include a student breakfast sponsored by the OSU-CHS Alumni Association at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13 in Founders Hall and a Class of 2015 Graduation Party that night at 7 p.m.-midnight in the 18th floor Sky Room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Conference Center.

On Thursday, May 14, there will be a military commissioning at 5:30 p.m. followed by an awards banquet at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Warren Place. A graduate student luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15 in Founders Hall.

Modern criminal profiling pioneer to speak at forum


Richard Walter, one of the creators of modern criminal profiling, will discuss forensic psychology and its role in solving crime at noon on Friday, April 3 in Dunlap Auditorium.

Among the world’s leading forensic psychologists, Walter created a matrix as a tool for investigation using pre-crime, crime and post-crime behaviors to aid in identifying suspects. He is noted for providing the psychological profile of notorious murderer John List that led to the killer’s capture after 18 years in hiding.

Walter is one of three co-founders of the Vidocq Society, an exclusive club of more than 80 forensic specialists worldwide who assist local criminal justice agencies in solving cold cases. Walter and the society were profiled in the 2010 book, “The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases.”