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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Marketing and Communications Services wins six AACOM communications awards

OSU-CHS Ad Campaign
The OSU Center for Health Sciences Advertising Campaign received first place in the AACOM Excellence in Communications competition.

Marketing and Communications Services will receive six American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Excellence in Communications Awards on behalf of OSU-CHS at the organization’s annual conference this month.

Marketing and Communications Services received first place in advertising piece for the OSU Center for Health Sciences Advertising Campaign. The campaign is a monthly series of advertisements highlighting OSU Center for Health Sciences’ efforts to train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care providers to improve the lives of all Oklahomans.

In addition, Marketing and Communications Services received second place in the video category and the recruitment piece category for Blue Coat to White Coat, and third place in the newsletter category for The Center, the feature story or article category for “Future Doctors of Oklahoma” and the website category for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine High School Recruitment Website.

The awards will be presented during the Marketing and Communications Advisory Council meeting on Friday, April 24 at the Joint AACOM and AODME 2015 Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Research Spotlight: Breaking through depression


Randall Davis wants to find new treatments for one of the leading causes of disability in the nation.

“Brain disorders represent a huge burden, both in terms of human suffering and economic costs, and major depressive disorder is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S.,” says Davis, head of the biomedical sciences graduate program at OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. “Right here in Oklahoma, we rank in the top 10 states for the number of people with depression.”

Davis is leading a team of researchers examining the effect of neuroinflammation on the development of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and major depressive disorder. Neuroinflammation, the inflammation of the nervous tissue, can be caused by a number of factors.

With a biomedical research grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, Davis and his research partners, Thomas Curtis and Craig Stevens, are specifically examining the therapeutic effect of a chemical beta-funaltrexamine that counteracts the effects of narcotics in the central nervous system.

Read the full story from the Winter 2014 edition of STATE magazine on the OSU-CHS website. Visit the Research Spotlight website to hear more about Davis’ research.

OSU Center for Rural Health distributes SHIP grants to 57 rural hospitals

OSU Center for Rural Health recently distributed nearly $500,000 in federal grants to 57 rural Oklahoma hospitals to fund implementation of quality improvement processes and efforts to reduce health care costs.

The Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) grants are funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The grants help small hospitals implement reforms outlined in the Affordable Care Act.

Each hospital was awarded $7,956 for implementing value-based purchasing and measures to reduce hospital readmissions and medical quality.

To view the full list of hospitals that received a SHIP grant, visit the OSU-CHS website.

Spring Fling CME conference to feature variety of topics

Stroke management and telemedicine are two of many session topics that will be featured during OSU-COM Alumni Association’s 29th annual Spring Fling Continuing Medical Education conference on May 15-16.

The conference will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Downtown. Other sessions include proper opioid prescribing, genetic testing, rheumatoid arthritis and gastric bypass.

Proceeds from Spring Fling support scholarships for OSU-COM students and upcoming alumni events. A discount for early registration is available through April 24. The conference is free for students, interns and residents. For more information or to register, visit the conference webpage.

City of Tulsa to proclaim April 18 as St. Baldrick’s Foundation Day

St. Baldricks Foundation

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the Tulsa City Council will proclaim Saturday, April 18 as St. Baldrick’s Foundation Day to help raise awareness about childhood cancer.

The proclamation will be made during the 6 p.m. city council meeting on Thursday, April 16 and is a show of support for OSU-COM Student Osteopathic Medical Association’s fundraising campaign for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D., OSU-CHS chief operating officer and interim vice president for research, will accept the proclamation.

SOMA set a goal of raising $20,000 this year for the volunteer-driven charity dedicated to funding children’s cancer research and has hosted fundraisers throughout the year. The group has collected more than $13,000 in donations to date.

The student group will host a major fundraiser on Saturday, April 18, which will include head-shaving, live music, food and a silent auction. The event will be from 2-4 p.m. at Elwoods at Blue Rose on Riverside Drive.