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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Research Spotlight: Aging, disease effects on cardiovascular system


OSU-CHS researcher Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., is using a holistic approach to understand the impact aging and disease have on the cardiovascular system.

“When a doctor measures a patient’s blood pressure, heart rate or respiration, they are collecting information on the combined output of the body’s different systems,” said Benjamin, OSU-CHS vice provost for graduate programs, associate dean for biomedical sciences and associate professor of physiology. “We are attempting to decode what that systematic information means in terms of a person’s overall cardiovascular health.”

Since all body systems work together and rely on one another, he is looking at how heart disease interrupts the normal functioning of the complex systems that make up the human body. His primary goal is to use knowledge gleaned from his research to develop new medical treatments and diagnostic tools to reduce cardiovascular disease

As part of his research, Benjamin collects long-term measurements of the body’s feedback, such as blood pressure and heart rate, to identify patterns indicating disease or health. To learn more about Benjamin’s research into how aging and disease affect the cardiovascular system, visit the OSU Center for Health Sciences Research Spotlight website. Read more.

OSU-CHS health care administration degree ranked among best in value

OSU-CHS was recently ranked the No. 12 Best Value Online Master’s Program in Health Care Administration by BestMedicalDegrees.com. The website is an independent online publication for prospective students considering a career in medicine.

The online master’s program was ranked with 45 other graduate programs in health care administration nationwide. Earlier this year, the program was ranked fourth in the country for quality by Public Health Online and has also been featured by U.S. News & World Report among the top 100 Best Online Graduate Business Programs.

As a growing and popular field of graduate study, health care administration offers both medical and non-medical professionals an opportunity to develop advanced organizational and management skills to assume leadership positions within health care organizations. Read more.

OSU medical students host ‘Centered Around Health Fair’

Drew Anthony, OMSII, prepares to give Tulsan Stephanie Smith a glucose test at the OSU-CHS Spring into Health Fair earlier this year.
Drew Anthony, OMSII, prepares to give Tulsan Stephanie Smith a glucose test at the OSU-CHS Spring into Health Fair earlier this year.

OSU-CHS will offer a community health fair from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Center for Individuals with Health Challenges.

More than 100 second-year medical students will offer a variety of health screenings and information during at the event, including blood pressure and cholesterol screenings and smoking cessation, oral health and stress management education.

The ‘Centered Around Health Fair’ is free and open to the public. For more information, email Lesley Vanvolkinburg, OSU-CHS director of service learning. Read more.

OSU-CHS alumnus, son of founding president, featured at conference

John Barson, D.O., will present a lecture on aerospace and occupational medicine during the 32nd annual Primary Care Update on Nov. 6-8 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Warren Place.

Barson, a graduate of OSU-COM, is the deputy regional flight surgeon for the Federal Aviation Administration in Georgia. His father, John Barson, Ed.D., was the founding president of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, now known as OSU-CHS and OSU-COM.

Other featured speakers at the continuing medical education conference include Michael Picco, M.D., and John Manfredonia, D.O. Picco will speak on chromoendoscopy, an advance in the detection of dysplasia in ulcerative colitis. He is the lead study investigator in the use of chromoendoscopy at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. Manfredonia will present a lecture on the public health crisis of opioid use, abuse, diversion and overdose. He is a national medical director for Kindred at Home/Gentiva Hospice in Arizona. Read More.