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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

OSU-CHS breaks ground for Tandy Medical Academic Building

Tandy Groundbreaking
Kayse Shrum, D.O., president of OSU-CHS, speaks at Thursday's groundbreaking ceremony for the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building.

OSU-CHS hosted a groundbreaking today for the $45 million A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building in Tulsa.

The 84,000-square-foot Tandy Medical Academic Building will include a state-of-the-art hospital simulation center to provide training for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. The hospital simulation center will include a fully operational emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit, birthing suite and ambulance bay, enabling students to practice procedures and skills commonly utilized in hospitals across the country.

“The OSU Center for Health Sciences and College of Osteopathic Medicine have been a vital medical education training facility in Tulsa for more than 40 years. The Tandy Medical Academic Building will only further advance our outstanding reputation for training quality primary care physicians,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. “Our students, residents and faculty physicians provide treatment for thousands of Tulsans every year through our clinic system and the OSU Medical Center. The state-of-the-art training that will be provided in the Tandy Medical Academic Building will help us utilize the best treatment and prevention options to combat the many health disparities that continue to plague our community.”

The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation provided $8 million toward construction of the four-story building. Other significant donors to the Tandy Medical Academic Building include the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, the Honorable Terry Kern and Jeanette Kern, Tim Headington, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, and Jean and Gary Goodnight, D.O. More than $33 million has been generated to date from private gifts and Center for Health Sciences funds to pay for construction. Read more.

National panel releases blueprint to improve NIJ forensic science research


Jarrad Wagner, Ph.D., associate professor of forensic sciences at OSU-CHS, is among a panel of experts that has released a report aimed at strengthening forensic science research at the National Institute of Justice.

Wagner is one of 14 members from major universities and other groups appointed to the panel. The committee was charged with examining the progress the NIJ has made in advancing forensic science research since 2009. It was also asked to determine where improvements are needed and how NIJ forensic research programs may be enhanced.

The committee recommended that NIJ take a number of actions to improve its scientific capacity in forensics, including developing a comprehensive development plan, establishing a research advisory board of scientists, recruiting researchers from a broad array of scientific disciplines and pushing for adequate funding. To read the full report, visit The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine website.

National research grant focuses on rural health in Oklahoma

A team of researchers led by Whitney A. Bailey, Ph.D. in the College of Human Sciences at OSU received a two-year, $311,602 grant focused on improving health literacy among rural elders, their family caregivers and rural hospital discharge planners in Oklahoma.

The grant from the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grant Program is funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and was one of only four funded nationwide.

The project titled “A Community Approach to Care Education: Empowering Rural Hospitals and Caregivers to Engage in Exceptional Care of Rural Elders” involves several partnering institutions and organizations including AARP Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the OSU Center for Rural Health, the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative housed at the University of Oklahoma, the Southern Rural Development Center and the College of Human Sciences Center for Family Resilience.

The number of burdens on small, rural hospitals is overwhelming, according to Jeff Hackler of OSU’s Center for Rural Health. He said this project will help rural hospitals meet new standards for providing discharge instructions to patients. Read more. 

Medical student’s research accepted for OMED poster competition


Sepideh Darbandi, OMS-III, has been selected to present in the student poster competition at the Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition (OMED 2015) in Orlando on Oct. 18.

Her research project, conducted under the supervision of Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology, focuses on how antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that cause acute urinary tract infections has led to an increase in prevalence of chronic UTI infections. She is specifically studying innate immune responses and antimicrobial defenses in the urogenital tract against uropathogens in the bladder and renal epithelium.

Darbandi’s research could lead to improved treatment options for these infections, which could be critical for the future management of urinary tract infections. She will compete with other researchers from osteopathic medical schools in the Student Prize Competition.

Science Café to feature OSU-CHS forensic sciences program director


Ron Thrasher, Ph.D., associate professor of forensic sciences at OSU-CHS, will be the featured speaker in the Science Café at OSU at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The presentation, “Forensic Psychology: What the Heck is That?” will be in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room at the Edmon Low Library in Stillwater. Thrasher will be joined by Chelsea Bullard, who has a master’s degree in forensic psychology and is working on her doctorate in sociology.

Science Café highlights interesting, relevant and current science research each month. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Science Café website.

Largest dinosaur growth study details life of Montana’s “good mother lizard”

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D., points out a Maiasaura fossil in the dinosaur bone bed in Montana.

Based on decades of research, a new study provides the most detailed reconstruction of dinosaur life history ever published and recounts the life of Maiasaura peeblesorum, the “good mother lizard,” that lived millions of years ago in Montana.

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D., OSU-CHS assistant professor of anatomy, led the research as part of her doctoral thesis in paleontology at Montana State University. She is one of four co-authors of the study recently published in Paleobiology, the quarterly journal of the international Paleontological Society.

 “You can only learn so much from a bone by looking at its shape. But the entire growth history of the animal is recorded within the bone. By looking within the bones, and synthesizing what previous studies revealed, we now know more about the life history of Maiasaura than any other dinosaur,” said Ballard. “Our study makes Maiasaura a model organism to which other dinosaur population biology studies will be compared.” Read more.