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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

THURSDAY, Dec. 17, 2015

Research Spotlight: Improving muscle performance, function focus of study


An OSU-CHS researcher is searching for ways to improve muscle function and performance that could enhance athletic prowess, reduce slips and falls among older people and alleviate exercise-induced breathing problems.

Matthew O’Brien, Ph.D., associate professor and clinical education coordinator in athletic training, is trying to identify specific therapeutic interventions that could increase the length and function of human muscle.

“We are looking at increasing an individual’s muscle performance and decreasing constriction and other issues that reduce the muscle’s ability to perform at its highest potential,” he said. “In the athletic world, this has huge implications because a person can gain a competitive edge if they move faster or can jump higher.”

Once intervention therapies that produce better muscular performance are found, the benefits could extend to preventing potentially life-altering injuries among older people, he said. To learn more about O’Brien’s research into improving muscle function and performance, visit the Research Spotlight website. Read more.

OSU-COM to host event for minority students interested in medicine

Undergraduate college students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in medicine are invited to visit Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences to learn more about medical school during the annual Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students conference on Saturday, Jan. 30.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour campus, learn about the medical school admissions process, participate in mock interviews, view anatomy lab demonstrations and talk with local physicians. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The annual event is designed to provide Oklahoma undergraduate college students with exposure to careers in medicine, particularly those who are underrepresented in the field. Registration is open through Jan. 22. To register for the free conference, visit the MAPS website. Read More.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day to showcase students, faculty efforts

OSU-CHS students and faculty are invited to present research during the annual OSU in Tulsa Research Day on Feb. 18-19 at OSU Center for Health Sciences. Research Day coincides with 2016 Research Week at OSU-Stillwater.

Oral and poster abstracts must be submitted online by Wednesday, Jan. 18. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Poster print requests must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 18. Registration is available online at the OSU in Tulsa Research Day website.

The Three-Minute Thesis competition is part of the research activities. Posters will be set up both days in Founders Hall. A complete schedule of events will be posted on the OSU in Tulsa Research Day website in the coming weeks. For more information, contact Amanda Benn at 918-561-1402.

Sugar Bowl packages available for OSU fans

Cheer for the OSU Cowboys as they take on Mississippi University in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year’s Day. This is OSU’s first Sugar Bowl appearance since 1946.

OSU has arranged special travel packages for students, alumni and fans through Sports and Entertainment Travel. A variety of arrangements are available, including deluxe air-inclusive packages, land-only packages and more.

For more details about package options or to book a plan online, visit the Oklahoma State Fan Travel website.