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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

Prenatal toxin exposure expert to headline OSU in Tulsa Research Day


Rebecca C. Fry, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will be the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma State University in Tulsa Research Day on Feb. 18-19 at OSU-CHS.

Fry, an expert on prenatal toxin exposure, will speak at noon on Friday, Feb. 19 in D-107. She will discuss her research on how prenatal exposure to toxins results in detrimental health outcomes in children. She is specifically researching potential genetic alterations in children resulting from exposure to toxins during pregnancy.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day highlights the creative and innovative research projects undertaken by students, faculty and staff at OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa. A variety of disciplines are represented during the event, including biomedical sciences, anatomy and cell biology, engineering and more. Read more.

Research Spotlight: Study targets patients with terminal liver disease


Martin Banschbach, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, wants to find out whether injections of a natural antioxidant improve liver function in patients diagnosed with terminal liver disease.

He is seeking U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to launch a research project in partnership with Burton Berkson, M.D., Ph.D., a New Mexico integrative medicine physician who has long studied the use of lipoic acid to reduce diabetic neuropathy and restore liver function.

Specifically, Banschbach said the study would target participants who have terminal liver disease due to alcohol abuse and who are on the liver transplant list to undergo a series of lipoic acid injections. Lipoic acid, also known as alpha lipoic acid, is a naturally occurring compound in the human body that acts as an antioxidant. Watch a video of Banschbach describing his liver disease research at the OSU-CHS website. Read more.

Help OSU-CHS celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students, faculty and staff represent OSU in Tulsa during last year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.
Students, faculty and staff represent OSU in Tulsa during last year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to walk with Pistol Pete and newly crowned Miss OSU in the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 to honor the memory of the late civil rights leader.

This year’s parade theme is “One Race…The Human Race.” The parade will begin at OSU-Tulsa at the intersection of John Hope Franklin Boulevard and Detroit Avenue and proceed east through campus to Greenwood Avenue. From there, the procession will travel south through the historic Greenwood District and will end at Archer Street and Elgin Avenue. The parade is organized by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society of Tulsa.

T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies for the event may be pre-ordered online at Dupree Sports Tulsa. The order deadline is Jan. 11. Orders will be delivered to OSU-Tulsa and will be available for distribution at a date to be announced. For additional information, contact Nekki Reagan-Neely or Melanie McClain.

Pets for Wellness

Advertisement by OSU Marketing and Communications  Services in Tulsa
Advertisement by OSU Marketing and Communications Services in Tulsa

OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa have some furry friends providing therapeutic services to students, faculty and staff. OSU’s campuses in Tulsa have partnered for Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa, an extension of the popular pet therapy program launched as part of the America’s Healthiest Campus initiative. Pet therapy can help improve physical and emotional health on campus.

Meet the members of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa at http://p3tulsa.okstate.edu.