Having trouble viewing this email? View it in your browser.

OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

Research Spotlight: Effects of massage therapy on muscle, tendon injuries

Students and faculty make poster presentations during last year’s OSU in Tulsa Research Day.

Massage and stretch therapies are widely used to improve function following a musculoskeletal injury. Aric Warren, Ed.D., associate professor of athletic training at OSU-CHS, wants to document the efficacy of these treatments through evidence-based research.

“While these techniques are extremely popular around the country, there is a lack of research on the effectiveness of soft tissue mobilization therapy in human subjects,” he said. “Our patient-centered research explores the effects of these therapies in the treatment of muscular skeletal dysfunction. Our approach involves recording physiological measures and patient outcomes.”

Warren’s research team is among the first to use diagnostic ultrasound imaging to document and evaluate muscle response to soft tissue mobilization therapy, particularly in patients with hamstring and Achilles tendon injuries. Read more.

OSU-CHS medical education conference set for June

OSU-CHS will host “Transforming Medical Education: Embracing the Evolution” medical education conference on June 16-17 at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Tulsa.

The program is designed for clinicians, faculty and medical education professionals seeking creative and innovative methods to effectively engage medical students and improve outcomes. Among the topics of discussion are curriculum change, effective one-on-one teaching, active learning, teaching with simulations and more.

Those interested in making presentations at the conference should submit their proposals by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the event website. For additional information, email Dan Thompson, coordinator of instructional design, assessment and educational technology in the Department of Medical Education.

‘Three Minute Thesis’ preliminary contest set during Research Day

OSU-CHS students must register online to participate in the preliminary Three Minute Thesis competition by Wednesday for the chance to represent the campus in the OSU-wide competition.

The OSU-CHS preliminary competition is set for noon in D107 on Thursday, Feb. 18 during the annual OSU in Tulsa Research Day. Master’s and doctoral student contestants must give a compelling pitch for their thesis in three minutes using only one PowerPoint slide. The contest is aimed at developing students’ skills in relaying their research and its relevance in a cogent but concise manner.

Judges will select a first, second and third place winner. Audience members will vote for the “People’s Choice” award. The first-place winner will win $300, second place wins $200 and third place wins $100. The “People’s Choice” winner gets $300. The first-place winner will compete against other OSU students in the finals at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the Student Union Little Union Theater at OSU-Stillwater. For additional details, visit the 3MT website.

CFR conference early registration deadline approaches

The OSU Center for Family Resilience will host the seventh annual Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience on Friday, Jan. 29 at OSU-Tulsa. The early registration deadline is Sunday.
“Family Caregiving: Fostering Resilience across the Life Course” will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and gerontology center director at the University of Colorado, and Susan Parish, associate dean for research at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, are keynote speakers.

Cost of the conference is $50 for non-students and $25 for students if paid by Sunday. Late or on-site registration is $75 for non-students and $35 for students. To register, visit the Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience website.