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The Center: OSU-CHS News

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Med-Xtravaganza combines medical school visit, hands-on activities

Hutch Helbig, a senior at Claremore High School, inserts a breathing tube in a simulation ‘patient' during Med-Xtravaganza on Saturday.

Hutch Helbig, a Claremore High School senior, inserted a breathing tube smoothly on the first try on Saturday during Med-Xtravaganza at OSU-CHS.

Second-year OSU medical student Eric Sullivan, who was teaching the small group about intubation, was surprised because most people break the patient model’s teeth or get the tube stuck before it reaches the trachea on the first try.

“Have you done that before?” he asked.

Helbig admitted he learned how to perform the procedure by participating twice in Operation Orange summer camps scheduled throughout the state every June. This was his first experience at the Med-Xtravaganza open house event on the OSU-CHS campus in Tulsa. Read more.

Forensic psychologist to be honored by Academy of Forensic Sciences


Richard Walter, OSU-CHS Scholar-in-Residence of forensic sciences and world-renowned pioneer in crime scene assessment, has been selected as a recipient of the Paul W. Kehres Meritorious Service Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

The prestigious award is intended to honor exceptional service and leadership within the academy. The multi-disciplinary professional organization works to advance the application of science in the legal system and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. The award will be presented during the group’s 68th annual Scientific Meeting on Feb. 24 in Las Vegas.

As an international expert on crime assessment, profiling and risk evaluation, Walter created a matrix as a tool for investigation using pre-crime, crime and post-crime behaviors to aid in identifying suspects. He is noted for providing the psychological profile of notorious murderer John List that led to the killer’s capture after 18 years in hiding. Read more.

Research Spotlight: Study examines cilia for cause of genetic disorders


Nedra Wilson, Ph.D., OSU-CHS associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, is studying a microscopic part of human cells to determine the role it plays in the development of several genetic disorders.

“Cilia are hair-like structures on the surface of cells that have been known for about 100 years,” she said. “Until recently, scientists dismissed the importance and function of this part of a cell. It turns out that assumption was wrong.”

As a cell biologist, Wilson is working to identify defects in cilia that can cause a person to develop specific genetic disorders, called ciliopathies. These diseases include diabetes, blindness, obesity, polycystic organs and increased susceptibility to depression or anxiety. Read more. Watch a video of Wilson discussing her ciliopathy research at the Research Spotlight website.

International cancer researcher selects OSU-CHS for prestigious fellowship


Showket Hussain, Ph.D., a well-known molecular oncologist and senior research officer for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in New Delhi, has joined OSU-CHS on an international visiting fellowship for cancer research.

During the six-month fellowship, Hussain will work with Anil Kaul, M.D., director of high-complexity clinical laboratories and associate professor and Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D., associate professor of immunology, on how infectious diseases lead to the development of cancer. He will specifically study the role of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and hormones in the development of cervical cancer.

Hussain is one of six Indian scientists sent to the United States for training and to facilitate the establishment of a National Cancer Institute in India by building collaborative relationships with American cancer research institutions.  The cancer institute, in collaboration with and modeled after the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), will be fully functional by 2017. Read more.