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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, september 8, 2016

Health Data Shootout competition open to all OSU students

OSU-CHS medical student Matthew Nunley takes apart a blood pressure device as part of the MIT MakerHEALTH seminar last spring at OSU-CHS.
OSU-CHS medical student Matthew Nunley takes apart a blood pressure device as part of the MIT MakerHEALTH seminar last spring at OSU-CHS.

All students are invited to compete in OSU’s Health Data Shootout, a competition hosted by The Center for Health Systems Innovation’s Center for Predictive Medicine and the Center for Sovereign Nations.

Competitors will work in teams of up to five people to find the most innovative solutions to health care challenges facing American Indians. Student teams can register to access CHSI’s Cerner Health Facts database, which is one of the largest HIPAA-compliant relational databases in existence. Student teams will use an American Indian dataset containing nearly electronic medical records stripped of patient names, tribal affiliation and other identifying information. 

The Health Data Shootout competition is open to all OSU undergraduate and graduate students of any major and from any campus. A nationally recognized panel of health data experts will judge the competition. Teams will be awarded $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. Registration runs through Sept. 23. The submission deadline is Oct. 2. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony Oct. 13 in the Student Union at OSU-Stillwater. For more information, visit the competition website.

Seminar to examine research on lymphatic vascular defects


Xin Geng, Ph.D., a developmental biologist and staff scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City, will discuss her research into lymphatic vascular development during a special seminar at noon tomorrow in D-207.

The seminar is entitled “Correlative Fluorescence and Electron Microscopy to Study Lymphatic Vascular Development.” Geng’s research focuses on the development of lymphovenous valves. She hopes her work will lead to novel treatments for human lymphatic vascular defects.

The seminar is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by the OSU-CHS Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Student Government Association sets fall meetings


OSU-COM Student Government Association has set its fall semester meetings with the first slated for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Dunlap Auditorium. The theme will be “Empowerment.” The second meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 16 with the theme, “Mind, Body, Spirit.” All OSU-COM students are invited to attend.

The meetings will be led by SGA’s 2016-17 officers, including second-year medical students Calli Schardein, president; Moreez Qureshi, vice president, Andrew Rosse, secretary, Shannon McBeath, treasurer; and Mallory Hall, interclub liaison. SGA advisor is Angela Bacon, director of student services.

The SGA is a group of student leaders who are liaisons between students, administration and faculty and more than 25,000 osteopathic medical students throughout the nation. SGA members represent OSU-COM students at the annual American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates meeting, the Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition and the annual American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine meeting.