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Research Spotlight

The Research Spotlight video series showcases the many research projects underway at OSU-CHS in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences, health care administration, paleontology, medicine and other health-related fields. Each month, new videos will feature additional OSU-CHS faculty discussing their research projects.

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Longevity of prehistoric multituberculates

Anne Weil, Ph.D.

Dr. Weil is studying the evolutionary history of one of the world’s longest lasting groups of mammals.

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Arctic dinosaur life and vertebrate head evolution

Paul Gignac, Ph.D.

Dr. Gignac discusses his research into Arctic dinosaur life and the vertebrate head. He also describes a new micro-CT scanning technique he has developed to study soft tissues without damaging them.

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Forensic psychology research

Ron Thrasher, Ph.D.

Forensic psychology is the application of behavioral sciences within the field of law and criminal justice. Dr. Thrasher discusses student research happening at OSU-CHS in this field.

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Improving evidence-based medicine curriculum

Warren Finn, Ph.D.

Dr. Finn is looking for the best way to train medical students to assess and evaluate advances in medical research in order to provide optimum health care to future patients.

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Studying cilia to find the cause of genetic disorders

Nedra Wilson, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilson is studying a microscopic part of human cells to determine the role it plays in the development of several genetic disorders.

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Detecting illicit drug, explosives labs

Jarrad Wagner, Ph.D.

Dr. Wagner wants to improve the tools used in detecting the presence of illegal drugs or explosives in homes and other locations where production is suspected.

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Effect of massage and stretch therapy on musculoskeletal injury

Aric Warren, Ed.D.

Dr. Warren wants to document the efficacy of massage and stretch therapy treatments for musculoskeletal injuries through evidence-based research.

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Lipoic acid's effect on terminal liver disease

Martin W. Banschbach, Ph.D.

Dr. Banschbach wants to find out whether injections of a natural antioxidant improve liver function in patients diagnosed with terminal liver disease.

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Improving muscle performance and function

Matt O'Brien, Ph.D.

Dr. O'Brien is searching for ways to improve muscle function and performance.

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Improving health care through cultural competency

Jennifer Volberding, Ph.D.

The ability to communicate effectively and understand cultural differences is crucial to delivering high-quality health care. Dr. Volberding is researching ways to educate health care professionals about cultural communication to improve responsiveness to patient needs.

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Opioid receptors and neuroinflammation

Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D.

Dr. Stevens is searching for ways to improve pain management and slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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Paleohistology reveals new information about modern animals

Holly Woodward Ballard, Ph.D.

Dr. Ballard discusses how the study of microscopic structures within the bones of long-extinct vertebrates is leading to new discoveries about the lives of modern animals.

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Cystic fibrosis and lung infections

Franklin Champlin, Ph.D.

Due to many cystic fibrosis patients dying from chronic pulmonary infections, Dr. Champlin is looking at ways to prevent deadly bacteria from invading the lungs.

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Link between hepatitis C and liver cancer

Rashmi Kaul, Ph.D.

Dr. Kaul describes her research, focused specifically on the role of the hepatitis C virus in the development of liver cancer.

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Holistic approach to understanding cardiovascular health

Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D.

Dr. Benjamin discusses how his research collects long-term measurements of the body’s feedback to identify patterns indicating disease or health.

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Digestive bacteria and nervous system interaction

Gerwald Koehler, Ph.D.

Dr. Koehler discusses how the trillions of microorganisms that live in the human digestive tract affect the central nervous system, resulting in differing influences on individual’s health and risk of disease.

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Effects of pesticides and heavy metals on human health

David R. Wallace, Ph.D.

Dr. Wallace talks about how prolonged exposure to some pesticides and heavy metals could impede brain development in children and support cancer growth.

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Physiological effects of estrogen

Kathleen Curtis, Ph.D.

Dr. Curtis describes her research to explore how estrogen's influence in the brain affects physiology and behavior.

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Snake antivenom

Charles Sanny, Ph.D.

Dr. Sanny discusses his research to determine the effectiveness of antivenom to improve treatment options for people who have been bitten by a poisonous snake.

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Encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV)

Earl Blewett, Ph.D.

Dr. Blewett discusses his efforts to develop an inexpensive diagnostic test to help zoos protect their animals from this deadly virus.

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Salt Sensitivity

Al Rouch, Ph.D.

Dr. Rouch explains his research on salt sensitivity and its impact on blood pressure.

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Neuroinflammation and depression

Randall Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Davis describes how treating inflammation of the brain tissue could help people suffering with major depressive disorder.

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Health insurance models

Jim Hess, Ed.D.

Dr. Hess discusses his research on the structure of the health care industry and the risk models under which health insurance companies operate.

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OSU School of Biomedical Sciences

Randall Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Davis gives an overview of the School of Biomedical Sciences and the types of research performed by faculty and students.

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OSU School of Forensic Sciences

Robert Allen, Ph.D.

Dr. Allen gives an overview of the School of Forensic Sciences and the types of research performed by faculty and students.

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OSU School of Health Care Administration

Jim Hess, Ed.D.

Dr. Hess gives an overview of the School of Health Care Administration, the class format, typical student and some potential career paths for graduates.

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