Fifth Annual ICOM Research Day Showcases Impactful Research

A wide range of innovative research was on display at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (ICOM) fifth annual Research Day on March 31. The event is a campus-wide celebration of the research and scholarly endeavors of the College’s students, faculty and institutional partners.

The event provides ICOM’s student doctors the opportunity to showcase the scholarly projects they have conducted under the guidance of ICOM faculty mentors and in collaboration with local researchers. This year, ICOM students submitted a total of 45 poster presentations, as well as three oral presentations.

(L-R) Thomas Conrad, OMS-II; Garrett Ball, OMS-II; Parker Lehman, OMS-II; and Jett Murray, OMS-II.

“This year’s event highlighted research from a variety of disciplines, including basic sciences, anatomical sciences, clinical studies, survey studies, curricular improvements, literature reviews, and case studies,” said Dr. Stephanie Childs, Interim Chair of Research at ICOM. “The breadth and volume of scholarly works demonstrates ICOM’s commitment toward fostering a culture of collaborative research at our institution and with our community partners.”

Winning research presentations were determined by faculty judges. The award-winners include Jett Murray, OMS-II and Parker Lehman, OMS-II for their oral presentation, and Thomas Conrad, OMS-II and Garrett Ball, OMS-II for their poster presentation.

This year, the keynote address was delivered by J. Scott Hale, PhD, Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Utah. Dr. Hale’s lab studies T cells and their role in the generation of immunological memory in response to viral infection and immunization. He has published more than 30 articles on immunology topics and is an active participant in teaching both medical and graduate students.

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