ICOM Celebrates Second Annual Research Day

For the second consecutive year, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine hosted its annual Research Day — a campus wide celebration of the research and creative endeavors of the college’s researchers.

“Research Day gave the ICOM community a glimpse into the research being done here,” said Dr. Todd Coffey, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Research and Biostatistics at ICOM. “Research opportunities provide ICOM students the opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking and oral and written communication.  Participation gives students a different perspective into the scientific and clinical knowledge they are gaining in their classes.”

Renowned physician-scientist, Dr. Denny Stevens, was this year’s keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Stevens provided details into some of his groundbreaking translational research that changed clinical practice for toxin-mediated soft tissue infections.

Following Dr. Stevens’ presentation, 10 ICOM students presented electronic poster presentations on a variety of subjects, from basic science research to humor in medicine, including:

Thomas Auen, OMS-II

  • IL1R1 is Required for Celastrol’s Leptin-Sensitization and Antiobesity Effects

Kaitlin Buhrke, OMS-II

  • The Use of Dynamic Compression Intramedullary Nail for Tibiotalocalcaneal Arthrodesis

Andrew Garcia, OMS-I

  • Hypometabolic Cell Culture Environment Preserves the Mesenchymal Stem Cells’ Ability to Remodel the G-LC Treated Mesangium

Weston M. Grant, OMS-II & Kenneth Scott, OMS-II

  • Humor and Laughter in the Standardized Patient-Medical Student Encounter

Karam Musaitif, OMS-I

  • Marginal Effects of Systemic CCR5 Blockade with Maraviroc on Oral Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission to Infant Macaques

Corinne Rivard, OMS-II

  • Intramyocardial Triglycerides Among Women with vs without HIV: Hormonal Correlates and Functional Consequences

Katelan Saunders, OMS-I

  • Relationships Between Cognitive Proficiencies & Neural Processes Underlying Language in Preschool-Age Children

Daniel Shin, OMS-II 

  • In-vitro cellular bioenergetic effects of Melatonin and Hydrocortisone 

Ryan Wertz, OMS-I

  • Novel Positive Allosteric Modulators of Glutamate Transport Have Neuroprotective Properties in an in-vitro Excitotoxic Model

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