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Research Day is a Diverse Campus Showcase

By Brian Kirschner and Lauren Whetzel Siburkis

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For some students, USciences annual Research Day is the culmination of their hard work, collaboration, and studies. For others, it is just the beginning of a journey of discovery. No matter the point of inquiry, Research Day is a chance for proud faculty and students to showcase their efforts in the lab or in the community.

For the last 13 years, USciences has provided a growing vehicle where research can be displayed, questioned, scrutinized, and discussed by curious peers and mentors. The growth is evident in that the 217 posters on display at Research Day have taken over both gyms in the Athletic/Recreation Center. What else is clear is that the posters on display represent the vast majority of disciplines from USciences’ four colleges.

“Research Day allows students of all ages to experience what veteran scientists do: Hold their work up to the scrutiny of their peers and then answer questions about methodology, results, and conclusions,” said JEANFRANCOIS JASMIN, PhD, associate provost for research and graduate education at USciences.

The ultimate goal of Research Day is to encourage and promote communication and collaboration among researchers not only at USciences but at other institutions.

“Students and faculty have devoted many hours to work on their projects during the school year, and this event gives them a forum to show it off,” said Dr. Jasmin. USciences distinguishes itself by offering students the opportunity to conduct research early in their academic careers.

Included each year at Research Day is the annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture. Now in its 28th year, the Krantz lecture brings a distinguished speaker to campus. This year renowned bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics and founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, spoke on “The Ethics of Compassion: New Drugs, Desperate Patients, and Corporate and Government Responsibilities?” His engaging discussion focused on the ethics surrounding the use of drugs still in clinical trials that may have other uses than on what they are being tested.

“Research Day is part of our ongoing efforts to foster our research mission. It provides the perfect opportunity for students and faculty to share their scholarly activity with our campus community and visitors and to enhance research collaborations and partnerships,” Dr. Jasmin said.

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Left: Students show off their certificates of participation for Research Day. Center: BABIS PAPACHRISTOU, PhD, associate professor of statistics, viewing a student poster. Right; left to right: ANDREW PETERSON, PharmD, PhD’09, John Wyeth Dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy; Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, the John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer; MARVIN SAMSON HonAlm’96, board chairman; and JEANFRANCOIS JASMIN, PhD, associate provost for research and graduate education.

Effectiveness of Alternative Seating in the Elementary Classroom: A Case Study 

students with posterWith the rate of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) rising each year, new approaches are needed beyond medication and behavioral therapy. CAROLINE ELLIS MOT’16 (left) and DANIELLE GLAUBMAN MOT’16 (right) worked under VARLEISHA GIBBS, OTD, OTR/L, assistant professor of occupational therapy, to investigate adaptive seating as a new avenue to pursue. Their study aims to provide school-based occupational therapists with a parent’s perception and observation of the benefits or disadvantages of using adaptive seating through the use of a modified Functional Assessment Interview Tool (FAIT).

Glycemic Control and Outcomes in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer and Diabetes

studentsIn a cross-disciplinary project, HELENE VO PharmD’16 is collaborating with LAURA PONTIGGIA, PhD, associate professor of statistics; TYAN THOMAS, PharmD, associate professor of clinical pharmacy; and LISA DAVIS, PharmD, professor of clinical pharmacy, to retrospectively analyze patient data over a 10-year period starting in 2005 and examine the relationship between glycemic control and survival in pancreatic cancer patients with diabetes mellitus. The study considers the different antidiabetic medications to identify effective diabetes management strategies in this patient population, as well as evaluate whether glycemic control impacts patients’ ability to receive planned cancer treatments (such as chemotherapy regimens).

Serial Position Effects in Healthy Older Adults with Pathological or Normal Cerebrospinal Fluid Markers of Alzheimer’s Disease

students with posterLAUREN C. MACE MS’15 teamed up with STEPHEN C. MOELTER, PhD, associate professor of psychology, and University of Pennsylvania’s David A. Wolk, MD, associate professor of neurology, to test the hypothesis that healthy adults at risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as indicated by abnormal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers would show reduced primacy effects during word list recall. This ongoing study evaluates a novel approach to AD diagnosis and links memory performance in normal adults to established biomarkers.

Penalties vs. Incentives: A New Age of Controlling Healthcare Cost in America?

students with posterCarrot or stick? Incentives programs have been implemented to encourage people to live healthier lives with the idea of controlling healthcare cost. However, other countries such as Canada and France have utilized penalty programs for the same purpose. OKECHUKWU AMACHI, JR., PhB’15 and RICHARD MINOFF, MBA, associate professor of pharmaceutical and healthcare business, performed confidential and anonymous data collection from both healthcare professionals and patients to gain insight on the opinions of healthcare wellness and penalty programs, while attempting to see which one would be more effective. Based on results, a penalty will be difficult to deploy, which may limit its effectiveness.

2015 Research Day/Krantz Lecture

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