Life + Career Osteopathic Research OMED Research Dissemination Track Past AOA Research Focus Tracks

Past AOA Research Focus Tracks

Blast from the past

View agendas and poster winners from previous Research Focus Tracks

Find out the winners from the Research Focus Track that took place at previous OMED conferences.

Learn more about the latest research findings presented during the past two Research Focus Tracks as well as information presented by the poster contest winners.


2018 Research Student Poster Award Winners

The 2018 OMED Research Focus Track was held during OMED 2018 in San Diego. See the listing below for first and second place winners as well as the FORCE winners.

First Place

​Michael Maiden, OMS II

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

B4– Characterizing the Honey-Bee Derived Antimicrobial Peptide Melittin to Eradicate Biofilm-Associated Infections in Chronic Wounds

Kay O. Kulason, PhD

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

B24 – Parkinson’s Disease: Through the Nose

Elexander Atkinson, OMS I

Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine

B31 – Lymphatic Pump Technique Enhances Immunity in a DSS Colitis Model

AOA OMS funded grant

Second Place

​James Edward Bernard Docherty, MS

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

C35 – Health Behaviors of eSport Athletes

Alex Jordan Meisel, BS

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

HS4 – Repair and Maintenance of the Cadaver Donor

Sophia A. Mort, OMS III

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

C13 – Medical Professional Students’ Perceived Impact of the Opioid Crisis and Personal Experiences Influence Future Plans Regarding Medical Practice with Opioids

Samantha A. Wolf, BS

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

B26 – Modulation of Dendritic Cell Activation and Th1/Th2 Balance by Bacillus Subtilis Exopolysaccharide Prevents Allergic Eosinophilia

Joseph Miceli, BS

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

C14 – The Effects of Head Impacts on Verbal and Visual Memory in Collegiate Mens Lacrosse Players from Pre to Postseason

Lily Rubin, OMS II

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

C18 – Assessing the Impact of Rock Steady Boxing on Depressive Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease

FORCE Winners

​Raymond Li, BA

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

C22 – Managing Tremor in Parkinson’s Disease Using Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Nicole Angelo, OMS IV

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

C25 – The Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine on Oxidative Stress following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, A Pilot Study

 


OMED 18 Research dissemination speakers

Atopic dermatitis: New and old treatment updates | Shan Shan Wu, DO, AOCAI

Shan Shan Wu, DOAtopic dermatitis is a common malady of the young, although it may also affect adults. Control of its triggers, such as itch, food, irritants, dryness, infection and etc., may minimize the symptoms (Geoghegan, 2017). Defects of skin structures predispose the patients to atopic dermatitis. Typical treatments that have been used for years are well known by parents, grandparents, and practitioners (Powell, 2018). Although helpful in mild types, the more severe have been problematic. Newer biologicals have been exceedingly helpful in the treatment and relief of bothersome symptoms (Davis, 2018). This discussion will review all aspects of old and new therapies in the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

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Atopic and contact skin disease | Neha Sanan, DO, AOCAI

Neha Sanan, DOUrticaria and angioedema are a group of skin conditions that may occur together or individually (Maxim, 2018). Their causation may be the same or dramatically different. Treatment can vastly be different depending on the etiology of the disorder (Dressler, 2018). The more acute events may have a trigger. The more chronic events may have an idiopathic dilemma. Despite the nature of the process, the differential diagnosis is often muddied by physicians, therefore making the effective treatment of the patient delayed. With the appropriate historical ques, appropriate treatment may be initiated. We will discuss the appropriate question algorithm, followed by treatment. Biological therapy will be discussed within each diagnosis (Saco, 2018).

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Advanced neuroimaging in concussion translational collaboration | David Baron, MSEd, DO, ACONP

David Baron, MSEd, DOSports concussion occur in over 3.8 million youth every year. Concussions occur in many youths not involved in organized sports programs. Physically abused, bullied, and youths with other neuropsychiatric disorders are at increased risk to sustain concussions that never get reported or clinically evaluated. Mild, repetitive concussions can affect cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning acutely and after the initial injury. To date, there are no definitive diagnostic assessment tools or reliable biomarkers. Clinicians need to be knowledgeable of current diagnostic criteria and management tools to better evaluate and treat these patients. Advanced neuroimaging holds promise, but needs to be carefully evaluated as a clinical tool.

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Controlling drugs or people? The history of drug policy in America | Amanda Reiman. PhD, MSW, AOCOPM

Amanda Reiman. PhD, MSWDrugs were not always illegal in America. There was a time when a person could obtain a prescription for cocaine, heroin, and amphetamine from their physician. However, in 1914 all of that changed with The Harrison Act, the first federal drug law that made it illegal for physicians to prescribe drugs simply due to their patient’s dependence on it. Overnight an illicit drug market and associated culture was born. And, after that, the U.S. would engage in “war” on those who did not have the privilege to obtain drugs from private sources. While the media has focused on various “drug epidemics” over the years, this session will focus on the underlying goals associated with these laws and the handling of drug issues in the U.S.

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Addressing the opioid epidemic with cannabis | Amanda Reiman. PhD, MSW, AOCOPM

Amanda Reiman. PhD, MSWAccidental overdose of opiates is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. In America, we comprise 25% of the world’s population and consume 99% of the world’s hydrocodone. As far back as 1889, doctors have been exploring the use of cannabis for opiate dependence. A sharp increase in opiate fatalities coupled with the population most impacted has regulators, researchers and others looking for novel approaches, including cannabis. This session will focus on three points at which cannabis can interface with opiates to encourage harm reduction: as a first line defense for pain, as a withdrawal medication, and as a maintenance medication to prevent relapse. Research in the area of cannabis and harm reduction will be presented.

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Impact of OMM on Parkinson’s Disease: Lessons learned and future directions | Sheldon Yao, DO, AAO

Sheldon Yao, DOThis presentation will focus on the development of our research study, which was funded by the AOA in September 2016 to investigate the effects of OMM on Parkinson’s Disease motor function and biomarkers. In sharing the challenges and accomplishments from the study, we hope that the audience will gain an appreciation of osteopathic research and learn how they can participate and learn from the challenges we faced. The presentation will focus on Parkinson’s disease and how OMM can potentially help our subjects with movement. We will share the results of our studies examining the potential mechanism of OMM and integrating translation research. Finally, we will have a hands-on session where participants will learn to apply our PARK-OMM protocol used in the study.

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Addressing Health Disparities at a Student-Run Free Clinic and Research Opportunities | Melissa G. Pearce, DO, AAO

Melissa G. Pearce, DOSeveral schools and colleges of osteopathic medicine have established student run free clinics, which provide health care for a variety of populations. Some of these clinics serve the institution’s community of employees and students, but some also aim to serve the local community, especially those who are underserved. This session explores one such clinic at Touro University California, including research efforts, such as assessing whether the clinic is serving its target population, organizing outcomes analysis of new programs, and implementation of the RIOT (Reducing Inflammation with Osteopathic Treatment) study in this venue.

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2017 Student Poster Competition winners

The 2017 Poster Session and Student Poster Competition was held Oct. 7-10 at OMED 2017 in Philadelphia. See the listing below for first and second place winners as well as the FORCE winners.

First Place

​Katrina Bantis, OMS II

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B5 – Prolonged Fasting Attenuates Mitophagy and Impairs Cardiac Function in Mice

Cara Vernacchia, OMS III

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California

Pain Management

C32 – Changes in Children and Parental Emotional Behavior Determine Long-Term Outcomes for Children with Chronic Pain Following Interdisciplinary Pain Management Program

Prarthana Pradeep, OMS III

Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B21 – Evaluating Gap Junctional Intercellular Communication in Breast Cancer Cells Potential for Increasing Chemotherapeutic Spread

Second Place

​Andrew Tariao Mariano, OMS III

Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B4 – Creation of Ing3 Men1 and Rb1 Knockout in Mouse MC3T3E1 Cells Using CRISPR System

​Elizabeth George, OMS IV

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Philosophy

B5 -Pressure Variances in the Diagnosis of Lumbar Somatic Dysfunctions

​Alexander M. Stangle, OMS IV

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathic Philosophy

B5 -FITPHYSICIAN The Use of Wearable Technology Combined with Physical Activity Education in Medical Students: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Sabrina Wedee, OMS I

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California

Osteopathic Philosophy

B5 -Cannabinoid Signaling Mechanisms During Axon Development in Situ

​Matthew S. Goldfinger, OMS III

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B5 – Common Medications as a Risk Factor for Parkinson’s Disease: A Case Control Study

Yasmin Bains, OMS II

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California

Chronic Diseases and Conditions

B5 – Small Dense LDL Correlates with Dlactate in Obese Adolescents: A Link Between Dyslipoproteinemia Triose Flux and Glycation

FORCE Winners

Nicole Angelo, OMS III

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Impact of OMM/OMT

B5 – Comparing the Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine versus Concussion Education for the Acute Treatment of Mild Concussion Symptoms

​James Docherty, OMS III

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Impact of OMM/OMT

B5 – Effect of Pedal Pump Lymphatic Technique on Exercise Recovery After Maximal Exercise

 


2017 Research Focus Track Agenda

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

OMED Poster Session and Student Poster Competition

  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. AOA Poster Session; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Student Poster Competition

  • Where: Exhibit Hall Foyer

​​View the latest research ​ findings from established researchers and students. The student poster competition is held in collaboration with the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

Joint Session with American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists, Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, and American Osteopathic Society of Rheumatic Diseases

Concussion, Prevention, and Early Intervention

When: 8 to 9 a.m.

  • Speakers: Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC

Traumatic Brain Injury – Interdisciplinary Strategies for Treatment

  • When: 9 to 9:50 a.m.

  • Speaker: John Riggs, MD

  •  Learn how to explain the complexity of brain injury itself and to discuss an understanding of pathophysiology to include inflammatory processes.

Attendees also will understand the contrast between military TBI vs civilian and the component of PTSD with hyper arousal, and understand the need for an interdisciplinary team to address this complex injury.

Enhancing Self Management of Chronic Post Concussive Symptoms

  • When: 9:50 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Speaker: Scott Mooney, PhD

Learn the history of other TBI recovery strategy programs with similar formats and limitations. Understand the development of the Functional Recovery Program and its unique intervention style and comprehensive holistic approach. Attendees also will learn more about the outcome instruments and the outcome noted in the program.

Presentation

Cognitive Enhancement and Maintenance After Mild Concussion

  • When: 10:30 to 11:05 a.m.

  • Speaker: Aparna Vijayan, PhD

  •  Understand the impact of pain, mood and sleep issues on attention, memory and information processing. Describe a range of task-specific strategies to improve attention and memory.

Attendees also will be able to provide information on different resources available for cognitive rehabilitation. Increase networking between the attendees for further growth and advancement of professional services rendered to patients who have cognitive challenges resulting from stroke and/or brain injury.

Additionally, participants will increase their awareness of the rehabilitation approaches provided by speech pathologists in cognitive rehabilitation and how these are of benefit to service members.

Traumatic Brain Injury

  • When: 11:05 to 11:40 a.m.

  • Speaker: Ronald Paolini, DO, D.FACN

  • Understand the role of a psychiatrist in an interdisciplinary team treating military patients in a three-week intensive outpatient program, and discuss interventions to establish group communication and trust within an intensive outpatient program.

Attendees also will understand the concepts of empowerment and Warriors Path/Journey as it relates to this program, and share with the audience the fundamental knowledge we have learned in working with our military population.

Panel Discussion and Questions

  • When: 11:40 a.m. to noon

Research Training Seminar
Joint Session with the Bureau of Scientific Affairs and Public Health, the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, and the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG).

  • When: 1:30 to 5 p.m

This workshop aims to provide a foundation for residents and others who are new to research. Highlights of the workshop include a panel discussion with AOA research grantees, who will share lessons learned through their experiences and solutions to some common research challenges. Though this workshop is hosted by ACOOG, it is open to all students, residents, and new investigators who would like to broaden their knowledge and improve their research skills.

Treatment Updates in Clinical Immunology
Joint Session with the American Osteopathic College of Allergy and Immunology, and the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research.

  • When: 1:30 to 2 p.m.

  • Where: Room 201A, Level 100, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Speaker: Massoud Mahmoudi, DO, PhD

Learn about the availability of new medications and new treatments for various immune related disorders. Recognize the therapeutic benefit of these new therapies.

Presentation​​

Functional Medicine in Primary Care: Osteopathic at its Best
Joint Session with the American Academy of Osteopathy, and the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research.

  • When: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

  • Where: Ballroom A, Level 300, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Speaker: Aunna Herbst, DO, ND, CFMP

Become familiar with fun​ctional medicine. Share Cleveland Clinic’s functional medicine’s research/clinical practice. Demonstrate how functional medicine and osteopathy can be beneficial to patient outcomes in a primary care case study.

Presentation

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

OMED Poster Session and Student Poster Competition

  • When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. AOA Poster Session; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student Poster Competition

  • Where: Exhibit Hall Foyer

  •  View the latest research findings from established researchers and students. The student poster competition is held in collaboration with the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

Pregnancy Research on Osteopathic Manipulation Optimizing Treatment Efforts: The PROMOTE Study Protocol and Early Intervention
Joint Session with the American Academy of Osteopathy and the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research.

  • When: 9:30 a.m. to noon

  • Where: Ballroom A, Level 300, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • Speakers: Kendi L. Hensel, DO, PhD

Demonstrate knowledge of current research on the use of OMT during pregnancy. Become familiar with the techniques used in the PROMOTE (Pregnancy Research on Osteopathic Manipulation Optimizing Treatment Effects) study. Review billing and coding for OMT.

Review billing and coding for OMT.

Presentation​

Research Directors Meeting

  • When: 2 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Where: Marriott Hotel, Franklin 8 and 9 (4th Floor)

Student Poster Competition and New AOA Research Grant Recipients’ Awards and Networking Reception

  • When: 6 to 7 p.m.

  • Where: Marriott Hotel, Franklin 8 and 9 (4th Floor)

  • Recognize the first and second prize winners of the student poster competitions, honor the newest research grant recipients, and network with other researchers. ​​

  • When: 6 to 7 p.m.

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