Work highlighted at Research Day
HUNTINGTON -- Some of the region's biggest health concerns were highlighted during the 26th annual Research Day which took place Monday and Tuesday at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.
Dozens of projects were entered into the event that showcases work conducted by medical students, graduate students, residents and postdoctoral fellows. This year's entries included projects focusing on heart disease, children and physical activity, lung and other cancers, drug abuse during pregnancy as well as other areas of biomedical and clinical research.
Although Research Day is not a requirement for students and residents, participation is highly encouraged as many will conduct research in their careers, said Richard M. Niles, Ph.D., vice dean for Biomedical Sciences at the School of Medicine.
For medical students, it's all about advancing medical care.
"If it didn't happen, we'd be practicing medicine as it was back in the 1890s," Niles said. "Especially if you're a physician in a medical school, that's part of your job. In addition to teaching and passing down your skills to medical students and treating patients, your job is to try to advance the science of medicine through some kind of research."
Ph.D. candidate Allison Wolf of Parkersburg, W.Va., was among those recognized during the award ceremony Tuesday afternoon that marked the end of the two-day event.
Wolf's presentation focused on the effects of benzyl isothiocyanate on head and neck cancer.
"The goal of my project is to see if that compound can be used in conjunction with current therapy to help improve outcomes," Wolf said. "I chose this subject because head and neck cancer has not seen an improvement in overall survival in over three decades, and the treatments available for head and neck cancer have a significant impact on (patients') quality of life."
In addition to the research projects, those who attended the event also heard from Jose S. Pulido, MD, MS, MBA, MPH, a professor of ophthalmology and molecular medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., who served as the special guest speaker.
Pulido gave a presentation called "The Topology of Blinding Eye Disease," focused on the importance of being proactive with eye health and answered questions on a panel of local eye health professionals that included Dr. Joseph A. LoCascio III, Dr. Charles D. Francis and Dr. Mark E. Hatfield. He also delivered a lecture to faculty, medical students, graduate students and residents on Tuesday.
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