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PCOM Georgia Hosts Record-Breaking Research Day

May 29, 2024
PCOM students discuss a research poster

PCOM Georgia recently hosted its annual Research Day, uniting students, residents, staff, and faculty to spotlight innovative and collaborative research endeavors. Ahmad Cader, MS, research officer at PCOM Georgia, hailed this year's event as the largest to date, featuring 75 poster presentations.

“Research Day at PCOM Georgia is an incredible event that showcases the variety of research done by students and research faculty from all programs at the College,” Cader said of the event, held May 7. He also noted the substantial growth of the event in recent years, attributing it to increased student engagement.

Research Day encompasses research across clinical, laboratory and community domains. The day commenced with a keynote address by Cristin John Mathew, DO, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, who delved into “The Evolution of a Revolution: My Path to the Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement.” Mathew stressed the pivotal role of research in refining patient care through rigorous inquiry.

Research Day audience watch presentation

Presentations spanned diverse topics, from “A Case Study of a Horseshoe Kidney” to “Collaborating with Faith-Based Organizations and Municipalities to Increase Hypertension Awareness.”

Cader emphasized the fundamental role of research in medicine and its profound impact on patient outcomes. “This event continues to highlight the passion our students have in their health careers,” he said.

Research Day, held at each of PCOM’s three locations, culminates with awards in various categories. This year’s winners at PCOM Georgia are:

Best in Show

“Effects of Second-Generation Calcineurin Inhibitor, Voclosporin, on Calcineurin Isoform Activity and Nephrotoxicity in Comparison to Cyclosporine and Tacrolimus”

Tu Dang, Janice Tong (DO '25), Joy Nish (DO '25), Rana Saade (PharmD '25), Anna Staskiewicz MS/Biomed '22, Teresa Collins, Robert Huizinga, Handong Ma, Srujana Rayalam, PhD, Shashidharamurthy Taval, PhD, Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD, Xinyu (Eric) Wang, PhD

Best Clinical Case Study

“Did the Introduction of the Chickenpox Vaccine Contribute to an Increased Incidence of Shingles Cases in Younger Demographics? A Case Series”

Jack H. Lansdowne, (DO '25), Joy Zarandy, DO, FAAFP, DABFM

Best Original Research

“Mechanistic Insights into Xanthohumol-Induced Apoptosis and Cytokine Modulation in Multiple Myeloma with a Focus on Nanoparticle Targeting Strategies”

Joshua Pruner, MS/Biomed '24, (DO '28), Xinyu (Eric) Wang, PhD, Shamza Rivers-Johnson, MS/Biomed '23, Anna Staskiewicz, MS/Biomed '22, Tu Dang, Yuancheng Li

Best Cadaver/Biomedical Sciences Project

“Quantitative Analysis of Cadaveric Cervical Lymph Nodes and the Relationship with Cervical Carcinoma Treatments”

Samuel Ighodaro, (DO '26), Mierra C. Robinson, (DO '27), Casey Thompson, (MS/Biomed '25), Shelley DiCecco, PT, PhD, CLT-LANA, CI-CS

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Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a branch campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education with a storied 125-year history dedicated to the healthcare professions. Located in Suwanee (Gwinnett County), PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy. Graduate degrees are offered in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science and physician assistant studies. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the community. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.

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