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Research Day Showcases Innovation and Collaboration


May 16, 2019

The annual event features research by PCOM students, faculty and staff. 


PCOM’s annual Research Day is an opportunity for students, residents, support staff and faculty to come together to showcase the breadth of innovative and collaborative research that has been conducted at PCOM and its affiliated institutions. This year’s event featured more than 100 posters.

Nicole Fleischer (PsyD ’20), who won the David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research – Psychology Award for her poster “Understanding the Comorbidity of Asthma and Anxiety in Childhood: Characteristics, Vulnerabilities, and Treatment Implications,” described the results of her study and spoke about the importance of research at PCOM and its impact on learning.

“Research facilitates all that we do. While not everyone will go on to pursue research, it lays the groundwork for the path we choose in the future. PCOM has taught me critical thinking skills necessary to apply research on a larger scale. My classmates and I work to understand the nuances of research and apply our findings outside the classroom,” said Ms. Fleischer.

PCOM’s continued focus on research is particularly noticeable to members of the community who have seen it flourish over the years.

“It’s amazing to see how much Research Day has grown. I remember being at one of the first [Research Days], and there were only 10 or 11 posters,” said Brandon Poterjoy, DO ’02 who has worked with Denah Appelt, PhD, director, dual degree programs and biomedical science professor of neuroscience, and Brian Balin, PhD, chair, bio-medical sciences; professor, neuropathology, and director of the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging. Dr. Poterjoy and other alumni returned this year to act as judges for Research Day.

For more information about research at PCOM, visit pcom.edu/research.

 

2019 Winners


David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research - Best in Show Award
Dillion McCourt (MS/Biomed ’19)
“Covalent Tethering of Beta-Amyloid onto Titanium Reduces Bacterial Colonization”
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research – Psychology
Nicole Fleischer (PsyD ’20)
“Understanding the Comorbidity of Asthma and Anxiety in Childhood: Characteristics, Vulnerabilities, and Treatment Implication”
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Alzheimer’s Research
Sidra Haque (DO ’21)
“Chlamydia Pneumoniae and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Co-Infection Of Human Astrocytes Alters Host Cell Transcription Of Β-APP Cleaving Enzyme-1 (BACE1) and Neprilysin, Enzymes Implicated In Alzheimer Disease”
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research – Biomedical Science
Whitney Otto (MS/Biomed ’19) for “Effects of Nutrition and Behavioral Intervention on Adults Seeking Healthier Lifestyles”
David Miller, DO ’60 Memorial Research Day Excellence in Research
Ryan Moncman, DO, neurosurgery resident, for “Epithelioid Glioblastoma Presenting as Aphasia in a Young Adult with Ovarian Cancer”
Camille DiLullo, PhD Memorial Awards for Excellence in DO Research
John Spikes II (DO ’22) and Karanveer Johal (DO ’22)
“Investigating the Role of Myo/Nog Cells in the Animal Model of Glaucoma”
Excellence in Staff Research
Ellen Scott (Research Assistant I)
“Reelin Signaling in Vascular Endothelial Cell Biology”
Excellence in Biomedical Science Capstone Research Award
Molly Martin (MS/ALTCA ’19)
“Analysis of the Gut-Brain Axis in Aging: Implications of Alzheimer Disease”

 

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