Research

 

 

Jantzen Faulkner, OMS II
2021-2022 Research Director
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

 

Past National SOMA Research Directors

 2020 – 2021: Jason Vadhan

 2019 – 2020: Carlos G. Galindo

 2018 – 2019: Taylor Timoteo

 2016 – 2018: Charles Lopresto


 

 

 

Have you completed a research project that you are proud of? Want to get some recognition for your hard work? Apply for our National SOMA Research Spotlight Award and see your project get national recognition! One research project winner will be selected per month.

The award is only open to SOMA members and applicants need to only apply once! 

The applications will be added to an applicant pool, & ALL applications submitted will be reviewed each month.

Winners will receive a $25 allowance towards a research journal subscription or medical professional/specialty membership of their choosing, a certificate of recognition will have their project promoted on the National SOMA website and social media platforms, and are encouraged to add this honor to their “Awards” section in their CV.

Timeline:

The 1st of Each Month – Begin submitting your applications via the Google form. Click Here for Application. 

The 28th of Each Month at 11:59 p.m. CST – Last day for application collection.

Winners will be announced at the end of the month and will have their project promoted on our website and social media platforms. Winners may also add this to their “Awards” section of their CV.

Applications must include:

  1. Headshot or photo of you presenting research
  2. Title and abstract of the research project
  3. Personal statement (250 words or less) detailing:
    1. Why you chose this research topic
    2. What research means to you
    3. Any future research plans

Projects will be selected based on the following:

  • Quality of research design
  • Unique perspective/originality
  • Impact on medical knowledge
  • Impact on community
  • Critical Analysis

Please contact Jantzen J. Faulkner, Research Director, via email at RD@studentdo.org for any questions

 

2021

January

Scott Landman and Yekaterina Okouneva

NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Brain and Skull Interactions in Polish Crested as a Model for Hydrocephalus.

February

Austin Johnson

Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Rates of Discontinuation and Nonpublication of Head and Neck Cancer Randomized Clinical Trials.

March

Ryley Mancine and Donald Gusfa

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Initial Validation of a Screening Tool for Disordered Eating in Adolescent Athletes.

April

Melissa Anderson-Chavarria

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Forgotten Families of the Sea and the Sun: An ethnography of autism in Puerto Rico.

May

Eric Greenwood

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Characterization of an engineered live bacterial therapeutic for the treatment of phenylketonuria in a human gut-on-a-chip.

June

Bryan J. Roberts, Andrew E. Makar, and Ryan Canaan

A.T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Effect of occipitoatlantal decompression on cerebral blood flow dynamics as evaluated by Doppler ultrasonography.

July

Sari Grad

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Cornulin & DJ-1 as Novel Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

August

Rachna Chaudhari

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Utility of classroom subject performance outcomes in preparation for the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX).

September

Zachary Morehouse

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Validation of a Direct-to-PCR COVID-19 detection protocol utilizing mechanical homogenization: a model for reducing resources needed for accurate testing.

October

Lawsen Parker

Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Use of Rho kinase Inhibitors in Ophthalmology: A Review of the Literature.

November

Michael Zhitnitsky

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – California

Project: Practice Patterns and Responsiveness to Simulated Common Ocular Complaints Among US Ophthalmology Centers During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

December

Ethan Shamsian

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Ablation of Tissue-Nonspecific Alkaline Phosphatase In Macrophages Does Not Affect Atherosclerotic Plaque Calcification Or Cardiovascular Physiology

2021

Basic Science

1st – Eleni Papadopoulos

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Examining levels of catecholamine neurotransmitter regulatory proteins within the prefrontal cortex of rodents following traumatic brain injury

2nd – Kailey Kowalski

Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Oxidative Damage to the Neuronal Calcium Pump in Ischemic Stroke

3rd – Cristina Padovani

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: The Role of Autophagy in Compound C-induced Killing of HeLa Cells

Clinical Research and Case Reports

1st – Erica Kozorosky

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: Insulin and C-peptide Release in Response to Noninvasive Auricular Vagal Nerve Stimulation

2nd – Abu-Bakr Malik

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine – Arkansas State University

Project: Broken Heart Syndrome: A Case of Reverse Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy and Coronary Anomaly Induced by a Spinal Arteriovenous Malformation

3rd – Sarah Liu

Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Project: All Aboard the A.M.S. Neurolisterosis: A Rare Source of Pyogenic Ventriculitis