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ATSRI hosts 12th annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium

A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) A.T. Still Research Institute (ATSRI) recently hosted its 12th annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium (IBRS), conducted virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Saturday’s event was the largest in IBRS’ history, with more than 100 abstracts submitted by students and faculty at ATSU’s colleges and schools, residents, and students from other universities. 

Winners were as follows: 

Best Undergraduate Research Presentation

Ian McCluskey, Truman State University, senior

“Consistency in Recreating a Virtual 3D Human Trunk”

Neil Sargentini, PhD, Memorial Award for Best Graduate Research Presentation in the Basic Sciences

Taurin Hughes, BMS II

“Escherichia coli ATP synthase inhibition by DGPs”

Best Graduate Research Presentation in Clinical and Educational Research

Tie for first

Rachel Visconti, OMS IV, ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA)

“Low-barrier MAT in Primary Care: A One Year Review”

Savannah Johnson, OMS I, ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM)

“CPII, C2C Biomarkers Favor Cartilage Degradation”

Best Resident Research Presentation

Jazmine Nesvik, DO, Northeast Regional Medical Center resident

“Apremilast in granuloma annulare: a case series”

Best Faculty Research Presentation

Ebony Whisenant, MD, associate professor, public health, ATSU-SOMA

“Utilizing a Team-Based Approach for Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Populations”

Best Overall Non-Faculty Research Presentation 

Mackenzie Lesh, DO, ’18, Northeast Regional Medical Center resident

“Cholecystectomy for Biliary Hyperkinesia”

The event included remarks from ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, and keynote speeches by Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, EdD, MPH, MBA, MA, ATSU-College of Graduate Health Studies dean and professor, and Damon Tweedy, MD, associate professor at Duke University School of Medicine and staff physician at Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

ASTRI leaders Ann Spolarich, RDH, PhD, FSCHD, ATSU-Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health professor and assistant dean for research, co-director of ASTRI’s Center for Oral Health Research; Joan Davis,RDH, PhD, ATSU-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health professor and assistant dean for research, co-director of ASTRI’s Center for Oral Health Research; Brian Degenhardt, DO, ATSRI director; Eric Snider, DO, ATSU-KCOM Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine chair, co-director of ASTRI’s Center for Research in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine; Joy Lewis, DO, PhD, FACP, ATSU-SOMA professor, Department of Public Health chair, Public Health & Practice-Based Research director, DO/MPH program director, Practice-Based Research Network director, and director of ATSRI’s National Center for Community Health Research, also presented during the event.

Click here to view IBRS speeches on ATSU’s YouTube channel.

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