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KYCOM students awarded scholarships for research

August 11, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Several University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine students were selected to participate in this year’s summer research fellowship program. Osteopathic medical students Rebecca Oliver, Sofia Pikalova, Joshua Raven, Carson Roberts, Ryan Stefancik and Jordan Wong researched topics ranging from pulmonary fibrosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and pancreatic cancer to medical issues impacted by Appalachian culture.  

The program encourages and gives students who are interested in research an opportunity to work with a mentor(s) to gain additional experience along with valuable insight into research and its potential contribution to patient care as they pursue their doctorate degree in osteopathic medicine. Upon the successful completion of the program, students will receive a stipend for their work.  

“We feel by providing the opportunity to explore medicine from a research perspective our student doctors will gain an invaluable learning experience very different than the classroom setting. We hope this will instill a life-long desire to continue researching novel ideas, treatments and best practices as they continue their medical education and training. The field of medicine cannot advance without a commitment to research and we at KYCOM are honored to offer this program to our students,” said Josh Watson, Ph.D., chair of the KYCOM research committee and assistant professor of physiology.  

Oliver’s research focuses on “The Impact of Appalachian Cultural Values on Palliative Care.” He is a native of Morehead.  

Pikalova, of Kinnelon, N.J., is studying “Evaluation of MPR diagnostic test for diagnosis of ADHD.”  

Raven, of Grayslake, Ill., is researching “The Effects of Thoracic OMT on Pulmonary Massive Fibrosis: A pilot study of a non-invasive therapy to improve respiratory function in Appalachian Coal Miners.”

Roberts is studying “In vitro examination of the oncogenic function of septin proteins in the development or progression of pancreatic cancer.” Roberts is a native of Goshen, Ind.  

The research of Stefancik, of Richmond Heights, Ohio, includes “Exploring the Role of Oenocytes in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Relation to Diabetes Mellitus using a Drosophila melanogaster Model.”  

Wong’s research includes “Investigating the mechanisms of Bisphenol-A – induced leptin secretion in human adipocytes.” Wong is a native of Raleigh, N.C.  

Students will present their research to the campus community during UPIKE’s Research Day and are encouraged to present at various osteopathic conferences of their choice.

Caption: Ryan Stefancik works in the research lab at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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