Touro University Nevada Holds Annual Research Day as Virtual Event

Touro University Nevada recognized the critical research projects of students and faculty from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Health and Human Services during the virtual Research Day program on March 11.

Touro Nevada’s Research Day hosted 64 presentations that covered myriad of healthcare and educational studies.

“Through creativity, hard work, and persistence, faculty, staff, students, and outside collaborators have had to overcome many obstacles to bring you these original research projects,” said Dr. Cheryl Vanier, Touro University Nevada’s Chief Research Officer. “My admiration goes out to everyone who has been able to rise above the extraordinary challenges of the day to add research to an already-full schedule.”

The Research Day program began with a keynote speech from Dr. Dennis Corbeil, group leader and head of the tissue engineering laboratories at the Biotechnology Center of the Technische Universität Dresden in Dresden, Germany.

Dr. Corbeil spoke about CD133, a special marker used to recognize certain types of stem cells that is likely to be involved in cancer and retinal degeneration. 

Since this year’s Research Day was held virtually, posters were available a week prior to the event, petition was added, and  attendees could participate in a question-and-answer session with the author(s) of each project on Research Day. The evening closed with eight oral presentations covering several topics, including soft-tissue therapy techniques, the effects of COVID-19, firearm storage laws, childhood obesity, and more.

“I was very impressed with how this year’s Research Day came together; especially since everything needed to be done remotely,” Dr. Vanier said. “To put an event of this magnitude together and have the success we did is a testament to the dedication of our students, faculty, and collaborators who spent months, and sometimes years, on their research projects. Research remains at the forefront of healthcare and education. As we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, research is needed more than ever to understand our changing world.”