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Aug 31 2012

NYIT Medical Students to Showcase Summer Research Projects

Old Westbury, N.Y.  (August 31, 2012) – Fifteen New York Institute of Technology osteopathic medical students will present findings and conclusions next week from in-depth research with faculty mentors on subjects ranging from detailed anatomy studies to investigations of thyroid hormones and heart heatlh. 
The students, now in their second year of study at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, worked with faculty members throughout the summer. They will display their project findings at a symposium at Riland Auditorium on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
“The point is really to give them exposure to a more intensive research environment,” said Associate Dean of the Office of Research Kurt Amsler, Ph.D, who mentored a student in a study of renal cells.
Student Lauren Cooke worked with Assistant Professor Ely Rabin, Ph.D., on research about Huntington’s disease, an inherited neurological disorder.  Their research tests the effect of eye movements on postural instability in Huntington’s disease patients.
“We want to see if there is a relationship between their postural movements and their eye movements early in their disease progression,” Rabin said.  
Cooke said the program gave her valuable experience working with patients and data, and in one case, even temporarily fixing lab equipment to help complete experiments without delay. 
“I truly enjoyed the opportunity to work with NYCOM faculty in an environment outside the classroom while pursuing my interest in neuroscience research," said Cooke.  "I learned one must be very flexible to conduct clinical research...The most challenging part of the project was analyzing the data. Our next step will be running a few more patients [through the study] to add more power to our findings.”
Amsler said the summer program often leads some students to apply for the medical school’s Academic Scholars Program, an elite program designed to boost teaching and research skills.
“I think that the projects are getting stronger and much more competitive,” Amsler said.  “A number of the projects now will lead to publications at some point.”
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