Albany Medical College Student Research Showcased
ALBANY, N.Y., March 11, 2014 — More than 100 graduate students at Albany Medical College will showcase their research endeavors to the Albany Med community on Graduate Studies Student Research Day on Wednesday, March 12.
Graduate students studying to become research scientists, physician assistants, and nurse anesthetists will compete for awards to be presented in April. A selection panel of faculty members will judge the work.
Diverse topics presented on large-size posters will include the use of Tai Chi to help instability in patients with Parkinson’s disease, the correlation between violent video games and aggressive behavior, new insight into the vascular response to injury, and basic research focused on better understanding of the biology of epilepsy and asthma.
According to Richard Keller, Ph.D., assistant dean for graduate studies at Albany Medical College, an important aspect of research is being able to convince others of the significance of your work and most students are excited to have a chance to discuss the projects they spend so much time working on.
“It also provides the basic science students, who work in the labs, with a chance to tell the clinical science students, who work with patients, about their interests and vice versa. Given the importance of ‘translational’ research today, getting a basic science student and a clinical science student together to discuss a related problem from different points of view is extremely important,” he said.
According to David Irvine, DHSc, PA-C, director of the Center for Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, experience in research is vital for anyone working with patients. “When PA students become clinicians it is imperative that they be able to critically assess the medical literature to be able to appropriately apply new findings to their practice. This requires familiarity with the methods used and an ability to interpret the results of the research.”
The posters will be on display in the Patient Pavilion (E-level atrium) from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. Students will be on-hand to discuss their work with physicians, nurses, scientists and other Albany Med staff members and visitors.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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