Touro Faculty and Students Present Research During Third Annual Research Day

Date: May 14, 2014
ABOVE: Samuel Reisman of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences–Flatbush with a Research Day poster he worked on with doctors from Staten Island University Hospital. BELOW: First place winners of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s individual Research Day poster competition, who won for their research on three-dimensional tissue printing. (L-r) David Rytzarev, Jason Fidel and Daniel Kohn.
ABOVE: Samuel Reisman of the Lander College of Arts and Sciences–Flatbush with a Research Day poster he worked on with doctors from Staten Island University Hospital. BELOW: First place winners of Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine’s individual Research Day poster competition, who won for their research on three-dimensional tissue printing. (L-r) David Rytzarev, Jason Fidel and Daniel Kohn.
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New York, N.Y. – More than 80 posters were on display at the Touro College Third Annual Research Day, an event that showcases original research by faculty and students while celebrating the contributions Touro’s researchers have made in basic sciences, clinical practice, social work, law, economics, mathematics, and public health.

“Our faculty and students conduct research in a variety of fields and are involved in numerous cross disciplinary and cross cultural studies as well,” said Dr. Joseph Indelicato, chair of the Touro College Research Collaborative, a faculty group formed originally from professors who conduct research in the medical and health sciences fields at Touro College.

“At Touro, we recognize the importance of creating an environment that nurtures intellectual curiosity, encourages the development and sharing of knowledge across disciplines, and fosters the collaboration that is needed to make research progress as well as perform cost-effective research.”

The free day-long event, held at Touro’s Harlem campus, which houses the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) and Touro College of Pharmacy, capped off a series of events held recently across Touro's New York campuses involving research.

Research Day began with a casual “mix and meet” buffet luncheon, followed by welcoming remarks from Dr. Jay Sexter, provost of TouroCOM, and presentations from two faculty members.

Dr. Howard R. Feldman, professor, Department of Biology and director of the Center for Geological & Environmental Sciences at Touro College, spoke on "Involving Students in Research: Working at the Cutting Edge.”  Dr. Jeffrey Gardere, "America's Psychologist," assistant professor and course director at TouroCOM, gave a presentation entitled, “Deinstitutionalization, Incarceration, Homelessness; A National Disaster!” on the effects of deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill.

All deans, faculty and students were invited to submit posters of their research. Over 150 attendees from numerous Touro schools and programs participated in the event, including from pharmacy, medicine (TouroCOM and New York Medical College); the School of Health Sciences (physician assistants, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, speech and language pathology); business; social work; education; law; biology; economics; mathematics; and psychology.

After the formal lectures, participants visited the poster presentations on display on several floors in the building and discussed with the students and faculty researchers their work, which involved studies done in North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

“The studies presented involved research across the world, and across disciplines,” said Dr. Piotr Kozlowski, dean of research at TouroCOM and chair of the Touro Research Council. “It was wonderful to connect so many researchers. Events of this kind are of tremendous value in promoting teamwork, fostering mutual understanding, and strengthening research.”