Students and Faculty Showcase Long List of Research Topics During Touro University Nevada’s 17th Annual Research Day
Touro University Nevada’s students and faculty proudly displayed their research projects during the university’s 17th annual Research Day held inside the on-campus Events Center on March 8.
More than 40 research projects, including abstract posters and oral presentations, were featured during Research Day. Topics included the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, accuracy of rapid antigen tests for the virus, understanding the reliability of Parkinson’s Disease diagnostic measures, evaluating the quality of tools and assessments for physical therapists, preventing strokes, and more.
“This is the culmination of a year, or even years of hard work for all of our students, faculty, and staff. We are hoping they take this work out into the community to provide better quality healthcare or have their research published in a journal in order to improve healthcare at the national level,” said Dr. Cheryl Vanier, Chief Research Officer, Touro University Nevada.
Students and faculty from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Health and Human Services walked through the Events Center to view the projects on display and ask about the research specifics from those standing proudly by their posters.
A group of nearly 10 students and faculty spent two years on their research project compiling data and analyzing results about the efficacy on the types of COVID-19 vaccines.
According to their research, one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine yielded long-term antibodies, but one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine yielded the same results as those who were unvaccinated against COVID-19.
“The more you are boosted and fully vaccinated, the higher your long-term antibody levels are,” said Grace Kim, a College of Osteopathic Medicine student who worked on the project with 255 interview subjects.
Dr. Aurelio Lorico, Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences, presented the keynote address on his research presentation titled, “Novel Therapeutic Strategies for Metastatic Cancer and AIDS” before Research Day concluded with several oral projects shared by students.Touro Nevada Research