Research

We are committed to serving humanity and contributing to intellectual progress through insightful research at Touro Nevada.

Touro Nevada faculty take a proactive goal in promoting health and wellness in our community. As part of our institutional mission, we strive to use research to advance health and human services. We collaborate with external research institutions and award grants and fellowships to foster faculty and student research on-campus. 

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Vision

Research and scholarly activities will be a defining feature of the academic culture and educational experience at Touro University Nevada.

Mission

We promote scientific inquiry in support of the university’s core values by building research capacity and enabling the production and dissemination of scientific discoveries in healing and education.

Current Research

Al-Kuhlani, M., Lambert, G. (DO student), Pal, S., de la Maza, L., and Ojcius, D.M. (2020) Immune response against Chlamydia trachomatis via toll-like receptors is negatively regulated by SIGIRR. PloS One. 15(3):e0230718.

Chan, J.M. (DO student), and Havins, B.S. (Primary Care Faculty) (2020) MON-346 Secondary Hyperparathyroidism and Other Complications in a Post-Roux-En-Y Patient: A Case Report. Journal of the Endocrine Society 4(S1):346. 

Corbeil, D., Santos, M. (TUN Research Scientist), Karbanova, J., Kurth, T., Rappa, G. (Basic Sciences Faculty), and Lorico, A. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Uptake and fate of extracellular membrane vesicles: Nucleoplasmic reticulum-associated late endosomes as a new gate of intercellular communication. Cells 9(9): 1931. doi:10.3390/cells9091931

D’Errico, M.P. (Nursing Adjunct Faculty), Tung W.C., Lu M., and D’Errico R. (Nursing Faculty) (2020) Barriers and Recommendations Associated with Human Papillomavirus Vaccination among College Students. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners 16:7.

Muellenbach, J.M., Duncan, W.C., Vanier, C. (Department of Research), Ennis, L.A. and Yang, A. (2020) Services and staffing practices in academic health sciences libraries serving college of osteopathic medicine programs: a mixed methods study.  Journal of the Medical Library Association 108:3. http://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2020.862

Petrofsky, J. (PT Faculty), Donatelli R., Laymon, M. (PT Faculty), and Lee, H. (2020) Supraspinatus Repair Using Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy – A Case Report. Yoga Physical Therapy Rehabilitation 5:1077.

Petrofsky, J. (PT Faculty), Donatelli, R., Laymon, M. (PT Faculty), and Lee, H. (2020) Greater postural sway and tremor during balance tasks in patients with plantar fasciitis compared to age-matched controls. Healthcare 8:219. http://doi.org/ 10.3390/healthcare8030219

Sandberg, J. (DO student), Calderon, R. (DO student), and McKivigan, J. M. (PT Faculty) (2020). The Efficiency of Digital Anatomy Teaching Strategies. Journal of Nursing & Healthcare, 53(2). Retrieved from

Vanier, C. (Dept Research), Pandey, T.  (DO student), Parikh, S. (former DO student),  Rodriguez, A., Knoblauch, T., Peralta, J. (DO student), Hertzler, A. (DO student), Ma, L. (DO student), Nam, R. (DO student), Musallam, S. (DO student), Taylor, H. (DO student), Vickery, T. (DO student), Zhang, Y. (DO student), Ranzenberger, L., Nguyen, A. (DO student), Kapostasy, M. (DO student), Asturias, A. (DO student), Fazzini, E., &  Snyder, T. (COM Alumnus) (2020) Interval-censored survival analysis of mild traumatic brain injury with outcome based neuroimaging clinical applications. Journal of Concussion.

Varland, D.E., Buchanan, J.B., Powell, L., and Vanier, C. (Department of Research) (2020) Peregrine falcon survival rates derived from a Long-term study at a migratory and overwintering area in coastal Washington, USA. The Journal of Raptor Research, in press. https://doi.org/10.3356/JRR-19-86

Fisher, S. (PT Faculty) (2020) Physical Therapy in the Emergency Department: Surveying Primary Care Practitioners’ Perceptions & Recommendations. British Journal of Healthcare Management bjhc.2020.0002R1

Hassan, O. (DO Student), Lewis, C.S., Aradhyula, L., Hirshman, B.R., Pham, M.H. (2020) Engorged venous plexus mimicking adjacent segment disease: case report and review of the literature. Surgical Neurology International 11:104. doi:10.25.259/SNI_166_2020

McGee, R., Watson, , Eudy, A. (Valley Resident), Brady, C., Vanier, C. (Research Dept.), LeCavalier, D. (Valley Resident), Hoang, V. (Valley Resident) (2020) Anatomic relationship of the sural nerve when performing Achilles tendon repair using the percutaneous Achilles repair system, a cadaveric study. Foot and Ankle Surgery ISSN 1268-7731, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fas.2020.05.011.

Murphy, M. (DO student), Nanadiego, F. A. (DO student), McCavera, L. (DO student), Nichols, C. (DO student), Kalekas, P. (COM Clinical Education), & Wachs, D. (2020). Assessing the Validity and Accuracy of Online Videos on Vaccine Health Risks. Clinical Pediatrics. https://doi.org/10.1177/0009922820905866 

Michael Korczynski, Andrew Nguyen (DO student), Travis Snyder (COM Alumnus) (2020) The “Cone-Head” sign: Magnetic resonance image findings of the “Headspin Hole”, an overuse injury found in breakdancers. Radiology Case Reports 15(5):489-491. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radcr.2020.01.038.

Hendricks-Sturrup, R. M., Edgar, L. M., Johnson-Glover, T. (Nursing), & Lu, C. Y. (2020). Exploring African American community perspectives about genomic medicine research: A literature review. SAGE Open Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1177/2050312120901740

Hassan, O. (DO Student), Okeke, T., Jauregui, J., Klein, E., Badery, S., Glant, T.T., Fulop, C(Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Functional characterization of fusion proteins of the tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced protein 6 (TNFAIP6) domains. The FASEB Journal 34:S1, 1. 

Phan, S. (DO Student),Hassan, O. (DO Student), Yermian, N., Fomicheva, E., Bondarenko, V. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Hypoxia susceptibility related to the expression of long noncoding RNA as regulators of Abraxas2 andCamk2d in the heart tissue of a hypoxic mouse model. The FASEB Journal 34:S1, 1.

Muellenbach, J.M. (formerly Jay Sexter Library), W. C. Duncan; C. Vanier (Research Dept), L. A. Ennis; and A. Yang. 2020. Services and staffing practices in academic health sciences libraries serving college of osteopathic medicine programs: a mixed methods study. Journal of the Medical Library Association 108(3).

Petrofsky J. (PT Faculty), Donatelli R., Laymon M. (PT Faculty), Lee H. (2020) Supraspinatus Repair Using Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy – A Case Report. Yoga Phys Ther Rehabil 5: 1077. DOI: 10.29011/2577-0756.001077

Petrofsky J. (PT Faculty), Donatelli R., Laymon M. (PT Faculty), Lee H (2020) Greater postural sway and tremor during balance tasks in patients with plantar fasciitis compared to age-matched controls. Healthcare 8:219. doi:10.3390/healthcare8030219.

D’Errico, M.P., Tung W-C., Lu M., and D’Errico R. (Nursing Faculty) (2020) Barriers and Recommendations Associated with Human Papillomavirus Vaccination among College Students. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Fagan, S. (DO student), Price, L. R. (DO student), Hardy, J.P. (Clinical Education), Gilliar, W. (COM Dean), Havins, W. (2020) Pharmacists’ delaying or declining controlled substance prescriptions for pain, and the effect on patients and physicians. Best poster/first place in at the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.

Awuah, P. (DO Student), Garfinkel, A. (DO Student), O’Reilly, M. (PA Student), Vo-Ba, D. (DO Student), Sandhu, M. (DO student), Clifton, N. (DO Student), Vanier, C. (Research Dept.), and Sadik, A. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Improving Exam Scores through Student-Authored Formative Assessment: A Pilot Study. IAMSE Virtual Conference, June 15-18, 2020.

Emahiser, J. (DO Student), Nguyen, J. (DO Student), Vanier, C. (Research Dept.) and Sadik, A. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Study of Live Lecture Attendance: Students Perceptions and Expectations. IAMSE Virtual Conference, June 15-18, 2020.

Awuah, P. (DO Student), Sadik, A. (Basic Sciences faculty), Garfinkel, A. (DO Student), O’Reilly, M. (PA Student), Vo-Ba, D. (DO Student), Sandhu, M. (DO Student), Clifton, N. (DO Student), and Vanier, C. (Research Dept.) (2020) Improving Exam Scores through Student-Authored Formative Assessment A Pilot Study. IAMSE and Ottawa Symposium, Feb 29-March 4, 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Emahiser, J. (DO Student), Nguyen, J. (DO Student), Vanier, C. (Research Dept.) and Sadik, A. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Study of Live Lecture Attendance: Students Perceptions and Expectations. AACOM Virtual Conference, March 24-27, 2020.

Ahmed, K. (DO Student), Leggett, L. (DO Student), Vanier, C. (Research Dept.) and Sadik, A. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Determining the Best Strategy to Integrate Clinical Nutrition and Culinary Medicine for Preventative Health Education, AACOM Virtual Conference, March 24-27, 2020.

Hassan, O. (DO Student), Phan, S. (DO Student), Bondarenko, V. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Outcomes of deep brain stimulation surgery for substance addiction. Student Osteopathic Surgical Association Spring Conference, March 30-31, 2020, Des Moines, IA

Leggett, L. (DO Student), Ahmed, K. (DO Student), Vanier, C. (Research Dept.), and Sadik, A. (Basic Sciences Faculty) (2020) Study of the Feasibility of an Elective in Clinical Nutrition with Culinary Medicine Workshops. IAMSE Virtual Conference, June 15-18, 2020.

Shum, E., Shah, P., Hertzler, A. (DO Student), Abildskov, T., Vanier, C. (Research Dept.),Rodriguez, A., Knoblauch, T., Snyder, T. (COM Alumnus) Reliability and Accuracy of Methods for Assessing Lateral Ventricles. Poster presented at: Betting on Breakthroughs. Annual Conference of the American Society of Neuroradiology; 2020 May 30-June 4; Las Vegas, NV

Rodriguez, A., Dela Paz, R., Marder, C.,Vanier, C. (Research Dept.), Asturias, A. (DO Student), Knoblauch, T., Snyder, T. (COM Alumnus), Uglietta, J. Associations between NeuroQuant-Defined Brain Structures & Amyloid PET Scans. Poster presented at: Betting on Breakthroughs. Annual Conference of the American Society of Neuroradiology; 2020 May 30-June 4;, Las Vegas, NV

Knoblauch, T., Parikh, S., Pandey, T., Peralta, J. (DO Student)Nam, R. (DO Student), Musallam, S. (DO Student)Taylor, H., Vickery, T. (DO Student),Rodriguez, A., Vanier, C. (Research Dept.), Hertzler, A. (DO Student), Ma, L. (DO Student), Fazzini, E., Snyder, T. (COM Alumnus) Impact of cortical volume on clinical symptom presentation and longevity in mTBI. Poster presented at: Betting on Breakthroughs. Annual Conference of the American Society of Neuroradiology; 2020 May 30-June 4; Las Vegas, NV

Trent, A. (DO Student), Hutchison, J., Brown, E., Tingey, C., Knoblauch, T., Vanier, C. (Research Dept.), Rodriguez, A., Snyder, T. (COM Alumnus), Weaver, L. Imaging Findings in Carbon Monoxide Exposed Patients. Poster presented at: Betting on Breakthroughs. Annual Conference of the American Society of Neuroradiology; 2020 May 30-June 4; Las Vegas, NV

Sadik, A. (Basic Sciences Faculty) and Linsenmeyer, M. (2020) Qualitative Research: Another Successful Alternative to Scholarly Activities, IAMSE and Ottawa Symposium, Feb 29-March 4, 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Focus Session)

Jessica Grimm (Nursing), Alyssa Sturn (DNP student), Denise Zabriskie (Nursing) (2020) Improving New Graduate APRN Transition to Practice Outcomes: Workflow, Retention & Readiness to Practice. National Conference for Nurse Practitioners, March 20-23, 2020, Nashville, TN.

Awuah, P (DO student), A. Sadik, A. Garfinkel (DO student), M. Oreilly (PA student), D. Vo-Ba (DO student), M. Sandhu (DO student), N. Clifton (DO student) and C. Vanier (Research department), 2020. Improving Exam Scores through Student Authored Formative Assessment a Pilot Study, IAMSE and Ottawa Symposium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Core Values

The TUN Department of Research advances the values of Touro University Nevada by promoting:

Research Interests

Research by faculty and students is encouraged in all the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Health and Human Services programs.  

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Basic Sciences

The Department of Basic Sciences encourages faculty research, providing each faculty member with dedicated time and space for research, as well as funding for supplies, technical assistance, and encouragement for both intramural and extramural collaboration. 

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Physician Assistant Studies

Students and faculty in the PA program have multiple research investigations currently underway including patient-provider communication among different cultures, impact of wilderness experience on health indicators, intention to provide healthcare to the homeless and its determinants, and public perception of physician assistants as healthcare providers.

 

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Occupational Therapy

Through research, faculty members expand their knowledge related to occupational performance across the lifespan while addressing our curricular themes of occupation-based, evidence-based, social justice, and leadership. 

 

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Physical Therapy

Faculty in the School of Physical Therapy conduct studies that improve our knowledge and understanding of human movement and control, physical function, and disability across the lifespan. They perform research at a variety of locations and routinely present their findings at local, national, and international conferences.

Rhiannon Ryan

“It just goes to show that even a seemingly small project like this one can have a significant impact across the medical community; and we’re just happy to have been able to make that contribution.”

Rhiannon Ryan Fourth-Year Medical Student
Touro Osteopathic Medical Students Honored for Their Research Project on Nevada’s Physician Shortage

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Our Partners

Our partners in research include any local or out-of-state institutions that are involved in scientific, clinical, or community-based research. Here are some of the partners that are collaborating for a better tomorrow.

Contact Us

Cheryl Vanier, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer

(702) 777-4784