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

DeArmond, M. (Jay Sexter Library), Vidal, E. (DO student) and Vanier, C. (Department of Research) (2020) Technology-assisted Methods to Assess the Quality of the Therapeutic Alliance Between Health Care Providers and Patients: A Scoping Review Protocol. JBI Evidence Synthesis Volume Online First – Issue – doi.org/10.11124/jbisrir-d-19-00429

Hassan O. (DO22), Phan S. (DO22), Wiecks N. (DO23), Joaquin C., and Bondarenko V. (Basic Sciences faculty), (2020) Outcomes of Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery for Substance Use Disorder: A Systematic Review. Neurosurgical Review doi.org/10.1007/s10143-020-01415-y

Leytham, P.A. (CADD), Nguyen, N., and Rago, D. (2020) Curriculum Programming in the General Education Setting for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. TEACHING Exceptional Children doi.org/10.1177/0040059920968885

Petrofsky J.S., Donatelli R. and Laymon M. (PT faculty) (2020) Rotator Cuff Repair Using Focused Ultrasound Energy in Three Individuals. Journal of Case Reports and Medical Images 3(1): 1062 http://meddocsonline.org/

Rider, J. (OT faculty) and Longhurst, J. (2020). The Impact of Freezing of Gait on Activities of Daily Living Among Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 101(12), e152 doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2020.10.082 

Boehme, E. (PT student), Brown, C. (PT student), Mendoza, A. (PT student), Mikami, T. (PT student), Wismeth-Johnston, R. (PT student), Mills, A. (PT faculty), and Renfro, M. (PT faculty) (2020) Chronic Heart Failure Questionnaire (CHQ, CHFQ). American Physical Therapy Association PTNow

Changsing, K. (PT student), Hansen, K. (PT student), Maniago, C. (PT student), Parsons, M. (PT student), Hitchcock, M. (PT student), Rambo, T. (PT student), and Renfro, M. (PT faculty) (2020) Tegner Activity Scale, Tegner Activity Score, Tegner Activity Level, TAS. American Physical Therapy Association PTNow

Lau, T. (PT student), Lin, S. (PT student), True, T. (PT student), Wu, W. (PT student) and McKivigan, J. (PT Faculty) (2020) Reliability and Validity of a Smartphone-based Inclinometer Application Measuring Shoulder Internal Rotation. Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine, & Treatment in Sports. 7(5) e555725. doi: 10.19080/JPFMTS.2020.07.555725

Leytham, P.A. (Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities) and Otty, R. (OT faculty) (2020) Knowledge and Perceived Barriers of OT Students in the Transition Planning Process: A Pilot Study. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education

McKivigan, J. (PT faculty) and Tulimero, G. (PT Adjunct faculty) (2020) An Analysis of Graston Technique® for Soft-tissue Therapy. Rehabilitation Science 5(4): 31–37 doi: 10.11648/j.rs.20200504.11

McKivigan, J. (PT faculty) (2020) Evaluation of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Guidelines for Training Culturally Competent Physical Therapists. Higher Education Research 5(4) 154-161 doi: 10.11648/j.her.20200504.16

McKivigan, J. (PT faculty) (2020) Effect of Federal Policy Changes on International Students Pursuing Higher Education Studies in the United States. Higher Education Research 5(2) 60–67 doi: 10.11648/j.her. 20200502.14

Hassan O. (DO22)Phan S. (DO22), Wiecks N. (DO23), Joaquin C., Bondarenko V. (Basic Sciences Faculty), 2020. Outcomes of deep brain stimulation surgery for substance use disorder: a systematic review. Neurosurgical Review

Prabhu I. K. (DO student), Rosenbaum A. (preceptor) (2020) Hydatidiform Mole in a Patient with a Concern for Neoplasia: A Case Report. Cureus 12(9): e10319. doi:10.7759/cureus.10319

Rider, J. (OT Faculty), Lee, H., Longhurst, J., and Landers, M. (2020). The Feasibility of Wearable Activity Monitors as an Outcome Measurement in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 74(4) Supplement_1

Rider, J. (OT Faculty), Longhurst, J., & Landers, M. (2020). Cognitive and functional predictors of ADL performance in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 35(S1) S6

Longhurst, J., Rider, J. (OT Faculty), Bluett, B., & Landers, M. (2020). The effect of levodopa and cognitive-motor dual interference on gait parameters for individuals with PD FOG. Movement Disorders, 35(S1) S549-S550. 

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. 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

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. (COM Alumni),  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.

 

Congratulations to two winning groups from the Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition held October 20th. They will be presenting at the state competition in early December. All are 2nd-year DO students.

1. First place: Proma Mazumber and Crystal Yung: Mazumder, P. (DO student), C. Yung (DO student), C. Vanier (Dept. of Research), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean).
 
Increased Deaths-at-Home in Nevada during the COVID-19 Pandemic.  

2. Second place: Sami Mouaki-Benani and Ansab Sheikh: Mouaki-Benani, S. (DO Student)A. Sheikh (DO Student), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean).  
Prescribing Patterns of XR-Naltrexone for Treating OUD by Nevada Addiction Specialists.

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.

Bernardo, S. (DO student), K. Zeng (DO student), and W.E. Havins (Clinical Education Faculty). Proposal for Using Digital Tools in Mitigating a Pandemic: Lessons Learned from COVID-19. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Chen, S. (DO student), P. Khoot (DO student), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean)Physical Education Mandates and Their Effectiveness in Combating Childhood Obesity. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Cornwell-Hinrichs, T. (DO student), C. Wyant (DO student), and C. Vanier (Dept of Research). Investigating the Relationship between Opioid Prescription Frequency and Deaths from Illicit Opioids. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Denning, K. (DO student), O. Javaid (DO student), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean). The Impact of COVID-19 Isolation on Domestic Violence Calls to Police in Southern Nevada. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Hilton, D. (DO student), R. Briggs (DO student), W.E. Havins (Clinical Education Faculty), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean). The “Strawman” in the Process of Review and Evaluation of Controlled Substance Complaints. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Hwang, S. (DO student), M. Kim (DO student), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean)Decreasing Inmate Populations to Mitigate Effects of COVID-19 in Nevada State Prisons. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Jalal, Y. (DO student). HIV and a case of Varicella Arachnoiditis. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020. 

Khurana, N. (DO student), A. Bedi (DO student), and W.E. Havins (Clinical Education Faculty). Mortality of COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza in Southern Nevada and the United States. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Luong, H. (DO student), S. Tun (DO student), and W.E. Havins (Clinical Education Faculty). Encouraging Online Voter Registration of Nevada Physicians – A Challenge in Apathy? Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Magadi, S. (DO student), V. Alishetti (DO student), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean)Enact a Safe Firearm Storage Law to Reduce Suicides and Unintentional Deaths in Nevada. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Mahalawat, M. (DO student), N. Mirza (DO student), and C. Vanier (Department of Research). Assessing the Relationship between Infection Citations and COVID-19 Infections in Nursing Homes  

  • Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.
  • Accepted by 2020 AMA Research Symposium poster gallery. Dec. 3-6.

Mazumder, P. (DO student), C. Yung (DO student), C. Vanier (Dept. of Research), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean). Increased Deaths-at-Home in Nevada during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  • Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.
  • Accepted by American College of Legal Medicine’s 61st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Feb. 25-28.
  • Accepted by 2020 AMA Research Symposium poster gallery, Virtual event, Dec. 3-6.

Mostafa, S. (DO student), A. Renukunta (DO student), and W.E. Havins (Clinical Education Faculty). Banning Condoms as Evidence against Sex Workers in Illegal Prostitution. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Mouaki-Benani, S. (DO Student), A. Sheikh (DO Student), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean).  Prescribing Patterns of XR-Naltrexone for Treating OUD by Nevada Addiction Specialists. 

  • Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.
  • Accepted by American College of Legal Medicine’s 61st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, Feb. 25-28.

Nguyen, K. (DO student), N. Nguyen (DO student), and W.E. Havins (Clinical Education Faculty). Screen for Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Save More Nevada Babies. Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.

Ok, E. (DO student), K. Rosas (DO student), and W.E. Havins (Clinical Education Faculty). Euthanasia Should Be Legalized in Nevada 

  • Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.
  • Accepted by 2020 AMA Research Symposium poster gallery, Virtual event, Dec. 3-6.

Otty, R. (Occupational Therapy Faculty). Participatory action research: Informing course redesign and influence on student outcomes. American Occupational Therapy Association Education Summit. Virtual conference, October 2020.

Parra, J. (DO student), H. Malekghassemi (DO student), and J.P. Hardy (Clinical Education Dean). Should Healthcare Workers Treat COVID-19 Patients Despite Inadequate Personal Protective Equipment?

  • Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.
  • Accepted by 2020 AMA Research Symposium poster gallery, virtual event, Dec. 3-6.

Said, A. (DO student), L. Sanchez (DO student), and M. Olek (Specialty Medicine Faculty). Emerging Neuralink brain machine interface: an oversight proposal to address the ethical, legal, and social implications.

  • Southern Nevada American College of Physicians Regional Competition, Virtual event, October 20, 2020.
  • Accepted by International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting, Virtual event, Oct. 22-23.

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