Student Contribution  |   January 2005
Student Involvement in Research
Author Notes
  • Mr Knott is National SOMA, Research and Development Task Force Director and a DO/PhD Candidate at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth—Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
Article Information
Emergency Medicine / Medical Education / Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment / OMT in the Laboratory
Student Contribution   |   January 2005
Student Involvement in Research
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2005, Vol. 105, 19. doi:
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 2005, Vol. 105, 19. doi:
The Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) has made a commitment to promoting student involvement in research at all the colleges of osteopathic medicine. In November 2004, SOMA hosted its 8th Annual Research Symposium at the 109th Annual AOA Convention and Scientific Seminar in San Francisco. SOMA combined efforts with the AOA to bring together 46 osteopathic medical students from around the United States, allowing them to proudly present their research findings. 
Thanks to a generous $1000 gift from Nazzareno E. Liegghio, DO; a matching donation from Pfizer Inc; and money from the AOA Council on Research, cash awards were given to five osteopathic medical students, two of whom had their abstracts previously published. Two of the previously unpublished award-winning poster presentations appear here. 
Jon C. Uggen from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicime won the inaugural 2004 Nazzareno E. Liegghio, DO, SOMA Student Research Award for his project titled “Tendon Gene Therapy Modulates the Local Repair Environment in the Shoulder.” 
Awards for best poster presentations were also given to: 
  • Zachary Nye for his presentation “Morphometric Variation in Human and Chimpanzee Lumbar Vertebrae” (J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2004;104:387);
  • Gina Benaquista and Jodi Speth for their presentation “Modification of Superficial Scar Tissue Following Skeletal Muscle Laceration” ((J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2004;104:347); and
  • Que Huong T. Nguyen, BS, for his presentation “A Theoretical Study of Polarization Effects on a Model Peptide Bond.”
SOMA hopes to continue its collaboration with the AOA at its 110th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar in Orlando, Florida, to further improve the student portion of the poster session. Seventeen of the 19 abstracts that were submitted for the SOMA poster session are published here in the Student Contributions section of the JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 
Currently, SOMA is working on the SOMA Summer Research Fellowship Award. Through financial gifts from the Osteopathic Research Center (ORC) and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation (OHF), SOMA will award up to five $2000 fellowships annually to students interested in completing an osteopathic-related research project. The fellowship award will fund students for their time as well as a trip to the AOA convention to present their findings. SOMA is grateful to the ORC and OHF for their support on this project. This type of funding will no doubt lead to many significant findings in the coming years. Applications have been submitted and the selection process has begun. Final announcements will be sent out in March. More information for this year's application can be found at the SOMA Web site ( 

Editor's Note

Unlike the Research Conference abstracts published in the August and September 2004 issues of JAOA, the students' poster presentations appearing here did not undergo review and approval by the Council on Research (COR) for presentation or publication here.

SOMA has exhibited posters at the AOA Research Conference poster presentation for several years, but always as a separate exhibit. In 2004, the COR approved SOMA's proposal for a joint exhibit; however, that decision came after the deadline for submission. Therefore the following SOMA abstracts were not published with the COR-reviewed and approved abstracts in the August or September 2004 issues of the JAOA.

The following SOMA research poster presentations are published as submitted with minimal editing of text by JAOA staff to provide consistent style, type, and format; to identify authors by their full names rather than initials when known; and to add authors' institutional affiliations when omitted in the original abstract.