Bringing Awareness To Medical Research

Attendees look at research posters at symposium.You may not realize it but, but there are more than 400 active medical studies taking place within OSF HealthCare. It’s research that could improve outcomes within hospital settings, find new treatments to various diseases, and modify our practices to increase efficiency.

The development of vaccines, treatments for cancer, and new surgical techniques can all be attributed to medical research. It’s what has helped hospitals and medical providers around the world deliver better health care and prolong our lives on this earth for hundreds of years.

A Spotlight For Research

Some of the studies taking place at OSF were highlighted at the 11th Annual Research Symposium at Jump. The Clinical Research Division at OSF organized the event in collaboration with University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and many other entities.

The event first started off as a much smaller scale Resident Research Day. Over the years, it has grown to feature the work of many multidisciplinary teams across the Ministry.

“It’s really a day to celebrate and bring awareness to the research efforts taking place at OSF,” said Stephanie Madrigal, Executive Director of Clinical Research Administration at OSF HealthCare. “Many people are unfamiliar with the many medical studies underway in the Peoria region.”

50 teams made up of residents, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists and others had their research posters on display throughout the halls and auditorium of the Jump conference center. Four of those teams were selected to present their projects before a crowd of more than 150.

Research Leading to Positive Change

Sheraden Seward, 2nd year pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, discusses her research poster at the symposium.Sheraden Seward, 2nd year pediatric resident at Children’s Hospital of Illinois, presented her research at the symposium. Her team’s year-long work analyzed histograms of oxygen saturation levels in very low birth weight babies within the Neonatal ICU. The goal was to reduce severe Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), a condition causing blindness in premature newborns.

Seward said children’s hospitals across the U.S. are moving in the direction of offering single room units for premature babies instead of large bay rooms. Children’s Hospital of Illinois made this transition in 2010, and there were unexpected increases in ROP.

Her team’s research has led to the implementation of an oxygen management algorithm and improved education of staff in charge of regulating oxygen. This resulted in a decrease in the rate of ROP.

“I think that’s very exciting because this isn’t going to just impact just our hospital, it will impact NICUs across the country,” said Seward.

Seward received a second place award for her platform presentation at the symposium.

Three other residents - including Imad Qayyum, Jessica Garcia, and Tyler Dschaak - were selected to make platform presentations of their studies as well.

Awards were also given out for the top four research posters and most interesting case study.

Learn about research at Jump.

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