7th Annual Research Symposium

May 20, 2021

Published in the May/June edition of Roseman University’s print edition of spectRum magazine.

On April 14, Roseman University presented its Seventh Annual Research Symposium in a virtual format. Open to the public, the event showcased research projects by students, residents, research fellows and faculty from the Henderson, Nevada and South Jordan, Utah campuses of Roseman’s Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, Dental Medicine and Nursing. It also featured projects by researchers at Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Touro University Nevada, College of Southern Nevada, Valley Health System, Dignity Health St. Rose Dominican, Green Valley High School and Faith Lutheran High School in partnership with Clemson University.

According to Dr. Jeffery Talbot, Roseman University’s Vice President for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, 66 non- Roseman abstract submissions represent 34 universities, eight health care systems and research institutes and two high schools, all from seven countries (including the U.S.) that span North, South, and Central America, Asia, and the Middle East.

“In our seventh year, it was remarkable to see the growth of this Las Vegas-based research symposium. In our first year in 2014, we showcased 28 total research submissions from Roseman’s colleges and programs,” said Talbot. “This year, we have a growing list of domestic and international institutions both in breadth and quality participating.”

This year’s research abstracts covered a wide range of topics in various areas including bench-top science, clinical research, and educational research. They independently and collectively represented prodigious planning, methodical execution, and deeply insightful findings covering everything from oral health to diabetes and infectious diseases.

Faculty, student and resident presentations were judged by a panel of internal Roseman faculty and external researchers for the top research projects. The winners were announced at the close of the event, and included:


1st Place – Melissa Yuko Sperry, Brigham Young University College of Life Sciences

2nd Place – Willem Maniago, Faith Lutheran High School STEM Academy

3rd Place – Courtney Scott, Valley Hospital Medical Center


1st Place – Rachel Dittrich, Roseman University College of Pharmacy

2nd Place – Sonia Phan, Roseman University College of Pharmacy

3rd Place – Tayler Hutto, Roseman University College of Pharmacy


1st Place – Dushawn Harley, Valley Hospital Medical Center

2nd Place – Sai Karan Vamsi Guda, Valley Hospital Medical Center

3rd Place – Laurel Shin, Roseman University AEODO/MBA Residency Program

For details of these and other research projects download the Event Program and Abstract Book at https://research.roseman.edu/symposium/. Also online are videos from the symposium, including the presentation of the event’s Keynote by Larry S. Schlesinger, MD, president and CEO of Texas Biomedical Research Institute who presented “The impact of past, present and future pandemics.”

The Seventh Annual Roseman University Research Symposium was made possible through the generous support of presenting sponsor Doterra, keynote sponsor Practice Pathways/Zions Bank and MedQuest, and awards sponsor US Bank.