Annual Research Events

17th Annual College Research Day | Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020

Abstract Book     Student research presentations

2020 keynote speaker James Thomas, PT, Ph.D.

James ThomasA professor of physical therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University, James Thomas's primary research focus is on how the central nervous system controls patterns of movement in a kinematically redundant system in healthy individuals and in those individuals with orthopedic or neurological impairments.

He earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy at St. Louis University and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  After 12 years of clinical experience in orthopedics, he joined Ohio University to teach and initiated the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurologic research Institute. He brings an innovative virtual reality research initiative to VCU. The Motor Control Lab (MCL), under the direction of Thomas, has been funded by the NIH since 2004. The primary focus of the MCL is to better understand control of trunk movements and how various orthopedic or neurologic impairments alter that control. He uses state of the art technology, equipment, facilities, and strong research methods to investigate back pain. In addition to offering a creative option to physical therapy treatment in the DPT program, he adds a new dimension to the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and Movement Science.

2020 College Research Day process and timeline 

The 17th annual Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Research Day will be held virtually, with the keynote by James Thomas, PT, PhD, and student and faculty awards presented live on Zoom from 10-11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Register now to receive the Zoom link closer to the event date.

Forms for research submissions and faculty research recognition award nominations closed on Sept. 23. 


Wednesday, Sept. 23: Deadline to submit research abstracts and presentations via the online registration form. 

Friday, Sept. 25: The EACPHS Research Committee will receive abstracts and presentations from students.   

Sept. 28-Oct. 2: The program will evaluate and score the projects based on an established rubric.  

Oct. 5-9: The top 5 projects in each category will be considered for awards. Representatives from departments and programs will be consulted as needed. Awards in the following categories will be determined:  

  • Health Sciences Graduate Programs 
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Programs 
  • PharmD Candidates 
  • Postdoctoral Scholars 
  • Undergraduate Students 

Monday, Oct. 12: A link to the abstract book and video presentations will be shared with the college.  

Wednesday, Oct. 14: Student research award winners will be announced during College Research Day live on Zoom.  


Email and a member of the committee will get back to you as soon as possible. 

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