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Dr. Dolores Vazquez Sanroman on INTERACT

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Dolores Vazquez Sanroman, Ph.D.

Dolores Vazquez Sanroman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I am a researcher focused on understanding the neurobiology of addiction,” Sanroman said. “I am also very interested in the effects of stress in our body and how neuro traffic factors actually influence that.

“I think INTERACT is a great opportunity for networking with other colleagues interested in the same goals. I think it will connect both campuses a little bit more. It’s exciting. For example, in our addiction study, we currently use a rodent model. Building up to a higher species like dogs or cats can help us make the research translational where eventually it can be applicable to humans. We not only prescribe opioids to humans, we can use opioids for treating pain in animals. If we are able to understand how opioids actually change the body response, the brain response, not only in humans but also in animals, it could be quite beneficial. Unfortunately, Oklahoma ranks nationwide pretty high on opioid abuse prescription medications so right now this is a very important research topic. If we are able to develop a translational model, where we are complementing basic research with clinical research, I think it will put us in the top of the research for understanding this opioid epidemic.

“My short term goals in relation to INTERACT will be to share the research I am doing with others, including the type of techniques and expertise that we utilize in my lab, and learn what they are doing in their areas. In our studies on the effects of stress in the body, we want to look at stress response in animals as well as in humans. For example, how does stress affect the litter size, feeding behavior or maternal behavior? I think there are a lot of areas where collaborating could be beneficial. 

“INTERACT is a great pollination source, a great opportunity for colleagues with different expertise to come together and pitch in on a common research interest. Science does not happen in silos. Science is a collaborative effort and when we have expertise from other faculty that maybe we are not aware of because, if you are in Stillwater and I am in Tulsa, the chances that you meet me are to be honest quite remote. So I think the fact that INTERACT is bringing together all the wonderful minds and researchers we have at Oklahoma State to collaborate and provide expertise, science and brainstorming is phenomenal.”

The Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy (INTERACT) aims to fulfill One Health research by conducting parallel investigations in both humans and animals. INTERACT promotes interdisciplinary research within the veterinary college, across the OSU campus and throughout the state and nation by developing and translating discoveries into therapies for patients. INTERACT has faculty participants from almost all OSU colleges, industry experts, foundation partners, and personnel from other academic institutions around the country. For more information, visit INTERACT or contact interact@okstate.edu.

MEDIA CONTACT: Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU College of Veterinary Medicine | 405-744-6740 | derinda@okstate.edu

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