RUSM Bench Research Published in Peer-Review Journal


NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ—March 17, 2011—For the first time, a bench research project conducted by Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) faculty on the Dominica campus has been published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Published in the January 2011 issue of Clinical Anatomy, the paper “Structure and Functional Significance of the Transverse Vesicle Fold,” will likely have an impact on how physicians care for female patients undergoing hysterectomies or other procedures involving the reproductive system, said coauthor Dr. Alexander “Sandy” Martin, chair of anatomy and neuroscience at RUSM.

Led by former RUSM professor Dr. Noel Boaz, who recently left to pursue research opportunities in Libya, the project took over three years to complete, Martin noted.

“It really was a collaborative effort,” he said. “The fact that it’s been published shows that a teaching university can make valuable contributions to medical literature.”

Coauthor Dr. Kristjan Thompson, assistant professor of anatomy, agreed saying, “Keeping a hand in published research is very important, both for Ross overall and for individual professors. I’m currently working on two other research projects, and my goal is to have both published by the end of this year.”

According to Dr. Martin, bench research is “research done in a controlled laboratory setting.”
“At Ross, students have the opportunity to take part in this kind of study though the Anatomy Histo-Pathology Project. We have anywhere from 30 to 50 students who participate on a volunteer basis every semester, so it’s pretty popular,” he said.

Currently led by Dr. Thompson, the project gives first and second semester students the opportunity to learn about how specific disease processes can impact the body, which can later influence how they treat patients in practice.

“It’s a really good opportunity for them and is something I’m glad to be a part of,” she said.

About Ross University School of Medicine
Ross University School of Medicine was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical education offering a doctor of medicine degree program. Located in Dominica, West Indies, the School of Medicine places more graduates into US residencies annually than any other medical school in the world and has clinical education centers in Miami, FL and Saginaw, MI.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600/877.ROSS.EDU.