DMU Research Symposium

December 1, 2022

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Important Dates 

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2022
  • Notification of Oral and Poster Presentations: Monday, October 31, 2022
  • 2022 Research Symposium: Thursday, December 1, 2022


The Annual Research Symposium highlights the scholarly activities of faculty, students, and other health professionals. The Symposium is a forum for these scholars to present what they have learned and discovered through their research experiences and to engage the larger community in discussion on cutting-edge topics. The event includes projects from health-related disciplines, encourages interdisciplinary discourse, and examination of the connection between research and education.

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni, external researchers, health professionals, and members of the medical and scientific community in the region are invited to participate and present at the event. 


  • Poster Viewing*
  • Welcome
  • Keynote Address: Nanovaccine Platform Technology: A New Paradigm (Non-CME)
  • Oral and Poster Sessions
  • Awards and Closing Ceremony

*Poster set up will start at 10:00 am Wednesday, November 30th and continue through 10:00 am Thursday, December 1. All posters must be set up in the designated area by 10:00 am December 1.


The deadline to submit your abstract is Monday, October 24, 2022. View an abstract example.

Research abstracts must be submitted under one of the following categories:

  • Anatomy/Paleontology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Clinical 
  • Education
  • Movement Science
  • Public Health

All abstracts will be published in the meeting program. Please submit your abstract according to the following guidelines:

  • Format: Microsoft Word format
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Spacing: Single-spaced
  • Justification: Left
  • Abstract body length: No more than 250 words
  • Type the title first, using sentence casing (only the first word and proper nouns capitalized).
  • Italicize the scientific names of organisms.
  • List all authors, institutional affiliations, and short addresses (city and state only).
  • Bold the names of the author(s) presenting the work.
  • Include applicable credentials for all authors, including students and mentors (e.g. DPM'24, MSA'22, DO, PhD)


Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract:

  • Does the abstract clearly state the project's aim (i.e., a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
  • Is the significance of the work clearly stated?
  • If relevant, are the methods, data collection, and analysis procedures well-designed and appropriate to the question addressed?
  • Are the conclusions justified in relation to the data and/or analysis/description?
  • Is the abstract written clearly and organized well?


Up to eight students will be selected to give a six-minute lightning talk, and two-minute Q&A. Lightning talks (oral presentations) are limited to eight slides, including an introduction, background, methods, conclusions, references, and acknowledgments. Lightning talk presenters are NOT required to present a poster but may choose to do so. A panel of judges will evaluate the student podium presentations for scientific merit and presentation quality. The student with the highest evaluations will receive a certificate of recognition for the most outstanding oral presentation.
If the work is co-authored, only the PRESENTING author will submit it on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed on the submission form. For work with multiple authors, the authors can decide their various roles in presenting within the specified time limit. If a PRESENTING author cannot participate due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, the remaining co-authors(s) will assume responsibility for the podium presentation.

A moderator keeps track of your presentation time and may facilitate the discussion at the end of the lightning session. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (or higher) for PC will be used to project slides. Please make sure your presentation is compatible with this program. PowerPoint presentation (and video if applicable)  files should be emailed to the Office of Research by 3:00 pm on November 30th at


Poster abstracts may be submitted by student co-author(s) with their mentor. If the work is co-authored, only the PRESENTING author will submit it on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed on the submission form. One Outstanding poster presentation for each category will be recognized and a certificate of recognition.

Poster Printing Guidelines

  • Posters should be printed in seminar presentation size 42” x 54.35” (non-matted and non-laminated).
  • When finished, print an 8 ½ x 11 copy. Proof, edit, and revise until satisfied.  The Print Shop will not be doing proofs for these posters.
  • The poster will not be reviewed for academic content.
  • For presenters from DMU, posters for the symposium must be printed at the DMU print shop and emailed to Download the print shop order form. Contact the print shop for print-related requests and issues. The print shop is located on the second floor of the DMU clinic. For poster printing questions, please contact Brenda at 515-271-1402. The last date the print shop will accept requests is 3:00 pm on November 18, 2022, but please do not wait until the last minute.
  • You should work with your mentor for the budget code to be used.  You are responsible for charges for your print request.

Poster Set-up and Instructions

  • Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite.
  • Posters can be set up starting at 10 am on Wednesday, November 30 through 10:00 am on Thursday, December 1
  • If your poster is not hung by 10 am on Thursday, December 1, the poster judge will not review your poster. Please do not remove your poster until the end of the day’s activities.
  • Once set up, the poster display must remain up till 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 1 when the event ends. 
  • On the day of the Symposium, poster presenters should be available to discuss their research during the poster sessions.
  • Poster presenters are encouraged to prepare and practice a summary speech of their project in no more than 3 minutes. This is an excellent networking opportunity, so speaking and interacting professionally is important. You will receive lots of feedback and exposure as well.
  • Poster presenters must remove their posters after 4:00 pm on December 1. Any remaining posters will be kept in the Office of Research (located in Ryan Hall) until Friday, December 20, then discarded.
  • Additional information will be communicated to presenters before the Symposium.



Have questions regarding the DMU Research Symposium? If your question isn’t answered, please contact the Office of Research at

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.01 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.01 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.01 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.01 CPME
  • 0.01 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/01/2022 - 10:00am CST
Event ends: 
12/01/2022 - 4:00pm CST

Keynote Speaker

Balaji Narasimhan, PhD

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair
Director, Nanovaccine Institute
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Iowa State University

Dr. Narasimhan is an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor and the Vlasta Klima Balloun Faculty Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University. He directs the Nanovaccine Institute, an interdisciplinary consortium of universities, national laboratories, research institutes, companies, and hospitals focused on developing next-generation nanovaccines and nanotherapeutics. He is a co-founder of a startup called ImmunoNanoMed Inc.

Narasimhan’s lab studies the molecular design of biomaterials-based nanovaccines and nanomedicines against infectious diseases, cancer, and neural disorders. His research has received funding from NIH, NSF, DOD, USDA, VA, Gates, Whitaker, Carver, Keck, Dreyfus Foundations, and industry. He has co-authored over 300 refereed articles, co-invented ten patents, edited three textbooks, and delivered over 400 invited and contributed lectures.

His awards include the Society of Biomaterials Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature; the Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Research Award; the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award; and the TR-100 Award. He is an elected Fellow of AAAS, AIChE, AIMBE, IAMBE, and NAI. He is an Associate Editor of Science Advances.

He received a B. Tech. from IIT Bombay and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, both in Chemical Engineering, and completed postdoctoral work at MIT.

Available Credit

  • 0.01 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.01 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.01 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.01 CPME
  • 0.01 IBON


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