The below table summarizes educational activities offered by the Des Moines University Continuing Medical Education office that highlight and incorporate the scholarly research endeavors of our students and faculty. The activities have been developed under the leadership of Jeffrey Gray, PhD, Vice President for Research and Global Initiatives and supports the Office of Research's mission to "develop the University as a cultivator of distinctive faculty and student researchers who discover and disseminate new knowledge."

2012 Research CME

Friday Research Seminar Series: Investigation of the Mechanism by Which Statins Inhibit Growth of Staphylococcal Bacteria and Their Synergistic Effects when Combined with Antimicrobials

January 13, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 19
  • Speaker: Kelsey Randel, MBS’15, Des Moines University
Friday Research Seminar Series: MSBS Students

January 20, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 16
  • Speakers:
    • Jarod Haberichter, MBS-15
    • Paige Deike, MBS-15
Friday Research Seminar Series: MSBS Students

January 27, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 13
  • Speakers:
    • Austin Henslee, MBS-15
    • Mike Stencel, MBS-15
Friday Research Seminar Series: New Look at an Old Foe: Avian Pathogenic Escherichia coli and its Possible Link to Human Disease

February 3, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 14
  • Speaker: Lisa Nolan, DVM, MS, PhD, Dean, Veterinary Medicine Administration, Iowa State University
Friday Research Seminar Series: Signaling through the Calmodulin Interactome

February 17, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 13
  • Speaker: Anthony Persechini, PhD, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Friday Research Seminar Series: TAL Effectors of Xanthomonas: A Plant Pathogenic Bacterium Delivers Powerful Tools to Manipulate the Eukaryotic Genome

March 2, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 11
  • Speaker: Adam Bogdanove, PhD, Professor, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Iowa State University
Friday Research Seminar Series: Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Autonomic and Synaptic Function in the Nucleus Tractus Solitarii

March 9, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Speaker: Eileen Hasser, PhD, Professor, University of Missouri
  • A roster is not available for this activity.
Friday Research Seminar Series: Development of an Evidence-Based Rural Physician Recruitment Plan

March 30, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 9
  • Speaker: Eric Neverman, DO-12
Friday Research Seminar Series: A Comparison of Health Care Use for Physician-Referred and Self-Referred Episodes of Outpatient Physical Therapy

April 6, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 14
  • Speaker: Pamela A. Duffy, PT, PhD, MEd, OCS, RP, FAPTA, Assistant Professor, Public Health Program, Des Moines University
Friday Research Seminar Series: Plastination: Process and Pedagogical Issues

April 13, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 7
  • Speaker: Marc Pizzimenti, PhD, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Friday Research Seminar Series: All About Multiple Drug Resistance in Bacteria

April 27, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 20
  • Speaker: Samina Akbar, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Des Moines University
2012 Mentored Student Research Program

July 20, 2012
Olsen Medical Education Center, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: DMU students, staff, faculty, surrounding scientific medical community, and participants in the Mentored Student Research Program
  • Purpose: Research is vital, and at DMU students are vital to research. The DMU Mentored Student Research Program is designed so that students may intensify or focus an interest in research while growing knowledge of how research impacts life.
  • Keynote Address: DNA Methylation in Substance Use: Focus on Smoking
    • Robert Philibert, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Genetics Laboratory, Iowa State University
  • Number in Attendance: 70
  • 2012 Mentored Student Agenda and Abstract Information
  • 2012 Mentored Student Recap
Friday Research Seminar Series: Assessment of Clinical Reasoning: A Script Concordance Test Designed for Pre-Clinical Medical Students

September 7, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 15
  • Speaker: Mary Johnson, PhD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Des Moines University
2012 Resident Education Day

September 20-21, 2012
Olsen Medical Education Center, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: DMU Residents, Faculty, and Staff.
  • Purpose: A highlight of the HEARTland Network OPTI is Resident Education Day. This is a concentrated educational session focusing on OMM skills, Simulation Laboratory experiences and professional development presentations. It is offered to the residents of affiliated programs as a benefit of membership. Resident Education Day occurs twice a year at Des Moines University, in the spring and fall.
  • Keynote Address: Critical Interpretation of Research Publications
    • ​Jeffrey Gray, PhD, Vice President for Research, Des Moines University
  • ​Number in Attendance: 33
  • 2012 RED Promotional Email (agenda included)
Friday Research Seminar Series: Altered MAPK Signaling in Major Depression: The Role of MKP-1

September 21, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 24
  • Speaker: Vanja Duric, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology, Des Moines University
16th Annual Iowa Physiological Society Meeting

September 29, 2012
Olsen Medical Education Center, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Scientists, physician scientists, educators, undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Purpose: The mission is to unite physiologists in enhancing, networking and advancing physiology throughout the State of Iowa. This is at the molecular, cellular, organ and whole body levels. Both basic and applied research as well as teaching are included.
  • Keynote Speakers:
    • Michael Sturek, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine
    • Dee Silverthorn, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
  • Number in Attendance: 55
  • 2012 IPS Abstract Book (agenda included)
Friday Research Seminar Series: What Indigenous Wisdom and Modern Science Tell Us About How to Best Care for Mothers and Babies

October 5, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 10
  • Speaker: Suzanne Arms, Author, Film Maker, Lecturer
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2012 Global Health Fall Conference: Partnering for a Healthy Ecosphere

October 17, 2012
Olsen Medical Education Center, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: DMU students, faculty and staff, individuals from HGHC member schools (Central College, Des Moines University, Drake University, Iowa State University, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Simpson College, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and William Penn University), and community members
  • Purpose: Ignorance and misinformation can cause a world of hurt. The conference will include panels on global health topics, ways to prepare students to for global health experiences, and sessions related to the social determinants of health.
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Number in Attendance: 110
  • 2012 Global Health Agenda
  • 2012 Global Health Research Posters
  • 2012 Global Health DMU Poster Winners
Friday Research Seminar Series: Visualizing Proteins in the Visual System

October 19, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 12
  • Speaker: Sheila Baker, PhD , Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Iowa
Friday Research Seminar Series: The Trends in Sudden Infant Death and Infant Mortality in Iowa

November 16, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 13
  • Speaker: Simon Geletta, PhD, Associate Professor, Master of Public Health, Des Moines University
Friday Research Seminar Series: Innate Immune Response is a Killer After Myocardial Infarction

November 30, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 16
  • Speaker: Madhu V. Singh, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Iowa
2012 DMU Research Symposium

December 6, 2012
Student Education Center, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: DMU students, staff, faculty, and the surrounding medical and scientific community
  • Purpose: The Research Symposium aims to recognize the research efforts of those at Des Moines University (DMU) and in the surrounding medical and scientific community by providing a forum for the collaboration of ideas, the production of new hypotheses, and to demonstrate to the attendees the critical role that research plays in the advancement of health care. All students and faculty are encouraged to develop research projects to be presented at this event. Prizes will be awarded to the presenting author(s) (students and residents only) with the best quality oral presentation and poster abstract. Classes are not scheduled so all students and faculty can attend and participate.
  • Keynote Address: When Opportunity Knocks... Conduct a Study: Clinical and Translational Research in Infection Prevention
    • Mark Rupp, MD, Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Number in Attendance: 152
  • 2012 DMU Research Symposium Abstract Book (agenda included)
  • 2012 DMU Research Symposium Recap
  • 2012 DMU Research Symposium Presentation Award Winners
Friday Research Seminar Series: Promiscuous Plasmids: How Sex Leads to the Success of Multidrug Resistant Bacterial Pathogens

December 7, 2012
Student Education Center #115, Des Moines University

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  • Target Audience: Des Moines University faculty, staff and students.
  • Number in Attendance: 15
  • Speaker: Timothy Johnson, PhD, University of Minnesota - St. Paul