Mentored Student Research Program

Des Moines, IA US
July 20, 2012

Research is vital and at DMU students are vital to research. 

Contributions from students are vital in helping move campus research forward. The Mentored Student Research Program is an excellent opportunity for students to highlight their research findings. We’re excited to offer both oral and poster presentations and all summer research students are invited to participate. Students may present on any topic or experience related to research.


9:30 am

Registration and Poster Viewing

10 am 


Jeffrey Gray, PhD
Vice President for Research, Des Moines University

10:15 am

Keynote Address: DNA Methylation in Substance Use: Focus on Smoking

Robert Philibert, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Genetics Laboratory, University of Iowa

  • Discuss etiology of complex behavioral disorders.
  • Identify evidence for epigenesis in behavioral disorders.
  • Review epigenetic mechanisms.
  • Discuss epigenesis in complex behavioral illness, including single-locus and genome-wide approaches.
  • Discuss future research and important implications.
11:15 amPresentation of certificates and recognition of scholarship recipients
11:45 amLunch and Poster Presentations
1 pmOral Presentations

Keynote Speaker

Robert Philibert, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric Genetics Laboratory, University of Iowa

Dr. Philibert matriculated through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa and finished his psychiatry residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After residency, he completed Pharmacology Research Associate Training Program Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and then served for four years as a Senior Staff fellow. In 1998, he returned to the University of Iowa to establish a program in psychiatric genetics participates in the training of medical students and graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines including Neuroscience and Engineering. He has a broad research portfolio that includes 1) work on the effects of MED12 variation on transcriptional regulation and vulnerability to behavioral illness, 2) the role of DNA methylation and other epigenetic phenomena in moderating or mediating vulnerability to behavioral health outcomes, and 3) gene environment interactions. His laboratory is supported by diverse stream of funding from NIMH, NIDA and NIAAA. He is extensively published with four pending or granted patent applications and nearly 100 published or in press manuscripts. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/20/2012 - 9:30am CDT
Event ends: 
07/20/2012 - 3:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 4.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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