DMU Research Symposium

Des Moines, IA US
December 6, 2018


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The keynote address at 12:30 pm will be live streamed. If you'd like to watch her presentation online, click here to register. 

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AgendaSubmit Abstract (closed)Submit Photo (closed)
Scientific Photo ExhibitionOral and Poster PresentationsAbstract Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions2019-2020 Mentored Student Research Program 

Classes are not scheduled so all students and faculty can attend and participate. Lunch and afternoon refreshments will be served.

The Research Symposium aims to recognize the research efforts of those at Des Moines University and in the surrounding medical and scientific communities. The Symposium provides a forum for the collaboration of ideas, the production of new hypotheses, and demonstrates to attendees the critical role that research plays in the advancements of health care.

All students and faculty are encouraged to develop research projects to be presented at the Symposium. Awards will be given to the presenting author(s) (students, residents, and postdocs only) with the best quality oral abstract and poster presentation.

New this year! The Symposium will also feature a scientific photo exhibit and contest for faculty, staff and students.

DMU will recognize faculty, clinicians and staff who have demonstrated research and scholarly excellence over the past year. The awards will focus on researchers who have had an impact on advancing knowledge in science, health, education, wellness or other field of study. Faculty will also be recognized for their exceptional scholarly achievements, as evidenced by publications and/or other scholarly activities.

Target Audience

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni, external researchers and health professionals from the Des Moines area and surrounding medical and scientific community are invited to participate and present. All students, faculty, and residents are encouraged to develop research projects to be presented at the Symposium.


* Locations to be determined after abstract submissions have closed. 

9 am – 12 pmInformal Poster Viewing
12 pmLunch
12:30 pm

Keynote Address: Dietary Approaches to Treating Multiple Sclerosis Related Fatigue
Terry L. Wahls, MD, University of Iowa

Location: Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium

  • Review the published research on dietary interventions for MS.
  • Identify the mechanisms by which dietary factors may contribute to the potential worsening or improving of MS related symptoms.
  • Review the rationale for the structure of the dietary intervention in the Dietary Approaches to Treating MS Related Fatigue Trial NCT02914964.
1:30 pmBreak
1:45 pm

Poster Presentations
Odd numbered posters will be judged.    

Location: SEC 1st floor near the bookstore

Mentored Student Research Program (MSRP) Q&A Session

Location: SEC#115

2:30 pm

Poster Presentations
Even numbered posters will be judged.   

Location: SEC 1st floor near the bookstore

MSRP Q&A Session
Repeat Session

Location: SEC#115

3:15 pmBreak
3:30 pm

Enzymatic Removal of a Butyl-Ether Moiety by Adenosine Deaminase-Like Protein 1, a Necessary Step in the Mechanism of Action of MBX-2168
Kathryn Vollmer, Anna Burns, Hannah Sauer, John Williams, Gloria Komazin-Meredith, Marc Busch, Terry Bowlin, Brian Gentry

3:45 pm

Human Resiliency and the Gut Microbiome
Matthew Rusling, DO’21,
Joseph Johnston, Devraux Boshard, DO’20, Aaron Shoskes, Chunfa Jie, PhD, LiLian Yuan, PhD

4 pm

Comparison of metabolic bone markers in diabetics with peripheral neuropathy to non-diabetic subjects: Charcot risk
Robert Yoho, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Brittany Nino, BS, DPM’19, Edee Wildman, BS, DPM’20, Alivia Passet, BS, DPM’21

4:15 pm

Non-Biomedical Influences on Health for Refugees in Utah: A Provider Survey
Kevyn Niu, DO’21, Caren J. Frost, PhD, MPH, Lisa H. Gren, PhD

4:30 pmAwards Presentation

Be a part of the first Scientific Photo Exhibition!

During the Research Symposium, we will have the opportunity for faculty, students and staff to display photos of their research.  Whether it is a microscopic image or images around a lab or in the environment, submit a photo which visually depicts your research. With the photo, please include name(s), department, project title and a description of the photo (max 150 words).

Photos should be:

  • Black and white or color 
  • In its original state; no modifications to the picture
  • At least 300 dpi (or 1500 x 1500 pixels) 
  • A maximum file size of 4 Mb 
  • In a JPEG, TIFF, PNG, or GIF file format

Submit your scientific photo. (closed)

Oral Presentations

Four abstracts will be selected to give an oral presentation. Presentations will be organized into sessions grouped by topics or disciplines with each presenter allotted 10 minutes to speak and 2 minutes for audience questions. Awards will be given to the winning presenting author(s) (students, residents, and postdocs only).

If the work is co-authored, only the PRESENTING author will submit on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed in the submission form. A moderator keeps track of your presentation time and may also facilitate the discussion. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 will be used to project slides. Please make sure your presentation is compatible with this program. If you prefer to use a MAC computer or have video files, arrangements must be made prior to the program and you will be responsible for bringing an adaptor. Please contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596. Presentation and video files should be stored on USB drives.


Poster Presentations

If the work is co-authored, only the PRESENTING author will submit on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed in the submission form. Prizes will be awarded to the winning presenting author(s) (students, residents, and postdocs only).


Poster Guidelines

  • Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite.
  • Posters are displayed throughout the day. Please do not remove your poster until the end of the day’s activities.
  • Posters must be hung by 8:30 am and removed by 5:30 pm. If you’re able, please hang your poster as early as possible as we encourage people to view them the entire day.
  • Odd numbered student/resident posters will be judged from 1:45 – 2:30 pm. Even numbered student/resident posters will be judged from 2:30 – 3:15 pm. 
  • Prepare and practice a short summary speech - no more than 3 minutes - about your project. This is an excellent networking opportunity, so it is important to speak and interact professionally. You will receive lots of feedback and exposure as well.
  • Any remaining posters will be kept in the CME office (AC #430) until December 21.

Printing Guidelines

  • Optional: Select from six DMU approved research poster templates.
  • Posters for the symposium must be printed at the DMU print shop and emailed to  
  • Download the print shop order form. 
  • Please print in seminar presentation size 42” x 54.35” (non-matted and non-laminated).
  • The account number to use for printing costs is #110-1435-50943.
  • Posters will need to be submitted to the print shop and proofs signed by Monday, December 3 by 3 pm. 
  • The poster will not be reviewed for academic content.
  • The print shop is located on the second floor of the DMU clinic. 
  • For poster printing questions, please contact Brenda at 515-271-1402.

Abstract Guidelines

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 title casing.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles and species names. Italicize 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.

View an abstract example. 
Submit your abstract. (closed)

Writing Tips

Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract:

  • Does the abstract clearly state the aim of the project (i.e. a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
  • Is the significance of 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?

Faculty Research Awards

DMU will recognize faculty and clinicians who have demonstrated research and scholarly excellence over the past year. The awards will focus on researchers who have had an impact on advancing knowledge in science, health, education, wellness or other field of study. Faculty will also be recognized for their exceptional scholarly achievements, as evidenced by publications and/or other scholarly activities.

IRB or IACUC Approval

If your project involves human or animal research, you must have obtained IRB or IACUC approval, unless you are clearly presenting your work as a proposed project and make it clear that absolutely no research has yet been conducted. Posters involving such research should indicate an approval number or state that no research has been conducted. Anyone giving an oral presentation on a project involving human or animal research must have an IRB or IACUC approval. For questions, please contact the DMU Office of Research at 515-271-1445.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions regarding the DMU Research Symposium? If your question isn’t answered, please contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596.

2019-2020 Mentored Student Research Program

Applications for the 2019-2020 Mentored Student Research Program will be available on Thursday, December 6, 2018. All application materials are due no later than February 11, 2019 at 8 amVisit the Office of Research website for more information and to submit your application. 

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 3.50 AOA Category 2­A
    • 3.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
    • 3.50 CPME
    • 3.50 IBON
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    12/06/2018 - 12:00pm CST
    Event ends: 
    12/06/2018 - 5:00pm CST
    Des Moines University
    3200 Grand Avenue
    Student Education Center
    Des Moines, IA 50312
    United States
    +1 (515) 271-1596

    Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.


    Terry L. Wahls, MD

    Dr. Wahls is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa where she conducts clinical trials that test the effect of nutrition and lifestyle interventions to treat MS and other progressive health problems. She is also a patient with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, which confined her to a tilt-recline wheelchair for four years. Dr. Wahls restored her health using a diet and lifestyle program she designed specifically for her brain and now pedals her bike to work each day. Full biography. 

    Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Wahls indicates she has the following financial relationships to disclose:

    • Grant Funding
      • National MS Society
    • Trademarks – Wahls™ Diet Plans, Wahls Protocol®
    • Financial relationships with Penguin Random House Inc.; Integrative Medicine for Mental Health; Institute for Health and Healing; Suttler Pacific, BioCeuticals; NCURA; MCG Health Inc.; Genova Diagnostics
    • Author ‐ Minding My Mitochondria, The Wahls Protocol, The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life
    • Equity interest

    Accreditation Statements

    • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 3.5 continuing education contact hours.
    • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 3.5 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 3.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
    • Other Healthcare Professionals: This live activity is designated for 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


    The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

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


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