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Community invited to third annual Global Health Conference at DMU

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Symposium in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Challenges of Global Aging” on October 12. Speakers include: Robert Bender, medical director, Healthy Aging & Memory Clinic Donna Harvey, director, Iowa Department on Aging Timothy Ihrig, medical director, Palliative Care Services, Iowa Health Physicians Bryan Kaskie, […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

OMM Treatments and Giveaways at DMU Day at the Fair

Health takes a backseat for most attendees of the Iowa State Fair. With all the delicious treats and over 50 foods on a stick, it is easy to overindulge. Des Moines University (DMU) is reminding fairgoers about their health on Sunday, Aug. 14, with a tent on the Grand Concourse. “We are proud to sponsor […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Des Moines University receives $10,000 grant from Pioneer Hi-Bred

Des Moines University (DMU) is pleased to announce that Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, donated $10,000 toward the Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) 3rd Annual Global Health Conference. The funds will be directed toward the Annual Global Health Conference. The grant will specifically be used to support student activities from HGHC member universities and colleges, […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Free physicals at DMU for students

Middle school and high school students from Des Moines and surrounding areas can receive a free school or sports physical on July 30 at Des Moines University. Des Moines University (DMU) has offered free sports physicals to local children for years. This year the school will provide free physicals on Saturday, July 30, 8 a.m. […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Global Health book drive to benefit the Sudan-American Foundation for Education

Together with the Des Moines University library and the Community Service Committee, the Global Health Department initiated a book drive to benefit the Sudan-American Foundation for Education (SAFE) during the month of May.  The response was above and beyond what was initially expected! Over 500 books have been collected and are waiting to be boxed […]

— Seth Stevenson

Global Health Outreach award 2011

The Global Health outreach award was established in 2008 to recognize contributions from faculty and students, toward their work for DMU’s global health department. COM graduating class of 2011 has more than 60 students, that’s approximately 27%, who have done an international rotation or service trip through DMU. This year, the Global Health Outreach award […]

— Seth Stevenson

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., named interim vice president of research

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named DMU’s interim vice president of research. In this role, he oversees the Research Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs and all DMU research compliance activities. Gray, a microbiologist whose research focuses on severe bacterial infections and multiple drug-resistant organisms, served on the DMU faculty from 1995 […]

— Seth Stevenson

Learn about women's health in a community education course!

Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on April 28 about how it can help. “Bones, Bottoms & Balance” is a two-hour program, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the DMU Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Author Robert Morris to speak at DMU Feb. 4

Public invited to noon presentation by Iowa native (Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines-born author Robert V. Morris will be speaking Friday, February 4, at noon, in the Des Moines University Student Education Center, 3300 Grand Ave. The event is free to the public. Morris released his book, “Black Faces of War, A legacy of […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tonight's community education class has been postponed

UPDATE: Tonight’s class was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 15 in the same time/location as originally scheduled. Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on Feb. 1 about how it […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Tonight’s community education class has been postponed

UPDATE: Tonight’s class was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 15 in the same time/location as originally scheduled. Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on Feb. 1 about how it […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Learn about medical fact vs. fiction at DMU’s Mini Medical School

Students of all ages get discount rate This year’s Mini Medical School at Des Moines University (DMU) will give you some insight on food, nutrition and global health as well as filling you in on exactly what “neuroplasticity” means. Beginning February 8, the five classes will be held each Tuesday evening, 7-8:30 p.m., in the […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Community education @ DMU

UPDATE: The Feb. 1 class was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Feb. 15 in the same time/location as originally scheduled. Physical therapy can be very helpful in treating women’s health issues. Libby Trausch, D.P.T., from our Physical Therapy Clinic will be teaching a class for the community on Feb. 1 about […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Great PharmFree grade!

Last week the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) released the results of its fourth “PharmFree Scorecard” project. The AMSA PharmFree Scorecard (http://www.amsascorecard.org) offers a comprehensive national overview as well as an in-depth school-by-school analysis in 11 areas, including gifts and meals from industry to doctors, paid promotional speaking for industry, acceptance of free drug samples, interaction with sales […]

— Courtney Tompkins

David Vellinga added to DMU Board of Trustees

David H. Vellinga of Des Moines was appointed to the Des Moines University Board of Trustees during the board’s December meeting. Vellinga is president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, a role he has held since 1998. He has also been CEO of Mercy Health Network since 2000. Prior to being at […]

— Courtney Tompkins