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Want to research?

Faculty and students at Des Moines University work together in first-rate facilities on diverse research studies regarding health and wellness, and you could be a part of it. Are you an undergrad student (or know of one) interested in research or a future career in health or medicine? Then check out the mentored research program. This […]

— Nicole Branstad

Seriously sugared

That many popular children’s breakfast cereals are high in sugar is not new news. What’s alarming is that over the years food manufacturers have done little to change that and may in fact be packing even more of the sweet stuff into those kid-alluring, colorful boxes. A study released last week by the Environmental Working […]

— Barb Boose

Be wise: exercise

Most people agree that exercise is good for one’s body. A recent study in Ireland offers evidence that it’s also good for our brains, and not just because we feel proud of ourselves for having gotten off the couch. In the study, reported in The New York Times, scientists had a group of sedentary male […]

— Barb Boose

DMU Research Symposium

Mark your calendars for this year’s DMU Research Symposium taking place on campus this Thursday, December 1. No classes will be scheduled for the afternoon so all students can attend or participate. The annual DMU Research Symposium aims to recognize the research efforts of those in the surrounding community; to provide a forum for the […]

— Nicole Branstad

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

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named DMU’s 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 […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

CPMS Research Success

The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery has experienced success over the summer in the area of scholarship/research. Kathy Frush, D.P.M. ’05, and Lori Steiner, D.P.M. ’10, were published in the July/August edition of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA). Shevonne Wells, D.P.M. ’11, and Dr. R. Tim Yoho were published in […]

— Jordan Bahnsen

Freaky foods

When it comes to new technological developments, some of the strangest ones involve food. For example, the Daily Telegraph recently reported that scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands are working to produce a real hamburger that doesn’t require slaughtering any animals: The Dutch scientists say the “vitro meat,” made from beef mince grown from […]

— Barb Boose

A provocative day

At DMU, our faculty believe research is vital, and students are vital to research. A demonstration of that belief is DMU’s mentored student research program, which gives student researchers the opportunity to share highlights of their findings. They will present their research today in DMU’s Olsen Medical Education Center (better known as the MEC) in […]

— Barb Boose

The fat kid

Remember the fat kid in elementary school? The one who may at times have wanted to be invisible, but whose girth made him/her anything but? I use the term in the singular, because in my fifth-grade class – when we 20 or so farm kids were combined with 70+ kids from the bigger town down […]

— Barb Boose

What’s on your mind?

“We humans have a complicated and ambivalent relationship to pleasure, which we spend an enormous amount of time and re­sources pursuing. A key motivator of our lives, pleasure is central to learning, for we must find things like food, water, and sex re­warding in order to survive and pass our genetic material to the next […]

— Barb Boose

PA presentations: from atherosclerosis to sugar substitutes

DMU’s physician assistant Class of 2011 will return from their rotations this month for their final 25th-month activities. They include presentations of their master’s degree projects, and it’s an impressive list! On June 13-16, class members will share their investigations on topics ranging from tobacco cessation and osteoporosis to hypertension, hormone therapy, aching joints and […]

— Barb Boose

Would you take this test?

A new blood test that will go on sale to the public in Britain later this year can show how fast someone is ageing, giving insights on how long the person may live. The question is: Would you want to know that about yourself? The United Kingdom’s Independent newspaper reports that the “controversial test measures […]

— Barb Boose

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

Research student spotlight: Tyler Nielsen

I received my B.A. in biology at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, in 2008. I am currently working with Dr. Brittingham and Dr. Wilson on the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in the trichomonads. We are specifically studying Trichomonas vaginalis which is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide. By happenstance we received T. tenax […]

— Seth Stevenson

Michael & Sheila’s Nepali adventures

Namaste! I’m writing this post after just having spoken to my wife from the other side of the world, in Kathmandu, Nepal. On February 21, DMU posted on Facebook about the Global Health program, and how students have the ability to choose rotations in an international setting. I won’t go into that because I don’t […]

— Michael Drnec

Friday recipe: gluten-free blueberry clafoutis

A few weeks ago, Dr. Melita Schuster from the DMU Clinic gave a campus presentation on gluten-free diets. She talked about how gluten intolerance runs the whole range from sensitivity to severe, known as Celiac disease. The symptoms can range from pain to bowel, thyroid or reproductive issues. I found it personally very intriguing because […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Won’t you be ours?

Happy valentine’s day, lovely readers! On this day of warm fuzzies and mushiness, let us be clear in how much we appreciate you all. Whether you are a student, staff member, grad, patient or friend of the University, we are thankful to have you in the DMU family! Now remember to spend some time with […]

— Courtney Tompkins