Research News and Updates

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

Research student spotlight: Mike Stencel

Mike graduated from Millikin University in 2009 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry.  He first became interested in research after spending a summer at the University of Chicago, where he participated in research that was focused on understanding the role of connexins and intercellular communication.  Following the completion of his undergraduate […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Tim Steele

Tim Steele, Ph.D. is professor and chair of the department of microbiology and immunology. He has been on faculty at Des Moines University since 1999. His areas of research focus include tumor immunology and tumor immunotherapy. Aggressive natural killer (NK) cell leukemias are devastating diseases which are nearly always fatal within weeks or, at best, […]

— Seth Stevenson

Interested in research?

DMU has a very cool program for undergrad students interested in research &/or a future career in health or medicine. An eight-week program in June & July, the mentored research program gives students one-on-one experience with our awesome research faculty in microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry and physical therapy. It’s a 40-hour a week project but […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Rachel Reimer

Dr. Rachel Reimer is an assistant professor in the masters of public health program at Des Moines University. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology at Iowa State University in 2009. Her research is focused on the social psychology of health decisions. She is particularly interested in the social, cultural, and environmental factors that affect people’s […]

— Seth Stevenson

Connected?

How many ways are you connected to DMU? We’d love for you to check out our Facebook page, watch our YouTube vids & follow us on Twitter. Another other cool thing to check out – our campus tour in photos.

— Courtney Tompkins

The ulna is connected to the…

This is a sweet new Google tool that could be pretty handy for our incoming pre-med students, or really anyone interested in health. (You may need to download the new beta version of Google’s Chrome browser to make it work.) You can choose to view just the nervous system or skeletal system, view several systems […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Holiday hours

Don’t forget: the University is closed Dec. 23-26 but will re-open Dec. 27. It will then be closed again Dec. 30-Jan. 1. The halls get pretty quiet around here on those days in between so we’ll probably cya all in January!

— Courtney Tompkins

Research in translation

The biggest strength DMU brings to the translational table – open-minded scientists, clinicians, health care professionals, collaborators and students with a shared passion for serving patients through discovery and its application. Read this article from the Fall/Winter 2010 DMU Magazine  

— Seth Stevenson