Research News and Updates

DMU narrows field to three finalists for university president

Des Moines, IA – Three finalists for Des Moines University president were announced to employees and students October 11. A search committee has been working to fill the role since the retirement of Governor Terry Branstad in October 2009. The committee announced the following candidates: Stephen Dengle, M.B.A., current interim president and COO of Des […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research student spotlight: Russell Hamilton

Russell first became interested in research during his undergraduate education at Mount Mercy University while in a biochemistry laboratory. Following his undergraduate education, Russell went to work doing research at the University of Iowa Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. While at the University of Iowa, Russell had the opportunity to participate in a broad range […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research student spotlight: Rachel Firkins

Rachel Firkins graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in biology and a B.S. in neuroscience in 2009. She became interested in research when working as a student research assistant in Dr. Julia Moffitt’s lab at Des Moines University while still attending Drake. She spent her research time investigating the Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: April Newton

Newton is the director of clinical education and an instructor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. Her clinical practice primarily involves young adult to geriatric clientele in acute care and outpatient orthopedics. Her current research interests include clinical education, evidence-based practice and animal assisted therapy with the pediatric population. Current research […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research student spotlight: Christine Schaplowsky

Christine Schaplowsky first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. During the summer between her junior and senior years, Christine was accepted to the Research Associate Program sponsored by the Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Department in Minneapolis, MN. This program hosts students interested in a career […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Edward Finnerty

Dr. Edward Finnerty has recently been appointed as the Director for OPTI (Osteopathic Post-Graduate Training Institute) Research. This will be a natural extension of his activities at DMU. Dr. Finnerty joined DMU in 1983 as a faculty member in the Department of Physiology/Pharmacology. Over the years, in addition to his teaching duties, he has been involved […]

— Seth Stevenson

M.B.S. students win research awards

Two students in DMU’s master of biomedical sciences (M.B.S.) degree program won research awards within two weeks of each other in January. Read this article from the Spring 2010 DMU Magazine  

— Seth Stevenson

DMU at the Iowa Academy of Science (IAS)

Des Moines University was well represented at the recent Iowa Academy of Science (IAS) meeting April 16-17 at Graceland University in Lamoni, by a variety of faculty and students. The following presentations were made: INTEGRONS: ANOTHER MECHANISM BY WHICH SALMONELLA ACQUIRE MULTIPLE DRUG RESISTANCE by Daphne M. Fernandez, a student of Drs. Jeffery T. Gray […]

— Seth Stevenson

DMU supports World Triathlon with global health outreach

Nearly 830 women die in Nepal for every 100,000 live births. This is the 16th worst maternal mortality rate in the world. So when Dr. Yogesh Shah, associate dean of global affairs for Des Moines University, met Charlie Wittmack, a world class adventurer, speaker, educator, attorney and family man planning a first-of-its-kind intercontinental triathlon that […]

— Courtney Tompkins

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

Student research spotlight: Julia Maynard

Julia Maynard first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at Rockhurst University. Her interest in research began while taking a required genetics lab, where students had to set up experiments to determine the chromosomal loci of a specific trait. This interest was confirmed during her molecular biology class, where students worked with zebra […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Jeffrey Means

J. Jeffrey Means, M.Div., Ph.D. is associate professor and chair of the behavioral medicine department. In addition to his role at the University, Means serves as the director of the Institute for the Practice of Ministry at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center where he also has a part-time psychotherapy practice. Means’s academic journey has taken […]

— Seth Stevenson

Spend your summer doing research!

Research is key component for a successful medical and health science school and DMU is proud of its research department. You don’t have to be a DMU student to rub shoulders with faculty and medical students, though! Every summer, undergraduate students work with faculty researchers for 8 weeks on projects in microbiology, pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry […]

— Andrea Cooley

Student research spotlight: Katie Welliver

Katie first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota. During her sophomore year, she began conducting research in the dietetics field. She spent the majority of her research work looking at the nutritional effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on the prevention of breast cancer. Following her undergraduate education, Katie […]

— Seth Stevenson

Public invited to DMU to hear from author on medical apartheid

Des Moines University invites you to hear Harriet A. Washington, author of “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” on January 27 at noon. Free and open to all, her talk will be held in the Des Moines University (DMU) Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Student research spotlight: Crystal Filippelli

Crystal first became interested in research during her undergraduate education at Drake University. Her sophomore year at Drake she began a summer internship at Des Moines University and worked with Dr. Strom on DNA microarray analysis of Runx1 and Runx2 overepressing cells. She continued research with Dr. Strom through the rest of her undergraduate education […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Shannon Petersen

Petersen is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program. She is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist. Petersen is currently a fellow in the Manual Therapy Fellowship program at Regis University where her focus is evidence-based orthopaedic […]

— Seth Stevenson