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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

The pink glove dance

Medline has a new line of exam gloves that are pink for breast cancer awareness. For each case purchased, they donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Well the creative staff at St. Vincent Medical Center in Oregon put together a video to promote the gloves. You have to see this cute video (if […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Martin Schmidt

The first line of research in the Schmidt Laboratory concerns the mechanism of cell division in eukaryotes. Using baker’s yeast as a model organism, Dr. Schmidt is currently examining the roles of two cytoskeletal proteins in the formation and function of a contractile ring at the cell division site. One of these proteins, tropomyosin, serves […]

— Seth Stevenson

Bryan Larsen, Ph.D. Receives Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award.

The American Osteopathic Foundation recently honored Bryan Larsen, Ph.D., DMU’s dean of university research and biomedical graduate studies, with the $5,000 Beehler Research Mentor of the Year Award. It recognizes outstanding excellence in osteopathic research mentorship, an essential part of the learning experience for students, interns, residents and young practitioners.

— Seth Stevenson

It’s breast cancer awareness month!

It’s October so you’ve probably seen countless pink ribbons adorning everything from t-shirts to coffee cups. Breast cancer awareness is very important and I believe it’s an issue that has touched everyone in some way. Perhaps you’re able to run or walk in the Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, Oct. 24 in Des Moines. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Reorganizing academic priorities

It’s so easy to blow off an entire day after an exam… only to regret that I wished I had more time to study other things. Currently, my academic priorities include podiatric medicine, podiatric research and public health. What I know for certain is that my podiatric career comes before the other two. Sometimes I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Learn more about DMU

I realize we talked about our fall travel last week, but it’s such a busy time of year for us, I thought we needed to mention it again. (Here’s our schedule if you want to see if we’re coming to your school!) Last week I joined admissions coordinator Lisa Vroegh at the UNI Career Fair […]

— Andrea Cooley

On the Road with DMU

Fall is my favorite time of year. It’s not just that I love the crisp temperatures, forests changing colors to vibrant reds and oranges or even the fantastic college football (GO HAWKS!)  I also love fall because it’s a busy and exciting time around campus. Fall is when we start our interviews for our clinical […]

— Joshua Kvinlaug