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Public invited to contribute to DMU’s literary journal

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines University (DMU) is the largest medical school in Iowa — not necessarily a school you’d expect to produce a literary journal. Now in its third year, however, the annual Abaton journal is very popular and the public is invited to submit work. Overseen by DMU students and staff in […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Call for entries!

This is the last month you can submit work for the third edition of Abaton – get movin’! Abaton is a literary journal produced at DMU, made up entirely of submitted art and literary pieces.To actually browse the pages of the last edition and see its awesome-ness, click here.

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Stacey Meardon

Originally from Janesville, Iowa, Stacey Meardon received her bachelor of arts degree from Wartburg College and master of science degree in physical therapy from Washington University of St. Louis. Stacey is completing her doctor of philosophy from the department of kinesiology, with emphases in biomechanics and motor control from Iowa State University. A licensed physical […]

— Seth Stevenson

New employees (1st qtr report)

(Des Moines, Iowa) — The following are new Des Moines University employees. The list is information compiled for the first quarter: Jordan Bahnsen of Des Moines joined Des Moines University as the AHEC data and information coordinator. Michelle Burkhart of Urbandale joined Des Moines University as an academic secretary. She was previously an executive assistant […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Student’s abstract takes him to ACP

DMU student Jason Sebesto turned a summer research project into a full-blown clinical research project that put him at the podium during the American College of Physicians annual internal medicine meeting in Philadelphia in April. A second-year D.O. student who’s also pursuing a M.S. in anatomy, Sebesto was among the 10 students who won ACP’s […]

— Barb Boose

Research spotlight: Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry, Ph.D., is an associate professor of physiology & pharmacology at Des Moines University specializing in cellular pharmacology. Henry first became involved with research as an undergraduate at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. At that time he worked on a project aimed at understanding the effects of microgravity conditions on blood vessel formation during […]

— Seth Stevenson

Free DMU conference highlights research from around Iowa

Des Moines – If current medical and health care research interests you, plan to attend the sixth annual Des Moines University Student Research Symposium on April 23. Des Moines University (DMU) will host the public and students from area colleges for the symposium from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Roy Lidtke

Roy H. Lidtke, D.P.M., CPed, FACFAOM, is clinical associate professor of podiatric medicine specializing in lower extremity biomechanics Lidtke started his research career here at Des Moines University after completing his residency. He started the Human Performance Lab as a joint research lab to study gait and motion. He was then recruited to start a gait […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Fritz Nordengren

My research is in learning preferences and the needs and differences of solitary learners and social learners. It begins with Myers Briggs Type Indicator® preferences and expands to explore how to best assist health care students as they switch from social learning environments in their cohorts to individual learning environment while on rotations. Current projects […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Pat Buchanan

Patricia A. Buchanan, Ph.D., ATC, P.T., GCFT, is an associate professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program specializing in motor development. Her lifelong interests in sports, health, and the sciences have shaped her studies and professional experiences: from physical education, to athletic training, to physical therapy and beyond. While in her […]

— Seth Stevenson

Honor for research

DMU D.O. student Jason Sebesto was recently selected as one of five (FIVE out of 235 entries) winners of the American College of Physicians 2009 National Medical Students Abstract Competition. He will present his abstract “MRSA Detection of Colonized Needless Catheter Ports Using Real-Time PCR” at the April convention.  Jason began this research project with Jeff […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Kathy Mercuris

Dr. Kathy Mercuris is an Associate Professor at Des Moines University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Research Projects Research Focus My primary research is on changes in balance and gait following a CVA (stroke). I have been investigating the relationship measurements of balance and gait as they are performed by therapists in the […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Andrew Brittingham

Andrew Brittingham is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Des Moines University specializing in parasitology. His research emphasis has always focused on the host – pathogen interaction. He is particularly interested in the mechanisms used by pathogens to avoid destruction by the immune system. Current projects An examination of the processes that regulation […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Gregory Kolbinger

Gregory J Kolbinger MPAS, PA-C is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the clinical director of the Simulation Lab, which is a part of the Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills at Des Moines University. Research projects Currently working on two separate projects to […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Shane McClinton

Shane McClinton, D.P.T., CSCS, is a physical therapist within the Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic and Human Performance Laboratory. He graduated with a masters in physical therapy from Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center in 2001 and obtained his post-professional doctorate in 2007. Shane is currently a fellow in the manual physical therapy […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Marie Nguyen

Marie Nguyen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Des Moines University specializing in virology. Nguyen first became involved with research when undertaking an independent research project in high school. The project, entitled, “Fake Baking Bacteria,” involved convincing the local tanning salon owner to allow her to place Petri dishes of normal […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Simon Geletta

Simon Geletta, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the public health program teaching health care research and statistics courses. He is trained as a sociologist with a special emphasis in demography and population studies. He attended graduate school at the University of Missouri – Columbia campus. His research there mainly focused on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Roxane Joens-Matre

In memoriam Dr. Roxane Joens-Matre was an Assistant Professor at Des Moines University in the Master of Public Health Program specializing in health promotion. Facts about Dr. Joens-Matre: My Education: Dr. Joens-Matre received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Physical Education from Iowa State University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy […]

— Seth Stevenson