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DMU Research Symposium

December 5, 2013 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

| Free
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Classes are not scheduled so all students and faculty can attend and participate. Lunch and afternoon refreshments will be served.

The Research Symposium aims to recognize the research efforts of those at Des Moines University (DMU) and in the surrounding medical and scientific community by providing a forum for the collaboration of ideas, the production of new hypotheses, and to demonstrate to the attendees the critical role that research plays in the advancement of health care.

Register Submit abstract

Abstracts must be received by Thursday, November 21.  Notification of your oral presentation will given by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 22.


9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Poster Viewing
Location: SEC First Floor (Near the Bookstore)
12 p.m. Lunch
Location:  SEC Auditorium and AC Lecture Hall 2
12:30 p.m.

Keynote Address:  

Diversity, Databases, and Discoverability

Location:  SEC Auditorium

Laurel L. Haak, Ph.D., Executive Director, ORCID

  1. Analyze the impact of the relationship between race, gender and ethnicity in the likelihood of receiving significant research funding.
  2. Use effective evaluation plans in research grants, particularly those that relate to training and development programs.
  3. Use tools to pro-actively improve the effectiveness of career tracking, evaluation efforts, and utilization of mentors.
  4. Discuss professional career tracking plans to improve the discoverability of researchers and clinicians in the scientific community.
1:30 p.m. Poster Presentations
Location: SEC First Floor (Near the Bookstore)

Odd numbered posters will be judged.

2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Oral Presentations
Location: AC Lecture Halls
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Poster Presentations
Location: SEC First Floor (Near the Bookstore)

Even numbered posters will be judged.

4:45 p.m. Awards Presentation
Location: SEC First Floor (Near the Bookstore)
5 p.m. Adjourn

Keynote speaker

Laurel L. Haak, Ph.D., executive director, ORCID


Dr. Haak is the executive director of ORCID, an international and interdisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to providing the technical infrastructure to generate and maintain unique and persistent identifiers for researchers and scholars.  She earned a BS and MS in Biology from Stanford University, completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford University Medical School, and conducted postdoctoral research in neuronal-glial signaling at the  National Institutes of Health.

Following postdoctoral work, she  served as editor of Science Magazine’s NextWave Postdoc  Network, a weekly publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Haak was a program officer at the National Academies, where she directed workforce policy studies on international students, interdisciplinary research, women in academia, postdoctoral researchers, and innovation policy.

Prior to joining ORCID, Dr. Haak served as chief science officer at Discovery Logic, a Thomson Reuters business, where she led the Research Evaluation division.

Publications and biography

Dr. Haak indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Target audience

Des Moines University faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni, external researchers and health professionals from the Des Moines area and surrounding medical and scientific community are invited to participate and present. All students, faculty, and residents are encouraged to develop research projects to be presented at the Symposium.


Business casual.

Oral presentations

If the work is co-authored, only the first author will submit on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed in the submission form.

Presentations will be organized into sessions grouped by topics or disciplines with each presenter allotted 10 minutes to speak and 2 minutes for audience questions. For work with multiple authors, the authors can decide among themselves their various roles in presenting within the 12 minute limit. A moderator keeps track of your presentation time and may also facilitate the discussion. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 will be used to project slides. Please make sure your presentation is compatible with this program. If you prefer to use a MAC computer or have video files, arrangements must be made prior to the program and you will be responsible for bringing an adaptor. Please contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596. Presentation and video files should be stored on USB drives.


Poster presentations

If the work is co-authored, only the first author will submit on behalf of all co-authors. The names of all co-authors must be listed in the submission form.


Poster guidelines

  • Materials to hang your poster will be available onsite.
  • Posters are displayed throughout the day. Please do not remove your poster until the end of the day’s activities.
  • Posters must be hung by 8:30 a.m. and removed by 5:30 p.m. If you’re able, please hang your poster as early as possible as we encourage people to view them the entire day.
  • Odd numbered student/resident posters will be judged from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Even number student/resident posters will be judged from 3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
  • You must be available, next to your poster during the Poster Session, from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. or 3:45 – 4:30 p.m. to explain and answer questions about your research. During this time, stand to the side of your display so that you do not block it.
  • Prepare and practice a short summary speech—no more than 3 minutes—about your project. This is an excellent networking opportunity, so it is important to speak and interact professionally. You will receive lots of feedback and exposure as well.
  • Any remaining posters will be kept in the CME office (AC #430) until December 20.

Printing guidelines – DMU students, staff and faculty only:

  • Optional:  Click here to choose from six DMU approved research templates.
  • Student research/presentation posters do not need Marketing’s approval unless the DMU logo is used. Any poster that does not use the DMU logo or was not a pre-approved template created by the Marketing and Communications department, does not need to be reviewed by Marketing.
  • DMU Faculty: Faculty members are not required to send any research or presentation poster to Marketing and Communications for review. If the DMU logo is used, the Print Shop will ensure the logo prints correctly.If you choose to not use one of the templates, it must be reviewed by marketing. Email the file to for approval. Please allow at least four hours.
  • Posters for the symposium must be printed at the DMU print shop and emailed to  Download the print shop order form here. 
  • Please print in seminar presentation size 42” x 54.35” (non-matted and non-laminated).
  • The account number to use for printing costs is #110-1435-50934.
  • Posters will need to be submitted to the print shop and proofs signed by Monday, December 2 by 3 p.m.
  • The poster will not be reviewed for academic content.
  • For poster printing questions, please contact Brenda at 515-271-1402.

IRB or IACUC approval

If your project involves human or animal research, you must have obtained IRB or IACUC approval, unless you are clearly presenting your work as a proposed project and make it clear that absolutely no research has yet been conducted. Posters involving such research should indicate an approval number or state that no research has been conducted. Anyone giving an oral presentation on a project involving human or animal research must have an IRB or IACUC approval. For questions, please contact the DMU Office of Research at 515-271-1445.


Submit abstract


All abstracts will be published in the meeting program. Please submit your abstract according to the following guidelines:

  • Format: Microsoft Word format
  • Font: Arial, 11 point
  • Margins: 1? left border. 1? remaining borders
  • Spacing: Single-spaced
  • Justification: Left
  • Abstract body length: No more than 250 words
  • Type the title first, using title casing.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles and species names. Italicize scientific names of organisms.
  • List all authors, institutional affiliations and short addresses (city and state only).
  • Asterisk and bold the author delivering the paper.

Writing tips

Consider the following questions when preparing your abstract:

  1. Does the abstract clearly state the aim of the project (i.e. a research question, theoretical issue, or problem)?
  2. Is the significance of work clearly stated?
  3. If relevant, are the methods, data collection, and analysis procedures well-designed and appropriate to the question addressed?
  4. Are the conclusions justified in relation to the data and/or analysis/description?
  5. Is the abstract written clearly and organized well?

Frequently asked questions

Have questions regarding the DMU Research Symposium. Click here. If your question isn’t answered, please contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596.


There is not a fee to attend but registration is requested.


Deadline reminders

  • Abstract submission deadline: Thursday, November 21
  • Notification of oral presentations: Friday, November 22 by 5 p.m.
  • Deadline for Poster submission to the DMU print shop for printing: Monday, December 2 by 3 p.m.

Planning committee


Des Moines University
Continuing Medical Education

Continuing education

ACCME:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME® Essential Areas and Elements and Iowa Medical Society (IMS) policies. Des Moines University is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Des Moines University designates this live education activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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AOA: Des Moines University and the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for a maximum of 1.0 hour of AOA Category 1-A CME credits, 1.0 hour of AOA Category 2-A CME credits, 1.50 hour of AOA Category 2-B CME credits.

CPME: Des Moines University is approved by the Council of Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in Podiatric Medicine. This program has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 3.75 continuing education contact hours.

IBON: Des Moines University continuing education (provider #112) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing as an accredited provider. This program has been reviewed and approved for a maximum of 4.50 continuing education contact hours.

Other: This live activity was designated for 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest.

Commercial support

Educational grants are not being accepted for this activity.

Disclosure statement

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content for this program and the selection of speakers are responsibilities of the program director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.

Des Moines University (DMU) prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend DMU sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the DMU CME office at 515-271-1596 or prior to the program.


December 5, 2013
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Continuing Medical Education


Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium
3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 United States
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