DMU Research Symposium

The DMU Research Symposium is scheduled for December 6, 2012. The Symposium aims to recognize the research efforts of those in the surrounding community; to provide a forum for the collaboration of ideas and the production of new hypotheses; and to impress upon the students of DMU the critical role that research plays in the advancement of health care. Classes will be cancelled for that afternoon. It is highly encouraged for everyone to attend and support their fellow students and faculty members. Prizes will be awarded this year to the primary author (students and residents only) with the best quality oral presentation and poster abstract. Come out and cast your vote for your favorite student researcher’s presentation!

December 6 also marks the opening of the 2013 Mentored Student Research Program applications. Applications will be available on the DMU website in the Research section. While there, check out the 2013 faculty mentors and their current projects. Get your applications submitted by March 1, 2013 to be considered for this exciting opportunity!


12 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. When Opportunity Knocks… Conduct a Study: Clinical and Translational Research in Infection Prevention
Mark Rupp, M.D.
Location: SEC Auditorium

  1. Describe rigorous quasi-experimental study design features.
  2. Recognize and consider opportunities to conduct clinical-translational research projects to answer clinically-relevant questions.
  3. Identify gaps in our knowledge base in infection prevention and cite several well-accepted infection prevention practices that may not be as effective as commonly believed.
1:30 p.m. Case-based panel discussion

2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Oral abstract presentations
Location: AC Lecture Halls
3:30 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Poster abstract presentations
Location: SEC Common Area
4:45 p.m. Adjourn


Keynote Speaker: Mark Rupp, M.D.

  • Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Medical Director, Department of Healthcare Epidemiology-Infection Control
  • Medical Director – Interim, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program The Nebraska Medical Center
  • Medical Director, Clinical Trials Office

Dr. Rupp is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of The Nebraska Medical Center Department of Infection Control & Epidemiology and co-Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Dr. Rupp received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He underwent internship and residency training in Internal Medicine and completed Fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Virginia Commonwealth University.

He is a Diplomat, American Board of Internal Medicine, and in the subspecialty area of Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He is a Past-President of SHEA and is a past-president of ASM Division L (Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology). Dr Rupp has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Rupp has published over 300 articles, chapters and abstracts. He frequently presents papers at national and international meetings, serves as a guest lecturer, and is an active teacher and researcher. Dr. Rupp’s research interests are in the areas of staphylococcal disease, healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistance.

Research and Biography

Relative to the content of this CME activity, Dr. Rupp indicated he is a consultant for 3M, C. R. Bard, Inc., and Semprus BioSciences. He is also the principal investigator or working directly with 3M, Mölnlycke Health Care, and Sanofi.

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