Recent DMU Research Successes

Many Des Moines University faculty members and students were recognized for their recent presentations, publications and awards. Faculty names are in boldface.

David Rettedal (DPM ‘13) and Dr. Vassilios Vardaxis received the first place award at the 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine in Orlando for their project titled, “Reliability of the use of ultrasound in the assessment of the dorsal Lisfranc ligament.”

Kyle Moore, Blake Hines and Rebecca Mullen (all DPM ‘13) received the outstanding student scientific poster award at the 2012 Heartland Conference for their project, “A literature review of recurrence rates and ulcer free periods of venous stasis ulcerations with conservative and surgical treatments.”

Drs. Tim Yoho, Vardaxis, Brian Dix (’11) and Scott Carrington (’13) were published in the November/December issue of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery. The study was titled, “The association of metatarsus adductus to the proximal fifth metatarsal Jones fracture.”

Drs. Yoho, Vardaxis, Robert Renschler (’12), Jeff Dikis (’12) and Julian Rivera were published in the November/December issue of The Foot. The study was titled, “A biomechanical analysis of the effects of low-Dye taping on arch deformation.”

Drs. Kosta Antonopoulos (’10), Yoho and Vardaxis were published in the November/December issue of the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association. The study was titled, “Undergraduate GPAs, MCAT scores and academic performance the first two years in podiatric medical school at Des Moines University.”

Dr. Feilmeier was recently awarded funding in the amount of $6,414 from the DMU Research and Grants Committee for her research proposal titled, “Analysis of the relationship between first metatarsal frontal plane rotation and PASA in hallux abducto valgus and metatarsus primus adductus.”

Dr. Simon Geletta submitted a paper to the Annals of Long Term Care titled “Administrative turnover and the quality of care at Iowa Nursing Home Facilities” 

V Vardaxis, L Covill, L Koepp, J Nettrour, & C Mahoney Bilateral lower extremity stiffness during transition from stair descent to level walking in unilateral total hip arthroplasty patients and controls. European Society of Movement Analysis for Children and Adults (ESMAC). Stockholm, Sweden, September 14, 2012. “Podium”

Rettedal D, Vardaxis V. Reliability of the use of ultrasound in the assessment of the dorsal Lisfranc ligament. American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Medicine (ACFOAM). October 2012, Orlando, FL. “Poster”  The poster was awarded first place.

Robert M. Yoho, Scott Carrington, Brian Dix, Vassilios Vardaxis. The Association of Metatarsus Adductus to the Proximal Fifth Metatarsal Jones Fracture. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, 51(6), November–December 2012, Pages 739-742

Robert M. Yoho, Valerie Tallerico, Vassilios Vardaxis. Relationship Between Student Academic and Clinical Performance in Podiatric Medical Education at Des Moines University J. Am. Podiatr. Med. Assoc. 2012 102:314-318

Dr. Marie Nguyen research publication:  Pradhan, P., and Nguyen, M.L., Early passage neonatal and adult keratinocytes are sensitive to apoptosis induced by infection with an ICP27-null mutant of herpes simplex virus 1. Apoptosis. 2012.

Dr. Marie Nguyen had a student (Scott Roberts, DO15) program in my laboratory this summer presented a poster at the Osteopathic Medical (OMED) Conference.  Roberts, S., Pradhan, P., and Nguyen, M.L., Investigation into a Potential Role for Telomerase in the Herpes Simplex Virus 2 Life Cycle. Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition, San Diego, CA, October 7-11, 2012.

Dr. Tim Steele submitted a research manuscript for publication: J. Crosbie, M. Magnussen, R. Dornbier, A. Iannone, T.A. Steele. Statins Inhibit Proliferation, Cytotoxicity and ERK Activation of a Human Leukemic Natural Killer Cell Line.

Dr Martin Schmidt has a paper resulting from his yeast research published in Microbiology.


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