Public invited to conference at DMU on global health, agriculture

October 3, 2010 —

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Festival in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Influence of Agriculture on Global Health” on October 13.

Speakers include:
•    Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International
•    Dr. Robert Mazur with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods
•    Henry Musoke with Volunteer Efforts for Development Concerns
•    Craig Just with Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of Iowa
•    Susan Roberts with Roberts Law Firm, PLC
•    Matt Russell with the Drake Agricultural Law Center

“There will be so much talent and insight in the room! We are thrilled to offer such a great conference at DMU with our global health colleagues in Iowa and hope everyone interested in the topic is able to attend and share thoughts,” said Yogesh Shah, M.D., associate dean of global affairs at DMU.

The event runs 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and includes lunch. Coordinated by the Heartland Global Health Consortium (HGHC) and financially supported by Pioneer Hi-Bred, the event is open to the public for $25. Students and faculty have a different rate.

This is the fourth year of the conference, second year of it being a HGHC event. Attendees will get to see poster presentations from students who’ve had global health experiences through Iowa universities.

Registration is required by October 7 at www.heartlandconsortium.org.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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