Mark your calendar for the DMU Research Symposium, Dec. 6

New knowledge, stimulating conversations, enlightening oral and poster presentations, and an extraordinary keynote speaker will come together for the ninth annual DMU Research Symposium on Dec. 6 on campus.

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, alumni, external researchers and health professionals from the Des Moines area and surrounding medical and scientific communities are invited to participate and present. Research abstracts will be accepted in the categories of anatomy/paleontology, biomedical science, clinical, education, movement science, and public health.

This year’s event also will feature a scientific photo exhibit and contest for students, faculty and staff. Photos that depict microscopic images or images around a lab or in the environment are welcome.

DMU alumni are encouraged to serve as judges for the student poster competition. Those interested should contact DMU’s continuing medical education office at cme@dmu.edu.

Terry Wahls, M.D.

Giving the keynote at this year’s symposium will be Terry Wahls, M.D., a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, where she teaches internal medicine residents in their primary care clinics. She does clinical research and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific abstracts, posters, and papers. She also is a patient with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. Diagnosed in 2000, she underwent chemotherapy and began using a tilt-recline wheelchair because of weakness in her back muscles.

Determined to do whatever she could to reverse her physical decline, Dr. Wahls discovered Functional Medicine, an organization devoted to helping clinicians use the latest scientific discoveries to take better care of those with complex chronic diseases. She eventually redesigned her diet to provide important brain nutrients. She titled her approach the Wahls Protocol™, which she began in 2007; within a year, she was able to walk without a cane and even complete an 18-mile bicycle tour. She has published research articles and books on the topic, including The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles.

The Research Symposium is available for continuing medical education credit. Details about CME, event agenda, registration and more are available on the symposium website.