The Research Symposium aims to recognize the research efforts of those at Des Moines University and in the surrounding medical and scientific communities. The Symposium provides a forum for the collaboration of ideas, the production of new hypotheses, and demonstrates to attendees the critical role that research plays in the advancements of health care.

Target Audience

DMU 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.

The 2020 DMU Research Symposium is going virtual! There is no cost to attend but registration is requested. Visit for more information and to register.

About the Research Symposium


Keynote Address: Utilization of AI Ecosystem Assets in Healthcare

S. Vincent Grasso, DO '91, MSIS, MBA

Global Practice Lead: Healthcare & Life Sciences, IPsoft

  • Differentiate value proposition of distinct Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ecosystem Assets to healthcare delivery.
  • List limitations of existing healthcare delivery workflows.
  • Develop re-engineered clinical workflows taking advantage of AI Ecosystem Assets.

Poster Discussion Breakout Sessions

Renal cortical KLF15 and KLF2 are downregulated in chronic heart failure
Andrew Philipose, DO’23, Kalie A. Savage, DO’23, Kiefer W. Kious, MBS, Jayson P. Kemble, DO’22, Luke J. Smith, DO’22, Hugo S Díaz, Rodrigo Del Rio, PhD, Noah J. Marcus, PhD

A mixed-methods approach to enhance interprofessional teamwork in a rural environment
Philip Jurasinski, DO’21, MPH’21, Pamela Duffy, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Teri Stumbo, PhD, PT, Julie Ronnebaum, DPT, PhD, GCS, Alison Krueger, MSN-Ed, RN, Amy Morris, PhD, Nehad El-Sawi, PhD

Profile of microRNA expression in urinary exosomes is dependent on non-invasive lymphoma induction in mice
Brittany Wilson, DO'23, MBS'24, Rebekah Betar, DO'23, Alexander Martin, DO'23, Zack Niazi, DO'23, Michael Boyer, Lori Winter, Victor Babich, PhD, Francesca Di Sole, PhD, Elitsa Ananieva, PhD

Regulation of pH by growth factors is dependent on the expression of the calcineurin homologous protein-2 in human osteosarcoma cells
Tiffany Chang, DO’23, MBS’24, Serena S. Luong, DO'19, Adam P. Zobel, DO'20, Elitsa Ananieva, PhD, Victor Babich, PhD, Francesca Di Sole, PhD

Methylation levels at growth differentiation factor-15 related CpG sites are not related to death risk from cardiovascular disease among monozygotic male twins discordant for cardiovascular disease: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Twin Study
Spencer Moore, DO’23, Pallavi Mukherji, DO, Ming Leung, Jun Dai, MD, MSc, PhD

Chronic norepinephrine infusion reduces GPER expression in the hypothalamus of ovariectomized mice
Lane Heinlein, DO'23, Cristina Petty, DPM'23, Nikhil Pallikonda, DO'23, Jennifer Giles, MA, Lori Winter, Eric Wauson, PhD, Quang-Kim Tran, MD, PhD, Sarah Clayton, PhD

Poster and Oral Presentation Awards and Closing Remarks


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Continuing Education Information
Accreditation Statements
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation
    requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is
    accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this
    live activity for 1.5 AMA PRA Category1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 1.5 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.5 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.5 continuing education contact hours.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Educational Grants

No commercial interest company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The speaker(s) will 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 and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director.

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with commercial interest companies to disclose.

  • Christina Billings, MPH, CHCP, planning committee member
  • Lori Byrd, MS, activity director and planning committee member
  • Vanessa Gray, MHA, CMP, CHCP, planning committee member
  • Mollie Lyon, planning committee member

The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.