Research Symposium

  • The annual Research Symposium, which took place on Nov. 19, 2014, provided an opportunity for participants to share their current research and gain recognition for outstanding research presentations.

    2014 Research Symposium Structure FunctionParticipants gained exposure to ongoing research across many fields of study, benefiting from opportunities for inter-disciplinary discussion and collaboration. The theme for the event, which included more than 30 research presentations, was "Seeing Osteopathic Medicine Differently: Structure and Function are Reciprocally Interrelated."

    Flavia Costa, PhD, research instructor in the College of Biosciences, served as chair for the event, and Steven Gustafson, DO, assistant professor of pathology, was the co-chair. Keynote speakers were Pedro Lowenstein, MD, PhD, of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and Lynda Bonewald, PhD, of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues (CEMT).

  • Select the type/category below to see a full listing of abstracts:


    Research Symposium Winner 2014

    First Place
    The Norbert W. Seidler, PhD, Prize for Research
    Richard Thompson
    "The Effects of Obesity on the Pharmacokinetics of Pantoprazole and CYP2C19 Activity in Children and Adolescents with GERD"

    Second Place: Megan Ottomeyer, "Evaluation of Ciclopirox and Auranofen as Potential Chemotherapeutic Agents for Use Against Osteosarcoma"

    Third Place: Kanwar Singh, "Respiratory Health Among Low-Income Residents of Subsidized Housing Complexes"
    Costa Award
    Betty Jo White, DO, FACOS, Prize for Research
    Flavia Costa, PhD
    "Induction of Fetal Hemoglobin by Transcriptional Co-Activator TSPYL1"

    Keynote Speakers:


    Pedro Lowenstein, MD, PhD
    Richard C. Schneider Collegiate Professor Endowed Chair and Professor of Neurosurgery, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
    School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan | Biographical information | CV    

    Presenting First-in-man Trial of Endogenous Immunotherapy: Reconstructing the Brain Innate and Adaptive Immune Systems to Eliminate Malignant Brain Tumors


    Lynda Bonewald, PhD
    Vice Chancellor for Translational and Clinical Research, Curators’ Professor, Lee M. and William Lefkowitz Professor, Director, UMKC-CEMT,
    Director, Bone Biology Research Program in the UMKC School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Biology | Biographical information | CV  

    Presenting Do Muscle and Bone Communicate Independent of Loading?

    General Guidelines for Submission

    To be eligible to submit an abstract, you must be a:

    1. KCU student (seeking a DO or MS degree)
    2. Post-graduate resident or fellow
    3. KCU faculty member | See information on Betty Jo White, DO, FACOS, Prize for Research Award

    Abstract-Specific Guidelines:  

    • Purpose/Introduction: Rationale, research question and objectives of the study
    • Methods/Materials: Brief description of research design, techniques, models of inquiry and sources of data
    • Results: Summarized data or outcomes, including quantitative statistical significance, or qualitative description of outcomes/inquiries
    • Conclusions: Brief interpretation of the results and implications to your field of study

    Important: Changes will not be allowed after the final submission date of Oct. 3. Presenters will be notified by email by Oct. 17 if their research abstract has been accepted. Presenters and mentors will be required to R.S.V.P. to the abstract acceptance email.