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KCUMB's Science Friday Talks features lectures and presentations from a broad spectrum of national and international speakers on topics that are relevant to the diverse University community. Presentations are from noon to 1 p.m. on KCUMB campus, unless otherwise noted. Lectures are open to KCUMB students, faculty, staff and alumni. For questions about this event, please contact Seft Hunter, director of Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance, at email@example.com.
Presentation Title: Taking it to the Pews: A Faith-Based HIV Education and Testing Intervention in African American Churches
Presenter:Dr. Jannette Berkley-Patton, Assistant Professor of Psychology, UMKC
Jannette Berkley-Patton, PhD, is an assistant professor in the University of Missouri-Kansas Psychology Department where her research focuses on: a) HIV/STD and diabetes/heart disease/stroke prevention interventions in African American churches and b) faith-based/health/ academic organization partnerships to conduct health science research with African American church organizations. She has an extensive background in using community-based participatory research, social marketing, and health communication strategies for community health behavior change.
Synopsis: Only 45 percent of African Americans get tested for HIV each year; those who don’t know their HIV-positive status significantly contribute to new HIV cases. The Black church is a highly influential institution that has the potential to increase the reach of HIV screening services in African American communities. This pilot study examined HIV testing rates among church and community members affiliated with four churches randomly assigned to the Taking It to the Pews (TIPS) HIV education and testing intervention and comparison (non-tailored HIV information) groups. This presentation will discuss the TIPS development and six-month pilot study findings.
April 11, 2014
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Presentation: New Insights into Female Pain Syndromes Speaker: Dr. Peter Smith, Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Co-director, Kansas Intellectual and Development Disabilities Research Center and Founding Director, Institute for Neurological Disorders. November 15, 2013
Women are disproportionately more susceptible to many pain syndromes, and estrogen has been implicated as a possible factor. This seminar focuses on research that shows that estrogen is a potent stimulator of growth of pain‐sensing axons. Estrogen appears to act by modulating effects of another hormone, angiotensin II, and this pathway is amenable to pharmacological intervention. This research provides hope that new and more effective therapies may soon be available for treating chronic pain.
Peter Smith, graduated with a Ph.D. from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina in 1978. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Duke University (1982‐87) and was hired as an Associate Professor by the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1983. Dr. Smith currently holds multiple positions at KUMC. He is a Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, founder of the Institute for Neurological Discoveries, and co-director of Kansas Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. Dr. Smith is the recipient of many teaching and research awards. He has received major funding by the NIH and other regional and national agencies. He serves as a reviewer in several NIH study sections and is a consultant for a number of companies.
Presentation: Safety Incidents and Treatment Responses in UK Osteopathy Speaker: Steven Vogel, D.O., Principal of Research, British School of OsteopathyOctober 18, 2013
There is on-going debate about a possible link between manipulation and stroke in patients, and a growing interest in other treatment reactions such as increased pain. Evidence about manipulation and manual therapy is contradictory. The presentation provides information that begins to address this gap by drawing on results from a recent national study in the UK.
Steven Vogel , D.O., graduated from the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) in 1989. He has worked clinically in a National Health Service primary care general practice since 1993 and is Vice Principal (Research) at the British School of Osteopathy. He was the principal investigator on the “Clinical Risk, Osteopathy and Management (CROaM)” project funded by the General Osteopathic Council. He is currently a collaborator on a National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant “Optimal management of spinal pain and sciatica in primary care.”
Presentation: Astrovirus Wars: "These aren't the RNA Viruses You're Looking For"Speaker: John Taylor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, KCUMB | Read biography September 27, 2013
This seminar focuses on understanding how viral pathogens are able to evade the human immune system and ultimately cause disease. As a model, Dr. Taylor examines how astroviruses can shut down the anti-viral pathway known as the interferon response, in the hopes of better understanding the pathogenesis of this and other gastrointestinal disorders.
John M. Taylor, Ph.D. earned his doctorate from the University of Alberta, where he studied the pathogenesis of poxviruses. He is also a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where he earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in microbiology and immunology. Most recently, his postdoctoral work was at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has studied various aspects of bacterial and viral pathogenesis throughout his career. Work in his lab is currently focused on understanding how viral pathogens elude innate ‘first-lines of defense’ of our immune system, such as the interferon response and programmed cell death.
Presentation: Targets of Doxorubicin in the Heart Looking Beyond CardiomyocytesSpeaker: Eugene Konorev, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology, KCUMB | Read biography August 16,2013
This presentation examines effects of doxorubicin on human cardiac microvascular cells and their ability to form vessels in the in vitro co-culture system. It also focuses on microvascular changes in a mouse model of doxorubicin cardiomyopathy.
Dr. Konorev received his M.D. and his PhD from Kursk Medical University, Russia, and worked at the Russian Cardiology Research Center in Moscow after completion of his PhD. He became a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1991 and subsequently held positions of Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor there. Dr. Konorev spent five years as a faculty member at the University of Hawaii-Hilo College of Pharmacy before joining KCUMB in January 2013 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. Research in the Konorev lab is focused on the mechanisms of new vessel formation, or angiogenesis, in the settings of cardiac diseases and tumor growth, with the goals of optimizing anticancer therapy, inhibiting tumor growth, and preventing/delaying the development of cardiac disease conditions.
Anatomy Fellows Presentations - June 14, 20131. Comparing the Mechanical Properties of Differently Embalmed Human Soft Tissue - Racquel Skold 2. Quantification of the Distal Radial Artery for Improved Vascular Access - Erich Wessel3. Comparison of the Carotid Bifurcation Angle in Relation to Plaque Buildup: A Cadaveric Study - Travis Kaufman
OMM Fellows Presentations - May 31, 20131. Evaluating and Establishing Most Common Cranial Dysfunctions in a Population of Mixed martial Arts Fighters - Emily Heronemous and Erin Jewell Burks2. Effects of Seven Technique Osteopathic Manipulative Protocol on Patients with COPD -Jayme Carter Decker and Emily Tylski
Presentation: Strategies to Enhance Neuronal Survival PathwaysSpeaker: Christopher Theisen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, KCUMB | Read biography May 10, 2013
Although the brain only represents 2 percent of our body weight it contributes up to 20 percent of the oxygen consumption and 25 percent of the glucose utilization. As the brain ages, it has diminished capability to tolerate the resulting stress induced by oxidative processes. Neuron cell death due to these stress events can lead to age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Christopher Theisen, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology along with a B.S. in Biotechnology from Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Theisen’s research focuses on studying the inherent cellular pathways that contribute to neuronal survival to find targets of therapeutic intervention for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. His work has led to evidence that neurons exposed to anesthetic agents can increase cellular protective pathways. In addition, overexpression of an enzyme that generates NAD+ is protective in a Parkinson’s disease model.
Presentation: Brain Hyper-Glutamate Activity: Selective Neuronal Vulnerability and Paradoxical NeuroprotectionSpeaker: Eli Michaells, M.D., Ph.D. March 22, 2013
Dr. Michaelis is a University of Kansas Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and of Neuroscience, and the Director of the Higuchi Biosciences Center. His area of expertise is in the molecular aspects of glutamate neurotransmission, calcium regulation, oxidative modification ofproteins, genomics, and the neurological sequelae of glutamate hyperactivity, oxidative stress, and calcium dysregulation.
Dr. Michaelis has been particularly interested in the genomic and molecular aspects of selective neuronal vulnerability as it is manifested under conditions of oxidative stress and hyper-glutamatergic activity. He has been the recipient of several awards including a MERIT Award from the NIAAA, the Dolph Simons Sr. Award for Research Excellence from the University of Kansas, and the Alumnus Merit Award from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of Kansas and the Core Leader of the Mitochondrial Genomics and Metabolism (MGM) Core of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center(ADC).
Presentation: Biogeographical Diversity Among Tufted CapuchinsSpeaker: Kristin Wright Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anatomy, KCUMB | Read biography January 25, 2013
Capuchin monkeys (genus Cebus; Erxleben, 1777) present a compelling model taxon for studies of primate morphological and behavioral adaptation and evolution, particularly given that the genus is host to two distinct morphotypes: a robust tufted group and a gracile untufted group. Among non-hominid primates, tufted capuchins are one of the most frequently turned to models for understanding aspects of human evolution, yet in the past, the tufted morphotype has essentially been treated as an undifferentiated species and the morphology, behavior, and ecology of a single subspecies has been used to illustrate the tufted ecomorphological pattern. Recent molecular studies have determined that the last common ancestor of all tufted capuchin species diversified 1.1 mya, suggesting a great deal of potential diversity within this group.
With this history in mind this seminar will explore the central question: How well is our present understanding of tufted capuchin species diversity reflected in both their craniofacial and postcranial morphology, and what are the interpretive consequences of this understanding?
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