University Lecture Series

  • KCU's University Lecture Series features lectures and presentations from a broad spectrum of national and international speakers on topics that are relevant to the diverse University community. The series is by a committee made up of faculty, staff and students. University Lecture Series  

    Presentations are typically from noon-1 p.m. in the Academic Center on the KCU campus. Boxed lunches are provided.

    Lectures are open to KCU students, faculty, staff and alumni.

    For questions about this event, please contact Gwen Todd, at

    Previous Lectures

    Wallace Douglas Cecil

    Mitochondrial Genetics and Neuropsychiatric Disorders 
    Dr. Douglas Cecil Wallace, Geneticist, Evolutionary Biologist, University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania

    Dr. Wallace discussed the involvement of mitochondria in several neuropsychiatric disorders. The presence of mutations in mitochondrial and nuclear DNA has been linked to personality disorders, behavioral disturbances, thought alterations, learning impairment, and dementia.

    Ethirajan, Sukumar-PhotoPersonalized Medicine in an Ethical Framework 
    Sukumar Ethirajan, MD, Vice-Chair HCA Midwest Health IRB, Center for Practical Bioethics Board Member

    Dr. Ethirajan discussed the growing availability and use of genetic testing in the clinical setting, raising a number of ethical, legal and social issues and questions that healthcare providers should become familiar with. 

    Stehno-BittelMoving Laboratory Inventions to the Market: It Sounds so Easy 
    Dr. Lisa Stehno-Bittel, Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan.; President and Co-Founder of Likarda LLC, Kansas City, Kan. 

    Dr. Stehno-Bittel discussed the challenges and the myths surrounding the act of starting a company based on university research.

    AldridgeReproduction and Development  
    Dr. Kristina Aldridge, Dept. of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Mo. 

    Dr. Aldridge discussed recent work to discover better treatment strategies, and ultimately cause and prevention of neurodevelopmental disorders. 

    BittelA New Paradigm for Understanding the Causes of Congenital Heart Defects 
    Douglas C. Bittel PhD, Associate Professor - The Ward Family Heart Center, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, University of Missouri, Kansas City 

    Dr. Bittel presented findings on a new paradigm for understanding the developmental processes that contribute to congenital cardiac malformations