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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (December 20, 2013) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences hosted the 22nd Annual KCU Research Symposium on Nov. 21-22, 2013, on the University’s campus. Centered on the theme “Population Health: The Impact of Translational Research,” the two-day symposium showcased more than 50 research posters by students in the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Biosciences.
“Because research is critical to our mission at KCU, we are strengthening our strategic focus to enhance research activity by faculty and students,” said Jeffrey Joyce, PhD, vice president for research. “This was clearly evident at this year’s symposium, demonstrated by the number of presentations, the quality of work, and the strong collaboration with our colleagues from area research partners.”
Poster presentations were judged and the top three selected by research colleagues from Children’s Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City Life Sciences Institute, Stowers’ Research Institute, and University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Award Program.
The first place poster award, Norbert Seidler, PhD, Prize for Research, was presented to John Frey, a second-year osteopathic medical student for his research study, “A Role for Raptor Phosphorylation in the Mechanical Activation of mTOR Signaling.” The named prize is in honor of Norbert Seidler, PhD, chair and professor of biochemistry, for his initiative in 1991 to establish the annual symposium.
The second place poster award, Betty Jo White, DO, FACOS, Prize for Research, was awarded to Eric Czer, a second-year osteopathic medical student, for his study, “Unexpected Anatomical Variations of the Anterior Talofibular Ligament.” This prize is named to honor Dr. White, a KCU alumna, for her efforts to encourage research activity at the University.
The third place poster was awarded to Kenna Schnarr, a second-year osteopathic medical student, for her study “Investigation of the Role of Carcinoma-Associated Fibroblasts in Tumor Angiogenesis.”
About KCUMBKansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. It is the second-largest provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with 72 percent practicing in a primary care specialty in Missouri and 69 percent in Kansas.
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