Sep 5, 2014

Leading ALS Researcher Joins KCUMB

KCUMB recently made a strategic shift to focus on advancing the scientific exploration of biomedical and translational research. As part of this effort, we are proud to announce the appointment of Jingsong Zhou, Ph.D., as a research investigator and professor of physiology in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Zhou is an international leader in neuromuscular disease research, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She has been on the cutting edge of biotechnology of Calcium imaging in living cells and is credited for the development of molecular biosensors of the mitochondria (the power plant for all cells), which has broad applications in a number of diseases.

As research investigator, Dr. Zhou’s responsibilities will include leading key biomedical and translational research initiatives, particularly in the neuroscience arena, collaborating with researchers at other local organizations, including the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute and its key stakeholders, and providing student research opportunities.

Dr. Zhou receives grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. She previously served as an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Rush University School of Medicine in Chicago. Prior to that, she was a research associate for the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and worked as a teaching and research assistant for the Department of Physiology at Hunan Medical University in China.

With this hire, KCUMB is committing significant resources to expand its laboratory facilities on campus, establish a scientific core in the neurosciences and invest in additional scientific research equipment to enhance these new research efforts.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Zhou, an important addition to the scholarly foundation of our University and an excellent research mentor for our students. Read additional coverage of our research efforts in the Kansas City Business Journal.

Sep 4, 2014

KCUMB Receives $1 Million Gift from Late Alum's Estate

Dr. Geb
We are sad to report that William Geb, D.O. (COM ’50), passed away June 19 in Oklahoma City at the age of 89. Dr. Geb was a proud supporter of KCUMB and was grateful for the educational opportunities he received, which made possible his career in medicine.

Through a trust he established several years ago, Dr. Geb chose to pay it forward by generously allocating 25 percent of his estate to KCUMB, resulting in a gift to the University of $1 million so far. There will be another distribution from his estate at a later date.

Dr. Geb’s gift is one of the largest in the history of our University. We appreciate the generosity shown by he and his family. Read more about Dr. Geb in the next issue of KCUMB Magazine coming this winter.

Sep 3, 2014

Submit Nominations Today for the 2014 Alumni Awards

Know of a KCUMB alumnus who deserves recognition for his or her outstanding achievements? Nominate deserving individuals for the 2014 KCUMB Alumni Awards.

Active members of the KCUMB Alumni Association are eligible to submit nominations for the Alumni Awards by visiting Nominations must include a statement of support and, if possible, CV or resume. There is no limit on the number of nominations you can make, although you must be an active member (annual dues paid or life member) of the KCUMB Alumni Association to make nominations.

Hurry! Make your nominations before the Sept. 26 deadline.

The KCUMB Alumni Association will present its annual Alumni Awards Oct. 27 at a special KCUMB reception during the American Osteopathic Association’s 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

Awards that may be presented are:

  • Alumnus of the Year Award
  • Alumni Achievement Award
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Alumni Service Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Star-Spangled Banner Medallion

Past award recipients are not eligible to win in the same category as their previous awards. A complete list of past award recipients is also available online.

Not a member of the KCUMB Alumni Association? Join Today for Only $50

Annual dues for the KCUMB Alumni Association are only $50, making it an easy and affordable way to support programs for KCUMB students and alumni. Visit to join or contact the Advancement Office at 816-654-7280 or

Last Chance: Register Now for Homecoming "Beneath the Cottonwood" Sept. 18-20

It’s not too late! Make plans now to join your classmates Sept. 18-20 “Beneath the Cottonwood” for Homecoming on the KCUMB campus. Register at

  • Reminisce with former classmates, friends and faculty
  • Earn up to 25 hours of CME credit by attending the 14th annual Fall CME Scientific Seminar and Update in Clinical Medicine
  • Take a student-led tour of KCUMB’s beautiful campus, including the new Academic Center
  • Attend a special alumni reception
  • Learn more about the Campus Master Plan and view an architectural model of planned improvements
  • Participate in special reunion gatherings for the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

Sep 2, 2014

National Science Foundation Awards Grant to KCUMB, Partners

How do food properties and feeding behaviors influence the evolution of eating habits in primates? Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Barth Wright, Ph.D., and Kristin Wright, Ph.D., anatomy professors at KCUMB, will join other researchers in trying to answer that question by integrating observations of feeding behavior in the wild with laboratory experiments using advanced computer modeling and engineering methods.

The NSF grant will allow KCUMB faculty to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Chicago, State University of New York at Albany and Rutgers University to evaluate how dietary behavior, food resources and the biology of our human ancestors interrelate, affecting our understanding of human evolutionary history. It’s also another example of KCUMB’s collaborative approach to research.

Dr. Barth Wright received his master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kristin Wright received her Ph.D. in life sciences and evolutionary biology from Northwestern University.

NSF is an independent federal agency created in 1950 to promote science to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare. NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which 11,000 are funded.

Join KCUMB for the 2014 AOA Conference in Seattle

Make plans now to join fellow KCUMB alumni and other osteopathic physicians from across the country Oct. 25-29 during the 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

OMED is the year’s premier osteopathic event, offering continuing medical education opportunities, professional development sessions and plenty of time for networking with fellow osteopathic physicians from across the country. For more information or to register, visit the OMED website.

While there, be sure to attend a special reception for KCUMB alumni at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle. Watch for more details coming soon.

Sep 1, 2014

KCUMB Hosts Cycling Event to Benefit Mental Health

KCUMB served as the title sponsor and we were proud to host a rest stop Sept. 1 for cyclists riding in the annual Bike for the Brain event, which raises money for Kansas City agencies that enhance the lives of people with mental health challenges.

Several KCUMB students took part in the event, which began in 2006 and continues to grow each year. Approximately 350 cyclists participated, along with nearly 100 volunteers. The ride raised more than $26,000.

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