Nov 24, 2014

Applications to All KCUMB Programs Show Tremendous Growth

More students than ever before are applying for admission to KCUMB’s two colleges.

KCUMB’s College of Osteopathic Medicine leads all osteopathic medical schools for percentage increase in applications as compared with one year earlier. According to data provided by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS), KCUMB had received 5,287 applications as of Nov. 21, an increase of 36 percent. In fact, KCUMB’s growth in applications is more than twice the average of 17 percent for other colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Numbers for the University’s other degree programs are just as impressive. The one-year bioethics program, which recently became part of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, has received 59 applications compared with only four at the same time last year.

Combined applications to both the one- and two-year biomedical sciences tracks currently stand at 570, compared with only 34 at the same time last year.

Nov 20, 2014

KCUMB Hosts 23rd Annual Research Symposium

Students and faulty mentors gathered to showcase their research Nov. 19 during the 23rd annual KCUMB Research Symposium. 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, Ph.D., research instructor in the College of Biosciences, served as chair for the event, and Steven Gustafson, D.O., assistant professor of pathology, was the co-chair. Keynote speakers were Pedro Lowenstein, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and Lynda Bonewald, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues (CEMT). View our photo gallery.

Award recipients were:
  • The Norbert W. Seidler, Ph.D., Prize for Research (First Place): 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"
  • Betty Jo White, D.O., FACOS, Prize for Research: Flavia Costa, Ph.D., "Induction of Fetal Hemoglobin by Transcriptional Co-Activator TSPYL1"

Nov 2, 2014

KCUMB Students' Training Efforts Culminate with Leading Children in 5K Run

A group of first- and second-year osteopathic medical students at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences volunteered their time the past several weeks to train children for a 5K run. On Sunday, Nov. 2, the KCUMB students experienced the joy of running alongside those children as they accomplished their goal of completing the 29th annual Cliff Hanger Run in Kansas City, Mo.

Approximately 15 members of the Fit Doctors Association, a student organization at KCUMB, partnered with three elementary schools near the campus to train third- through eighth-graders in preparation for the Cliff Hanger Run. KCUMB purchased new running shoes for each of the 70 children who participated in the training program, approximately 30 of whom ran in the race.

The KCUMB Cliff Hanger Kids Training Team, as the group calls itself, gathered weekly at Scuola Vita Nuova, Garfield Elementary and Gladstone Elementary to lead training sessions, serve as mentors for the children and teach them about healthy lifestyles. Their efforts highlight another way KCUMB is fulfilling its mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.”

View our photo gallery.
Read about our efforts in The Kansas City Star.
Read about our efforts in the Northeast News.
See coverage on KSHB TV.

Oct 31, 2014

KCUMB Hosts Alumni During Annual AOA OMED Conference

More than 280 KCUMB alumni joined their colleagues from across the country Oct. 25-29 during the American Osteopathic Association’s 119th Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition in Seattle.

In addition to participating in continuing medical education sessions and networking with others, KCUMB alumni stopped by the University’s booth in the main exhibit hall to get an overview of all the ways we are fulfilling our mission of “improving the well-being of the communities we serve.” View our conference photo gallery.

KCUMB also hosted a special alumni reception Oct. 27 at Chihuly Garden and Glass, where the 2014 Alumni Association Awards were presented in front of approximately 275 people in attendance. View our reception photo gallery.

Next year, OMED will serve as a joint conference of all the major specialty colleges. The event is scheduled for Oct. 17-21 in Orlando, Fla.

Oct 30, 2014

Administration Building Renovations, Dybedal Center for Research Improvements Underway as Campus Master Plan Progresses

Administration Building interior demolition
KCUMB continues to move forward with projects included in our Campus Master Plan, with work now shifting to the Administration Building and the Dybedal Center for Research.

With all employees moved out of the building and the successful auction of furnishings, interior demolition of the Administration Building is currently in progress and will continue through the end of the year. The building interior is being removed down to structural features and will be replaced with a state-of-the-art, modern work environment, with plenty of open space for collaboration, meeting rooms and a welcome center for campus visitors. Construction crews have already removed truckloads of material that will be re-used or donated to local charities.

Construction of new research laboratory space in the Dybedal Center for Research is also underway. The work includes a large laboratory, a confocal microscope room, a cell culture room, and adjacent animal holding and procedure rooms. Select upgrades to the building lobby and utility improvements for other laboratory spaces are being performed in conjunction with this work, which will be ready for occupancy in January.

For more information on other aspects of the Campus Master Plan, visit

Oct 28, 2014

Alumni Association Honors Six During Annual Awards Ceremony

Thousands of KCUMB alumni make immeasurable impacts on their communities daily. Whether it's through patient care, service to civic groups, professional leadership or other means, their actions reflect positively on themselves and their alma mater.

On Oct. 27, the KCUMB Alumni Association honored six deserving individuals by naming them as award recipients. Those recognized during KCUMB's alumni reception at AOA in Seattle were:

Alumnus of the Year Award (Two Recipients)
Leonard Calabrese, D.O. (COM '75)
Robert Juhasz, D.O. (COM '81)

Alumni Achievement Award
Donald Tarr, D.O. (COM '59)

Young Alumni Achievement Award
Nathan Hall, D.O. (COM '10), M.S. (COB '06)

Alumni Service Award
Ronald Holt, D.O. (COM '93)

Star-Spangled Banner Medallion
Marshall Walker, D.O. (COM '72)

View our reception photo gallery.

Oct 27, 2014

Kansas City Business Journal Profiles New College of Biosciences Dean

The Kansas City Business Journal featured our own Robert White, Ph.D., in an Oct. 24 story, “Newsmaker: KCUMB’s White Answers When Opportunity Knocks.” A member of KCUMB’s faculty since 2010, Dr. White was named dean of the College of Biosciences in August. Dr. White shared his research interests, particularly in regard to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, as well as his desire to grow the College of Biosciences by adding additional degree programs.