Dec 2, 2013

Symposium Focuses on Research Initiatives

Faculty and students gathered Nov. 21-22 to share their own research initiatives and learn from others in the field during the 22nd annual KCUMB Research Symposium. More than 50 student research abstracts were presented during the symposium, which focused on the theme of “Population Health: The Impact of Translational Research.”

We were honored to have outstanding guest speakers this year. Bill Balke, M.D., program director for the University of California San Francisco’s Philippines-California Advanced Research Institute, gave the keynote address on Thursday, and Marco Brotto, Ph.D., professor of nursing, medicine and biological sciences at UMKC School of Nursing, spoke at the awards breakfast on Friday.

A team of invited judges chose the best abstracts among the student participants. Winners were:
  • John Frey, second-year osteopathic medical student, Norbert W. Seidler, Ph.D., Prize for Research, “A Role for Raptor Phosphorylation in the Mechanical Activation of mTOR Signaling”
  • Eric Czer, second-year osteopathic medical student, second place and the Betty Jo White, D.O., FACOS, Prize for Research, “Unexpected Anatomical Variations of the Anterior Talofibular Ligament”
  • Kenna Schnarr, second-year osteopathic medical student, third place, “Investigation of the Role of Carcinoma-Associated Fibroblasts in Tumor Angiogenesis” 
In addition, Kenna Schnarr’s research also received recognition at the recent 57th Annual American Osteopathic Association Research Conference in Las Vegas, where she received a second-place award. She was one of 15 KCUMB-COM students who presented research posters at the conference, ranking KCUMB fifth among all institutions for the number of posters presented.