Jun 30, 2016

Larry McIntire, DO, Named "Physician of the Year"

Larry McIntire, DO, KCU clinical professor of otolaryngology, was presented the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) Physician of the Year award during a banquet at the association's annual convention April 30th. The award recognized Dr. McIntire for his exceptional dedication to his community and the osteopathic profession. Dr. McIntire will also serve as assistant dean for Academic Affairs at KCU's new Joplin, Missouri, campus scheduled to open in 2017. (read more)

Jun 28, 2016

KCU Honors First Gold Humanism Honor Society Inductees

Forty-one KCU medical students were honored on June 24 as inaugural inductees into the University's new chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). The mission of the GHHS is to recognize individuals who are exemplars of humanistic patient care and who can serve as role models, mentors and leaders in medicine.

Made possible through a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, KCU's new chapter joins the Society's more than 25,000 members from across the country who take an oath to model, support and advocate for compassionate, patient-centered care. (learn more)

Jun 27, 2016

KMBC TV-9 Talks With KCU Researcher About ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Grant

Money raised from the thousands who poured icy cold buckets of water over their heads to support ALS awareness and research is now at work at KCU. Jingsong Zhou, PhD, KCU research investigator and professor of physiology, and Jun Sun, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, were among 58 recipients of grants totaling $11.6 million from The ALS Association to study amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease. The two researchers are focusing their work on the impact of bone and the bacteria in the gut on the progression of the neurodegenerative disease. Watch the coverage  and read more.

Jun 15, 2016

KCU Mentioned in Media Coverage on Combatting Suicide, Opioid Addiction

The steady increase in U.S. suicide rates during the past 15 years is a troubling trend that has gained much media attention as of late. With training focused on consideration of the patient as a whole, DOs are ideally positioned to recognize early signs of depression and suicidal thoughts in their patients. The DO magazine recently published an article discussing this trend and what osteopathic physicians are doing to reverse it.

Opioid addiction is one culprit contributing to the high rates of suicide and accidental overdose. According to KCUR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid abuse accounted for more than 28,000 deaths in the U.S, with Missourians representing more than 1,000 of those. Read the full article to learn how KCU is helping to address the issue through prescriber education for our students.

Jun 10, 2016

Score 1 for Health Receives Grant to Fight Obesity

KCU's Score 1 for Health, a preventative health program for elementary-aged children, has received a two-year grant in the amount of $175,000 from the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City. The funding will be used to expand CHAMPS (Coaching Health and Movement Program with Students), a pilot program that enlists volunteer medical students as health coaches for children identified as at risk for obesity. In the first year of the pilot program, 28 medical students were trained and 51 children from our community were coached during individual sessions. (learn more)

Jun 2, 2016

KCU Welcomes Jim Barber to University Staff

Jim Barber joined our KCU community June 1 as senior vice president of community engagement. Barber will oversee and manage several departments, including Government Relations, Advancement and University Relations. He also will provide strategic direction to ensure the KCU brand and messaging are most effectively communicated to all constituencies.

Barber brings more than 30 years of experience in fundraising and development, health care and higher education. We look forward to his leadership expertise in advancing the strategic goals of the University. (read more)

Jun 1, 2016

Dr. Barth Wright Provides Glimpse Into Education of Body Worlds Exhibit

On exhibit in Kansas City for the first time, Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life invites attendees to Union Station to consider the form and function of the human body. KCU's Dr. Barth Wright, associate professor of anatomy, is playing a key role in teaching the community about the exhibit and its educational importance. Dr. Wright has been featured on local TV news stations, including a segment on Fox 4, where he discusses several of the items on display. The exhibit ends October 30.

Dr. Robert White Completes Harvard Macy Institute Program

Congratulations to Robert White, PhD, dean of the KCU College of Biosciences, who recently completed the Harvard Macy Institute Program for Educators in Health Professions. The program is designed to enhance the professional development of physicians, basic scientists and other health care professionals as educators. It provides a select group of participants with the knowledge base and skills to build expertise in both conducting an educational project of their own design and taking a leadership role in the education activities at their institutions. Dr. White presented a poster on his research project, "Development of a PhD Program in Anatomical Sciences." Learn more about the Harvard Macy Institute.