Deshala Castille, OMS II

KIRKSVILLE,Mo. – More than 80 students, faculty, professionals, and guests gathered in the Connell Information Technologies Center on October 22 for the 3rd annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium. The event, sponsored by the Still Research Institute, gave local researchers and their students the opportunity to present current research activity and promote a foundation for collaborative biomedical research between A.T. Still University (ATSU) and Truman State University.

“The purpose of this event is to expand and support the research culture at both campuses,” said Neil Sargentini, Ph.D., microbiology/immunology chair at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and chair of the symposium program committee. “Our goals are to identify new areas of biomedical research that potentially will lead to advances in total person healthcare and wellness and to identify local resources and opportunities for research.”

In total, 24 different research projects were presented. The keynote address was delivered by Thomas Graven-Nielsen,, Ph.D., head of the Doctoral School in Medicine & Biomedical Technology and deputy head of the Department of Health Science & Technology at Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark.

“By partnering with other educational institutions such as Truman State University and providing a platform at a public event, we encourage researchers to present their research and to talk about research interests and resources,” Dr. Degenhardt said. “All of the research presented has the potential to answer questions that will affect future healthcare.”