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Two universities collaborate on inaugural research symposium

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – In an exciting new collaboration, the A.T. Still Research Institute (SRI) at A.T. Still University (ATSU) has partnered with Truman State University in Kirksville, MO., to host the first Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium. The symposium, to be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., September 26, at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM), will set the foundation for more interdisciplinary biomedical research between the ATSU and Truman campuses and beyond.

“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 KCOM 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.”

Symposium agenda

A full schedule of activities is slated for the symposium, including oral and poster presentations on research resources and accomplishments by ATSU and Truman faculty and students; panel discussions on human research, animal models, and student research opportunities; and a keynote presentation by President and CEO of Health Sciences South Carolina Jay Moskowitz, Ph.D.

Dr. Moskowitz will bring his vast experience in working through federal, state, and foundation systems to develop programs that facilitate research programs and careers of emerging basic science and physician investigators. He has served as a member of SRI’s External Board of Scientific Counselors since SRI’s inception in 2001.

“Because of his experience, Dr. Moskowitz will be able to present insightful information on how to link independent campus research and research groups into a collaborative research network,” said Brian Degenhardt, D.O., SRI director and assistant vice president for osteopathic research. “He will present the challenges and barriers that he has experienced in establishing research programs and what resolutions were developed to overcome these challenges.”

Biomedical research

Research topics to be covered at the symposium include a combination of observational, clinical, and mechanistic studies. These areas of focus were specifically chosen because they are strategic areas of research for SRI, are consistent with areas of research routinely supported at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and are fundamental to the scientific process.

“Observational studies, a subset of clinical studies, provide evidence to support broader, more rigorous and expensive prospective, randomized, and double blinded studies,” explained Dr. Degenhardt. “Clinical studies tend to have the greatest relevance for the practice of medicine although they can be more challenging to perform than research on animals. Mechanistic studies are necessary to advance the understanding of the physiologic mechanisms underlying the effects seen in clinical studies.”

Faculty and student researchers will present topics from these three areas at the symposium.

Importance of collaboration

Planning for the inaugural symposium began more than a year ago by a committee consisting of representatives from Truman, ATSU, and SRI. Facilitating a strong research environment is a priority at ATSU, particularly in areas that promote osteopathic principles, study the aging process, and that help people live healthier, longer lives.

“Both universities take this common goal seriously,” said Dr. Degenhardt. “This conference is intended to facilitate each campus’ research activity by identifying common areas of interest between professors with different yet complementary skill sets particularly in areas that have the potential of influencing future medical care.

“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,” he said.

The NIH has also recently made interdisciplinary research a priority. “Collaborative, interdisciplinary research expands the view of a single discipline to a broader, potentially more holistic view of the questions being asked within the scientific field,” said Dr. Sargentini. “Outcomes from this type of research should better support healthcare that is consistent with osteopathic principles.”

Looking to the future

The program committee anticipates establishing the symposium as an annual event to include both ATSU’s Missouri and Arizona campuses as well as Truman State University. So far, the committee has received interest from new and active faculty and student researchers.

“There is also the possibility, in a few years, of expanding the event to target a national researcher audience,” said Dr. Degenhardt. This means continuing to include other research institutions in the collaborative process.

To learn more about the symposium, visit www.atsu.edu/research/conferences_seminars.


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American Heart AssociationKIRKSVILLE, Mo. (2-18-09) – In recent years, A.T. Still University (ATSU) and Northeast Regional Medical Center (NRMC) have partnered in several initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle. This week, ATSU and NRMC have partnered again in celebration of American Heart Month and are hosting a Wear Red Day/Healthy Heart Fitness Fair for the community on February 20 at ATSU’s Centennial Commons from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this free event.

The Healthy Heart Fitness Fair is bringing together several local venues to one place: the YMCA, Thompson Campus Center, Northeast Regional Health and Fitness Center, Preferred Family Healthcare, Kirksville Aquatic Center, Truman State University, American Heart Association, and others. These organizations will be stationed in the Commons with fitness equipment and educational materials to give attendees the latest tools in achieving a heart healthy lifestyle. Attendees will have an opportunity to take part in free wellness screenings and will also have a chance to win several prize drawings.

In addition, Dan Martin, M.A., Thompson Campus Center director and American Heart Association spokesman, will make a healthy heart presentation at noon. A heart healthy lunch will be served by Hy-Vee, with a portion of the cost benefiting the American Heart Association and Kirksville’s second annual Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala. Coffee and hot chocolate will also be available for purchase from Washington Street Java Co.

“We are excited to join with NRMC and several local vendors to provide this wellness opportunity for the community and our employees,” said ATSU Human Resources Director Donna Brown, M.B.A. “It’s vital that we all work together to raise awareness of this important issue.”

To help raise funds for research and education and pass along information about heart disease and stroke, attendees can visit the American Heart Association (AHA) booth at the Fair, pick up valuable literature, and donate $5 and fill out a tribute card for someone they know who’s experienced a heart event.

While heart awareness has always been a concern for ATSU and NRMC, both institutions have recently made strides to increase awareness. NRMC held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its Cardiac Catheterization Lab on February 10 which provides diagnostic services. In November 2008, ATSU and NRMC partnered with the AHA to host Kirksville’s inaugural Rhapsody in Red Heart Gala, a red tie benefit to raise money for AHA research on heart disease. This year, ATSU and NRMC will host its second annual Heart Gala. The event is scheduled for November 7 at Truman State University.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (2/10/09) – Peter W. Detweiler, chair of A.T. Still University’s Board of Trustees, announces that the Board has extended the contract of Jack Magruder, Ed.D., as president of the University beyond its original ending date of June 30, 2010.  According to Detweiler, this multi-year extension will permit President Magruder to lead ATSU through the next strategic planning cycle now under way and carry it well into its implementation.


“The Board is delighted with the progress of ATSU under Jack’s leadership and looks forward to his continued guidance as our president,” Detweiler said.  “The Board was enthusiastic and unanimous in its decision.”  The action this past weekend concluded a regular board meeting at the Mesa, Ariz., Campus of ATSU.


Magruder, when told about his extension, said, “I am humbled, pleased, and delighted.  A.T. Still is very close to my heart, and I would like us to continue to flourish.”  As ATSU’s 10th president, Magruder said he is committed to working closely with students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni and friends in both the Kirksville and Mesa communities and across the nation.


Beyond an upcoming accreditation site visit over the next week by a team from the Higher Learning Commission, Magruder will focus on strengthening the University’s governance structure, improving communication throughout the University, and beginning a strategic planning process with broad input from all constituents.


Magruder, who became acting president of ATSU on February 14, 2008, and president on April 1, 2008, also indicated that he will continue to focus on student learning and university-wide assessment.  Detweiler, the chief executive officer of Alliant Bank in Kirksville, Mo., said that Magruder’s talents and experience make him the right person to continue to lead ATSU.


Magruder began his academic career at Truman State University in 1964 teaching chemistry.  During his many years at Truman, he was not only a professor but successively held the posts of head of the division of science and vice president for academic affairs.  On July 1, 1994, Magruder was named the 13th president of Truman State University, a position he held until retiring from Truman on June 30, 2003, with the titles president emeritus and professor emeritus of chemistry. 


Magruder attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics.  He has a master’s degree in chemistry and science education from the University of Northern Iowa and a doctorate in chemistry and science education from the University of Northern Colorado.  Magruder is a 1992 graduate of Harvard University’s Institute of Educational Management.  He was honored in 1999 by the University of Northern Colorado as the recipient of the Administration Achievement Award and was granted an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002.  Magruder was honored by receiving the 2003 Hall of Fame Award from the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce.


Magruder served as a member of the Missouri State Fair Foundation Board and the Community Advisory Committee to the Missouri Foundation for Health.  He is also past chair of the Blue Ribbon Panel for Accountability, Credibility, and Efficiency for the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.  During his time at Truman, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, past chair of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education Committee on Transfer and Articulation, past president of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, past president of the Council on Public Higher Education for Missouri, and past president of the Board of Directors of the Truman State University Foundation.  Prior to becoming ATSU’s president, Magruder served as a member of the Board of Trustees for ATSU, as well as chair of the Board’s Education/Research Committee.


ATSU enrolls more than 3,400 students in its Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and the online School of Health Management.  The University has campuses in Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz.


The University offers graduate degrees in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, human movement, athletic training, audiology, physical therapy, physician’s assistant studies, health administration, health education, public health, geriatric health, health science, and occupational therapy.

Originally established as the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, ATSU is the founding school of osteopathic medicine begun in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O.


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Core Imaging Facility Open House

Core Imaging Facility Open House

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 2, 2008 ) – New resources for Kirksville’s expanding scientific community now includes a confocal fluorescent microscope in the newly constructed core imaging facility located in the Timken-Burnett Research Building at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Faculty and student researchers from ATSU-KCOM and Truman State University are already taking advantage of the state-of-the-art microscope, which allows for two-dimensional views of a cell and cellular function and can reconstruct layers to create a three-dimensional image.

 High-resolution imaging allows researchers to look at movements of proteins and vesicles in cells which will lead to a better understanding of the regulation of cellular processes and signaling pathways. “This is the key advantage of confocal microscopy,” says facility committee chair Robert Theobald, Ph.D. “An image of a narrow slice can be captured, eliminating background fluorescence from above and below the slice. Images of a series of a slice can then be reconstructed to create a three-dimensional image.”

In celebration of the community’s expanding scientific resources, ATSU-KCOM is hosting an open house at the core imaging facility on Friday, November 7 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. ATSU President Jack Magruder and KCOM Dean Philip Slocum, D.O., will address the audience. Light refreshments will be served, and members of the local scientific community are invited to attend. Anyone associated with ATSU-KCOM or Truman State University may schedule to use the confocal microscope by emailing ATSU’s Core Imaging Technician David Ewing, at dewing@atsu.edu, or the Core Imaging Director David Middlemas, Ph.D., at dmiddkemas@atsu.edu.


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ATSU President Jack Magruder and Chair Pete Detweiler

ATSU President Jack Magruder & Chair Pete Detweiler

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2008 ) – Peter W. Detweiler was named chair of the ATSU Board of Trustees at its October meeting.

Detweiler has served on the board since 1998 and has acted as chair of the finance committee since 2003.

“I am extremely pleased that Pete now leads ATSU’s board,” said ATSU President Jack Magruder. “He is a community leader and a leader to this University. With his guidance, both will continue to thrive.”

Chief executive officer of Alliant Bank for four years, Detweiler is treasurer of Kirksville Regional Economic Development Incorporated (K-REDI) and received the Center of Influence Award during a Freedom Celebration recognizing local National Guardsmen and their families.

“I am proud, honored, and humbled to be chosen as chair of ATSU’s board,” Detweiler said. “I consider ATSU board members and employees my friends and colleagues. My ambition is to look back a year from now and know this was the best year the University has ever had. I look forward to working with President Magruder and the board to accomplish that goal.”

Detweiler graduated from Northeast Missouri State University – now Truman State University – in 1981. In addition to his role at Alliant Bank, he is a member of Noon Rotary, the Kirksville Country Club, Shrine Club, Moose Club, and First United Methodist Church.

Pete has three children: Abby Collins, Ashley Detweiler, and Jesse Detweiler.


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