Truman and A.T. Still Collaborate on Inaugural Research Symposium

In an exciting new collaboration, the A.T. Still Research Institute (SRI) at A.T. Still University has partnered with Truman to host the first Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium. The symposium will take place from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and will set the foundation for more interdisciplinary biomedical research between the ATSU and Truman campuses. 

“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.

The symposium’s activities include oral and poster presentations on research resources and accomplishments by Truman and ATSU faculty and students; panel discussions on human research, animal models and student research opportunities. In addition, the symposium will feature a keynote presentation by Jay Moskowitz, Ph.D., President and CEO of Health Sciences South Carolina.  

Moskowitz will bring his vast experience of working with federal, state and foundation systems where he worked 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.”

Research topics covered at the symposium include a combination of observational, clinical and mechanistic studies. The SRI chose these areas of focus 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.

Planning for the inaugural symposium began more than a year ago by a committee consisting of representatives from Truman, ATSU and SRI.

“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,” said Degenhardt. “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.”

The program committee anticipates establishing the symposium as an annual event to include both ATSU’s Missouri and Arizona campuses as well as Truman. 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 Degenhardt.

This means continuing to include other research institutions in the collaborative process.

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