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16th Annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2024 | Virtual and in-person conference


NIH - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Forum

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2024 | Virtual and in-person conference

Upcoming events

From insightful guest lectures to collaborative opportunities, our events offer valuable opportunities to connect with leading experts, explore emerging trends, and deepen your understanding of research. Mark your calendars and join the conversation at our next event.

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  • National Institutes of Health - National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Forum

    • We are excited to announce that on August, 20, 2024, A.T. Still University (ATSU) will host a research forum with Rena D'Souza, DDS, MS, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health-National Center for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIH-NIDCR). We invite you (and/or your representative) to join us in this Forum.

      The in-person and virtual event will run from 10 AM (CDT) - 2:15 PM (CDT). The in-person session will be held at the Palladium Saint Louis at 1400 Park Place, St. Louis, MO 63104. Dr. D'Souza will deliver an opening keynote presentation. Other activities will include a panel discussion, networking opportunities, guest speakers, and a Q&A session with Dr. D'Souza, with questions submitted in advance.

      This event aims to enter meaningful and action-oriented conversations with Dr. D’Souza to better understand how NIH-NIDCR views, engages with and supports universities like A.T. Still University. ATSU seeks to advance its scholarly research output and further develop its clinician researcher initiatives in service to vulnerable patient populations. Both will be accomplished in collaboration with strategic partners, including external institutions and community-based partners.

      Use this link for the NIH/NIDCR Research Forum Registration Form to sign up for in-person or virtual attendance. The deadline to register for the event is July 18, 2024.

      A more detailed agenda will be forthcoming. If you have any questions, please contact Marie Jackson at

      Aug 20th Save the Date
  • International Consortium on Manual Therapies (ICMT)

    • The International Consortium on Manual Therapies (ICMT) promotes quality and innovation in manual therapy practice and research. This concerted effort ultimately contributes to improving patient outcomes and shaping the future of manual therapies on a global scale.

      In an effort toward these goals, the ICMT Conference is a landmark event uniting researchers and practitioners across osteopathy, chiropractic, athletic training, massage therapy, physical therapy, and structural integration fields. Spearheaded by A.T. Still University and the University of Arizona College of Medicine, this conference fosters collaboration to advance both science and practice in manual therapies.

      Learn more about the ICMT
  • 2024 Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium (IBRS)

    • 16th IBRS

      16th Annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium

      In-Person and Virtual Conference
      SAVE THE DATE | Saturday, November 16, 2024
      Conference site:
      A.T. Still University - Kirksville, Missouri, campus
      Interprofessional Education Building - Second floor
      800 W. Jefferson St.
      Kirksville, MO 63501

      The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium (IBRS) is sponsored annually by the A.T. Still Research Institute (ATSRI) and features oral and poster presentations of research studies by ATSU graduate students, faculty, and staff; StillOPTI resident physicians; Truman State University undergraduate students; and other biomedical researchers and students. Attendees may choose to attend online in Gathertown or in person event at the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Building on the Kirksville, Missouri campus of ATSU.
      The aims of the symposium are to:

      • Recognize, encourage, and reward student achievements in research.
      • Promote interactions among outstanding students across multiple levels of education.
      • Provide students with the educational experience of preparing a research presentation and presenting to an audience of their peers.
      • Inform students of advanced research training opportunities and programs that offer support for training.
      • Raise awareness among students entering healthcare professions about research methods, scope, and significance.
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      Registration and call for abstracts begin on Friday, August 26, 2024.

      Abstract and Poster Submission Timeline

      Aug 26: Call for abstracts & registration opens
      Oct 16: Abstract submissions close

      Posters and videos:
      Nov 1: Posters and videos due by 11:59pm (CDT)

      Nov 11-15: Poster pre-judging in Gathertown
      Nov 15: Pre-judging closes at 5:00pm (CDT)
      Nov 16: "Live" online (Gathertown) and in-person presentations and judging at IBRS

      Future links - Coming soon
      Symposium Schedule
      Information for Presenters
      Accessing Gathertown
      2024 IBRS Online Program

  • 2023 Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium (IBRS)

    • 15th IBRS

      On November 11, the 15th annual Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium took place at the Kirksville, Missouri campus, integrating both in-person and virtual elements. Embracing the theme "Reignite the Spark," the symposium focused on nurturing our passion for advancing biomedical knowledge and enhancing the well-being of individuals worldwide. Hosted by the A.T. Still Research Institute (ATSRI), the event featured Dr. Dennis Black from LeBonheur Methodist in Memphis, Tennessee, as the keynote speaker.

      The symposium brought together students, faculty, alumni, residents, and staff from ATSU, Still OPTI, Northeast Regional Medical Center, Rocky Vista University, Truman State University, and Kirksville High School. A total of over 170 individuals participated in person or virtually. The occasion showcased 90 oral and poster presentations, with approximately 70 presented in person and 20 virtually. Among them, 82 presentations highlighted the research efforts of over 50 ATSU students, along with contributions from 8 faculty and staff members representing various schools and programs.

      Congratulations to our 2023 winners

      Overall Student Competition Winner

      • Author: Emily Koenig, Erin Silliman (A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona )
      • Sponsor: John Hu (A.T. Still University)
      • Project: Fatal outcome of pediatric immune thrombocytopenia: an autopsy case report

      First Runner Up, Overall Student Competition Winner

      • Author: Jillian Smith (RVU/STILL OPTI )
      • Sponsor: Ken Ramey (RVU, Still OPTI)
      • Project: Effects of Osteopathic Manipulation on Longstanding Peripheral Neuropathy

      Jack Magruder Research Award - (undergraduate student award)

      • Author: Zoe Vetter (Truman State University)
      • Sponsor: Bill Miller (Truman State University)
      • Project: Disrupting the KIX/c-Myb complex as a potential leukemia treatment

      Neil J. Sargentini Memorial Award - (basic science graduate student award)

      • Author: Samantha Akers (A.T. Still University) Sofia Pomeroy (A.T. Still University) Alexis Klinner
      • Sponsor: David Middlemas (A.T. Still University)
      • Project: Hot plate nociception: Ketamine dose-response relationships at 45ºC

      Clinical Graduate Student Research Award

      • • Author: Alisha Relan (A.T. Still University)
      • Sponsor: Caroline VanSickle (A.T. Still University; Des Moines University)
      • Project: The Effects of Age, Sex, and Parturition on Human Bony Pelvic Morphology

      Max Gutensohn Award - (resident or post-doctoral fellow award)

      • Author: Brock Davis (NRMC/STILL OPTI)
      • Sponsor: David Cleaver (Cleaver Dermatology)
      • Project: Unique Visual Progression of Palliative Treatment of scalp SCC

      Best Oral Presentation

      • Author: Jonah Jerabek, Samantha DeLuca (A.T. Still University ) Megan
      • Sponsor: Valena Fiscus (A.T. Still University)
      • Project: Improving Rural Access to Health with Community Health Needs Assessments

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