23rd Annual Research Forum - April 29, 2015

Every year, the KU School of Medicine-Wichita holds a Research Forum for students, residents and faculty, as well as anyone interested in community health and medical research, to present and discuss research projects and facilitate research collaboration.

Join us for the 23rd Annual Research Forum on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Keynote speakers will include Dr. David Svinarich, Vice President of Research for the St. John Providence Health Care System, and Dr. Roy Jensen, Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center. 


List of Abstracts 

Poster Symposium Winners

Outstanding Poster by a Resident
1st Place Winner
"Assessment and Promotion of Infant Safe Sleep Guidelines in an Obstetrical Office"
First author: Benjamin Klug, D.O.
Faculty mentor: Zachary Kuhlmann, D.O.
Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Other authors: Carolyn Ahlers-Schmidt, Ph.D., Christy Schunn, LSCSW, Thomas Greaves, MS-4, Megan Foster, MS-4, Stephanie Kuhlmann, D.O., Zachary Kuhlmann, D.O.

2nd Place Winner (Tie)
"Standardizing Genetic Testing for Products of Conception"
First author: Amy Lueking, M.D.
Faculty mentor: Darren Farley, M.D.
Department: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Other authors: Shobana Kubendran, MBBS, M.S., Frank Dong, Ph.D., Jennifer Duong, B.A., Sapphire Garcia, Darren Farley, M.D.

2nd Place Winner (Tie)
"Additional Findings on MRI when Evaluating Invasive Lobular Carcinoma as Compared to Mammography and Ultrasound"
First author: JulieAnn Stover, M.D.
Faculty mentor: Lisa May, M.D.
Department: Radiology
Other authors: Lisa May, M.D., Kamran Ali, M.D., Rosey Zackula, M.A.

Outstanding Poster by a Student
1st Place Winner
"Recruitment of African Americans into a Walking Intervention Trial for Peripheral Artery Disease"
First author: Daniel Nwachokor, MS-4
Faculty mentor: Tracie Collins, M.D.
Department: Preventive Medicine & Public Health
Other authors: Brittany Love, MS-4, Tracie Collins, M.D.

2nd Place Winner
"Physician Assistant Student Assessment of Body Mass Index in Children Aged 3 to 5 Years Using Visual Cues"
First author: Evan Ohlman, P.A.
Faculty mentor: Sue Nyberg, MHS, P.A.
Department: Wichita State University Physician Assistant
Other authors: Paul Casper, P.A., Justin Schulte, Ph.D., Ashley Hervey, M.Ed., Carolyn Ahlers-Schmidt, Ph.D., Sue Nyberg, MHS, P.A.

David M. Svinarich, Ph.D., M.S.
Vice President of Research, St. John Providence Health System

Dr. David Svinarich, Research Forum

Dr. Svinarich received his Doctoral degree in Immunology and Microbiology and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the department of Molecular Medicine and Genetics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He served as a Senior NIH Scientist with the Extramural branch of the National Institute of Children's Health and Disease (NICHD) and was an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University, where he studied the genetic regulation of inflammatory cytokines and their relationship to preterm birth. He holds adjunct professorships within the departments of Microbiology and Immunology, Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, at Wayne State University. Dr. Svinarich has published a wide range of topics including the genetic control of microbial pathogenesis, cytokine expression at the maternal-fetal interface, epigenetic control in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, regulation of Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase in neonates and the directed ontogeny of stem cells in vivo.

Presently, Dr. Svinarich is the Vice President of Research for the St. John Providence Health system in Southeastern Michigan and oversees both clinical and basic research activities for Primary Investigators and in Graduate Medical Education. He also chairs the Biosafety, Animal Care and Intellectual Property committees for his organization. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Dr. Svinarich is a licensed pilot and enjoys aerobatic flying, cycling, technical mountaineering and nature photography.

Roy A. Jensen, M.D.
Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center

Dr. Roy Jensen, Research Forum

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Dr. Jensen earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology and a Surgical Pathology fellowship. Following his clinical training, he accepted a Biotechnology Training fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. He returned to Vanderbilt in 1991 and was appointed as assistant professor in the Departments of Pathology and Cell Biology. In 1993, Dr. Jensen was appointed as an investigator in the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and assumed the management of the Human Tissue Acquisition and Pathology Shared Resource.

In 2004, Dr. Jensen was appointed as Director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center, the Director of the Kansas Masonic Cancer Research Institute, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Since becoming director of the cancer center, he has recruited a world-class leadership team and successfully led that team in achieving designation for The University of Kansas Cancer Center as a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center. His research interests are focused on understanding the function of BRCA1 and BRCA2 and their role in breast and ovarian neoplasia; and in the characterization of premalignant breast disease both at the morphologic and molecular levels. His laboratory was instrumental in demonstrating the role of BRCA1 in the growth control of normal and malignant cells and in how loss of functional BRCA1 contributes to the development of breast cancer.

Case Reports

This year we are following the American College of Physicians (ACP) guidelines for case reports. We will highlight the importance of case reports for medical education through breakout sessions and a case report e-poster session. For helpful articles and checklists about presenting a case report, visit the ACP website.

Also try these examples of good case report posters:

Clear, Concise, Bulleted Conclusion

Use of Images and a Take Home Message

For a critical article regarding the importance of case reports, try Lack of Data.


For tips on how to create your poster and what content to include, click here. If your project was funded, be sure to acknowledge your funding source. Public Affairs has templates available to assist you in creating your poster.

Research Poster Templates

Questions regarding the forum can be directed to the Office of Research at kuwichitaresearch@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Jun 08, 2015