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25th Annual Research Forum - April 20, 2017

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.

Forum Agenda

List of Abstracts

Special Guest
Marci Nielsen, Ph.D., MPH
Nielsen Headshot

Dr. Nielsen was the Chief Executive Officer of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) from 2012-2017, a 501-c-3 membership organization dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home representing over 1,200 diverse health provider, payer, and patient organizations. She held previous positions as: Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Associate Professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine; Executive Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority (KHPA) -- the single state agency managing Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program, the State Employee Health Plan, health information technology and health policy; the health lobbyist and assistant director of legislation for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); and legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska).

She is on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine and the National Academy for State Health Policy, was a committee member for the Institute of Medicine's Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020 and Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Call for Public Health Action. Early in her career she served as a Peace Corps volunteer and in the U.S. Army Reserves. She holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, an MPH from George Washington University, and a B.S. in biology and psychology from Briar Cliff College.

Special Guest
Richard J. Barohn, M.D.
Barohn Headshot

Dr. Barohn is Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He is also the Gertrude and Dewey Ziegler Professor of Neurology, and University Distinguished Professor, and the President of the Research Institute.

His present research focuses on myopathies (such as polymyositis and muscular dystrophy), motor neuron disease (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), peripheral neuropathies, and myasthenia gravis. He has developed a number of endpoint scales in neuromuscular disease that have been used in many clinical trials. He has led several multicenter international trials (methotrexate for myasthenia gravis, rasagiline for ALS, memantine for ALS and arimoclomol for IBM). He leads a 40 site comparative effectiveness study of drugs for painful neuropathy funded by PCORI and he is the leader of the rare disease program in the Greater Plains Collaborative PCORnet. He is the Director of Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. He has served on the editorial board for Neurology and is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disorders. He was the founding chair of the Section of Neuromuscular Disease in the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Barohn and his colleagues have also established the Rick's Real Neuromuscular Friends ( website as a modern method of communication among neuromuscular specialists which is used to discuss cases and serves as a resource for other educational activities.

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

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018