Vision Research Center at UMKC Preserves Triplet’s Eyesight

sistersSeventeen-year-old Emily Mallette is a typical teen-ager. She worries about what to wear. She studies hard. She wonders where she’ll go to college and what she’ll be when she grows up.

“It’s fun to think about the possibilities,” said the straight-A student, a junior at Lee’s Summit North High School.

Medical research is the reason those possibilities exist for Emily. State-of-the-art glaucoma treatments through Sabates Eye Centers and the Vision Research Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, part of the School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, have preserved her limited and fragile eyesight. Read more.

UMKC Research Combats African American Health Disparities

disparities_bothA theme of healthy living runs throughout Calvary Temple Baptist Church at 29th and Holmes in Kansas City, in its stacks of black health magazines, in HIV prevention posters and most profoundly in the Calvary Community Wellness Center, with rows of treadmills and elliptical machines and a rock-climbing wall.

People ask Calvary’s pastor, the Rev. Eric Williams, why this focus on health — at church? He answers with John 3:2. Read more.


UMKC Researches Non-Medical Asthma Treatments

AsthmaUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City research has allowed 27-year-old David Pamperin to live life more freely.

Asthma is part of Pamperin’s everyday routine. Inhalers are his constant companion — attacks tend to occur every other day — and cost him hundreds of dollars every few months. So earlier this year when he read an ad for a medicine-free asthma research trial at UMKC, he signed right up. Read more

UMKC’s Diane Harper on HPV Research Findings

A new CDC study found that a vaccine used against sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) lowered the rate of infections in teen girls by half. For parents hesitant about vaccinating their daughters who are not yet sexually active, will this change their minds? In an interview aired by Huffington Post, Dr. Diane Harper, UMKC School of Medicine and an international leader in HPV research, advises a cautious response to these results. Read more

Sharing Student Research

Fizza Abbas stood by a research poster. Its words, graphs and photos outlined her work on the hormone angiotensin II and its role in fat embolism-induced lung disease. All around her, students from a variety of academic backgrounds similarly showcased their research and discussed their findings. Read more