College of Health Sciences


Past Issues:

Marquette Presents Concussion Forum

Marquette Presents: Concussion panel continues success of series

The second installment of the College of Health Sciences’ increasingly popular Marquette Presents series focused on the issue of concussions and the societal impact of sports-related brain injuries.

The panel included experts in health, law and sports from across the university, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the NFL. Read more.

Biomedical Sciences faculty receive $400,000 grant

Dr. David Baker, professor and associate chair, and Dr. SuJean Choi, associate professor, both in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, have recently received a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a powerful new molecular genetic tool that will allow their respective research teams to examine the role of a novel cellular mechanism in regulating neurotransmitter release in the brain. Read more.

Coping with the after effects of concussions

Marquette Concussion Event

Former Packer George Koonce shared his perspective on brain injuries in the NFL at the College of Health Sciences’ Marquette Presents event. Read more.


More News

NASA invites Dr. Sandra Hunter to participate in report on gender differences of the musculoskeletal system

NASA invited Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor in Athletic Training and Exercise Science, to be part of a panel of five leading experts in the U.S. tasked with generating a report on "the role of sex/gender and the physiological and psychological adaptations to long duration flight." Read more.

Dr. Murray Blackmore receives $90,000 grant toward spinal cord injury research

Dr. Murray Blackmore, assistant professor in the Biomedical Sciences department, received a $90,000 grant on February 18 from Unite 2 Fight Paralysis, an advocacy group working with researchers and patients of spinal cord injury to promote progress toward a cure.

The grant will be used to purchase a personal image cytometer – an automated microscope that uses computer algorithms to rapidly analyze complex images and collect detailed data from millions of cells in a process called High Content Screening. News of the grant was featured in the Marquette Tribune. Read more.

Physical Therapy faculty featured in the Chicago Tribune

Two professors in Physical Therapy were recently featured in the Chicago Tribune, providing expert insights for its “Life Skill” section.

David Leigh, M.S., L.A.T., A.T.C., informed readers on how to properly wrap an ankle. Leigh estimates he’s wrapped more than 100,000 ankles over the past 35 years. He explained that ankles are commonly wrapped to prevent sprain, but can be wrapped to provide support post-injury as well.

Laurie Kontney, P.T., D.P.T., M.S., explained how to read body language. Read more.

Spotlight on students and alumni

College of Health Sciences students from the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs were invited to speak at the Mission Week event, “What’s Happening in Your Corner of the World?” on February 7, along with Opus Prize recipients Rev. Rick Frechette, C.P., Brother Stan Goetschalckx, F.C. and Rev. John Halligan, S.J. Read more.

  • Message from the dean
  • Save The Date

Bill CullinanIt is my pleasure to welcome you the the Winter 2013 edition of the College of Health Sciences e-newsletter. Our faculty, students, alumni and staff continue to do great work, moving forward the the mission and reputation of the college.

The Marquette Presents series continued its success in community outreach and education with its most recent installment: "Concussion – Societal Impact of Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury." Building on the popularity of the previous discussion on depression, the concussion forum addressed a timely and important topic, with panelists from the college, the university, the NFL and the Medical College of Wisconsin. If you missed it, the entire presentation is available to view on our website.

In addition to outreach and education, our faculty continue make strides in their respective fields of research. Dr. David Baker and Dr. SuJean Choi, faculty neuroscientists from the department of Biomedical Sciences, recently received a $400,000 NIH grant to develop a powerful molecular genetic tool to screen potential new pharmacotherapies for addiction and for mental disorders such as schizophrenia. Dr. Sandra Hunter, associate professor in the Exercise Science program, has been invited by NASA to share her work on gender differences in the musculoskeletal system - work that was also featured in a recent article in Runner's World. Dr. Murray Blackmore, a faculty neuroscientist in the department of Biomedical Sciences, received a $90,000 grant award from the Unite2Fight Paralysis organization to purchase high end equipment to advance his groundbreaking spinal cord injury research.

We've also had faculty, students and alumni showcased for their expertise and experience, from two of our Physical Therapy faculty featured in the Chicago Tribune, to our outstanding students in the Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs invited to speak at Marquette's Mission Week events.

If you would like more information on upcoming events or would like to remain current on news in the College of Health Sciences, please visit our website, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. As always, I invite your feedback on our college at any time at:

William E. Cullinan, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Health Sciences
Marquette University

Coming up

Second annual “Bowling 4 BRPF” event

Join College of Health Sciences students, faculty and staff at the second annual “Bowling 4 BRPF” event to benefit the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation.

Registration will begin on Monday, March 4, and the event will be held in the Union Sports Annex on Friday, April 12 from 3-5 pm. Registration is $25 and includes t-shirts, food, bowling and shoe rental.

Date: Friday, April 12
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Marquette Union Sports Annex

Dental Hygiene Alumni Reception at ADHA Boston

There will be a reception for Marquette University Dental Hygiene alumni at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session, June 19 in Boston. The reception is open to all alumni attendees.

Date: Wednesday, June 19
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Room 313

For more information, visit, or email Matt Crespin,

Dental Hygiene All-Class Reunion at Marquette

Save the Date to remember and celebrate Dental Hygiene at Marquette University with a Dental Hygiene All-Class Reunion on Friday, July 26th, 2013. Ann Battrell, Executive Director of ADHA, will be the Keynote Speaker. Her presentation will be followed by a panel presentation of fellow MU alumni who pursued various careers capitalizing on their valued Marquette dental hygiene education.

After these presentations, there will be a reception and dinner. Watch for additional information in upcoming CHS e-newsletters and on the website. Formal invitations to the event will be mailed in April. Hope to see you on July 26th!

For more information, please contact Dr. Kim Autio Halula, Grad ’98, associate dean of the College of Health Sciences, at (414) 288-0656 or

Upcoming INRC Seminars

February 26 - "Rethinking Stress Biology"
James P Herman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati School of Medicine

March 5 - "It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature - Effects of High-intensity Sweeteners on Energy Balance"
Susan Swithers, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University

All seminars are held at 3:30 p.m. in Schroeder Complex, Room 256. View the full INRC schedule.