University of Nebraska Medical Center

Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum

Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum

The Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum provides an opportunity for young researchers from the health sciences, graduate, intern, and resident programs throughout the Midwest to present their research in the biomedical sciences.

DateSaturday, March 2, 2024


 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Mike & Josie Harper Center
Creighton University, 602 N 20th Street, Omaha, NE


MSBRF provides the option of presenting research in either an oral or poster format. The forum gives students an excellent opportunity to have their original work reviewed, evaluated, and recognized by their peers and established scientists. Each abstract submitted to the forum is subject to the same type of peer review applied to the selection of manuscripts for publication in major scientific journals. Financial awards are given in several categories.

MSBRF has grown into an important assembly of young scientists. The previous MSBRF, held in March 2023, was a tremendous success with more than 180 students from Midwestern medical schools presenting their research at the forum.

The forum has been co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Creighton University since 1987.

Julie K. Freed, MD, PhD, FAHA, FCVS

Keynote Presenter

Julie K. Freed, MD, PhD, FAHA, FCVS, is associate professor, executive vice chair, and director of clinical research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her presentation title is Translational Tales of Resiliency Within the Human Microvasculature.

Joining the Forum

1. Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the Forum, you must currently be one of the following:

  • a medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy, or other health professional student;
  • a graduate student enrolled in a medical institution;
  • an MD/PhD student; or
  • an intern or resident


You will also need to submit a faculty sponsor/advisor approval form indicating that your abstract has been critically reviewed on the basis of scientific merit and may be presented at the forum.


Only one author (the presenting author) may submit the abstract for either an oral or a poster presentation. No dual presenters are allowed. Co-authors should not submit a duplicate abstract.

2. Register Online

The registration fee to join the Forum is $90.

This fee includes continental breakfast and lunch for the presenter.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to submit the following:

  • your abstract
  • the completed and signed faculty approval form


UNMC Students: We are not able to accept payment using grant cost centers (those starting with 34, 35, or 36). 


The deadline to register for the Forum is Friday, Dec. 8, 2023.

3. Submit your abstract and faculty approval form

The link to submit your abstract and faculty approval form is in your registration confirmation email.

You must strictly comply with the abstract submission guidelines or your abstract may be rejected.

The deadline to submit your abstract and faculty approval form is Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. No abstract will be accepted after the deadline.



Cancel/Refund Policy

The registration fee for an abstract that is not accepted will be refunded in the same form that the registration payment was received.

No other refunds will be processed.

If for any reason, you will not be able to present at the Forum, you must provide written notification, with the consent of your advisor, no later than Friday, Feb. 16, 2024.

Faculty Advisors

Joseph A. Knezetic, PhD

Director, Research Compliance Office; Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Creighton University Medical Center

Joseph A . Knezetic, PhD
Charles A. Kuszynski, PhD

Assistant Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Charles A. Kuszynski, PhD

Planning Committee

The MSBRF Planning Committee is composed of students, faculty, and staff of UNMC and Creighton University.

MSBRF Student Committee

Amanda Christensen (UNMC)
Emma Curran (Creighton)
Anna Kosmach (UNMC)
Justin Rudd (Creighton)
Sarah Uhm (UNMC)
Aron Lee (Creighton)

Faculty Advisors

Joe Knezetic, PhD
Charles Kuszynski, PhD

Administrative Contacts

Colin Dworak (CU)
Brenda Ram, CMP, CHCP (UNMC)


Brenda Ram, CMP, CHCP

Director, Educational Programs, Center for Continuing Education, UNMC


Brenda Ram