Previous Health and Biomedical Sciences Events

Fall 2020
"Pandemic Perspectives:
A Unified Approach From Diverse Voices"

Thanks to everyone who made the Fall 2020 webinar possible! Special thanks  our to our presenters and panelists:

  • Brett Anderson, SVP, Chief Ecosystem & Operations Officer, Ecumen
  • Rodolfo Gutierrez, Executive Director, Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment Through Research (HACER)
  • Mohamed Ibrahim, Community Healthcare Specialist, Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Natasha Lopez-Rodriguez, Executive Director, Mankato YWCA
  • John O'Horo, M.D., Infectious Disease Specialist, Mayo Clinic
  • Paul Peterson, Superintendent, Mankato Area Public Schools
  • Sheri Sander-Silva, Executive Director, Feeding our Communities Partners (FOCP)
  • Kathy Sheran, former Minnesota state Senato

Mankato Free Press coverage

The webinar is available for viewing here: 


Spring 2019
"The Future of Healthcare: Talent, Expansion, Innovation"

Topics from the March, 2019 Summit included:

  • “The Story of New Ulm: A Pursuit of Health Transformation.”
  • “Osteopathic Medicine—Past, Present, Future.”
  • “Experiencing Health Care Treatments of Rare Cancers.”
  • “Global Health Care Access and the Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Innovation, Collaboration, and Courage.”

Mankato Free Press coverage


Spring 2018
"Building a Healthy Community: Innovation Through Partnerships"

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Colleges of Allied Health & Nursing and Science, Engineering & Technology held a day-long Health & Biomedical Sciences Summit in March, 2018 at Minnesota State Mankato that addressed how partnerships can help build healthier communities. Mayo Clinic Health System was the presenting sponsor.

Presenters and panelists included: 

  • Andrew Daneilson, Vice Chair of Mayo Clinic Ventures
  • Dr. James Hebl, Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Ed Hedblom, 3M
  • Barb Kaus, Greater Mankato Area United Way
  • Michael Kopak, Medtronic

Breakout Sessions included: 

  • "A Second Chance: 5th Judical Veteran's Court" - Thad Shunkweiler and Curtis Shotliff
  • "Camp Maverick: An Interprofressional Collaboration to Improve Literacy and Wellbeing Among Youth" - Megan Mahowald and Brooke Burk
  • "Using Deep Learning in Medical Image Recognition" - Rajeev Bukralia
  • "SAFERH (Simulation, Analytics, Family Focused, Electronic Health Record) - Cyrus Azarbod and Stacey VanGeldren
  • "Technology Innovations: 3D Printing of Cobalt Chrom/Calcium Implants" - Kuldeep Agarwal and Michael Bentley
  • "Allied Health and Nursing Case Study" 
  • "The Power of Partnerships: The Minnesota River School Model" - Kim Musser, Scott Kudelka, Ben Leonard and Robyn Ceurvost
  • "Preparing Students for Data-driven Healthcare Through Health Informatics" - Sarah Kruse and Norma Krumwiede
  • "School of Nursing and Mayo: Customized Training" - Stacey VanGeldren and Danyel Germain
  • "Creating Customized Training Programs at Minnesota State University, Mankato" - Lou Dickmeyer
  • "Thyroid Hormone and Smart Phone Apps: a Parnertnership with the American Thyroid Association" - David Sharlin and Guarionex Salivia