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March 18, 2009

Match Day preview podcast

During Match Day, a rite of passage, University of Minnesota fourth-year medical students find out where they will study as residents – becoming official doctors-in-training. Go to www.ahc.umn.edu and click on the Match Day podcast to learn more. Match Day takes place Thursday, March 19, in McNamara's Great Hall.

March 13, 2009

Students display work at Research Day, March 16

Review 65 research posters by students at the eighth annual Alfred F. Michael Student Research Colloquium, March 16. Our distinguished researchers Daniel J. Garry, M.D., and Joseph Metzger, Ph.D., will speak on "Designing Hearts," 4-5 p.m. With a teleconnection to Duluth, all events take place at Mayo Auditorium. Poster session takes place 2-5 p.m., with a reception, 3-4 p.m.

March 10, 2009

News from the Program in Health Disparities Research

Connections, the newsletter from the Program in Health Disparities Research, is available online. To subscribe to the e-newsletter and receive up-to-date news from the program, send an e-mail message to phdr@umn.edu .

Health disparities research RFP directed to community-based programs

The Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research announces the 2009 Planning Grants in Health Disparities Research Program. These grants are designed to encourage community-initiated research and foster sustainable and long-term collaborative research between community-based organizations and academic researchers on projects focused on eliminating health disparities. This request for proposals is directed to community organizations in the state of Minnesota. Community organizations must submit a proposal by March 31st.

March 4, 2009

NIH Challenge Grants announced

NIH has designated at least $200 million in FYs 2009 - 2010 for a new initiative called the NIH Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research, in which 200 or more grants will be funded. The application due date is April 27,
2009. The NIH has identified a range of Challenge Areas that focus on specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation, or research methods that would benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area in significant ways. The NIH has details and the U also offers deadline information.

SIV barrier shows promise for human battle with HIV

“After 25 years, an effective vaccine for HIV is still on the distant horizon, so not only vaccines, but all research into ways to prevent the continued spread of this lethal virus remains critically important,” said Ashley Haase, M.D., principal investigator of the study. “If GML as a topical microbicide can help prevent infection, it could contribute to saving millions of lives.” Haase and Pat Schlievert, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology, published their research on the naturally occurring glycerol monolaurate in the March 4 online Nature.

March 3, 2009

Women in Surgery, April 24-25

The Second Annual Women in Surgery Conference focuses on "Taking Charge: Professional Development for Women Surgeons." Featured speakers include Nancy Ascher, M.D., Chair of Surgery at the University of California San Francisco and U of M alumna, and Marie Wilson, founder of the White House Project that promotes women in leadership. The conference will take place April 24-25 at the Weisman Art Museum; call 612-624-5442 for more information.