• Posted New fund to help heart patients better cope with sleep apnea to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Throughout his life, Paul McCarron served as an advocate for public health and human services. As a Minnesota legislator, he was the architect behind the Community Social Services Act (CSSA), landmark welfare-reform legislation. For another project, he went undercover as a janitor so he could see firsthand the conditions at state hospitals.
  • Posted Global Outreach | Russell Johnson, M.D. to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Russell Johnson, '13 M.D., took a year away from his formal medical education to be part of a clinical research team at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh, situated in the heart of Bangladesh's capital city, Dhaka -- one of the world's most densely populated and rapidly growing cities.
  • Posted Alumni Spotlight | Thomas J. Crowley, M.D. to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Thomas J. Crowley, '62 M.D., discovered the joys of mountain skiing through the University of Minnesota Ski Club. The Minneapolis native's first trip west took him to Aspen for some traditional downhill skiing. But over time he discovered his true passion was for the backcountry. He did worry, however, about the very real and ever-present danger of avalanches. After a fair bit of tinkering, Crowley invented and patented the AvaLung.
  • Posted Scholarship Winner | Rachel Lundberg to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Like all Medical School students, Rachel Lundberg '15 has plenty of good stories to tell. But she tells one story that sets her apart--the one from her first year of medical school when, over the course of a few months, she went from being a student to a patient.
  • Posted Taming diabetes to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    The debilitating, often deadly disease of type 1 diabetes mellitus still has not been conquered. But 40 years ago, because seven forward-looking patients volunteered to be injected with tiny clusters of cells from donated pancreases, University of Minnesota scientists took a huge step toward taming diabetes.
  • Posted New University of Minnesota Health brand reflects a closer partnership to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    The University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview Health Services in February launched a new brand, University of Minnesota Health, representing the closer integration of the three organizations and their shared commitment to delivering the best possible care to patients.
  • Posted University breaks ground on new clinic to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    In December the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved final agreements among the University, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview Health Services (now operating together as University of Minnesota Health) for a new academic outpatient clinic.
  • Posted New Fairview leader focuses on quality to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Rulon F. Stacey, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E., an experienced leader of both academic and community health systems, on November 4 became Fairview Health Services' president and chief executive officer.
  • Posted Friedman reflects on his tenure as dean to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Before turning the job over to Brooks Jackson, M.D., M.B.A., Aaron Friedman, M.D., reflected on his tenure as dean of the Medical School in a note to the faculty.
  • Posted U surgeons perform first 'breathing lung' transplant in the Midwest to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    A team of University of Minnesota cardiothoracic transplant experts in November performed the Midwest's first "breathing lung" transplant, an innovative surgical approach that uses technology capable of keeping donated lungs warm and breathing during transportation -- which also keeps them healthier before transplantation.
  • Posted A step toward slowing diabetic kidney disease? to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    The University of Minnesota and Harvard University will partner on a multicenter clinical study evaluating a potential treatment for kidney disease in people who have type 1 diabetes. The study will be funded by a $24.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Posted U now home to the world's largest imaging magnet to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    After a monthlong journey by boat from England, across the Atlantic, and through the Great Lakes, the world's largest imaging magnet made its way from Duluth, Minnesota, to its new home at the University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, arriving on December 6.
  • Posted Duluth's Davis to step down to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    After seven years as regional campus dean for the Medical School's Duluth campus, Gary Davis, Ph.D., will be stepping down from his leadership role.
  • Posted It's game on at the Medical School to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    To spur creative ideas for improving medical education, the Medical School came up with an unconventional approach: an Innovations contest that invited students, staff, and faculty members to submit their out-of-the-box ideas in an interactive, online forum.
  • Posted Calling all '63 grads... to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    The Class of 1963 exceeded its attendance goal at its 50th reunion celebration last fall. Now it's focused on a loftier goal: raising $2 million from classmates for medical student scholarships.
  • Posted Save the date for Alumni Celebration: Sept. 15-20 to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    All Medical School alumni, including the reunion classes of 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1974, 1984, 1989, 1994, and 2004, are invited back to campus to reunite with friends, engage with students, and see what's new at the Medical School.
  • Posted Medical School mourns loss of popular professor to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Martin Dworkin, Ph.D., St. Paul, Minn., died February 6 at age 78. Dr. Dworkin was a beloved professor who taught microbiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School for more than four decades.
  • Posted <em>Here Comes the Sun</em>: A family's journey through cancer to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Author Brian Lucas, who is senior director of communications for the U's Academic Health Center, recounts his family's story through a new book, Here Comes the Sun. He says he wanted to offer a clear and honest look at what happens when an illness throws life off track and show how a combination of science, love, and serendipity can put things right.
  • Posted It's a match to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    After collectively logging more than 2 million hours of training, the 225 students in the University of Minnesota Medical School's Class of 2014 learned where they'd be completing their residencies on Match Day, held March 21 at the McNamara Alumni Center.
  • Posted 'Downton Abbey': Behind the scenes of health and illness to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Medical themes are threaded throughout PBS's wildly popular "Downton Abbey," from Matthew's temporary paralysis during the Great War to Sybil's tragic death from eclampsia. The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine illuminates medicine of Edwardian England through its current exhibit, which is free and open to the public.
  • Posted Finding links to cancer to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    When scientists talk about "environmental" causes of cancer, they don't mean that carcinogens lurk in every tree and stream. They're referring to anything that enters or interacts with the human body--sunshine, food, water, alcohol, radiation, cigarette smoke--and examining them for their potential to cause renegade cell growth. And as they now know, environmental factors are linked to as many as two out of every three cancers diagnosed.
  • Posted University breaks ground on new outpatient clinic to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    In December the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved final agreements among the University, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview Health Services (now operating together as University of Minnesota Health) for a new academic outpatient clinic.
  • Posted Ask the expert to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Why does it take so long for promising cancer drugs to move out of the lab and into doctors' offices where patients can benefit? Jill Siegfried, M.D., explains how Masonic Cancer Center scientists are working to speed up research projects showing the most potential.
  • Posted Personally invested to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Brad Hoyt fell in love with racing as a boy when his father took him to see the movie "Grand Prix." So when he found himself the winner at the finish line of the premier Historic Grand Prix of Monaco in 2008--in a 1969 Formula One Ferrari similar to the one in the movie--he had to pinch himself. After returning home to Minnesota, all Hoyt wanted to do was get back to Monaco and win again. But a diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in April 2011 threatened that plan--and his life.
  • Posted Perspective: A dynamo volunteer continues to touch the lives of thousands over four decades to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    At 78, volunteer Hinda Litman now has a shock of snow-white hair but retains the same joyful energy she brought to University of Minnesota hospitals more than 35 years ago, when she first volunteered as a patient visitor. Since then, she's worked in the surgery lounge, with hospice patients, and now in the Masonic Cancer Clinic--wherever there has been a patient in need, Litman has shown up.
  • Posted Metastasis: The real killer behind cancer to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    This story is short. Not much is known about metastasis. And that's the point. "Patients don't die from primary tumors," says researcher Akhouri Sinha, Ph.D., of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. "It's the metastases that kill them."
  • Posted Providing a 'better, more comfortable place' for young BMT patients to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    Camie and Jack Eugster believe that children deserve a comfortable environment when they’re sick that can cheer them up. That’s why, through their family foundation, the Eugsters sponsored an Adopt A Room on the hospital’s blood and marrow transplant unit—to brighten the days of children who typically face long hospital stays.
  • Posted 'A new man' to Minnesota Medical Foundation
    By the time Milton Oran arrived at the University of Minnesota-affiliated Neurosurgery Clinic in early October 2013, he was in so much pain that he could barely speak. The 88-year-old Oran, a retired mechanical engineer, had been diagnosed four years earlier with trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic disorder of the facial nerve. In its classic form, trigeminal neuralgia causes intense, sudden electric shock-like pain. Oran's condition had been kept largely under control with medication, but the nerve had started acting up, this time more severely than ever.
  • Posted Milgram Experiment to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    I think the most interesting thing we have studied so far is the Milgram experiment. I find it intriguing and disturbing that research subjects could so easily be convinced to hurt complete strangers. Its amazing how people respond so well to authority. Even a strange man in a lab coat was able to order people about to do something they know is wrong. Its scary to wonder what would happen if an entire government was able to control its people in this way. The best example of this i can think of is Nazi Germany. I didn't know that the Nazi's rise to power was such a perfect example of people's subconscious needs to submit to a group or authority. This i believe is why it is so important to study psychology and history. Had people not been educated about the Holocaust it is not so far-fetched to think that something like that could happen again. You can see this in less educated countries around the world. In Rwanda in 1994 a massive their was massive genocide between two very similar ethnicities of people. The majority Tutsi people began killing the minority Hutu people.This happened all because of slight tensions between the two peoples and a rebel movement that sucked people up into it creating hatred and anger. Had the people in Rwanda learned about how easily it is to get sucked up into a group and be forced to do terrible things, perhaps the genocide would never have happened....
  • Posted Does Money Buy Happiness? to Psych 1001 Section 010 and 011 Fall 2011
    It seems that overall rich people are happier than poor people. Is that really true? If so, what aspect of being rich makes people so happy? Could some of the aspects of being rich that make people so happy be replicated in other ways to make poor people happier. Here is a great article on this topic. The freedom that having money provides is a large contributor to happiness. Not having to worry about whether or not you're going to be able to pay your bills is a huge stressor for some. Also having money gives you the freedom to travel and do more of the things you enjoy. On the flip side rich people generally have more time consuming jobs which many times means less time for those things. It also means less time to spend with family and friends which is the most enjoyable thing anyone can do. People also enjoy having more control over their lives. A higher paying job usually gives people more control over decisions in the work place and they are not constantly being bossed around. I believe that if a poor person could be just as happy as a rich person if they were able to have these aspects in their own life....
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