June 2011 Archives

The University of Minnesota has been awarded a $51 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant is the largest single-institution grant in the history of the University, and will increase community involvement in the research process and the efficiency and speed at which the results of clinical trials translate into new treatments, cures and improved health outcomes. For more information, see the press release.

Since CTSI kicked off its Science Café a year ago, more than 200 faculty, staff and community members have attended six different programs with topics ranging from heart health, to childhood obesity, autism and epilepsy.

Held quarterly from 7:30 to 9 am in the Coffman Memorial Union Mississippi room, the sessions are open to the public and free refreshments are served.

The April 29 program featured Dr. John Schousboe's collaborative cross-state research focused on changing the way practitioners treat osteoporosis patients to prevent fractures. Schousboe, M.D.,Ph.D., is the Medical Director of Research of the Park Nicollet Institute. He is an adjunct professor in the U of MN School of Public Health, division of Health Policy and Management.

On September 22, Chester Whitley, M.D., Ph.D., will present an overview of his research for curing lethal genetic diseases. Check out past and upcoming presentations or contact Christi Powers for more information.

CTSI's Office of Community Engagement for Health will join the Minnesota Rural Health Conference on June 27-28 in Duluth. The conference, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health, serves as a forum for rural health care providers and researchers to exchange ideas and share innovations around four areas of focus: access, community, quality and value.

Community Coordinator Andrea Leinberger-Jabari, M.P.H., Molly O'Reilly, Kanabec County Public Health, and Sue Sailer, Perham Memorial Home, will present "Community-University Partnerships in Research" In addition to this presentation, OCEH will sponsor an exhibit on behalf of the CTSI.

For more information about the OCEH presentation and the conference, visit: https://secure.ruralcenter.org/conference/.

For more information about rural health in Minnesota, visit Minnesota Public Radio's current project, Ground Level: rural health care under pressure.