June 2012 Archives

Meet Michelle Lamere, Assistant Director for Education Programs

Why do you work in clinical and translational research?ML with fish.jpg
I have enjoyed working in biomedical research training development for several years - I love working with scientists. Clinical and translational research is especially rewarding because of its impact on human health.

What does your typical work day at CTSI look like?
I spend my days working with the various EdTRCD program directors developing training and career development programs for research staff, and researchers from undergraduate students to junior faculty. This entails plenty of meetings, coordinating seminars for our Scholars, and project management. I am really lucky to have a great group of talented and dedicated colleagues who make work fun.

What do you like to do when you're not at CTSI?
When not at CTSI, I am busy cooking up adventures with my eight-year-old daughter, working on my 100-year-old house, hiking, and engaged in the relentless pursuit of a good, affordable table wine.

What is your favorite or current read?
I am currently splitting my time between Isabelle Allende's Island Beneath the Sea, a historical novel that takes place in the time of the Haitian Revolution, Thaler and Sunstein's Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, which is about "choice architecture," and how it can help guide people towards making more skillful decisions about their lives, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, a favorite science fiction read from my childhood.

Favorite quote?
"In the end only three things matter: how fully you have lived, how deeply you have loved, and how well you have learned to let go..." - Buddhist saying.

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) is pleased to announce the 2012 Translational Grant awardees. This funding opportunity differs from traditional internal award programs by virtue of the fact that the investigators will enter into a partnership with ODAT to facilitate the achievement of specific metrics and endpoints.

"This translational funding program is the first of its kind at the University of Minnesota. We are inspired by the opportunity to interface investigators conducting first rate translational science with a team of experts who can help catalyze progress towards endpoints with the potential to impact human health," Tucker LeBien, Ph.D.

Please join us in congratulating them!

2012 ODAT Translational Grant Awards
Focused on T1 human research, or human-relevant translational or clinical research with the potential to impact human health and/or disease.

Khalil Ahmed, Ph.D.
Project Title: Cancer Nanotherapeutic Targeting CK2

Deborah Ferrington, Ph.D.
Project Title: Enhancing Mitochondrial Function as a Treatment for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Erik Finger, M.D., Ph.D.
Project Title: Isolation and Expansion of Regulatory T Cells from Patients with End Stage Liver Disease for the Induction of Tolerance in Transplantation

Jafar Golzarian, M.D.
Project Title: Pharmacokinetic and Safety of Doxorubicin-Elutable Bioresorbable Microspheres in a Rabbit Model of Hepatic Arterial Embolization

Marc Jenkins, Ph.D.
Project Title: Hepatitis B Conjugate Vaccine

Steven Patterson, Ph.D. & Louis Mansky, Ph.D.
Project Title: Investigation of HIV-1 Lethal Mutagenesis in a Humanized HIV Mouse Model

Rita Perlingeiro, Ph.D.
Project Title: Therapeutic Approaches for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using iPS Cells

David Potter, M.D., Ph.D.
Project Title: Epoxygenase Mechanisms of Breast Cancer Prevention

The CTSI Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) is an integrator, facilitator, and catalyst for bench-to-bedside translation at the University of Minnesota. Learn more about CTSI's translational research resources on our website.