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February 2012 Archives

Thumbnail image for For the past two summers Thoen has led his sons, Reese (left) and Riley (right), on a Boundary Waters canoe trip—a vacation he couldn’t have considered before his transplants. (Photo: Submitted photo)

Mark your calendar for a University of Minnesota diabetes research update on Monday, March 19 at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 8600 East Bush Lake Road in Bloomington, Minn. The event will feature guest speaker Melena Bellin, M.D., a University of Minnesota pediatric endocrinology fellow and physician, who will discuss leading cure-focused diabetes research.

Submitted photo: Jerome Modell, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.) and Shirley Graves Modell, M.D.

While stationed at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. in 1962, Jerome Modell, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), had a career-changing close call involving a critically ill patient. “A flight surgery student from Japan drowned,” recalls Modell, a 1957 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Although he was able to save the patient’s life, Modell was hampered by a lack of treatment protocols related to drowning. Another complication: “We didn’t have intensive care units back then,” he says. In the years that followed, Modell led efforts to establish one of Florida’s first Intensive Care Units at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, and later became a national expert in resuscitation and drowning.

Peter Eckman, M.D.

Meet Peter Eckman, M.D., part of the new generation of cardiovascular physician-scientists continuing to further the University of Minnesota's decades-long leadership in heart research and care.


Team members from Procter & Gamble and Target assembled more than 250 toiletry bags for mothers and fathers that have children staying at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

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Karen Frigstad first heard the word "ataxia" was when she was diagnosed with the disease in 1999. She had no idea what impact it would have on her future. Now, more than a decade later, she knows. But Frigstad isn't letting the degenerative disease define her. She and her family have found hope in the University of Minnesota's Bob Allison Ataxia Research Center.

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