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ESPN's Tom Rinaldi talks with Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher about his son's battle with Fanconi anemia.

Researxch by Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Ph.D., is shedding light on how physiological differences in the brains of teens who have Asperger's syndrome may contribute to social challenges. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Ph.D., sees the pain and frustration often when she works with children who have autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and nonverbal learning disabilities. The preteens and teens participating in her studies often blame themselves for their outbursts, peer clashes, and trouble making friends -- their difficulty in controlling their emotions in general.

Over the summer, those kids got a whole new perspective on their behavior from the functional MRI brain scans taken by Semrud-Clikeman. With that powerful glimpse inside their heads, the kids saw that their brains may be larger in key spots and "fire" differently in certain situations.


The idea of applying computer science to the traditionally medical domain of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) started with one provocative question: What if cameras and computers could capture and process information that even the most expert of experts can't?

The University's Aaron Kelly, Ph.D., leads a National Institutes of Health grant focused on combating childhood obesity. (Photo: Scott Streble)

Children born today will likely be the first generation ever to have a lifespan shorter than their parents'. It's largely because of one of today's most urgent public health concerns: childhood obesity.

Despite a terrifying entrance into the world, 2-year-old Christopher Kail is now sailing past his developmental milestones. (Photo: Jim Bovin)

When Cara and Michael Kail left home for Fairview Southdale Hospital for the birth of their fourth child late on September 24, 2010, Michael had planned to be home the next day to take their other kids to the Children's Theatre.

But a rare and very dangerous complication caused Cara to lose consciousness during labor early the next morning, which resulted in an emergency C-section birth. At one point, neither Cara nor new baby Christopher was breathing or had a pulse.

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo: Scott Streble)

Little compares with the heartbreak pediatric oncologist Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., sees working with children who have epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a fatal disease that can cause the skin to slough off at even the slightest touch.

And though he was part of the pioneering University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital team offering promising but risky blood and marrow transplants aimed at curing the disease, he is now focused on finding a safer treatment alternative.


For the fifth consecutive year, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital has been named one of the best children's hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. It received accolades for its rankings in six pediatric specialties.

Demetris Yannopoulos, M.D., is part of an awareness effort focused on teaching more people how to respond when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest. (Photo: Richard Anderson)

Though he's still early in his medical career, Demetris Yannopoulos, M.D., isn't waiting to make his mark on the field of cardiology. He is considered an authority in cardiorespiratory interactions and hypothermia during CPR, and his work in has already helped to improve CPR practices—thereby saving lives of people who need it.

University Professor Steven Koester, Ph.D., is working on developing an advanced continuous glucose sensor. (Photo: Scott Streble)

Diabetes never takes a break.

For people living with type 1 diabetes, the task of monitoring blood glucose levels an administering insulin is always at the forefront of their minds. It’s something they must do multiple times a day, every day.

But University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic scientists are working together to build an artificial pancreas that would eliminate this burden.

Since performing the world’s first transplant of insulin-producing islet cells in 1974, David E. R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., has led the way in many other major achievements in diabetes research. Today he is director of the Diabetes Insti­tute for Immu

University of Minnesota transplant surgeon David E. R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D., received the 2012 Medawar Prize in July at the 24th International Congress of the Transplantation Society in Berlin, Germany. The award is considered the world’s highest recognition for contributions to the field of transplantation.

Rudy and Kathryn Dankwort (Submitted photo)

It wasn’t love at first sight when Rudy Dankwort met his future wife, Kathryn. She was 7 and he was a teen. Kathryn was his best friend’s little sister. But the two fell in love 11 years later and married, beginning a 37-year union that lasted until her death in 2009.

Although Kathryn Dankwort died shortly after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer, she had endured type 1 diabetes since she was 12 years old.


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