In a state with a thriving biosciences industry and rich history of innovation, it only made sense for the 2008 Minnesota Legislature to invest in a state-of-the-art research park at the University of Minnesota. The Biomedical Discovery District's six buildings -- the last one will open in 2015 -- will provide 700,000 square feet of space for more than 1,000 investigators and personnel to collaborate on research leading to lifesaving discoveries in cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, brain sciences, vision, hearing, immunology, and infectious diseases.
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It's a festering problem affecting America's kids that's bigger than autism, bigger even than juvenile diabetes, but too often unnoticed, or unacknowledged, by teachers, doctors, foster parents, and child-care providers. Affecting more than 3 million children -- and that number is on the rise -- it's often a shameful secret. The problem? Growing up with a parent in prison or jail.
Imagine a road map connecting every one of Earth's 7.1 billion people -- and showing how each of those people is connected to the 300 or so people he or she knows. Now imagine 11 more identical maps, crumple them all up, stuff them into a cantaloupe, and try to read them. Now you'll begin to have an idea of the complexity of the "human connectome," as researchers refer to a comprehensive map of neural connections in the brain.
This year the Medical School welcomed two new associate deans of admissions to its Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. Dimple Patel, M.S., moved from Denver, Colo., to Minneapolis in mid-May to assume the role of associate dean of admissions for the Twin Cities campus. In August, a former colleague at the University of Colorado Medical School, Robin Michaels, Ph.D., began as associate dean of student affairs and admissions for the Medical School's Duluth campus. Here's what they had to say about recruiting and selecting the right mix of students at their respective campuses.
The University of Minnesota's transplant program is one of the oldest and most successful in the world, with 50 years of experience in transplant research, innovation, and care -- including performing Minnesota's first kidney transplant, in 1963, and the world's first pancreas-kidney transplant, in 1966. To date, it has performed more than 13,000 transplants.
Traveling beyond the city limits of Kampala, Uganda, can feel like stepping into a time warp. Cars inch along the dusty, potholed streets. Mud huts line village roads. And even the best technology would be considered long outdated in the United States. But for fourth-year University of Minnesota medical student Margaret Perko, it's an ideal place to help her become a great doctor.
Sometimes it's hard to see progress. This from a man who has spent the last three decades improving health for the people of Tanzania by leading widespread community health campaigns, building two hospitals, and creating higher-quality training programs for health workers. But Mark Jacobson, M.D., M.P.H., University of Minnesota Medical School Class of 1978, is surrounded by need every day, and he knows that improving health is not just about getting medical treatment.
The biggest, most graceful jumps in ballet are known as grand jetés -- essentially a midair split -- and young dancers spend years learning how to execute them flawlessly. But for Adam Stein '16, the most challenging leap of his life wasn't encountered on stage. It was the vault he made from a promising career as a professional dancer to a rigorous education at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
Travel is transformative. Neuroradiologist and chronic wayfarer David Priest, M.D. (Class of '95), knows that well. But when he planned his January 2012 trip up India's River Ganges, he never imagined it would lead to thousands of discarded plastic bags becoming brightly hued iPad covers, one-of-a-kind woven tote bags, and multicolored handmade baskets.
Does taconite dust lead to mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung's lining? This was the main question that the state Legislature charged University of Minnesota researchers with answering nearly five years ago through the $4.9 million Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study. So far, the U team has found that for every year worked in the mines, a person's risk for mesothelioma increased about 3 percent. But there's more work to do, says lead researcher Jeffrey Mandel, M.D., M.P.H., of the School of Public Health.
Deborah Powell, M.D., is looking for a particular group of medical students: those who are unafraid to try new things, those who ask good questions, and, above all, those who are genuinely interested in pediatrics. These students are the ones Powell, Medical School dean emeritus, hopes to recruit to participate in education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (EPAC), a new project she designed for the University of Minnesota and three other medical schools.
During the 2013 Legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton and policymakers supported University of Minnesota initiatives aimed at advancing research, boosting the state's economy, and ensuring health care access. The Legislature made a two-year, $35.6 million investment in MnDRIVE, Minnesota Discovery, Research and InnoVation Economy, to fund research initiatives in four key industries: food production, robotics, water quality, and neuromodulation -- a growing research field focused on treatments for brain disorders.
Theodore R. “Ted” Thompson, M.D., New Brighton, Minn., a University of Minnesota Medical School faculty member for more than 40 years, died July 28 at age 70. A valued adviser to medical students, Dr. Thompson, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, served as director of the department’s Division of Neonatology for 14 years and held leadership roles across the University. He also was a neonatologist at University of...
On a chilly Minnesota evening last December, 16-year-old Tiffany Cowan sat uncomplainingly in Room 242 of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Memorial Building as two graduate students from the University’s Brain Plasticity Laboratory carefully attached a series of wires to her scalp and right arm.
Brian Park, a third-year medical student at the time, had seen the patient, a morbidly obese woman with CoPd and recurrent pneumonia, for three months. But he didn’t have the context he needed to understand her health struggles — until he saw her home, a very small house where she lived with at least three generations of her family, as well as several friends who tended to come and go.
At the University of Minnesota’s new AeroCore Center, researchers are thinking big by exploring the potential of particles one-billionth of a meter in size. The center has brought together researchers from the College of Pharmacy, Masonic Cancer Center, College of Science and Engineering, and Medical School to develop a new way to eradicate lung cancer cells: inhalation of nanoparticles.
Sociologist Melissa Walls, Ph.D., wants to make something clear: She’s not the story behind the $2.8 million National Institutes of Health research grant that she, a Medical School, Duluth colleague, and two other researchers were awarded last fall.
The story, as she sees it, is about adults her team will be working with to examine the ties between stress and type 2 diabetes among Native Americans — the population with the highest diabetes rate in the world.
Twenty years ago, while studying classical guitar at the University of Minnesota, Dean Harrington lost the fine motor control in the “plucking” fingers of his right hand. Soon he also found that he could no longer type efficiently on a computer and that his right forefinger would spontaneously click the mouse at inappropriate times.
At the University of Minnesota, a select group of students is swapping textbooks for English-Kannada dictionaries and boning up on Udupi cuisine for a premed course called the Global future Physician (GfP), which plays out not in the classroom but amid the cacophony of Mysore, India, and across the tribal lands of the Indian state of Karnataka.
Family physician Christopher Wenner, M.D., is also his own nurse, receptionist, accountant, and janitor. And that’s how he likes it.
Three years ago, the 1999 Medical School alumnus got fed up with the constant hurry he faced in his job with a large practice group and decided to become a solo practitioner in Cold Spring, Minn., his hometown.
The hopeful student wishing to join the first medical school class at the University of Minnesota in 1888 needed little more than a high school diploma to apply. There were no national standards for medical education at the time, and the requirements for admission and subsequent graduation were regularly debated and varied between institutions.
Parkinson’s. Alzheimer’s. Schizophrenia. Stroke. Depression. These and a host of other debilitating neurological diseases afflict one in five Americans, at a staggering economic and social cost. But University of Minnesota neuroscientists expect to reduce that burden with advances in neuromodulation — treatments, such as deep brain stimulation, that change the activity of brain circuits.
Minnesota hospitals and clinics may be forced to scale back their training programs because of 2011 state legislation that severely reduces funding to Medical education and research Costs (MERC). The cuts adversely affect University of Minnesota Medical School students and residents, partner hospitals, and, ultimately, access to health care in Minnesota.
The boards of the University of Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Medical Foundation voted on Jan. 23 to merge into a single entity. The merger is designed to better serve University donors by providing one voice for private giving at the U and ensuring greater operational excellence in gift administration.