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Children's Health

Fall 2013

Off to a great start

Sara Ramel, M.D., uses the high-end Pea Pod Infant Body Composition System to assess fat-to-muscle ratio noninvasively and without radiation. (Photo courtesy of Michael Schmidt)

University physicians and researchers find that it’s never too early to begin optimizing kids’ brain development

The right timing can make all the difference. And where children’s brain development is concerned, University of Minnesota researchers are finding that particularly important. “The earlier you intervene, the bigger impact you can have,” says Michael Georgieff, M.D., director of the University’s Center for Neurobehavioral Development and a neonatologist at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. “You’re laying the foundation for a healthy adult mental life.”

Preventing youth violence

Iris Borowsky, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo: Scott Streble)

A University of Minnesota pediatrician takes a leading role on the national problem

Though the problem of youth violence reigns large in the United States, Iris Borowsky, M.D., Ph.D., is not one to dwell on the negative. Instead, she has spent the past 19 years at the University of Minnesota researching ways to prevent the problem.

With a new milestone, solid organ transplantation at the U celebrates 50 years

Priya Verghese, M.D.

In April 2013, University of Minnesota physicians performed their 8,000th kidney transplant—almost exactly 50 years after their first.

A picturesque room

Lizzie Bell (Photo: Jim Bovin)

While Lizzie Bell, 19, recovered from a blood and marrow transplant this summer, she turned her Adopt A Room in University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital into her personal photo editing suite.

Warm heads, warm hearts


The young cancer patients at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital who lose their hair after chemotherapy now have a stylish way to keep their heads warm. Thanks to the organization Love Your Melon, more than 800 cozy winter hats and baseball caps have been given to children at Amplatz.

Leaving a legacy

Zach Sobiech (Photo: J Dunn Photography)

The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund lifts University of Minnesota bone cancer research program ‘up, up, up’

Through music, Zach Sobiech said goodbye to his loved ones. And in the process, the Stillwater teenager’s YouTube music video for his song “Clouds” touched people around the world. Though Sobiech died of osteosarcoma, an aggressive type of bone cancer, on May 20 at age 18, his legacy extends far past millions of YouTube views. The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, created by Zach and his family through Children’s Cancer Research Fund, exclusively benefits research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota that is focused on understanding the causes of osteosarcoma and developing new therapies for it.

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