Faculty

On Wednesday night, Drs. Mary Owen and Raymond Christensen participated in special programming with WDSE-TV / PBS North dedicated to answering questions and discussing updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic with the Twin Ports community.

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) features Assistant professor, Dr. Emily Onello on the cover of the winter edition of their quarterly magazine, highlighting her new book, ‘Profiles of Rural Medical Educators.’

Dr. Anita Randolph serves as the Director of the Community Engagement and Education Core for the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain. She produces valuable scientific research while simultaneously representing the MIDB to local communities. Her comfortability within both realms is an asset to a research group that must manage a lot of moving parts to be successful.

Researchers from the Wickman Lab are studying how drugs of abuse trigger neuroadaptations within the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), a key component of the brain's “reward system.” Since behavioral implications of a well-documented adaptation in mPFC still remain unknown, the researchers sought to better understand how it might shape behaviors relevant to addiction.

Amy Karger, MD, PhD, shares the successes and challenges of the last year and discusses three ways that fellow academic research laboratories can prepare to serve their state for the next pandemic or outbreak.

Edward Y. Cheng, MD, and a team of faculty physicians from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery developed an objective tool, backed by science, to more equitably prioritize patient care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been a major challenge for physicians and health systems across the country.

Faculty members, Drs. Emily Onello and Jim Boulger with Patrick Bright are among the authors recently selected by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) for the 2021 Research Paper of the Year.

Drs. Eli Coleman and Michael Ross from the Medical School’s Program in Human Sexuality recently published research demonstrating the importance of sexual health coursework for medical students.

Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, is conducting qualitative research to build educational materials and a “communication toolkit” for pediatric palliative care providers when they’re working with Somali, Native American, Latinx and Hmong communities. 

Led by Mustafa al’Absi, PhD, the Stress and Resilience Laboratories publishes a novel analysis, revealing the global experiences of stress and how resilience can buffer effects of social isolation on sleep during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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