Andrew Adams, MD, PhD, has joined the Department of Surgery as a professor and as chief of the Division of Transplantation at both M Health Fairview University of Minnesota hospitals. He brings $11.7 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health focused on developing novel therapies to improve outcomes for transplant patients.

Federal and state agencies have temporarily allowed unprecedented flexibility for the use of telemedicine, including audio-only visits, for encounters where opioid use disorder (OUD) medications are prescribed. Cuong Pham, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, is analyzing telemedicine’s efficacy for patients with OUD during COVID-19.

Alexander Herman, MD, PhD, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and David Darrow, MD, MPH, in the Department of Neurosurgery, are studying hair samples from frontline healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic to determine how their cortisol levels might correlate with their responses on a “multi-armed bandit task.”

A collaborative team between the University of Minnesota Medical School and Van Andel Institute (VAI) will soon begin a $6.2 million study that seeks to define the molecular linkages between aging and Parkinson’s disease — an approach for new treatment targets not yet explored by many researchers. 

Faculty members, Emily Onello, MD, and James Boulger, PhD, publish a special report, examining the adaptation of an experiential rural family medicine curriculum to virtual learning in response to COVID-19 limitations. 

Christen Ebens, MD, MPH, in the Department of Pediatrics, and Meghan Rothenberger, MD, in the Department of Medicine, co-lead the U of M site for an international study collecting samples from some of COVID-19’s most unexpected, yet sickest, patients. The research will determine if genetics plays a role in who falls ill with the disease.

Faculty member and Anthropologist of Law, Michele Statz, PhD, and Regional Dean, Paula Termuhlen, MD, co-authored a commentary in the American Journal of Public Health, stating that the most common type of legal problem for poor rural residents is healthcare access.

Drs. Claudia Fox and Aaron Kelly, both co-directors for the Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine, recognize that underserved communities show disproportionate rates in the prevalence of obesity. Their research focuses on these disparities, hoping to close that gap.

The project will create an interprofessional team that involves cardiothoracic surgery, infectious disease, addiction medicine, nurse management, and social work, as well as a Peer Support Specialist from the Native American Community Clinic.

A recent multi-collaboration study published in the Journal of Family Medicine shows that U.S. medical schools overestimate the number of graduates who will enter the primary care workforce.