Research

Jazmin Camchong, PhD, and Anna Zilverstand, PhD, both assistant professors in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, have been using neuroimaging research to try to inform brain-based treatments for substance abuse.

Mark Osborn, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, and colleagues are working to develop a faster diagnostic test for COVID-19 that does not require specialized reagents or infrastructure and may help detect different strains of COVID-19.

Biomedical Sciences faculty members, Dr. Anna Wirta-Kosobuski and Dr. Richard Melvin have developed informational resources geared for youth, "COVID-19? Answers for Kids" and "A Kid's Quick Guide to Stopping COVID-19" on easy ways to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. 

The Visible Heart Lab at the University of Minnesota Medical School has completed an educational dissection to gather information that is informing current surgeons around the world about the effects of one of the first open-heart surgeries performed by C. Walton Lillehei, PhD, MD.

This research, led by David Redish, PhD, and Sophia Vinogradov, MD, will combine basic, computational and clinical science in a collaborative, five-year study to document changes in brain function that may indicate how people with psychosis understand the world differently. The information could prove useful in tailoring better treatments for one of the most mysterious mental health diagnoses.

Freshly recruited faculty in the Department of Surgery, Nichole (Nikki) Klatt, PhD, brings new opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration with her microbiology studies.

Timothy O'Connell, PhD, was awarded a five-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the mechanisms by which omega-3 fatty acids benefit heart health.

Recent research by Emilyn Alejandro, PhD, published in the journal, Cell Reports, has identified the critical role that O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) plays in the ability and capacity of pancreatic beta cells to sense obesity and produce and release insulin appropriately.

In a vertical climb to avoid collision with a towering mountain, a plane ejects cargo to gain altitude. Investigators at the University of Minnesota showed that cancer cells perform similar feats in escaping the killing effects of radiation. Their work was published in the May issue of the journal, EBiomedicine.

A recent grant from the National Institutes of Health supports research led by Martina Bazzaro, PhD, which looks to find a way to restore sensitivity to chemotherapy for patients with ovarian cancer who have become chemoresistant.

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