Nicholas Levinson, PhD, in the Department of Pharmacology, leads a laboratory using unique methods to better understand how protein kinases promote cancer cell growth and how to design more selective drugs to target and block their functions.

Christina Camell, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, leads a study to uncover the role of immune cells in age-related metabolic dysfunction.

Led by Mustafa al’Absi, PhD, the Stress and Resilience Laboratories launched a global study to map out the behavioral and socioeconomic dynamics of how people have adjusted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new study from the University of Minnesota Medical School found that allopurinol, an inexpensive generic drug that reduces uric acid levels, did not show benefits in protecting from loss of filtering function in the kidney.

Medical School faculty members, Clark Chen, MD, PhD, Kathryn Dusenbery, MD, and Clara Ferreira, PhD, received the “Appreciation of Excellence” award for their commitment to treating brain cancer patients using innovative GammaTile Technology.

Mark R. Schleiss, MD, American Legion and Auxiliary Research Foundation Chair and professor in the Department of Pediatrics, will tap into saliva samples, originally collected from days-old infants to study CMV, to answer two questions—does mother-to-baby transmission of COVID-19 exist, and did the virus arrive in Minnesota earlier than March 2020?

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which is part of the spectrum of tic disorders and is characterized by motor and vocal tics. It is a relatively rare disorder that impacts around one percent of people and has varying degrees of impact on the quality of life of those affected. It often comes along with co-occurring emotional, behavioral and psychological difficulties that can add additional challenges to wellbeing and functioning. Unfortunately, right now there is no cure for TS, and the best treatments that exist only help around 50% of patients.

Wisconsin resident Jacqueline Bergan, 82, went into the hospital late in 2019 for a routine steroid injection in her neck to help her manage pain. The injection caused an extremely rare epidural hematoma – bleeding between the tough outer membrane covering the brain (dura mater) and the skull.

Christine Conelea, PhD, LP, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, has been researching how transcranial magnetic stimulation, combined with current methods, may improve the treatment of tics for patients with Tourette Syndrome.

June is National PTSD Awareness Month
Assistant Professor Jacquetta Blacker, MD, MA, has been studying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for years. Her research and involvement in treating individuals with PTSD has taught her that it is a complex condition that plays out differently in each person it touches.


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