He maintained a lab for more than half a century and trained countless fellows from across the globe.

New University of Minnesota Medical School research finds postpartum women are generally getting prescribed more narcotics than they need. Cresta Jones, MD, FACOG believes establishing new guidelines will help protect patients.

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, recently announced the beginning of an initiative to promote academic research, education and quality improvement projects for Medical School faculty members. The Dean gave a financial award to each department in the Medical School to provide concrete guidance and support for faculty who would like to accomplish their academic goals with fewer barriers to help them do so.

Early in 2018, Bloomington, MN, resident Holly Ziebol was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer in adults. “She has a rare type of glioblastoma that harbors a mutation in a histone gene,” explained Clark C. Chen, MD, PhD, U of M Department of Neurosurgery Head. “Histones are proteins that package DNA into structural units. They regulate which genes are turned on and which are turned off.” This mutation, known as H3K27M, turns on a set of genes leading to protein formation that drives cancer growth, Chen added.

Dr. Osborn has studied the relationship between sympathetic nervous system activity and hypertension throughout his career.

The new system was envisioned to allow more equitable organ allocation while providing an overall benefit to patients awaiting heart transplantation.

A program offered through the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, called the “Clinical Immersion Program,” links the medical technology community with Medical School faculty to inspire new collaborations and, even possibly, devices that work to improve clinical delivery systems and patient care.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers and providers from the University of Minnesota and M Health Fairview hope their studies will lead to a new medical tool that dramatically improves care for movement-limited patients.

“If you look at progress in neurosurgery over the last 100 years, it has, to a large extent, paralleled and depended on advances in technology,” said Garnette Sutherland, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Calgary, Canada. “One can see how technology plays a big role in patient outcome following a neurosurgical procedure.” Sutherland, who has “played” with technology throughout his long career as a neurosurgeon, was on the U of M campus recently to participate in one of many “collisions” being orchestrated by the U of M’s Neurorobotics Consortium. 

Dr. Lin Yee Chen and his team demonstrated that the prevalence of silent AFib in the community is not as high as previously thought.


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