77-year-old Owatonna, MN, resident Don Matejcek had just come out of two days of surgery for a problem that began in November 2019 when he noticed some numbness in his left arm and leg. A month later, he started getting weakness on that side. The weakness evolved into paralysis and Don had to use a walker, dragging his left leg along. After an MRI showed a mass where the brain stem joins the spinal cord, Don was referred to the University of Minnesota Neurosurgery Department and into the care of skull base specialist, Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD.

Associate Professor Carol Peterson, PhD, and Assistant Professor Ann Haynos, PhD — both in the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences — and their team members from the Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research are taking a fresh look at emotions and eating disorders. They hope to use their therapeutic research and mechanistic science to better understand the brain and develop life-changing therapeutic interventions for people with eating disorders.

Morgan Brisse, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, talks about her experience in the lab during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Associate Professor Carol Peterson, PhD, and Assistant Professor Annie Haynos, PhD, from the Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, explain their groundbreaking research on the links between mental health and eating disorders.

Radha Rajasingham, MD
A Sri Lankan Canadian native of Toronto, Canada, she vied for a spot to study medicine at American medical schools—an opportunity harder to find as a foreign student.

Susan Everson-Rose, PhD, MPH, and Harry Orr, PhD, received the award, which focuses on honoring faculty who serve as role models for fellow faculty members, promote professional development and create supportive, positive working environments.

Drs. Jakub Tolar, Tim Schacker, Bradley Benson and Sophia Vinogradov joined the Star Tribune to be pannelists on the their townhall, From COVID-19’s Front Lines.

Michael-Paul Schallmo, PhD, studied why people with ASD may experience sensory hypersensitivity and found that differences in visual motion perception in ASD are accompanied by weaker neural suppression in the visual cortex of the brain.

Mary Owen, MD, assistant professor and director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health on the Medical School’s Duluth campus, is working with her team to provide resources and care to Native American communities during COVID-19.

Two graduates from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Michael Rosenberg, MD, ’90, an associate professor in the Department of Radiology, and Chris Jackson, MD, ’89, a neuroradiologist at Minneapolis VA Health Care System, are 2020 ACR Fellows.


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