LMP News, April 1

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Furcht featured in Impact Medicine

LMP head Leo Furcht was profiled in the Medical School’s Impact Medicine campaign under the title “Dr. Leo Furcht Creates a Legacy Many Aspire to Achieve.”  Furcht began his residency training at the University in 1972 and soon focused on research, initially on cancer viruses and then cancer metastasis, the area on which he built his research career.  Writer Maddie Eaton observes that Furcht “has left an unequivocal legacy not only through his groundbreaking research but also his leadership.”

Koob awarded grant to study mitochondrial disease

Michael Koob has been awarded $67,460 by B-Mogen Biotechnologies, Inc. to study “Development of mitochondrial disease in mouse models.”

Seegmiller receives funding to study chronic kidney disease

The University of Rochester has awarded ARDL’s Jesse Seegmiller a five-year $43,131 grant in ARDL’s capacity as a Central Biochemistry Laboratory for the Chronic Kidney Disease in Children (CKiD) study, a prospective cohort study of children with CKD that investigates risk factors and outcomes of the disease.

Tsai receives research contract to study Cushing disease sequencing data

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has granted Mike Tsai a research contract in the amount of $32,158 to analyze whole exome sequencing data in Cushing disease.

Linden and Murugan are named as “Rising Stars”

Michael Linden and Paari Murugan are among nearly 100 U of M doctors honored as 2019 “Rising Stars” by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.   Congrats!

Skubitz and research colleagues are developing a blood test for ovarian cancer

Amy Skubitz and her research colleagues are developing a blood test to screen for ovarian cancer.  The project, which is funded by the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, is described in a recent U of M Research Brief.

LMP welcomes new PGY-1 Residents

The Match was finalized in mid-March and we will have four new residents starting in July:  Elena Frye Naharro (University of Minnesota), Sayek Ghatek (Calcutta National Medical College), Andrew Stone (University of Minnesota) and Yan Zhou (Peking University Health Science Center). 

Dwyer gives presentation on new reimbursement system

ALRT’s finance director, Dan Dwyer, gave a presentation on the new Chrome River reimbursement system March 27.  Dan’s slides are available here.  To access Chrome River visit the U’s purchasing website.  Travel cards will also be available, email Kathy Smith (k-smit@umn.edu) by May 15 to request one.

New LMP website is launched

As you may have already noticed, the LMP website has a new look.  The redesign is part of a major Medical School Initiative to ensure all Medial School-affiliated websites are compliant with University branding policies and guidelines.


Yousaf and Pratt give USCAP presentations

Second-year resident Hira Yousaf gave a poster presentation at USCAP 2019 held last month in National Harbor, Maryland: “Ancillary markers for improving reproducibility of ‘dysplasia’ diagnosis in Barrett’s Esophagus.”  Hira’s poster was a nominee for the Stowell-Orbison /Surgical pathology /Autopsy poster award.  First-year resident Annaliisa Pratt gave a platform presentation. Her presentation was titled “Correlation between imaging and autopsy findings in patients clinically diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome.”  See photo below. 

Hogquist is offering help

LMP Research Vice Chair Kris Hogquist is offering assistance to faculty on a number of fronts:  equipment or other research resources needs; research services: bioinformatics, statistics, commercial services, or local cores; local collaborations; funding opportunities and feedback on grants; trainees and trainee funding opportunities and; new faculty hires and set up.  Feel free to contact Kris (hogqu001@umn.edu).

Grant opportunities

The deadline for the Chainbreaker GOpher A Cure Awards is April 23.  The awards are designed to foster interdisciplinary collaborations encompassing novel, hypothesis-driven studies of cancer or a cancer-related topic. The proposal must be a joint, collaborative effort by at least two UMN faculty (one must be a Cancer Center member) with at least two or more colleges/schools represented.  More information is available here.

Faculty, residents and fellows publish

Santiago V, Cartwright D, Khoshnoodi P, Klein M, Giubellino A. A Case of tumor of follicular infundibulum involving the vulvaCase Rep Pathol. 2019 Jan 28;2019:4606493. doi: 10.1155/2019/4606493. 

Montine TJ, Cholerton BA, Corrada MM, Edland SD, Flanagan ME, Hemmy LS, Kawas CH, White LR. Concepts for brain aging: resistance, resilience, reserve, and compensation.  Alzheimers Res Ther. 2019 Mar 11;11(1):22. doi: 10.1186/s13195-019-0479-y.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The 9th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium will be held Wednesday, April 10th‚ 8 am to 6 pm at TCF Bank Stadium. More information is available here.

The next LMP Research Forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 11 from 5-7 in the Dale Shephard room at the Campus Club. Jan Czyzyk will present. 

Send news to Bill

Please send publications, achievement and event information and announcements you think appropriate for the LMP Newsletter to Bill Hoffman at hoffm003@umn.edu.  Also, Bill has an ongoing interest in photographs, images, and story ideas you may have for the LMP website.


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