LMP News, April 15

Seegmiller receives research grant to study dietary biomarkers and cardioprotection

Jesse Seegmiller has been awarded $43,689 by NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases through Johns Hopkins University to study “Dietary biomarkers and cardioprotective mechanisms of the DASH-sodium diet.”

El-Ashry takes on new role at BCRF

Dorraya El-Ashry, associate professor, will be leaving the department at the end of April to take the role of Chief Scientific Officer at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York.  She will maintain an adjunct faculty appointment with the department. Congratulations!

Lab Week is April 21-27

Medical Laboratory Professional Week is an annual celebration to recognize medical lab professionals and the pathologists who keep the labs running.  It’s an opportunity to both recognize the lab staff and to promote public awareness of the importance of clinical laboratories to patients’ wellbeing.

Balfour’s study is among journal’s top downloaded papers

The editor in chief of Clinical Infectious Diseases congratulated Hank Balfour for his research team’s 2018 paper “Epstein-Barr virus DNA in parental oral secretions: a potential source of infection for their young children,” which ranked in the top 10 percent of the journal’s most downloaded articles the past two years.

UMP Pathology Assistants receive awards

Two pathology assistants recently received awards recognizing their efforts.  Meghan Pickard was awarded Preceptor of the Year from the Rosalind Franklin Pathologists’ Assistant program and Kathleen Czmut was awarded the Fellow Grant winner from the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistant for her article “Arrythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy: A case report”. Congratulations!

LMP establishes a Gynecologic and Breast Pathology Fellowship

The department has established a new Gynecologic and Breast Pathology Fellowship to prepare highly qualified trainees to pursue a career in clinical practice in academic medicine or in a large, tertiary-care community-based setting. The program will guide trainees toward expertise in the development of diagnostic skills in gynecologic and breast specimens with the integration of relevant cytopathology, including the use of histopathological, cytogenetic and molecular diagnostic methods. ACGME accreditation is pending.

Ricard gives presentation at ERN Conference in STEM 

Jocelyn Ricard from Maggie Flanagan’s lab presented her data at the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM and also presented her data at Harvard at the Undergraduate New England Science Symposium.  See a description of Ricard’s ERN presentation and a photo essay at this link.

Grant opportunities

The Vilcek Foundation is currently seeking applicants for the 2020 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. The foundation is accepting applications from foreign-born scientists age 38 and under from now through June 10, 2019. Three winners will each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2020.  Complete eligibility requirements and the online application can be found on www.vilcek.org.

New building hours to be implemented

On April 15, building hours will be updated for the following buildings: Mayo Building, Weaver-Densford Hall, Phillips Wangensteen Building, Moos Tower and Diehl Hall (exception: the Bio-Medical Library has extended hours that vary and require U Card access). Hours in buildings not listed will not change. The new building hours are listed here. If you need after-hours access, please contact Caroline Hallstrom, challstr@umn.edu.

Faculty, residents and fellows publish

Uppendahl, L.D., Felices, M.D., Bendzick, L., Ryan, C., Kodal, B., Hinderlie, P., Boylan, K.L.M., Skubitz, A.P.N., Miller, J.S., Geller, M.A.  (2019) Cytokine-induced memory-like natural killer cells have enhanced function, proliferation, and in vivo expansion against ovarian cancer cells.  Gynecologic Oncology 2019; 153: 149–157.

Mirak SA, Shakeri S, Bajgiran AM, Felker ER, Sung KH, Asvadi NH1, Khoshnoodi P, Markovic D, Ponzini D, Ahuja P, Sisk A, Reiter RE, Lu D1, Raman SS. Three Tesla multiparametricmagnetic resonance imaging: Comparison of performance with and without endorectalcoil for prostate cancer detection, PI-RADS™ Version 2 category and stagingwith whole mount histopathology correlation. Journal of Urology 2019; 201, no. 3 (2019): 496-502. doi:10.1016/j.juro.2018.09.054. 

Nelson, P., Dickson, D., Trokanowski, J., Jack, C. J., Boyle, P., Arfanakis, K., Rademakers, R., Alafuzoff A., Brayne C., Chui, H., Coyle-Gilchrist, I., Fardo D., Flanagan, M., Halliday, G., Hokkanen, S., Hunter, S., Jicha, G., Katsumata, Y, Kawas, C., Keene, C., Kovacs, G., Kukull, W., Levey, A., Makkinejad, N., Montine, T., Murayama, S., Murray, M., Nag, S., Rissman, R., Seeley, W., Sperling, R., White, C., Yu, L., Schneider, J.  Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE):  Consensus Working Group Report.   Brain 2019: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.37842 

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The next LMP Research Forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, from 5-7 in the Dale Shephard room at the Campus Club.   Alessio Giubellino will present. 

The department’s Molecular Pathology and Genomics Division will hold its next quarterly meeting Thursday, May 16 in Campus Club rooms A,B,C, 12 noon – 1:30 pm.

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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