LMP News, August 19

Kelekar receives Medical School faculty research award

LMP associate professor Ameeta Kelekar has received a Medical School/UMF Bridge Award of $20,000 for her project “Glutamine carbon tracer analysis and label-free quantitative (LFQ) proteomics to study the role of Noxa in human T cell metabolism.”  Matching funds were provided by LMP and the Masonic Cancer Center.  The award period runs from August 2019 to January 2021.

Li’s Alzheimer’s research is highlighted at AACC meeting

The Alzheimer’s Disease research of LMP associate professor Danni Li and her colleagues was highlighted at the AACC annual meeting August 5.  Their research shows that certain plasma metabolites can predict which Alzheimer’s patients are likely to see their symptoms improve with exercise therapy.  These metabolite biomarkers could be used to develop a blood test to guide Alzheimer’s treatment.  LMP clinical chemistry fellow and first author of the study Ghaith Altawallbeh presented the research findings at a poster session.

Linden and Williams to present at ASCP annual meeting

LMP associate professor Michael Linden and LMP assistant professor Sarah Williams will give an educational presentation on VMT2-19 peripheral blood-smear review for the practicing pathologist: Key diagnoses that you never want to miss at the ASCP annual meeting Sept. 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona.

M Physicians welcomes new Chief Operating Officer

Runjhun Nanchal has been named Chief Operating Officer, leading clinical operations, process improvement and facility management for M Physicians and our academic Specialty Clinics and Surgery Center.  She joins M Physicians most recently from Banner Health's Academic Division in Tucson, AZ. Runjhun joined M Physicians August 5.

Medical School Research and Equipment Grants & Bridge Funding deadline is Sept. 15

Research and equipment grants are awarded to Medical School faculty for basic and clinical research.  Priority is given to startup funding for new faculty, bridge funding during lapse in NIH RO1 or similar type grant and equipment funding.  The application deadline for Medical School Research and Equipment Grants & Bridge Funding is Sept. 15.

Grant-In-Aid program funding applications open today

Applications open today August 19 for the OVP Research Grant-In-Aid Program. These funds are used to support independent research and act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. In fiscal year 2019, 82 grants were awarded with an average award of $35,147.

U of M Wellbeing Program deadline approaching

The deadline for earning wellness points through the U of M Wellbeing Program is August 31.

Faculty, residents and fellows publish

Arbefeville S, Lynch M, Ferrieri PEvaluation of a multiplex fully automated treponemal and nontreponemal (rapid plasma reagin) assay.  Am J Clin Pathol. 2019 Jul 5;152(2):230-236. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/aqz034. 

Johnson JR, Johnston BD, Porter SB, Clabots C, Bender TL, Thuras P, Trott DJ, Cobbold R, Mollinger J, Ferrieri P, Drawz S, Banerjee R.  Rapid emergence, subsidence, and molecular detection of Escherichia coli sequence type 1193-fimH64, a new disseminated multidrug-resistant commensal and extraintestinal pathogen.  J Clin Microbiol. 2019 Apr 26;57(5). pii: e01664-18. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01664-18.

Hillier SL, Ferrieri P, Edwards MS, Ewell M, Ferris D, Fine P, Carey V, Meyn L, Hoagland D, Kasper DL, Paoletti LC, Hill H, Baker CJ. A phase 2, randomized, control trial of group B Streptococcus (GBS) type III capsular polysaccharide-tetanus toxoid (GBS III-TT) vaccine to prevent vaginal colonization with GBS III.  Clin Infect Dis. 2019 May 30;68(12).

Leng E, Henriksen JC, Rizzardi AE, Jin J, Nam JW, Brasseur BM, Johnson, AD, Reder NP, Koopmeiners JS, Schmechel SC, Metzger GJSignature maps for automatic identification of prostate cancer from colorimetric analysis of H&E- and IHC-stained histopathological specimens. Scientific Reports.  2019 May;9(1):6992. 

Khalifa MA, Atri M, Klein ME, Ghatak S, Murugan PAdenomyosis as a confounder to accurate endometrial cancer stagingSeminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI.  2019, 40; 4:  358-363.  https://doi.org/10.1053/j.sult.2019.04.004

Bassiouny D, El-Baz MA, Gamil TM, Shams N, Ismiil N, Dubé V, Han G, Cesari M, Lu FI, Slodkowska E, Chiu HF, Naeim M, Li N, Nofech-Mozes S, Khalifa MAEndometriosis-associated ovarian cancer is a subset with a more favorable outcome and distinct clinical-pathologic characteristics.  Int J Gynecol Pathol. 2019 Sep;38(5):435-442. doi: 10.1097/PGP.0000000000000533.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The U of M Farmers Market will run until Sept. 25 on the Gateway Plaza, just outside the McNamara Alumni Center.  The market is held rain or shine, every Wednesday between 11 am and 2 pm. 

LMP faculty can sign up for professional headshots, which are open to all Medical School faculty on Sept. 12 from 12 noon - 3 pm in Mayo D199. You can reserve one of the remaining spots and walk-ins will be added to a queue on arrival. The Medical School plans to offer headshot sessions every fall and spring. You can sign up here.


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