LMP News, December 17

Nelson awarded ACS grant

Andrew Nelson was awarded a three-year American Cancer Society Clinical Scientist Development Grant totaling $437,000 for “Investigating RHAMM contributions to breast cancer progression.”

Giubellino BRAINS program is funded

The Medical School is providing $75,000 to fund the Biomedical Research Awards for Interdisciplinary New Science (BRAINS) program proposed by Alessio Giubellino and colleagues to apply 3D bioprinting to melanoma drug discovery and testing.

Hamilton-Hart and Jameson receive Medical School Research and Equipment Awards

Sara Hamilton-Hart received a Medical School / UMF Faculty Research and Equipment Award of $15,000 to support her project “Regulation of the immune response to malaria by IL-10 producing natural killer cells.”  Steve Jameson received $6,100 to purchase nucleofection equipment.

LeBien leads "Big Data Advances in Biomedical Science" discussion

Tucker LeBien chaired the 2018 research meeting of the Association of Academic Health Centers in Washington DC on November 29th and 30th.  The theme of the meeting was "Big Data Advances in Biomedical Science" and included presentations from US and global academic health centers, as well as three senior NIH officials.

Hogquist to give Campbell Memorial Lecture

Kristin Hogquist will give the Dan Campbell Memorial Lecture at the 58th Midwinter Conference of Immunologists at Asilomar in January.  Kris is also serving on the American Association of Immunologists’ Public Affair Committee and was recently appointed to the Peer Review Committee of the Life Sciences Research Foundation.

Linden MDS+AML educational program is highlighted in ASH newsletter

The presentation of Michael Linden and colleagues “Stop…Collaborate and Listen: A Multidisciplinary Approach in MDS+AML” was featured in the newsletter of the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology earlier this month.  See below a photo of Linden and his colleagues from the National Marrow Donor Program, Northwestern University, and Johns Hopkins University.

Balfour’s EBV vaccine is highlighted in Nature

Hank Balfour and his team were highlighted in a feature article entitled “Building a better lymphoma vaccine” published in Nature last month.  Writer Claire Ainsworth observes that researchers are closing in on vaccines to prevent or treat lymphomas and other cancers triggered by the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV).

Berger heads to Texas

David Berger, assistant professor and pediatric pathologist, is leaving the department next month to take a career opportunity in Texas.  Please take a moment to thank David for his many contributions to LMP.  A search for a pediatric pathologist is underway.

Please note Part A time reporting for new year

These are the weeks clinical faculty will be asked to do Part A time reporting in the New Year.  Please note them on your calendar.

  • January 28-February 10 (due February 14)
  • April 29 – May 12 (due May 16)
  • July 29 – August 11 (due August 15)
  • October 28 – November 10 (due November 14)

Upcoming grant deadlines

The Resident Research Grant deadline is January 1, 2019. More information on the process here.

The Spring Grant In Aid funding cycle opens January 2. research.umn.edu/funding-awards/grant-aid

Faculty publish

Klein, T., Wang, W., Yu, L., Wu, K., Boylan, K.L.M., Isaksson Vogel, R., Skubitz, A.P.N., and Wang, J-P. Development of a multiplexed giant magnetoresistive biosensor array prototype to quantify ovarian cancer biomarkers.  Biosensors and Bioelectronics; 2018, 126:301-307.  * Skubitz and J-P Wang are joint senior authors on this manuscript.

Flanagan ME, Cholerton B, Latimer CS, Hemmy LS, Edland SD, Montine KS, White LR, Montine TJ. TDP-43 Neuropathologic Associations in the Nun Study and the Honolulu-Asia Aging Study.   Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, vol. Pre-press, no. Pre-press, pp. 1-10, 2018.  DOI: 10.3233/JAD-180162.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The next LMP Research Forum is scheduled for Thursday, January 10 from 5-7 in the Dale Shepard room at the Campus Club.  Rob Bell will present. 

The 2018 Performance appraisal process for civil service, bargaining unit and P&A employees will kick off over the next couple weeks.  Watch for information from ALRT HR on timelines and training.

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.