LMP News, July 29

Thomas joins LMP faculty

Stefani Thomas, PhD joins our faculty today as an assistant professor. Thomas is a clinical chemist who uses mass spectrometry and proteomics to study biomarkers in ovarian cancer and other malignancies. She comes to us from the Department of Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was the Daniel W. Chan Fellow in Clinical Chemistry. Thomas will also serve as Associate Director of Masonic Children's Hospital Acute Care Laboratory.

Karger appointed to newborn and children heritable disorders workgroup

LMP assistant professor Amy Karger been appointed to the Laboratory Standards and Procedures Workgroup of the Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (ACHDNC) for a 4-year term, as the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) representative. ACHDNC is the federally-established committee that provides advice and establishes guidelines and procedures for uniform newborn screening utilized by local and state health departments.

Koob research is highlighted

LMP associate professor Michael Koob’s recent research paper published in Nature Communications was highlighted in Alzforum.org in an article entitled “Gene disruption haunts tau mouse—knock-ins look promising.” Alzforum is a leading research information resource for Alzheimer's Disease.

Courville heads to Virginia

Elizabeth Courville, LMP associate professor and hematopathologist, is leaving the department next month to take a faculty position at the University of Virginia. Please take a moment to thank Elizabeth for her many contributions to LMP.

Participate in the 2019 Faculty Needs Assessment

All faculty are invited to participate in the 2019 Faculty Needs Assessment offered by the Medical School’s Office of Faculty Affairs and Medical Educator Development and Scholarship (MEDS). Responses from this assessment will help develop a comprehensive faculty development program that reflects the needs and desires of our faculty. The assessment takes less than 10 minutes. Responses are due August 2. Take the assessment here.

Balfour is named “world expert” in Epstein-Barr infections

Expertscape, a medical expert search and ranking website, has named Hank Balfour as a “world expert” in Epstein-Barr Virus Infections. Expertscape's algorithms place Balfour in the top 0.1% of scholars writing about Epstein-Barr Virus Infections over the past 10 years.

Dean Tolar & UMP CEO Konety to host faculty and staff forum 

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Medical School and UMPhysicians Faculty & Staff Quarter Two Forum on Wednesday, July 31, 7 - 8 a.m. in Moos Tower 2-520 hosted by Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of the Medical School and UMP Board Chair, and Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA, UMP CEO and Vice Dean for Clinic Affairs. This event will include strategic updates regarding the practice and our clinical partnerships.

Minnesota Partnership funding LOI deadline approaching   

The deadline for submitting a letter of intent for Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics funding is August 2. See RFP for details.

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.

Faculty, residents and fellows publish

Yang J, Price MA, Wanshura LEC, He J, Yi M, Welch DR, Li G, Conner S, Sachs J, Turley EA, and McCarthy, JB. "Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan 4 enhanced melanoma motility and growth requires a cysteine in the core protein transmembrane domain." Melanoma Res. 2019; 29(4): 365-375.

Johnson LM, Johnson C, and Karger AB. End of the line for fetal lung maturity testing. Clin Biochem. 2019 Jul 6. pii: S0009-9120(19)30459-X. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2019.07.003.

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. The market features Twin Cities-area vendors who sell a variety of fresh seasonal produce, including berries, sweet corn, tomatoes, apples, and pumpkins. The market also features produce from Cornercopia, a University of Minnesota student-managed organic farm.  When you shop at the market bring along a reusable bag to tote your market goods. Also, bring small bills to pay with cash.

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.

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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