LMP News, June 17

Tsai receives NICHD laboratory services contract for multicenter B-WELL-Mom study

NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development(NICHD) has awarded Mike Tsai a $66,784 contract to perform RNA extraction services for B-WELL-MOM (Breathe-Wellbeing, Environment, Lifestyle and Lung function), a multicenter prospective cohort study of factors that predict poor asthma control during pregnancy.

Jameson elected to the AAI Council

Steve Jameson has been elected to the 2019-2023 American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Council.  The Council is comprised of AAI leaders who are recognized experts in their specific fields, are passionate about science and are devoted to promoting development opportunities for researchers at every career stage.  Jameson will begin his term on July 1.

Skubitz’s research on earlier ovarian cancer detection is highlighted

Amy Skubitz’s research in the Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program was featured last month in HemOnc Today.  The article, which includes an interview with Skubitz, is entitled “Investigational blood-based assay could lead to earlier ovarian cancer detection.”

Racila moderates scientific session on a fusion approach to cancer diagnosis

Last month, Emil Racila participated in the Global Conference of Oncology and Radiology in Rome, where he moderated a scientific session involving "Fusion of radiomics and pathologic examination in cancer diagnosis.”  Results from this work, which initially focused on lung cancer, may be applicable to malignancies in other organs, especially soft tissue, breast, liver and gastrointestinal neoplasms.

Klein and Linden give poster presentation at annual ASCO meeting

Molly Klein and Michael Linden and their colleagues gave a gynecological cancer poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago earlier this month.  Their poster was entitled “Tumor stroma proportion to predict platinum chemoresistance in primary ovarian carcinomas: A prospective study.”

Adeyi to be honored with CAP-ACP leadership award

Oyedele Adeyi will be presented with the 2019 Leadership in Education Award at the CAP-ACP Annual Meeting being held June 22-25 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  This prestigious award, established in 2013, recognizes a member who has shown leadership in education within the CAP-ACP. Prior recipients of the award can be found here.

LMP cytopathologists host George Birdsong

pathology faculty

Department cytopathologists hosted Emory University cytopathologist George Birdsong for his May 29th Grand Rounds talk “Regulatory and quality assurance issues in cytology: A brief history.”

Online biostatistics course launched for U of M research community

A new online biostatistics training module, supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), is now available for faculty and clinical research professionals to learn about the SMART experimental research design process that looks at adapting interventions to produce better patient outcomes.

Keys to grant proposals resubmission are discussed at UMMS Duluth

In a recent webinar recorded at UMMS Duluth, “Keys to Proposal Resubmission," Steve Jax of Hanover Grants discussed how investigators with unawarded proposals can understand and respond to reviewer comments and scores.

Faculty, residents and fellows publish

Gamache J, Benzow K, Forster C, Kemper L, Hlynialuk C, Furrow E, Ashe KH, Koob MDFactors other than hTau overexpression that contribute to tauopathy-like phenotype in rTg4510 mice.  Nature Communications 10; June 6, 2019.  https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10428-1

Irey EA, Lassiter CM, Brady NJ, Chuntova P, Wang Y, Knutson TPHenzler CChaffee TS, Vogel RI, Nelson ACFarrar MASchwertfeger KL.  JAK/STAT inhibition in macrophages promotes therapeutic resistance by inducing expression of protumorigenic factors. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 May 30. pii: 201816410. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1816410116.  

Amundson WH, Racila E, Allen T, Dincer HE, Tomic R, Bhargava M, Perlman DM, Kim HJ.  Acute exacerbation of interstitial lung disease after procedures.  Respir Med. 2019 Apr;150:30-37. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2019.02.012.

Moisini I, Amin KMallery SStewart J 3rdMettler T.  Efficacy of endoscopic-guided fine-needle aspiration in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal spindle cell tumors.  Diagn Cytopathol. 2018 Aug;46(8):663-669. doi: 10.1002/dc.23976.

Lou E, Vogel RI, Hoostal S, Klein MLinden MA, Teoh D, Geller MA. Tumor-stroma proportion as a predictive biomarker of resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy in patients with ovarian cancer. JAMA Oncol. 2019 Jun 1. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.1943. 

Glasgow MA, Argenta P, Abrahante JE, Shetty M, Talukdar S, Croonquist PA, Khalifa MA, Starr TK. “Biological insights into chemotherapy resistance in ovarian cancer.” Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Apr 30;20(9):2131.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Medical School and UMPhysicians Faculty & Staff Quarter Two Forum on Wednesday, June 26 from 7-8 am.  Location TBD.  This forum, hosted by Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of the Medical School and University Minnesota Physicians Board Chair, and Badrinath Konety, MD, MBA, University Minnesota Physicians CEO and Vice Dean for Clinic Affairs, will include strategic updates regarding the practice and our clinical partnerships. 

Assistant professors and early-career associate professors are encouraged to apply to the NIH Proposal Preparation Program (P3) being offered this fall.  P3 is a program for faculty members in the Medical School preparing for their first K- or R- series NIH grant proposal.  Applications for the fall cycle are due July 29.  Find more information here.  

Music on the Plaza, Northrop’s popular summer concert series, returns to campus with a mix of new bands and returning favorites. A campus tradition since the 1950s, the series features Minnesota bands with a worldwide variety of styles. Concerts run from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through early August on the Northrop Plaza. Audiences are invited to bring a lunch, find a seat, and dance along to the sounds of local musicians. In case of inclement weather, check northrop.umn.edu for notification of a revised location or cancellation.

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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