LMP News, May 28

NIAID awards Farrar and Jameson R01 grants

NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded Mike Farrar a five-year $2.6 million R01 grant to study “Co-repressors in STAT5-dependent CD4+ T cell development and function.”  NIAID has awarded Steve Jameson a five-year $2.75 million R01 grant to study “Regulation of T cell responses by P2RX7.”

Skubitz receives MOCA funding

The Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) has awarded Amy Skubitz $150,000 for “Verification of a biomarker panel for the early detection of ovarian cancer using serum samples from multiple sources.”

Ernst Awards in pathology are announced

The Kenneth F. Ernst Award in Pathology recognizes superior research in pathology by medical students, residents, or fellows. This year’s winners are:

Best AP Non-Fellow Abstract ($250) 8 entries.  The winner is Hira Yousaf for Ancillary markers for improving reproducibility of "dysplasia" diagnosis in Barrett Esophagus.  Presented at USCAP 2019; mentored by Hector Mesa 

Best CP Non-Fellow Abstract ($250) 4 entries.  The winner is Meghan Hupp for Amylase and lipase co-ordering in the workup of pancreatic disorders is unnecessary and costly: An institutional lab utilization study.  To be presented at ACLPS 2019; mentored by Amy Karger 

Best Fellow Abstract ($250) 7 entries.  The winner is Irina Stout for Uterine Adenosarcoma and Low Grade Endometrial Stromal Sarcoma: A Comparative Study Using Novel Immunohistochemical Markers.  Presented at USCAP 2019; Mentored by Paari Murugan

Best Paper ($750) 4 entries.  The winner is Amy Beckman for Prospective Investigation of an Automated PCR/Nucleic Acid Microarray-Based Platform for Enteric Pathogen Testing. Published in Lab Medicine; Mentored by Pat Ferrieri

LMP Teachers of the Year named

Each year, LMP residents nominate faculty for Teacher of the Year.  For 2018-2019, Elizabeth Courville and Dale Snover have been named Teacher of the Year in CP and AP, respectively.  Congratulations and thank you for all you do for our trainees!  

ACOG recognizes Khalifa and colleagues for research collaboration

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) gave Mahmoud Khalifa and his University colleagues a third place research award from among nearly 800 entries for their collaboration “Provider adherence to surgical guidelines for risk reducing salpingo-oophorectomy in BRCA mutation carriers [08OP].”  Congratulations!

Czmut is highlighted in AAPA newsletter


LMP pathology assistant Kathleen Czmut is commended in a recent American Association of Pathologist’s Assistants (AAPA) newsletter for “Promoting the Profession.”  An AAPA member since 2016, Czmut described her many community outreach activities including at the annual Minnesota State Fair.  She is pictured below with LMP resident Cade Arries on her left and former LMP pathology assistant student Nicole Dispensa on her right.

Mandatory Clinical Faculty meeting scheduled for May 29

A required component of the UMPhysicians Risk Management Professional Liability Incentive plan includes Adverse Event and Disclosure Education.  This 30-minute activity includes a 7-minute video on UMP's Adverse Event Communication & Resolution Program and a presentation by UMP risk attorneys.  Training for LMP clinical faculty is scheduled for 9-9:30 am on Wednesday, May 29 in 450 MCRB.  If you cannot attend this meeting, you must complete this training by June 30.

Medical School invites Requests for Proposals

Reflecting on what Dean Tolar calls “a very tangible benefit from our new partnership with Fairview Health Services,” the Medical School is inviting Requests for Proposals for grant support in three areas:  Research, Education, and Clinical Quality.  Submitted proposals should show significance, strength of the investigators for the identified project, innovation, and cross-disciplinary opportunity. The deadline for a Letter of Intent is June 1.  For more information, click here.

Grant opportunities

Summer Bridge Funding is a Grant-in-Aid seed money research support fund.  The deadline for the PI to submit an application is June 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 of an NIH R01 or similar type grant, and equipment funding.  The next deadline is June 15.

Chrome River electronic expense reimbursement system is now required

Use of Chrome River, the University's electronic expense reimbursement system, is required beginning today, May 28.  Chrome River replaces the paper expense reimbursement form.  Online training and job aids are available here.  Chrome River can be accessed via MyU.  Travel cards are also available, email Kathy Smith (k-smit@umn.edu) to request one.

University offers faculty activity reporting system 

The University has invested in Works, a system for faculty to report annual activity across research, teaching, and service. The Provost’s Office is encouraging current faculty members to use the system to record activities for easy annual activity reporting and CV generation. For more information, click here.

Faculty, residents and fellows publish

Chauhan A, Gruenberg J, Arbefeville S, Mettler T, Brent CH, Ferrieri P.  Disseminated Hormographiella aspergillata infection with lung and brain involvement after allogenic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation in a 54-year-old man.  Lab Med. 2019 May 8. pii: lmz018. doi: 10.1093/labmed/lmz018.

Batista da Costa J, Gibb EA, Bivalacqua TJ, Liu Y, Oo HZ, Miyamoto DT, Alshalalfa M, Davicioni E, Wright J, Dall'Era MA, Douglas J, Boormans JL, Van der Heijden MS, Wu CL, van Rhijn BWG, Gupta S, Grivas P, Mouw KW, Murugan P, Fazli L, Ra S, Konety BR, Seiler R, Daneshmand S, Mian OY, Efstathiou JA, Lotan Y2, Black PC.  Molecular characterization of neuroendocrine-like bladder cancer.  Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Apr 5. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-18-3558.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

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.  

The Center for Women in Medicine and Science (CWIMS) Annual Spring Workshop will be held May 30.  More information at this link.


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.