Surgery Update

April 21st


Drs. Elizabeth Lusczek and Nick Ingraham

Study IDs COVID-19 phenotypes, could help guide care
Drs. Elizabeth Lusczek and Nick Ingraham – Medscape, 4/5/2021



Clinical trial studying metformin treatment for COVID-19

Clinical trial studying metformin treatment for COVID-19

Christopher Tignanelli, MD is a co-investigator in a new multi-site clinical trial led by the University of Minnesota Medical School is studying the effectiveness of metformin, a generic medication for type 2 diabetes, in the treatment of COVID-19.

Synthetic Heart Valves

Synthetic Heart Valves
 UMN-developed synthetic heart valve shows promise after growing with several animal recipients  Professor Richard Bianco – The Minnesota Daily.

In a groundbreaking study, University of Minnesota researchers including Richard Bianco, John P. Carney, and Matthew Lahti (Experimental Surgical Services) used a hybrid of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to create heart valves that can grow with the recipient.

After University of Minnesota saved Tom Anderson as a child, the Alexandria man was happy to serve as a regent. In 1963, when Anderson was just 5-years-old, C. Walton Lillehei, MD, performed open-heart surgery at the U of M to repair his congenital atrial septal defect.  03/31/2021- Alexandria Echo Press


Brett Roach, a grad student in the Yamamoto lab, was selected for a predoctoral fellowship position on the University of Minnesota’s Targets of Cancer Training Program (T32 Grant).

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