The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to bringing leading-edge basic and applied research and innovation to patient care.
The research-intensive faculty within the department have several major focus areas including cancer, immunology, cardiovascular disease, renal disease, diabetes, and genetics. The faculty consist of tenured associate and full professors, several of which currently hold endowed chairs or professorships. They interface with University of Minnesota departments and centers such as the Center for Immunology, Masonic Cancer Center, and the Institute for Translational Neuroscience.
Downtown Minneapolis viewed from a basic research laboratory
Brenner tumor (IHC for E-cadherin)
Polychromatic crystalline keratopathy of the cornea
Pap smear with endocervical adenocarcinoma in situ
Macrophages (in red) surrounding a growing ductal structure in the mammary gland
Lymph node with a micrometastasis from ductal carcinoma of the breast
Leydig cells (Reinke crystal)
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Division of Anatomic Pathology
Hematopathologist Mike Linden is visiting professor in Arequipa, Peru
Karger co-authors report
Amy Karger was co-author of an AACC Pediatric Laboratory Medicine Policy Report, entitled "Advancing Children's Health through Pediatric Laboratory Medicine."
The report, published on-line in August, is intended to help educate policy makers and the general public on the unique issues related to pediatric laboratory medicine. It concludes: "As laboratory medicine continues to advance and increase in promise and complexity, the collaborative development of clinical practice guidelines will be critical to ensure diagnostic advances are appropriately applied."
Berger and Luquette to lead new LMP elective for medical students
Pediatric pathologists David Berger and Mark Luquette will lead a new LMP elective for year 3-4 medical students beginning this month. LAMP 7-120, Perinatal/Pediatric Pathology is designed to introduce medical students to pediatric pathology but could also be of interest for students planning to specialize in obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric medicine, pediatric surgery, or pathology. The elective will take place at M Health/Masonic Children's Hospital. Medical students should contact Dr. Berger at 612-273-4014 or email@example.com for more information.
Berger joined the LMP faculty last summer from Texas Medical Center where he was a pediatric pathology fellow. He received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine and completed an AP/CP residency at Baylor. Luquette is a pediatric-perinatal pathologist with a background in basic science and information technology. He also joined the LMP faculty last summer. Luquette received his MD from Louisiana State University School of Medicine.
Balfour's EBV vaccine project in the news
Hank Balfour and his research team were featured on KARE 11 TV, WXIA 11 TV Atlanta, and in USA Today last month. The stories were about Balfour’s efforts to develop a vaccine to reduce the risk of Mono and other Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-related conditions. The publicity resulted in numerous inquiries.
Balfour’s Mono Project is a research and public outreach effort dedicated to learning how EBV causes mononucleosis and other diseases. EBV is implicated in several forms of cancer including Burkitt’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma. New evidence is also supporting an EBV link to multiple sclerosis and to risk of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) in blood and bone marrow transplant patients.
The Mono Project: EBV Diseases Research Program