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.

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3rd Annual Twin Cities Regional Flow Cytometry Conference

It’s not too late to register for the Twin Cities' annual regional flow cytometry conference on Saturday, March 24 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. in 450 MCRB.  The conference features presenters from the U of M, HCMC, Minneapolis Children's, and Dahl Chase Pathology (Bangor, Maine).  Registration is free and lunch will be provided.  RSVP to Amy Olson: olson017 at  RSVP needed by 3/21/18 for appropriate lunch count. 

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Online education

The Nature of Disease: Pathology for Allied Health Students

LAMP 4177 (3 credits, Summer 2018)

The online course for undergraduate students is a study of the mechanisms of human disease. Students receive a substantial foundation in the pathobiology of human disease and medical terminology. The course covers general pathology followed by organ system pathology. 

Summer registration for LAMP 4177 spring semester starts March 8th.

LAMP 4177 is a good foundation course for a degree in the Health Sciences including:

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Health & Wellness ICP
  • Spring semester online
  • Summer semester online
  • Grading: A/F or S/N

Non University of Minnesota students are welcome and can register through the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS), University of Minnesota.


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Research Spotlight

Flanagan focuses on aging and dementia

LMP neuropathologist Maggie Flanagan specializes in investigating neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging.  She is the department’s lead investigator for the Nun Study of Aging and Alzheimer's disease, a longitudinal study of Catholic nuns who donated their brains to research. 

Margaret FlanaganThe study was launched in 1986 to determine the causes and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, other brain diseases, and mental and physical disability associated with old age.  Nearly 700 School Sisters of Notre Dame have participated.

Flanagan and Laura Hemmy, Department of Psychiatry, spoke about the Nun study in a recent LMP Research Forum.  Since the study was initiated investigators have found:

  • Variability in correspondence between clinical state and brain pathology
  • A single copy of the APO e4 genetic allele is associated with a higher risk of dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease together with vascular brain lesions have a compounding effect
  • High levels of linguistic ability earlier in life may protect against cognitive decline in old age

Flanagan said the Nun study is “fundamental to our knowledge of brain aging” in part because about 90 percent of study participants consent to brain autopsy following their death, making possible both anatomical and molecular studies of brain tissue. She said she is “extremely grateful for the ongoing contributions of the sisters.  I am just so lucky to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing and scientifically critical cohort of women.”

Flanagan and Hemmy are featured in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN story on aging and Alzheimer’s disease involving the Nun study. The story has been shown in Europe and will air in March in the US.  Flanagan appears at the 2:04 mark of the link below.