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LMP News, May 21, 2018

Jameson awarded NIH RO1 grant

Steve Jameson was awarded a five-year National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant for his project “Making and breaking of CD8+ T-cell self-tolerance.”  He will receive $497,181 for the first year.

Flanagan receives equipment award

Maggie Flanagan received a Medical School / University of Minnesota Foundation award of $35,000 to purchase equipment associated with neuropathology infrastructure and the Nun Study of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Cohn honored with Polesky award

Claudia Cohn was honored with the 2018 Herbert F. Polesky award by Memorial Blood Centers (MBC), which recognizes an individual who has made a notable contribution to the blood banking field.  The award was for Cohn’s research on supporting platelet refractory patients.  The award ceremony was held May 3 at TCF Bank Stadium as part of a gala fund raiser for the blood center.  Polesky was MBC director from 1964 through 1999 and an LMP adjunct faculty member.

Ernst award winners announced

Ten abstracts and four papers were submitted for consideration of this year’s Ernst Award. For 2018, the best AP non-fellow abstract went to Victor Santiago for Histologic features of hysterectomy specimens from female-male transgender individuals. Aqsa Nasir hadthe best CP non-fellow abstract, Clinical significance of low grade follicular lymphoma with high proliferative index, and Scott Gilles the best fellow abstract, New biomarkers in T-cell lymphoma: Case series of CD161 expression in T-cell prolymphocytic lymphoma. The overall best paper winner was Meghan Hupp for Comparison of evaluation techniques, including digital image analysis, for myc protein expression by immunohistochemical stain in large B-cell lymphomas.

The Ernst award was established in 1977 by Thomas and Freda Turner to honor Kenneth F. Ernst who was Turner’s colleague and mentor while serving in the Army.  Ernst was a graduate of the U of M Medical School and specialized in pathology.

Singh to retire

Jasbir Singh, director of clinical labs and toxicology at the VA, is retiring at the end of July. Singh has been an LMP adjunct professor since 1995.  He did his clinical chemistry postdoctoral training here in the 1980s under Larry Bowers.  Assistant director Michael Mbughuni, an LMP adjunct professor, will assume oversight of resident chemistry rotations at the VA. 

U implementing new design for managing research data

In response to the looming need for increased research data storage, a team of University data experts has been working to redesign the U of M's approach to data management to ensure the University can keep up with the increasing demand. LMP initiatives in molecular pathology and genomics, computational pathology, and informatics generate large and growing data sets.

Send news to Bill

With Linda’s retirement looming 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.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The next LMP faculty meeting is May 30 after Grand Rounds in 450 MCRB.

The Medical School is hosting a faculty, provider and staff forum on Tuesday, May 29, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Wilf Family Center Auditorium on the West Bank.  Included in the discussions will be progress on clinical partnerships and the journey to becoming a group practice.   Refreshments will be served.

Startup Workshop: The Finer Points of Raising Money is being offered May 23 to faculty, graduate students, and post-docs.  This startup seminar and networking event is for U of M researchers interested in bringing their ideas to market. Attendees will learn from faculty who have launched startups and hear from startup executives about their experiences identifying angel investors, working with venture capitalists, and learning how to pitch a new technology to investors. Register and learn more >

University Grand Challenge Research Initiative proposals are due June 6.  See https://strategic-planning.umn.edu/gc-research-initiative-phase3 for more information on these interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Chainbreaker rider signup is now open at https://chainbreakerride.org/ to register or get more information.

If you are a UMP provider remember to do your in-person required safety training Safety First. Please enroll in the training through your Workday Learning for UMPhysicians. For questions contact the Patient Safety Team at UMNSafetyAlways@Fairview.org.  Classes are held in Mayo and PWB on the East Bank and on the West Bank.  Start times range from 6 am to 6 pm. 

Everyone needs to complete the University’s mandatory Sexual Misconduct training by June 30.

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/  

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Monday, May 21, 2018

LMP News, May 7, 2018

MCT medical director McKenna receives two NIH PACT PI contracts

Dave McKenna was awarded two PI contracts through the NIH Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies (PACT):  One award ($757,000, 2018-2019) will assist biomedical engineer Robert Tranquillo with his project using dermal fibroblast-derived decellularized tissue tubes for right ventricular outflow tract repair; a second award ($722,500, 2018-2019) will assist Erik Finger, Dept. of Surgery, with manufacturing peripheral blood-derived T regulatory cells for tolerance studies in solid organ transplant. 

Orr awarded NIH competitive renewal grant

Harry Orr was awarded a $393,170 NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke competitive renewal grant over five years for his study of “Cell signaling and neurodegeneration.”

Flanagan speaks in BBC Radio program “Aging with Grace”

You can hear Maggie Flanagan at the 19:08 mark of the BBC Radio program “Aging with Grace” about the pioneering Nun Study of aging and Alzheimer’s disease involving the School Sisters of Notre Dame. 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csxg5h

Postdocs are now eligible for parental leave

If not already provided by the award or funding agency, parental leave is now available to postdoctoral fellows who are on 50% appointments or greater.  Fellows may take six weeks paid leave related to the birth, adoption or gestational surrogacy of a child.  Leave begins at a time requested by the fellow but no more than two weeks prior to the due date or adoption event.  For a fellow who gives birth, the leave must begin no later than the birth event.  For more information go to:  https://policy.umn.edu/hr/postdocappoint

Courville baby on board

The Courville family is happy and proud to announce the birth of a healthy 8.2 lb. boy, Jackson James ("Jack")!  Photo of Jack attached below.

Faculty publish

Rudolf JW, Garcia CA, Hanna MG, Williams CL, Balis UG, Pantanowitz L, et al. Career paths of pathology informatics fellowship alumni. J Pathol Inform 2018; 9:14.

As we approach the end of the academic year, we wanted to highlight some particularly noteworthy publications by our faculty:  

Li D, Radulescu A, Shrestha RT, Root M, Karger AB, Killeen AA, Hodges JS, Shu-ling F, Ferguson A, Garg U, Sogoll LJ, Burmeister LA.  Association of biotin ingestion with the performance of hormone and nonhormone assays in health adults.  Journal of the American Medical Association 2017; Sept 26, 318(12), 1150-1160.  H Index: 582, SJR (journal impact): 6.87

Folsom AR, Roetker NS, Kelley ST, Tang W, Pankratz N. Failure to replicate thrombomodulin genetic variant predictors of venous thromboemolism in African Americans. Blood 2017; 130(5): 688-690. H Index: 394, SJR (journal impact): 5.84

Van Etten J, Nyquist M, Li Y, Yang R, Ho Y, Johnson R, Ondigi O, Voytas DF, Henzler C, Dehm SM.  Targeting a single alternative polyadenylation site to coordinately block expression of androgen receptor mRNA splice variants in prostate cancer.  Cancer Res. 2017; 77(19): 5228-5235, 2017.  H Index:  390, SJR (journal impact): 4.75

Paulson HL, Shakkottai VG, Clark HB, and Orr HT.  Polyglutamine spinocerebellar ataxias - from gene identification to potential treatments, Nature Revs. Neuroscience 2017; 18:613-626.  H Index 337, SJR (journal impact): 19.02

Katerndahl, CDS, Heltemes-Harris LM, Willette MJL, Henzler C.M, Frietze S, Yang R, Schjerven H, Silverstein KAT, Ramsey LB, Hubbard G, Wells AD, Kuiper RP, Scheijen B, van Leeuwen FN, Muschen M, Kornbau SM, and Farrar MA.  Antagonism of B cell enhancer networks by STAT5 drives leukemia and poor patient survival. Nat Immunol., 2017; 18: 694-704.  H Index 323, SJR (journal impact): 14.47

With Linda’s retirement looming 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.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

Next Research Forum is Thursday, May 10th from 5-7 in the Dale Shephard Room in the Campus Club.  Sophia Yohe/Yoji Shimizu and Emil Racila/Jim McCarthy will give updates on their Innovation Initiatives.

The annual Residents and Fellows Graduation event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 for the annual graduation dinner.   The festivities start with a social hour at 5:00 in the Campus Club – West Wing.

Startup Workshop: The Finer Points of Raising Money is being offered May 23 to faculty, graduate students, and post-docs.  This startup seminar and networking event is for U of M researchers interested in bringing their ideas to market. Attendees will learn from faculty who have launched startups and hear from startup executives about their experiences identifying angel investors, working with venture capitalists, and learning how to pitch a new technology to investors. Register and learn more >

University Grand Challenge Research Initiative proposals are due June 6.  See https://strategic-planning.umn.edu/gc-research-initiative-phase3 for more information on these interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Chainbreaker rider signup is now open at https://chainbreakerride.org/ to register or get more information.

If you are a UMP provider remember to do your in-person required safety training Safety First. Please enroll in the training through your Workday Learning for UMPhysicians. For questions contact the Patient Safety Team at UMNSafetyAlways@Fairview.org.  Classes are held in Mayo and PWB on the East Bank and on the West Bank.  Start times range from 6 am to 6 pm.

Everyone needs to complete the University’s mandatory Sexual Misconduct training by June 30.

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/ 

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

jack.jpg

Publication date: 
Monday, May 7, 2018

LMP News, April 23, 2018

Bill to increase grant funding signed in Washington

Late last month, the FY2018 appropriations bill was signed into law with increases for the NIH of $3 billion (8.8% over 2017).  The American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) wrote that, “There is a clear intent to fund an increasing number of grant awards and to continue focusing on emerging investigators and first-time renewals for young investigators.”  In 2017 RO1 award amounts were up slightly with the average award being $482,395.  The number of awards was down by 2.4% from 2016.  ROA success rate decreased from 19.96% in 2016 to 19.3% in 2017.  It was felt that this decrease was impacted by special initiatives e.g. NCI’s Cancer Moonshot. 

Zantek’s work acknowledged

The editorial board of the journal “Anesthesia & Analgesia” recently recognized Nicole Zantek’s outstanding contributions as a reviewer to their journal.  

Senator Klobuchar visits Grossman Center

Recently Amy Klobuchar, senator for Minnesota, visited the Grossman Center on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota.  Maggie Flanagan was involved in a promotion video https://youtu.be/8yHxeL9YYDY for the event and also got to meet the Senator.  See photo below.

Hallgren remembered

Helen (Nordine) Hallgren graduated in 1965 from LMP’s Medical Technology program and later became an assistant professor in the same program and served as director of Graduate Studies for our master’s program in clinical laboratory science.  She was also a researcher who published a number of papers on aging with Jim O’Leary, associate professor, who predeceased her.  Hallgren passed away on April 2. The department will make a memorial in her name to the LMP Research and Development fund. 

Faculty publish

Johnson, LM, Gniadek TJ, Cohn CSBachowski GKarger AB. A 43-year-old woman with unexplained elevation of hCG. Clin BIochem 2018 Mar 26 pii:S0009-9120(17)31253-5. Doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2018.03.016.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29588177

Burrack KS, Huggins MA, Taras E, Dougherty P, Henzler CM, Yang R, Alter S, Jeng EK, Wong HC, Felices M, Cichocki F, Miller JS, Hart GT, Johnson AJ, Jameson SC, Hamilton SE ​Interleukin-15 Complex Treatment Protects Mice from Cerebral Malaria by Inducing Interleukin-10-Producing Natural Killer Cells J Immuni.2018.03.012

Glinos GD, Pastar I, Giubellino A.  Tomic-Canic M, Miteva M,  Stone RC. Novel mevalonate kinase missense mutation in a patient with disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis JAAD Case Reports, Vol. 4, Issue 4, p340–343

Cao J, Karger AB, Critically elevated potassium in a 55-year-old female with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Lab Med 2018 M 28. PMID: 29608741​https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29608741 

Multi-use facilities now available for foot washing

Three existing spaces have been renovated to provide University faculty, staff and students who are Muslim the ability to wash their feet several times in the course of the day. The spaces are all multi-use and open to everyone. The closest facilities are located in 200-6 Mayo and 208 Coffman Union.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

This week is Lab Week:  Medical Laboratory Professional Week is an annual celebration to recognize hospital lab professionals and the clinical faculty who keep the labs running.  It’s an opportunity to both recognize the lab staff and to promote public awareness of the importance of hospital laboratories to patients’ wellbeing.

Everyone needs to complete the University’s mandatory Sexual Misconduct training by June 30.

U of M night at Target Field is scheduled for Friday, April 27 at 7:10 pm.  It may?? be warm by then. With your ticket purchase you also get a UofM/Twins cap.  Go to https://www.mlb.com/twins/tickets/specials/university-of-minnesota to purchase tickets.

Dean’s Tribute to Excellence in Education will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 pm at the Weisman Art Museum.  RSVP here:  https://www.med.umn.edu/DTEE2018

U of M Annual BioResearch Product Faire is scheduled for Thursday, May 3 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm in Coffman Memorial Union.  Free food.  A list of exhibitors and pre-registration is at http://www.biotech-calendar.com/showinfo/poster.php?showCode=UMinn18

The annual Residents and Fellows Graduation event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 16 for the annual graduation dinner.   The festivities start with a social hour at 5:00 in the Campus Club – West Wing.  RSVPs to Gail Rosenbaum, at rosen018@umn.edu by May 2.

University Grand Challenge Research Initiative proposals are due June 6.  See https://strategic-planning.umn.edu/gc-research-initiative-phase3 for more information on these interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Chainbreaker rider signup is now open at https://chainbreakerride.org/ to register or get more information.

If you are a UMP provider remember to do your in-person required safety training Safety First. Please enroll in the training through your Workday Learning for UMPhysicians. For questions contact the Patient Safety Team at UMNSafetyAlways@Fairview.org.  Classes are held in Mayo and PWB on the East Bank and on the West Bank.  Start times range from 6 am to 6 pm.  

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/  

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Klobuchar&Flanagan

Publication date: 
Monday, April 23, 2018

LMP News, April 10, 2018

Flanagan and Koob are co-Is

Maggie Flanagan and Mike Koob are co-investigators on a new Minnesota Partnership grant for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics, “Targeting Tau Phosphorylation and Missorting to treat Alzheimer’s disease.”  Other PIs include Dezhi Laio (U of M) and Michelle Mielke (Mayo).  Koob developed the initial mouse models and will continue this role on the grant to test the hypotheses.  Flanagan will analyze Alzheimer’s patient samples to determine the sub-cellular localization of different modified (phosphorylated) forms of the tau protein in these patients. 

LMP to hold graduation ceremony for residents and fellows

Last month we announced our new class of residents but soon we will be saying goodbye to graduating residents and fellows.  Save the date of Wednesday, May 16 for the annual graduation dinner.   The festivities start with a social hour at 5:00 in the Campus Club – West Wing.  RSVPs should be sent to Gail Rosenbaum, at rosen018@umn.edu

Sexual misconduct training is a must

Most of you should have received an e-mail telling you to complete the University’s mandatory Sexual Misconduct training.  The training needs to be completed by June 30.  This training will take at least an hour to complete and needs to be done from a computer (not a phone or tablet).  It works best with Chrome or Firefox.  You can complete in multiple sittings.  Each faculty member, staff, and student is required to take the training.  You should have received an e-mail which contains your unique link to the training.  You can search for the e-mail by typing in "training@umn.eduin your google mail search

USCAP annual meeting attracts LMP faculty

A number of LMP faculty attended the annual USCAP meeting in Vancouver.  Attached below is photographic proof.  Khalid Amin was on the program with a poster presentation on “Low tissue expression of amphiregulin in human intestinal acute graft-versus-host disease.”  Mahmoud Khalifa (co-authors include Victor Santiago and Molly Klein) presented a poster session on “Histologic features of hysterectomy specimens from female-male transgender individuals.”  Paari Murugan had a platform presentation on “Prostate biopsy processing: an innovative model for reducing cost, test time and improving diagnostic material”, co-authors include PAs Drew Sciacca, Meghan Pickard, Deanna Smith.  Alumnae Ioana Moisini presented a poster on “L1 Cam-A Potential Biomarker for Recurrent and Aggressive Endometrial Carcinoma”, included as co-authors were Jim Richter and Molly Klein.

Linda recommends Lynda.com

Interested in learning something about time management, programming fundamentals, a brush-up on Excel, how to learn to have a difficult conversation with colleagues or maybe a short course on photography?  The University provides Lynda.com a library of online training videos that are free for University faculty, staff and students.  Just sign into https://it.umn.edu/technology/lyndacom and explore.  You sign in with your University X500 and password.

Faculty publish

Johnson, LM, Gniadek TJ, Cohn CS, Bachowski G, Karger AB. A 43-year-old woman with unexplained elevation of hCG. Clin BIochem 2018 Mar 26 pii:S0009-9120(17)31253-5. Doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2018.03.016.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29588177

Smetak MR, Khariwala S, Cayci Z, Yueh B, Racila E. 2018. Primary calcitonin-secreting neuroendocrine carcinoma of the larynx - Case report and update on current terminology.  Am J of Oto & Oto Case Reports. 6:61–65. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S246854881730156X

Pelaez F, Manuchehrabadi N, Roy P, Natesan H, Wang Y, Racila E, Fong H, Zeng K, Silbaugh AM, Bischof JC, Azarin SM. 2018. Biomaterial scaffolds for non-invasive focal hyperthermia as a potential tool to ablate metastatic cancer cells.  Biomaterials. 166:27-37. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0142961218301467

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

Next Research Forum is Thursday, April 12 from 5-7 in the Dale Shephard Room in the Campus Club.  Sara Hamilton Hart, Hank Balfour, Sophie Arbefeville and Pat Ferrieri will update you on their innovation grants. 

ATTENTION: Assistant Professors:  the P3 NIH Proposal Preparation Program is offering a spring session.  You need to prepare a NIH K or R series grant for the October/November 2018 NIH deadline and commit to the full 11 session program; attendance is required for the first and last session.  To apply, submit a completed: 1) NIH Biosketch form: 2) one-page SF 424 Specific Aims; and, 3) a cover page with: the title of your grant; the funding mechanism (e.g., R01, K01); your name; terminal degree; your academic department, track and rank; your primary academic mentor for the grant; your and your mentor’s email; note any absences from P3 Wednesday’s sessions you anticipate. Materials are to be sent directly to the Program Director, Matt Kushner, PhD at kushn001@umn.edu by 4:30 pm of the application deadline: April 13, 2018.

U of M night at Target Field is scheduled for Friday, April 27 at 7:10 pm.  It may?? be warm by then. With your ticket purchase you also get a UofM/Twins cap.  Go to https://www.mlb.com/twins/tickets/specials/university-of-minnesota to purchase tickets.

Dean’s Tribute to Excellence in Education will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 5:00 pm at the Weisman Art Museum.  RSVP here:  https://www.med.umn.edu/DTEE2018

U of M Annual BioResearch Product Faire is scheduled for Thursday, May 3 from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm in Coffman Memorial Union.  Free food.  A list of exhibitors and pre-registration is at http://www.biotech-calendar.com/showinfo/poster.php?showCode=UMinn18

University Grand Challenge Research Initiative proposals are due June 6.  See https://strategic-planning.umn.edu/gc-research-initiative-phase3 for more information on these interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Chainbreaker rider signup is now open at https://chainbreakerride.org/ to register or get more information.

If you are a UMP provider remember to do your in-person required safety training Safety First. Please enroll in the training through your Workday Learning for UMPhysicians. For questions contact the Patient Safety Team at UMNSafetyAlways@Fairview.org.  Classes are held in Mayo and PWB on the East Bank and on the West Bank.  Start times range from 6 am to 6 pm. 

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/ 

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

LMP News, March 26, 2018

New renal pathologist joins LMP

Jan Czyzyk joins our department on March 31 as part of our renal pathology service with Lihong Bu.  Most recently Czyzyk was an associate professor at the University of Rochester.  He received his MD from the University of Warsaw and his residency and fellowship training at Yale New Haven Hospital.  Czyzyk’s research is focused on autoimmune diseases, particularly Type 1 Diabetes (t1D) and renal disease.  His office is C425 Mayo; phone is 612-273-3495

LMP matches new class of residents

Our new PGY-1 class of residents for 2018-19 include Ryan Martinez (CP only) from Emory University School of Medicine, Annaliisa Pratt (AP/CP) from Tufts University School of Medicine, Monica Sanchez Avila (AP only) from Tecnologico de Monterrey Escuela de Medicina) and Antoine Wrice (AP/CP) from Howard University School of Medicine. 

Aging contract renewed

ARDL’s National Institute on Aging, subcontract with the University of Michigan for the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), was renewed through 2023.  Bharat Thyagarajan is PI.  The first year award is $777,621.

Cohn named editor

Claudia Cohn was named editor-in-chief of the AABB Technical Manual.  This is a six year assignment.   The Technical Manual is in its 19th edition and covers the entire spectrum of blood collection and transfusion including quality issues, blood collection and processing, blood groups, antigen/antibody testing, clinical transfusions practice and preventing adverse reactions.

Research help now on LMP Google Site

LMP faculty can now access information on our investigational histopathology and research bioinformatics support on our LMP Google site at https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/research-support

Hoffman discusses new book

Bill Hoffman participated in a discussion at the Magrath Library on March 19 of a new book, “Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives,” of which he is a contributing author.  The book is a collection of essays that explores the people and nature of the northern plains as related to conservation. 

Childcare at the U

If you want to be part of the process to develop childcare options on campus, go to https://provost.umn.edu/provosts-child-care-advisory-committee and use the comment form (you need to log in with your UMN x500 account to see the comment form.)

Faculty publish

Dunmire SK, Verghese PS, Balfour HH Jr. Primary Epstein-Barr virus infection. Journal of Clinical Virology 103(2018) 84-92.  https://goo.gl/yJTNbg

Seegmiller JC, Eckfeldt JH, Lieske JC. Challenges in Measuring Glomerular Filtration Rate: A Clinical Laboratory Perspective. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2018 Jan;25(1):84-92. doi: 10.1053/j.ackd.2017.10.006

Seegmiller JC, Miller WG, Bachmann LM. Moving Toward Standardization of Urine Albumin Measurements. EJIFCC. 2017 Dec 19;28(4):258-267. eCollection 2017 Dec.

Schwartz GJ, Wang H, Erway B, Nordin G, Seegmiller J, Lieske JX, Bäck S-E, Miller WG, Eckfeldt JH. Multicenter Laboratory Comparison of Iohexol Measurement. The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine Mar 2018, 2 (5) 711-724; DOI: 10.1373/jalm.2017.024240 http://jalm.aaccjnls.org/content/2/5/711

Claudia Cohn is senior author on Critical Developments of 2017: A review of the literature from selected topics in transfusion.  A committee report from the AABB’s Clinical Transfusion Medicine Committee, Transfusion, (DOI) - 10.1111/trf.14520. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/trf.14520/full

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

If you are a UMP provider remember to do your in-person required safety training Safety First. Please enroll in the training through your Workday Learning for UMPhysicians. For questions contact the Patient Safety Team at UMNSafetyAlways@Fairview.org.  Classes are held in Mayo and PWB on the East Bank and on the West Bank.  Start times range from 6 am to 6 pm. 

E-mail invitations are being sent to faculty and staff to take the required "Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct" training.  The e-mail comes from training@umn.edu.  Everyone at the U must take this training:  faculty, staff, and students. It will take about 60 minutes and is web based.  You can do it in sections.  It cannot be done on a mobile device and you must log in with your UMP username and password.

ATTENTION: Assistant Professors:  the P3 NIH Proposal Preparation Program is offering a spring session.  You need to prepare a NIH K or R series grant for the October/November 2018 NIH deadline and commit to the full 11 session program; attendance is required for the first and last session.  To apply, submit a completed: 1) NIH Biosketch form: 2) one-page SF 424 Specific Aims; and, 3) a cover page with: the title of your grant; the funding mechanism (e.g., R01, K01);  your name; terminal degree; your academic department, track and rank; your primary academic mentor for the grant; your and your mentor’s email; note any absences from P3 Wednesday’s sessions you anticipate. Materials are to be sent directly to the Program Director, Matt Kushner, PhD at kushn001@umn.edu by 4:30 pm of the application deadline: April 13, 2018.

MPG Quarterly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 at noon in Campus Club Room A&B. 

Next Research Forum is Thursday, April 12from 5-7 in the Dale Shephard Room in the Campus Club. 

University Grand Challenge Research Initiative proposals are due June 6.  See https://strategic-planning.umn.edu/gc-research-initiative-phase3 for more information on these interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Chainbreaker rider signup is now open at https://chainbreakerride.org/ to register or get more information.

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/ 

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Monday, March 26, 2018

LMP News, March 12, 2018

Klein receives Cancer Center funds

Molly Klein recently received Masonic Cancer Center funds ($50,000) for her project to establish a new breast cancer tissue microarray.  The intent is to create a tumor bank of specimens from patients 5-10 years ago, create tissue microarrays that can be assayed and link the specimens to a clinical outcome. 

Luquette travels to Dubai

Mark Luquette was an invited speaker at a recent Emirates Surgical Pathology Conference.  His lectures were “Digital Imaging in Pathology – a historical review” and “Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.”  Presentations are located at http://ibdregistry.net

Register for the third annual 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 umn.edu by 3/21/18 for appropriate lunch count.  Program details are linked on the front page of our web site https://www.pathology.umn.edu/   See “News”.

LMP makes Web enhancements

If you haven’t visited yet, we’d appreciate your input on the LMP website: https://www.pathology.umn.edu/  We’ve recently changed out photos on our home page slide deck to feature new slides from hematopathology and Jim McCarthy’s research.  Some of our residents have jazzed up their bios https://www.pathology.umn.edu/bio/pathology-residents/cade-arries and we have photos illustrating two of our fellowships:  hemepath and cytopath.  We’ve also updated ARDL with a feature on the new mass spec facility https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/ardl.  There are three columns on our home page that we update frequently but are heavily dependent on you to help us with.  One is News, the second is Medical Education and the third is Research Spotlight.  Please feel free to promote your lab, teaching, or any new publications.  Look for our future Twitter feed! 

University celebrates spring break on March 16

University offices will be closed on Friday, March 16 for a floating holiday.  This will include all LMP administrative offices.

Hoffman to speak at Genome Engineering symposium

LMP writer and communications expert, Bill Hoffman, will be a featured speaker at The Next Revolution: Genome Engineering 2018 sponsored by the Genome Writers Guild and the Center for Genome Engineering on July 19-21 in the McNamara Alumni Center.  For more information visit:  https://www.genomewritersguild.org/gwg-2018-conference/

Chainbreaker Ride returns in 2018

We encourage you to save the date for Chainbreaker 2018 to be held August 10-12.  All funds raised go toward cancer research at the University of Minnesota.  Last year over 1000 riders took part including many LMP faculty.   Options include a 25, 50 or 100 one-day ride and a 180 mile two-day ride.  There are minimum fundraising commitments.  Go to https://chainbreakerride.org/ to register or get more information.

Safety training required for all M Health providers and staff

If you are a provider or staff member of MHealth (UMP and Fairview) at UMMC East Bank, West Bank or the CSC, you are required to participate in a three hour interactive training session on Key Reliability Behaviors through the use of several Error Prevention Tools.  Training starts March 1.  Classes will be offered each week with a range of starting time and locations.  Please enroll in the training through your Workday Learning for UMPhysicians.For questions contact the Patient Safety Team at UMNSafetyAlways@Fairview.org.

Faculty publish

Bjornstad P, Karger AB, Maahs DM.  Measured GFR in Routine Clinical Practice-The Promise of Dried Blood Spots. Adv Chronic Kidney Dis. 2018 Jan;25(1) 76-83.doi: 10:1053/ackd:2017.09.003 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29499891

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

  • Faculty meeting is scheduled for WednesdayMarch 14 in 5-125 Moos Tower.  Agenda:  U Engagement Survey results, Histopathology studies, Legends in Pathology, training requirements
  • ACGME Faculty Survey is open for core faculty to complete through March 18.  Remember you may have to complete both a residency and fellowship survey.  If you are core faculty, you were e-mailed a link.  Contact Maggie McGough at truax031@umn.edu with questions.
  • Medical School Grants: assistant professor startup funding and equipment grant applications are due March 15 Next deadline for bridge funding is March 15https://www.med.umn.edu/about/honors-awards/services-faculty-students/research-equipment-grants

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/  

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Monday, March 12, 2018

LMP News, February 26, 2018

Li travels to Dubai for talk

Danni Li gave an invited talk entitled "High dose biotin supplement use interference with lab tests and managing patient results in the light of a recent FDA safety communications" at MEDLAB 2018 earlier this month in Dubai, UAE.  MEDLAB Congress has over 6500 conference delegates from all over the world to share innovations in medical laboratory testing. 

Karger is successful on competitive renewal

Amy Karger is PI on The Preventing Early Renal Loss in Diabetes (PERL) grant: A multicenter clinical trial of allopurinol to prevent glomerular filtration rate (GFR) loss in Type 1 Diabetes that was successfully renewed for $461,651.  The sponsor is the Joslin Diabetes Center; the work is done at ARDL.  

Blue Ridge NIH rankings are out

The Blue Ridge NIH rankings are a metric used by the Dean to measure both the Medical School’s progress in receiving NIH funding and also each department.  For the grant year October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017 LMP’s overall rank among similar departments dropped from 18th ($9.7M) to 19th ($9.6M).  These rankings do not include contract funding that many of our PIs receive.  #1 on the Blue Ridge List is Johns Hopkins with over $53M.  The Medical School climbed one spot to #33 with $143M of grants. For more information visit:  http://www.brimr.org/NIH_Awards/2017/NIH_Awards_2017.htm

Skubitz receives grant

Amy Skubitz received notice earlier this month of funding by the Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation for her project “Predicting relapse and response to chemotherapy in sarcoma.”  The grant award is for $49,000.  For more information on funding sarcoma cancer research see: https://www.reininsarcoma.org/funding-sarcoma-cancer-research/

Rudolf passes board exam

Joe Rudolf received notification that he successfully completed the American Board of Pathology’s Clinical Informatics examination.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Pathology effective November 5, 2017.  Congratulations!

Prevent sexual misconduct

You will soon receive an e-mail from training@umn.edu prompting you to take your required training on sexual misconduct.  Everyone (faculty, staff and students) is required to take this hour-long web based training.  You can complete it in more than one session.  You must complete the training by June 30, 2018.  

Safety training required for all M Health providers and staff

If you are a provider or staff member of MHealth (UMP and Fairview) at UMMC East Bank, West Bank or the CSC, you are required to participate in a three hour interactive training session on Key Reliability Behaviors through the use of several Error Prevention Tools.  Training starts March 1.  Classes will be offered each week with a range of starting time and locations.  You need to enroll in the training through Workday Learning.  For questions contact the Patient Safety Team at UMNSafetyAlways@Fairview.org

Faculty publish

Fekrazad R, Sarrafzadeh A, Kalhori KA, Khan I, Arany PR, Giubellino A. Improved Wound Remodeling Correlates with Modulated TGF-beta Expression in Skin Diabetic Wounds Following Combined Red and Infrared Photobiomodulation Treatments. Photochem Photobiol. 2018 Feb 19. doi: 10.1111/php.12914. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:29457837

Gruenberg JM, Stein TA, Karger AB.  Determining the utility of creatinine delta checks:  A large retrospective analysis. Clin Biochem 2018 Feb 1 pii: S0009-9120(17)31254-7. Doi: 10:1016/j.clinbiochem.2018.01.023. (Epub ahead of print).  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29402415

Kim C, Miller RS, Braffett BH, Pan Y, Arends VL, Saenger AK, Barnie A, Sarma AV; EDIC Research Group. Ovarian markers and irregular menses among women with type 1 diabetes in the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications study. Clin Endocrinol. 2018 Jan 4. doi: 10.1111/cen.13546

de Boer IH, Gao X, Bebu I, Hoofnagle AN, Lachin JM, Paterson A, Perkins BA, Saenger AK, Steffes MW, Zinman B, Molitch ME. Biomarkers of tubulointerstitial damage and function in type 1 diabetes.  BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017 Nov 14;5(1):e000461.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

  • Research Forum is March 8 at 5:00 pm in the Campus Club.  Hank Balfour will present on his Epstein-Barr research and Faqian Li and Jesse Seegmiller will give a brief update on their innovation initiative, nuclear proteomics in failing human hearts.

  • REPA forms are due by March 2.  These are our annual report of external professional activities.  The forms need to be completed whether you consult or not.  You should have received an e-mail on January 26 from Jon Guden, repamail@umn.edu.

  • ACGME Faculty Survey is open for core faculty to complete through March 18.  Remember you may have to complete both a residency and fellowship survey.  If you are core faculty, you were e-mailed a link.  Contact Maggie McGough at truax031@umn.edu with questions.

  • Supervisor evaluations are due by February 28 for2017 performance appraisalsof civil service, bargaining unit and P&A employees.  These evaluations are used for determining merit pay increases.

  • Associate and full professors are invited to attend a short faculty meeting for LMP mentors with the Medical School’s Master Mentors (Kathy Watson and Bill Roberts) scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB. 

  • 2017 faculty reviews are due to Jean Kurata on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:30 pm.

  • Medical School Grants: assistant professor startup funding and equipment grant applications are due March 15. Next deadline for bridge funding is March 15. https://www.med.umn.edu/about/honors-awards/services-faculty-students/research-equipment-grants

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/  

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Monday, February 26, 2018

LMP News, February 12, 2018

LMP to provide funding for histopathology studies

LMP has an arrangement with BioNet to support faculty tissue-based research studies by using archival paraffin blocks include cutting H&E stained sections, performing immunohistochemistry, tissue microarray construction and others. Charges for these services will be covered by our department to incentivize faculty research. The process will work similarly to Bioinformatics.  Faculty can send requests on an ongoing basis for histopathology studies to Cole Drifka (cdrifka@umn.edu). A faculty committee (Paari Murugan, David Berger, and Pawel Mroz) will review and approve these requests, work with BioNet staff, discuss details with faculty, and prioritize projects.  Murugan oversees the BioNet operation.

Hogquist presents at UCLA

Kris Hogquist recently traveled to sunshine and the West Coast to present at UCLA’s CTSI Distinguished Speaker Series.  Her topic was “Thymic Selection of Soldiers and Peacekeepers.”

Orr hits historic milestones

NIH recently renewed two of Harry Orr’s longtime RO1 grants.  His RO1 on Cell Signaling and Neurodegeneration is funded for its 16-20th renewal years and the second RO1, Molecular Genetics of SCA1b, is in its 30-34th renewal years.   Kudos! 

Flanagan featured on CNN

Maggie Flanagan appears in Sanjay Gupta’s story on aging which features the over 600 Catholic nuns who donated their brains to the U of Minnesota nun study.  The story has been shown in Europe and will air in March in the US.  Flanagan shows up at 2:04 of the attached clip. 

http://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2018/02/01/vital-signs-the-nuns-devoted-to-understanding-alzheimers-b.cnn

Cohn gives international talks

Claudia Cohn gave two talks at the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) annual highlights meeting in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  One presentation was on cryopreservation of platelets and the second was on hospital hemovigilance.  Her second stop was at the Magen David Adom Blood Center in Tel Aviv, Israel where she presented on cryopreservation of platelets.  FYI: The Magen David Adom Blood Center is the world’s first fully operational underground blood center. 

Balfour receives research grant

Hank Balfour was recently awarded a $25,000 research grant from the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund for his project, “A Vaccine Against the First Human Cancer Virus: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV).  For more information on the fund see http://randyshavercancerfund.org/

Former McCarthy postdoc reaches career goal

Melanie Simpson was recently appointed Chair of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.  Simpson received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the U of MN.  From 1998-2002 she was a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Jim McCarthy.  After her training with McCarthy, she was on faculty in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research focus is the biochemistry of hyaluronan metabolism in castration resistant prostate cancer.

Barnes wins poster award

Aaron Barnes, PGY2 resident, won the Mass Spectrometry Applications in the Clinical Laboratory (MSACL) 2018 US Poster Award at the MSACL annual meeting.  Barnes presented his abstract, “Elucidation of a Naproxen Metabolite Interference in Total Bilirubin Testing on a Routine Chemistry Analyzer System Using LC-MS/MS” (co-authors David Schmidt and Jesse Seegmiller) in a poster lightning round session at the conference which consists of a one slide, 90 second oral presentation.  He worked on this project during his advanced chemistry rotation with Jesse Seegmiller. 

Faculty publish

Nasir A, Amateau SK, Khan S, Simpson RW, Snover DC, Amin K. The Many Faces of Intestinal Tract Gastric Heterotopia; A Series of Four Cases Highlighting Clinical and Pathological Heterogeneity. Hum Pathol. 2018 Jan 7. pii: S0046-8177(18)30004-2. doi: 10.1016/j.humpath.2018.01.003. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29320750. http://www.humanpathol.com/article/S0046-8177(18)30004-2/fulltext 

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

REPA forms are due by March 2.  These are our annual report of external professional activities.  The forms need to be completed whether you consult or not.  You should have received an e-mail on January 26 from Jon Guden, repamail@umn.edu. 

  • 2017 Performance appraisal process for civil service, bargaining unit and P&A employees started last month. Supervisor evaluations are due by February 28.
  • Faculty meeting for LMP mentors with the Medical School’s Master Mentors (Kathy Watson and Bill Roberts) is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.
  • 2017 faculty reviews are due to Jean Kurata on Wednesday, February 28 at 4:30 pm.
  • Medical School Grants: Assistant professor startup funding and equipment grant applications are due March 15.  

 Next deadline for bridge funding is March 15https://www.med.umn.edu/about/honors-awards/services-faculty-students/research-equipment-grants

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/ 

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Monday, February 12, 2018

LMP News, January 29, 2018

Pennell to receive award

Chris Pennell was named a 2018 Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation “Leaders for a Cure” honoree.  Pennell will receive the award on February 1.  This is the first time the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation celebrates leaders from the Super Bowl’s host city (Minneapolis). 

Fairview announces new operating model and structure

Fairview announced this month a new operating model that retains the MHealth agreement and existing relationship with UMPhysicians but shifts to a service line model across the system.  Fairview has operated as distinct regional hospitals; this model will change that.  There will be a physician and providers forum with Mark Welton, CMO-FV, and Osman Akhtar, COO-FV, about these plans on February 7 at 7:00 am in 3-100 Mayo.  A PowerPoint description of the change is available at our faculty google site at:  https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/fairview-new-operating-model-and-structure

Faculty meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 7

Please stay after Grand Rounds on Wednesday, February 7 for our first faculty meeting of 2018.   The agenda will include a presentation by Michelle Dolan on the ACGME Faculty Survey, Tucker LeBien will give an overview of internal grant programs and shared resources and Dan Dwyer will share new rules on group meals while traveling.

Watch for your faculty review form this week

Faculty will receive directions and a modified personnel review form to complete this week.  You will need to use the new form to report your 2017 activities.  The review form is also available for download at our google site https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/annual-faculty-review-process

Due date is February 28 at 4:30 pm.  There is no flexibility with this date.

Faculty publish

Karger AB, Inker LA, Coresh J, Levey AS, Eckfeldt JH.  Novel Filtration Markers for GFR Estimation.  EJIFCC 2017 Dec 19:28(4):277-288.eCollection 2017 Dec. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29333147

Super Bowl week is here!

The Super Bowl will happen on Sunday, February 4 but this week and the Monday after will bring events and people into the Twin Cities and on campus.  Check this site for current updates:  https://twin-cities.umn.edu/super-bowl  Here are a few things to remember:

Light Rail

There is no light rail service on Sunday, February 4 except for Super Bowl ticket holders.  Buses will be available to every day commuters.  You will be able to use the green line from Stadium Village to Union Depot in St. Paul on game day.

The US Bank Stadium light-rail stop will be closed for two days prior to the Super Bowl including rush hour on Friday, February 2.

U Parking Contracts

Game day (Sunday, February 4) Washington Avenue Ramp, Fourth St. Ramp, Oak Street Ramp, University Avenue Ramp parking contracts are all relocated to the East River Road Ramp.  If you park at the other ramps it will cost you an event fee of $40.00So if you need to come in to work on Sunday, you should park at the East River Road Ramp.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

First quarter 2018 Part A Time reporting is due February 8.

LMP’s monthly Research Forum is Thursday, February 8 at 5:00 pm in the Dale Shephard Room in the Campus Club.  Maggie Flanagan and Laura Hemmy, Department of Psychiatry, will present an update on the Nun Study.  To refresh yourself on what is the Nun study, check out this short blog https://www.alzheimers.net/1-09-17-what-nuns-are-teaching-us-about-alzheimers/

2017 Performance appraisal process for civil service, bargaining unit and P&A employees started last month.  Supervisor evaluations are due by February 28.

Medical School Grants: Assistant professor startup funding and equipment grant applications are due March 15.  Next deadline for bridge funding is March 15https://www.med.umn.edu/about/honors-awards/services-faculty-students/research-equipment-grants

 

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/ 

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Monday, January 29, 2018

LMP News, January 16, 2018

Faculty receive MCC Awards

Kaylee Schwertfeger and Mike Farrar received funding for their applications to the Masonic Cancer Center Pre-RO1 Pilot grant program.   Schwertfeger received $100,000 for one year for her proposal “Regulation of macrophage function by STAT3 and STAT5 during breast cancer growth and progression.”  Farrar also received $100,000 for one year for his proposal “Sos1 as a novel oncogene in acute lymphoblastic leukemia.”  Awardees are required to apply for federal funding (RO1 or comparable) within one year of the award. 

Karger reaches high altmetric scoring for 2017 Ebola article

The journal, Lab Medicine, recently announced that the article “Establishing a stand-alone laboratory dedicated to the care of patients with Ebola Virus Disease” received the second highest altmetric score (15) of all papers in the journal in 2017.  Karger was senior author on the paper.  The altmetric score is one of the ways the Oxford University Press calculates the reach of a published article.  If you missed it earlier, here is the link to the article:  https://academic.oup.com/labmed/article/48/2/188/3068837

Nelson gives seminar

Andy Nelson spoke at the Precision Medicine Seminar, College of Pharmacy, on January 5.  His talk was “There and Back Again:  A Molecular Pathologist’s Perspective on Developing NGS-based Clinical Oncology Diagnostics.”  

Pathologists’ Assistants take on national roles in AAPA

Both Nea Moyer and Meghan Pickard assumed roles in the American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) recently.  Moyer is the National Content Management Chair which in involved in PACE compliance, peer review of articles, quizzes, scholarships/travel grants, content management and organizing staff writers.  Pickard is the Vice Chair of Education.  She will oversee/organize AAPA conferences, organize topics in the AAPA journal, and will peer review publications and study materials for students.

Faculty Publish

We’d like to highlight Debbie Powell’s new publication that focuses on an innovative way to look at medical education. 

Powell DE and Carraccio C. Becoming a Physician: Toward Competency-Based Medical Education. N Engl J Med 2018, 378:5-7 http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1712900?query=TOC

Flanagan ME, Larson EB, Walker RL, Keene CD, Postupna N, Cholerton B, Sonnen J, Dublin S, Crane PK, Montine TJ.  Associations between use of specific analgesics and concentrations of amyloid-β 42 or phosphor-tau in regions of human cerebral cortex. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Vol. 61, no.2, pp 653-662, 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29226863

100% Completion reached on UMP course

Thanks to the entire physician faculty who completed the UMP’s 2017 Annual Required Compliance & Risk Management E-Learning Course.  We reached100% participation by the deadlineand will be eligible for a rebate on our medical liability insurance.  A shout out goes to Jean Kurata for diligently reminding faculty to complete the training. 

Prepare for Super Bowl Week

The Super Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, February 4 but the week before and the Monday after will bring events and people into the Twin Cities and on campus.  Check this site for current updates:  https://twin-cities.umn.edu/super-bowl  Here are a few things to remember:

Light Rail

There is no light rail service on Sunday, February 4 except for Super Bowl ticket holders.  Buses will be available to every day commuters.  You will be able to use the green line from Stadium Village to Union Depot in St. Paul on game day.

The US Bank Stadium light-rail stop will be closed for two days prior to the Super Bowl including rush hour on Friday, February 2.

U Parking Contracts

Northrup parking will be closed January 15 – February 13

Gateway Lot – relocated to Maroon Lot from January 26 – February 7

Game day (Sunday, February 4) Washington Avenue Ramp, Fourth St. Ramp, Oak Street Ramp, University Avenue Ramp parking contracts are all relocated to the East River Ramp.  If you park at the other ramps it will cost you an event fee of $40.00.

Miscellaneous

There are 37 NFL events planned on campus during the week prior to the game.  There will be additional traffic, road and sidewalk closures, venue construction, building restrictions and increased security.

10,000 Super Bowl volunteers will be stationed out of the U of M Field house, located behind Civil Engineering, north of Washington Avenue.

One of the teams will practice on campus, likely in the indoor football practice facility located on 15th Avenue SE (North of Dinkytown).

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

First quarter 2018 Part A Time reporting is January 22-February 4 (due February 8)

  •  2017 Performance appraisal process for civil service, bargaining unit and P&A employees started last month.  Self-evaluations began December 19 and are due by January 23.  Supervisor evaluations are due by February 28. 
  • Medical School/UMP Faculty and Staff Forums are scheduled for Wednesday, January 17 at 5:30 pm in 2-470 PWB or Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 am in 2-650 Moos Tower.  The Dean and Mac Baird will discuss plans to improve performance and grow the UMPhysicians practice. 

  

LMP website: http://www.pathology.umn.edu/ 

LMP faculty google site: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Funding Opportunities:  https://www.pathology.umn.edu/research/funding-opportunities

Grand Rounds videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHSc0zfvq6SUnNvDQI6oLwA

Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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