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LMP News, July 30, 2018

Pediatrics to honor Ferrieri

Pat Ferrieri was named as the Gold-Headed Cane Awardee by the U of M Department of Pediatrics for 2018. This award honors life-long service to children.  Ferrieri will be awarded the cane at Peds Grand Rounds, 7:30 am on Oct. 31 in the Wilf Auditorium.

Killeen awarded NIH funding for myocardial fibrosis research

Tony Killeen was awarded a $105,700 NIH research grant to study “Myocardial fibrosis in hypertensive adults with and without CKD.”  The award is a subcontract from Case Western Reserve University.

Karger receives Siemens contract

Amy Karger received a $22,000 contract from Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. for laboratory specimen collection services.

LMP faculty attend CAP meeting

Tony Killeen, Mike Linden and Sophia Yohe attended CAP’s Council on Scientific Affairs meeting in Vail, Colorado July 14.  See photo below.

Salary Savings awarded

This is the third year that LMP has awarded salary savings funds to faculty who have covered more than 50% of their University compensation through grants.  Four faculty will receive discretionary funds.  Awards range from $10,000 to $20,000 and are made annually based on July 1 funded effort. Faculty who hold chairs or professorships are not eligible for the program.

ALRT gets new HR Manager

Troy Stevermer will be joining the University of Minnesota Medical School as Human Resources Manager for the ALRT Administrative Center.  Troy's first day will be Tuesday, July 31.  Troy comes to the U from Healthpartners in the role of Director of Human Resources for Capitol View Transitional Care Center.  Prior to that, Troy held human resources positions in Northwest Airlines, Federal Express and Mayo Foundation.  Troy has a Master of Science in Industrial Relations degree and a Bachelor or Science in Psychology degree, both from Iowa State University.  Troy's office will be located on 7th Floor Mayo in the Laboratory Medicine & Pathology / ALRT Center Office suite.  His email is steve771@umn.edu and phone number is 612-625-3682.  

McGough welcomes baby girl

A new addition to the McGough family arrived July 17; Maggie and her husband welcomed a daughter, Zoey Anne.  See photo attached at the end of this newsletter. Everyone is happy and doing well.

Faculty publish

Borges da Silva H, Beura LK, Wang H, Hanse EA, Gore R, Scott MC, Walsh DA, Block KE, Fonseca R, Yan Y, Hippen KL, Blazar BR, Masopust D, Kelekar A, Vulchanova L, Hogquist KAJameson SCThe purinergic receptor P2RX7 directs metabolic fitness of long-lived memory CD8+ T cells.  Nature. 2018 Jul;559(7713):264-268. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0282-0. Epub 2018 Jul 4.

Afiuni-Zadeh, S., Boylan, K.L.M., Jagtap, P.D., Griffin, T.J., Rudney, J.D., Peterson, M.L., and Skubitz, A.P.N.  Evaluating the potential of residual Pap test fluid as a resource for the metaproteomic analysis of the cervical-vaginal microbiome.  Scientific Reports. 2018; 8:10868. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-29092-4.

Kurant DE, Baron JM, Strazimiri G, Lewandrowski KB, Rudolf JW, Dighe AS. Creation and use of an electronic health record reporting database to improve a laboratory test utilization program. Appl Clin Inform. 2018;09(03):519-527.

Rashidi A, Ebadi M, Shields-Cutler RR, DeFor TE, Al-Ghalith GA, Ferrieri P, Young JH, Dunny GM, Knights D, Weisdorf DJ.  Pretransplant gut colonization with intrinsically vancomycin-resistant enterococci (E. gallinarum and E. casseliflavus) and outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation.  Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2018 Jun;24(6):1260-1263. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2018.01.025. Epub 2018 Jan 31.

Vahidi S, Beckman A, Albrecht K, Arbefeville SFerrieri P, Amin KUrinary tract blastomycosis diagnosed by urine cytology.  Diagn Cytopathol. 2018 Mar 23. doi: 10.1002/dc.23929. [Epub ahead of print]

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.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The U of M Farmers Market takes place Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Gateway Plaza outside McNamara Alumni Center through Sept. 26. Local farmers are looking forward to bringing you the freshest vegetables, berries, flowers, and more. Once again there will be plenty of dining options including the UDS dining tent and several food trucks. Representatives from the U of M's Wellbeing Program will be handing out t-shirts.

Northrop's Music on the Plaza series continues on Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., through Aug. 1. The program has been a campus tradition since the 1950s and features bands of all genres. Bring a lunch, find a seat, and dance along to the sounds of local musicians.

There's still time to earn wellbeing points to save money on UPlan premiums. Points must be earned by August 31.  https://humanresources.umn.edu/wellbeingprogram

Chainbreaker rider signup is still available!  Visit 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

CAP

Zoey

 

 

Publication date: 
Monday, July 30, 2018

LMP News, July 16, 2018

Li awarded NIH grant to investigate neurodegeneration biomarkers

NIH’s National Institute on Aging has awarded Danni Li $253,000 for “Identification of plasma hydroxysphingolipids as biomarkers of demyelination and neurodegeneration underlying physical function decline in older adults.”

Farrar receives Cancer Center funds

Mike Farrar and David Potter, Department of Medicine, recently received Masonic Cancer Center funds ($50,000) to investigate the “Potentiation of Immune Checkpoint Blockade by Inhibition of Epoxyeicosatrienoic Acid Driven Tumor Respiration.”

Balfour receives foundation award for EBV vaccine research

The Matt Cwiertny Memorial Foundation has awarded Hank Balfour $10,000 for his team’s research on EBV vaccine.  Matt Cwiertny died at the age of 23 from complications of EBV-induced autoimmune disease and cancer.

Yohe promoted July 1

Congratulations are in order for Sophia Yohe who made it through the promotion process to associate professor this year.  Congratulations Sophia!

Borges da Silva awarded postdoc fellowship

The Cancer Research Institute recently awarded Henrique Borges da Silva a three-year postdoctoral fellowship for his work on “Harnessing CD8+ T cell antitumor responses by manipulating extracellular ATP signaling”.  Borges da Silva works in Steve Jameson’s laboratory.

Innovation Initiative Phase IV Awards announced

The department’s Innovation Initiative Awards for 2018 go to:

  • Joe Rudolf and Tony Killeen for “Early detection of sepsis using data from routine clinical laboratory tests”
  • Pawel Mroz and Bharat Thyagarajan for “Detection and quantification of BCR-ABL1 fusion transcripts in samples from patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia by droplet digital PCR”
  • Elizabeth Courville and Nathan Pankratz for “Use of automated gating and machine learning to streamline and improve the accuracy and sensitivity of clinical flow cytometry workflows”

Killeen recognized as “Top Doctor”

Tony Killeen was recognized as one of Mpls.St.Paul magazine’s “Top Doctors” for 2018.  He joined 151 MHealth physicians so honored.

Blood Bank Guy to interview Cohn

Claudia Cohn will be interviewed by Joe Chaffin, the Blood Bank Guy, this month.  The interview will focus on “Critical Developments of 2017,” a review of transfusion medicine on which she was senior editor.

Regents approve GI Pathology Fellowship program

The Board of Regents recently approved the Medical School's application for a new GI Pathology Fellowship programOne fellow will be accepted per year and will rotate in the East and West Bank laboratories.  Trainees who have finished their AP or AP/CP training are invited to apply.

UMPhysicians transitioning to Empower Retirement

UMPhysicians will transition from its current 401(k) plan administrator, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BOAML), to Empower Retirement August 1. UMPhysicians also will be introducing a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan for physicians. Both the UMPhysicians Retirement and 401(k) Savings Plan and the new 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan will be administered by Empower.  Representatives from Empower will be hosting information sessions throughout July to provide more information.  To ensure you have the best experience, register here to come for the group session or 1-on-1 appointment which works best for you.  

NIH P3 program deadline approaching

The NIH Proposal Preparation Program (P3) is designed for early-career, assistant professor faculty members in the Medical School preparing their first K- or R-series NIH grant proposal. Applications for the Fall 2018 P3 Cycle are due July 30.

Desktop support changes

AHC-IS desktop support charges have changed from a per device charge to a departmental cost pool charge.  This change has been implemented to reduce institutional risk for individuals working in the health care component schools and centers, or working with ePHI, but not formally supporting their devices due to the cost.  All computers must be purchased thru and supported by AHC-IS.  Information on the services provided by AHC-IS can be found here:  https://hub.ahc.umn.edu/technology-information-systems/request-ahc-services.

Hoffman to give talk to the Minnesota Neuropathy Association

Bill Hoffman will give a talk titled “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine:  A Revolution Picks Up the Pace” to the Minnesota Neuropathy Association, 10 am. Aug. 4, at St. Michael’s Church in Bloomington, 9201 Normandale Blvd.

Faculty publish

Brett, M. E., H. E. Bomberger, G. R. Doak, M. A. Price, J. B. McCarthy and D. K. Wood. "In vitro elucidation of the role of pericellular matrix in metastatic extravasation and invasion of breast carcinoma cells." Integr Biol (Camb) 2018; 10(4): 242-252.

McCarthy, J. B., D. El-Ashry and E. A. Turley. "Hyaluronan, cancer-associated fibroblasts and the tumor microenvironment in malignant progression." Front Cell Dev Biol. 2018; 6: 48.

Domingo-Musibay E, Murugan PGiubellino A, Sharma S, Steinberger D, Yuan J, Hunt MA, Lou E, Miller JS.  “Near complete response to Pembrolizumab in microsatellite-stable metastatic sebaceous carcinoma.  J Immunother Cancer. 2018 Jun 19;6(1):58. doi: 10.1186/s40425-018-0357-3.

Cederberg LM, Rabinovitch MD, Grimm-Geris JM, Schmeling DO, Filtz EA, Condon LM, Balfour HH Jr. Epstein-Barr virus DNA in parental oral secretions: a potential source of infection for their young children. Clin Infect Dis 2018; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciy464

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.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The U of M Farmers Market takes place Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Gateway Plaza outside McNamara Alumni Center through Sept. 26. Local farmers are looking forward to bringing you the freshest vegetables, berries, flowers, and more. Once again there will be plenty of dining options including the UDS dining tent and several food trucks. Representatives from the U of M's Wellbeing Program will be handing out t-shirts.

There's still time to earn wellbeing points to save money on UPlan premiums. Points must be earned by August 31https://humanresources.umn.edu/wellbeingprogram

Chainbreaker rider signup is still available!  Visit 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, July 16, 2018

LMP News, June 25, 2018

Tsai to be honored with LVDD Cooper Award

Mike Tsai has been awarded the AACC Lipoproteins and Vascular Diseases Division LVDD Cooper Award, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes individuals for outstanding service contributions in the area of lipoproteins and vascular diseases.  He will receive the award at the AACC meeting in Chicago July 30. Tsai won the LVDD Zak award in 2007 for outstanding research contributions.

McIntyre joins LMP faculty

Kelsey McIntyre, PhD, DABMMG joins the LMP faculty as an assistant professor July 31.  She comes to the University from Harvard Medical School where she was a Clinical Cytogenetics Fellow (2017) and a Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow (2018). McIntyre will be a welcome addition to the department’s initiatives in cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics. 

Regents approve Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship program

At its May meeting, the University Board of Regents approved the Medical School's application for a new Laboratory Genetics and Genomics Fellowship program in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. The program merges two previously existing programs,  Clinical Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics, combining key educational objectives and eliminating overlap.   Students currently enrolled in the existing programs will be supported as they complete their training. 

Russell joins Anatomic Pathology

Welcome to Nancy Russell who starts today in our anatomic pathology division office as an administrative assistant in support of the AP faculty.  Nancy comes to us from the Department of Medicine and before that the School of Public Health, where she worked for 10 years. 

Stanley retires

LMP adjunct professor Mike Stanley has retired.  Stanley was affiliated with Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and Hospital Pathology Associates, PA.

Hoffman to give talk at Genome Engineering 2018

Bill Hoffman will give a talk “Stem Cells in 3D:  How organoids illuminate development, disease, and design” at The Next Revolution: Genome Engineering 2018, July 19, 2 pm. at the McNamara Alumni Center.  His talk is part of the cell and gene therapies program.

Regents approve compensation increase 2018-19

Faculty, professional and academic salary and civil service employees are eligible for an average 2% increase for fiscal year 2018-19.  Our pay plans have been approved and increases are expected to show up on paychecks July 3.

Working to strengthen M Health

The University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services have announced a nonbinding letter of intent to create a nationally-renowned health system that combines academic and community resources to provide the best clinical care to patients and communities, while supporting research and education.

Funding opportunity deadline approaching

The deadline for a Letter of Intent (competitive) to apply for the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics is July 13.

Faculty publish

Yang R, Van Etten JL, Dehm SMIndel detection from DNA and RNA sequencing data with transIndel. BMC Genomics. 2018 Apr 19;19(1):270. doi: 10.1186/s12864-018-4671-4.

Pérez Ortiz JM, Orr HT. Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1: Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration and Preclinical Studies. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2018;1049:135-145. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-71779-1_6.

Sackett K, Cohn CS, Fahey-Ahrndt K, Smith AR, Johnson AD. Successful treatment of pure red cell aplasia because of ABO major mismatched stem cell transplant. J Clin Apher. 2018 Feb;33(1):108-112. doi: 10.1002/jca.21553. Epub 2017 May 24.

Williams SM, Sumstad D, Kadidlo D, Curtsinger J, Luo X, Miller JS, McKenna DH Jr.  Clinical-scale production of cGMP compliant CD3/CD19 cell-depleted NK cells in the evolution of NK cell immunotherapy at a single institution. Transfusion. 2018 Mar 12. doi: 10.1111/trf.14564.

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.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

There's still time to earn wellbeing points to save money on UPlan premiums. Points must be earned by August 31https://humanresources.umn.edu/wellbeingprogram

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

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, June 25, 2018

LMP News, June 11, 2018

Pennell study achieves milestone

Chris Pennell is lead author of “Human CD19-Targeted Mouse T Cells Induce B Cell Aplasia and Toxicity in Human CD19 Transgenic Mice” published in Molecular Therapy.  Pennell, Bruce Blazar and fellow investigators from the immunotherapy group at the Masonic Cancer Center developed a mouse model that can predict potentially life-threatening complications from CAR T immunotherapy.  In a commentary accompanying the article, CAR T therapy pioneer Carl June and colleague Marco Ruella called the report “a milestone in the development of preclinical models able to predict human CAR T toxicity and efficacy.”

Pankratz and Hirsch investigate myelodysplastic syndrome in Minnesota

Nathan Pankratz and Betsy Hirsch are co-investigators of a five-year NCI R01 grant “Predictors of myelodysplastic syndrome in Minnesota.” Pankratz, Hirsch and fellow investigators will receive $600,000 for the first year of the grant period.

Hamilton Hart awarded careers in immunology fellowship

Sara Hamilton Hart has been awarded a American Association of Immunologists 2018 Careers in Immunology Fellowship. The fellowship supports the career development of young scientists by providing eligible PIs with one year of salary support for a trainee in their labs.  Postdoctoral trainee Mathew Huggins will receive salary support for his work in Hamilton Hart’s laboratory. 

Tsai receives NIH contract

Mike Tsai was awarded a one-year NIH contract in the amount of $465,000 to analyze neonatal dried blood spot DNA methylation and conception by infertility treatment for the Upstate KIDS study led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The project is in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany. 

Pathologist’s assistant joins staff in Anatomic Pathology

​Robert Gounaris will start his new position as a pathologist’s assistant June 18.  Gounaris is a graduate of Loyola University and received his M.S. Pathologist’s Assistant degree from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.   He worked as a grossing technician at Loyola University Medical Center from 2013 to 2016. Welcome Robert.

Nuclear receptors conference will be held on campus

The 8th Great Lakes Nuclear Receptors Conference will be held Oct. 18-19 in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (CCRB).  The regional meeting brings together senior investigators and their trainees whose research is focused on nuclear receptor biology.  Scott Dehm is one of the organizers of this year’s conference, which is being held in Minnesota for the first time.

Khalifa to give talk in Scotland

Mahmoud Khalifa will address common diagnostic challenges in gynecologic pathology at the 17th International Conference on Pathology and Cancer Epidemiology, Edinburgh, Scotland, October 8-9.

LMP faculty meeting

Slides from the May 30 LMP faculty meeting are available on the LMP Google site:  https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/faculty-meetings

Faculty publish

Christine Henzler, Matthew Schomaker, Rendong Yang, Aaron P. Lambert, Rebecca LaRue, Robyn Kincaid, Kenneth Beckman, Teresa Kemmer, Jon Wilson, Sophia YoheBharat ThyagarajanAndrew C. Nelson.  Optimization of a microfluidics-based next generation sequencing assay for clinical oncology diagnostics.  Annals of Translational Medicine, 2018; 6 (9).  http://dx.doi.org/10.21037/atm.2018.05.07

Kenny honored

LMP Sr. administrative director Linda Kenny was honored at a retirement reception May 23 at the Campus Club.  See photo below of Linda with LMP head Leo Furcht.   Linda joined LMP in 1982 as an education program coordinator.  After many years of dedicated service her last day was June 8.  Linda is succeeded by Nicole Hilmoe.  Feel free to contact Nicole at 612-626-4834, email: artne001@umn.edu 

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.

Upcoming events of interest or things to do

The 4th Annual John H. Kersey Memorial Lecture is Thursday, June 21. The lecture will feature Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.  Kersey was LMP professor from 1977-2013, director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program from 1974-1995, and a founding director of the Masonic Cancer Center.

Chainbreaker rider signup is now open at https://chainbreakerride.org/ to register or get more information. A Chainbreaker Rally for TeamU will be held June 13, 11-30-1:30 on Diehl Hall Plaza. 

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

Leo&Linda

Publication date: 
Monday, June 11, 2018

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

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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

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