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LMP News, March 13, 2017

Dean updates LMP faculty

Dean Jackson met with faculty on March 8.  He reviewed the high points of the legislative session which includes funding requests to expand clinical cancer trials throughout the State of Minnesota and build a new health sciences education building.  Faculty might be interested in the future research “hub” that will be built across from Freshii in PWB.  The “hub” will house staff to help you with all research including clinical trials.  Available will be staff from the IRB, tech transfer, SPA, biostatisticians, bioinformaticians, and Fairview.  MHealth is in its renewal year so we will see activity on this before June.  Research ranking is still falling but LMP ranks 3rd among the clinical departments in research funding.  The Dean also encouraged us to participate in the Chainbreaker bicycle rides to fund cancer research August 11-13.  Here’s the link:  https://www.med.umn.edu/news-events/chainbreaker-ride

Programs receive accreditation

The Clinical Chemistry fellowship program was recently reaccredited through the end of 2021 by ComACC.  Danni Li is the program director.  The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics combined the now separate molecular and cytogenetic training options into one single cytogenetics and genomics three-year fellowship.  Betsy Hirsch and Michelle Dolan submitted the outline of a new integrated program at the University of Minnesota which was approved by the ACMGG for five years.

USCAP meeting draws abstracts

LMP was well represented in abstracts at this year’s annual meeting of USCAP in San Antonio last week.   Chief Resident Maryam Shahi had the most with (5) followed by Aqsa Nasir, resident, (3) and one each for Victor Santiago, resident, Regina Plummer, resident, Ioana Moisini, cytopath fellow, and Hannah Christensen, post sophomore fellow.  See photo attached.  Two medical students also presented AP related posters including Matt Root and Amy Fang. The department sponsored a reception which attracted several alum and former faculty including Raouf Nakhleh, Mayo, Laura Moench, Fairview Southdale, Mohamed El Hag, Pittsburgh, Hannah Krigman, Wash U. and Stefan Pambuccian (Loyola).  Amy Olson assisted with the reception. 

Li gives invited talk

Danni Li gave a talk last month on “When lab results did not make sense: clinical chemistry case series” for the Citywide Endocrine conference.

Resident receives grant

Aqsa Nasir received a $2500 grant from the department for her project “Clinical significance of low grade follicular lymphoma with high proliferative index.”  Nasir will collaborate with Livia Hegerova, Veronika Bachanova and Sophia Yohe on the project. 

EM Laboratory will hold open house

The EM Laboratory open house (C213 Mayo) is this Wednesday, March 15 from 1-3 p.m.  See our short feature about the facility on our website.

Faculty publish

Hanse, E. A., C. Ruan, M. Kachman, D. Wang, X. H. Lowman, and A. Kelekar. Cytosolic malate dehydrogenase activity helps support glycolysis in actively proliferating cells and cancer. Oncogene advance online publication http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/onc.2017.36

Administrative offices close on March 17

The University is on spring break this week and Friday, March 17, is an official University holiday.  Administrative offices will be closed.  Some will consider this an opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. 

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

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

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

USCAP

 Mahmoud Khalifa and Maryam Shahi at USCAP meeting

Publication date: 
Monday, March 13, 2017

LMP News, February 27, 2017

Jameson receives Minnesota Partnership grant

Stephen Jameson is the lead principal investigator of a research award of $996,803 through the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics.  The grant titled “Testing susceptibility of ‘dirty’ mice to induction of asthmatic disease and lung pathology” establishes a new collaboration with Hirohito Kita at Mayo Clinic.

Orr receives Ataxia Foundation award

Harry Orr was awarded a $100,000 pioneer SCA translational grant from the National Ataxia Foundation.  The funding is for his project “Toward an ASO therapy for Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type I”.

McKenna gives talk

David McKenna was invited by the FDA CBER (Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research) to talk on "Recipients of Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells" at the FDA Public Workshop entitled, "Identification and Characterization of the Infectious Disease Risks of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-based Products.” McKenna also was a member of the panel at the meeting on February 9in College Park, MD.

EM Laboratory will hold open house

The EM Laboratory is scheduled to open early next month.  Stop in at the open house on Wednesday, March 15 from 1-3 p.m.  We will also have a short feature about the facility on our website to coincide with its opening.

Faculty publish

Serotype Distribution, Population Structure, and Antimicrobial Resistance of Group B Streptococcus Strains Recovered from Colonized Pregnant Women. Teatero S, Ferrieri P, Martin I, Demczuk W, McGeer A, Fittipaldi N.J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Feb;55(2):412-422. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01615-16.PMID: 27852675

Serotype IV Sequence Type 468 Group B Streptococcus Neonatal Invasive Disease, Minnesota, USA.Teatero S, Ferrieri P, Fittipaldi N.Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Nov;22(11):1937-1940. doi: 10.3201/eid2211.152031.PMID: 27767922 Free PMC Article

We have slides from Academic Track meeting

Dean Steer forwarded his slides from the meeting last week on the Academic Track.  We have posted on our google site https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/   Just click on Faculty Meetings.

Everything is due February 28

  1. Employee PAT reviews need to be completed by February 28 if you are a supervisor.
  2. Faculty annual reviews are due to Jean Kurata.  This is an absolute deadline.
  3. REPA (Report of External Professional Activity) forms are due.

Meetings are in your future

March 6 at 8-10 pm LMP reception at USCAP mtg in Conference Room 17, Marriott River Center Hotel

March 8 at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.  Dean Jackson is coming for his annual check-in.

March 9 at 5:00 pm in Dale Shephard Room.  Research Forum with Bharat Thyagarajan on the Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics.

 

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

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

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

Publication date: 
Monday, February 27, 2017

LMP News, February 13, 2017

Where’s Waldo

Three faculty and/or trainees are featured on the current cover of Clinical Chemistry.  The cover features faces of Young Clinical Laboratorians (SYCL) members who have participated in the building of the Clinical Chemistry Trainee Council.   See if you can find our three on the cover.   Here are a few hints:  one is in a fellowship, one frequently rides a bike to work, and the last is based at an off-campus site.  (answers at the bottom).

http://clinchem.aaccjnls.org/content/63/2.cover-expansion

Reception planned for Minnesota alumni and friends at USCAP meeting 

Join Drs. Robert McKenna and Mahmoud Khalifa for a reception sponsored by the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and held in conjunction with the USCAP annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. 

Marriott Rivercenter Hotel 
San Antonio, Texas
Conference Room 17
Monday, March 6, 2017
8 - 10 p.m. 

 

PAT reviews due February 28

LMP employees did a great job completing their self-assessments (100%) for their job performance in 2016.  If you are a supervisor, your reviews are due Tuesday, February 28.  You should also hold your meeting with your employee to discuss the review.  Need help?  Call or e-mail Hannah Bergquist at 624-7115 or bergq064@umn.edu

Faculty annual reviews are also due February 28

Annual review forms were e-mailed to all faculty on January 31 to cover your progress in 2016.   Forms are also available for download from our Google site https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/annual-faculty-review-process

Faculty will vote on new academic track

The Medical School will review input it received on the new Academic Track proposal and send out to all faculty for a vote in mid-February.  Faculty will have approximately two weeks to vote on the adoption of this new track which will replace clinical scholar track, research track and the teaching track.  LMP will have a faculty meeting on February 22 with Dean Cliff Steer to discuss the proposal.  We ask that you hold your vote until after that meeting.  The original proposal is posted on our google site at https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/

Faculty meetings are on your schedule

February 22 at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.  Cliff Steer:  the new Academic Track proposal.  

March 8 at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.  Dean Jackson is coming for his annual check-in.

Research Forum with Bharat Thyagarajan on the Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics March 9 at 5:00 pm in Dale Shephard Room. .

Faculty publish

Specificity of B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Assays: Cross-Reactivity with Different BNP, NT-proBNP, and proBNP Peptides Amy K. Saenger, Olaia Rodriguez-Fraga, Ranka Ler, Jordi Ordonez-Llanos, Allan S. Jaffe, Jens Peter Goetze, Fred S. Apple Clinical Chemistry, vol. 63 no. 1 351-358 DOI: 10.1373/clinchem.2016.263749  http://clinchem.aaccjnls.org/content/63/1/351

Best Practices for Monitoring Cardiac Troponin in Detecting Myocardial Injury Fred S. Apple, Allan S. Jaffe, Scott Sharkey, Peter Kavsak, Michael C. Kontos, AmyK. Saenger, Stephen Smith Clinical Chemistry, vol. 63 no. 1, 37-44 DOI: 10.1373/clinchem.2016.257428 http://clinchem.aaccjnls.org/content/63/1/37

 

Answers:  Sarah Drawz, Mike Linden, Amy Saenger

 

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

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

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

 

Publication date: 
Monday, February 13, 2017

LMP News, January 30, 2017

LMP strategic plan committees continue to meet

The Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics has a webpage http://www.pathology.umn.edu/molecular-pathology-and-genomics   and is planning its first full faculty meeting on February 28.  The Translational Research Committee is working with the TWG groups in the Cancer Center to increase interactions between these groups and our pathologists.  The committee is also planning on using the Research Forums in a more directed way.  Stay tuned for details.

EM facility to open

The electron microscope is installed and the new EM facility in C213 is expected to open at the end of February.  Prior to this, all EM work was outsourced to Hennepin County Medical Center which created many inefficiencies to our workflow and turnaround time.   The facility will bring our renal division on par with other academic medical centers.

New grandchild for the Khalifa family

Just over a week ago, Aya A. Khalifa, became the newest member of the Khalifa family.  See her photo attached at the end of this newsletter.  Everyone is happy (especially Grandfather) and doing well. 

Killeen takes on new role

Effective January 1, Tony Killeen was named as Secretary of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC).  This is a three year term (2017-2019).  The AACC is a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to clinical laboratory science and its application to healthcare.    

Watch for IRS Form 1095-C

The University will send you a Form 1095-C that says you had health coverage through the U in 2016.  You will need the health insurance information on the form to complete your 2016 federal income tax return but you do not need to attach the form to your return.

Faculty meetings are on your schedule

February 8 at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.  Jakub Tolar is a guest speaker in his role as executive vice dean and the Epic upgrade team will give a brief update

February 22 at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.  Cliff Steer in his role as associate dean for faculty affairs will discuss the new Academic Track proposal.  This proposal is available on our google site at https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/  We hope to have time to review our new rating system for faculty reviews at this meeting also.

March 8 at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.  Dean Jackson is coming for his annual check-in.

Faculty publish

Amy Karger has published an article that questions the utility of delta checks, a longstanding quality control process used by clinical labs to detect lab errors:  Karger AB. To delta check or not to delta check? That is the question...J Appl Lab Med Jan 2017, 1 (4) 457-459; DOI: 10.1373/jalm.2016.022020.

Additionally, a podcast interview with Karger related to this article on delta checks can be found on the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine website:  https://www.aacc.org/publications/the-journal-of-applied-laboratory-medicine/jalm-talk

A second article addresses the debate surrounding universal lipid screening in children:  Karger AB, Saenger AK. A Setback to Universal Pediatric Lipid Screening and a Call for More Research. Clin Chem Feb 2017, 63 (2) 620-621; DOI: 10.1373/clinchem.2016.267989.

Free biostatistics consulting available

The Division of Biostatistics is offering statistical consulting free of charge in conjunction with the biostatistical consulting course for their graduate students during spring semester 2017.  The hour long meetings include support for study design, sample size, power calculations, statistical analysis and interpretation, and statistical sections of grants or manuscripts.  Learn more here: https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/pubh7465a/for-investigators

 

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

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

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

Aya

Publication date: 
Monday, January 30, 2017

LMP News, January 17, 2017

Linden on search committee

Mike Linden will be on the search committee for the Director of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation (HOT) division in the Department of Medicine.  Dan Weisdorf announced recently that he will step down from that position.

How we are filling Sally Palm’s position

Is there life after Sally Palm’s retirement?  We hope so.  As of January 3 Nicole Hilmoe took over responsibility for LMP facilities.  Hilmoe will do the annual space surveys and keep our space inventory up-to-date.  She will also help with space requests.  Safety officer is Deb Lins, research manager in the Center for Immunology.  Computer issues call 1-HELP or email help@umn.edu.  Be prepared to provide your name, telephone number, device number of your computer and a description of your problem.  

Funches hired as new Outreach Sales Manager

Laura Funches started her new position as sales manager for the UMP Outreach Laboratories last week.  Funches most recently worked as an analyst with the Fairview Health Services Laboratory Information Support team.  She also has outreach experience at University of Colorado Health where she worked with internal and external clients on referral testing.  Janet Fennert is officially retired but will work through January orienting Funches to her new position. 

Resident gets recognized for abstract

Shelly Williams's abstract was selected as a top 3 poster at the recent AABB annual meeting in Orlando.  Her abstract was titled “CD3/CD19 Depleted Natural Killer Cell Production under Good Manufacturing Practices. “ 

Hoffman speaks on stem cells

Bill Hoffman recently spoke on stem cells at the Men’s Club of the Highland Park Jewish Community Center.  Hoffman is a co-author with Leo Furcht on the book, “The Stem Cell Dilemma”.

Orr receives funding

Harry Orr received an award from the Winston and Maxine Wallin Neuroscience Discovery Fund for his proposal on “Development of an ASO-based Therapy for Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 1.”  The award is $75,000.  

Faculty publish papers

Boylan, K.L.M., Buchanan, P.C., Manion, R.D., Shukla, D.M., Braumberger, K., Bruggemeyer, C., and Skubitz, A.P.N.  “The expression of Nectin-4 on the surface of ovarian cancer cells alters their ability to adhere, migrate, aggregate, and proliferate” Oncotarget (2016).

Danni Li, Robin Thomas, Michael Tsai, David Vock, Susan Greimel and Fang Yu.  “Vascular biomarkers to predict response to exercise in Alzheimer’s disease: the study protocol” In BMJ Open: https://goo.gl/2sJnb2

Reminder to update to residency goals & objectives and didactics

Faculty rotation directors need to update the goals and objectives for resident rotations at UMMC.  Rotation directors are also encouraged to increase their didactic teaching, perhaps looking at new teaching methods including short YouTube talks or study sets for esoteric information.  Deadlines are listed below.  Send updates to Maggie McGough at truax031@umn.edu

First draft goals and objectives                  February 6, 2017

Final draft goals and objectives                  March 6, 2017

Updated evaluations                                   March 6, 2017

Didactic lectures                                         April 3, 2017

Dates to remember

  • First faculty meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8 at 9:00 am in 450 MCRB.  Jakub Tolar is a guest speaker in his role as executive vice dean. 

 

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

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

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

Publication date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LMP News, December 19, 2016

Balfour featured in news

Hank Balfour and his research team were featured on KARE 11 and in USA Today this month.  The stories focus on Balfour’s efforts to develop a vaccine to reduce the risk of Mono and other Epstein-Barr related conditions.  A link to the Kare11 story follows:  http://www.kare11.com/entertainment/television/programs/kare-11-extras/u-of-m-researchers-developing-vaccine-to-prevent-mono-ms/365394372.

Li is invited speaker

Danni Li was an invited speaker at the 2016 Asian Pacific Federation of Clinical Biochemistry (APFCB) meeting in Taipei, Taiwan in late November.  She is a core member of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry (IFCC) Young Scientist Task Force.  The title of her talk was “Current State of the IFCC Task Force Young Scientists Mentorship Program and Future Plans.”  Li also gave a webinar for the IFCC in November on “Embarking on Clinical Research – Best Practices for Today’s Laboratory Scientists.”

Kelekar receives University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid

Ameeta Kelekar is a recipient of a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA) grant effective January 2017 for her proposal “Novel role for a gluconeogenesis enzyme in T cell activation.”  The award amount is $35,000.  For more information on Grant-in Aid opportunities go to:  http://www.research.umn.edu/advance/gia.html   Spring deadline is February 6, 2017.

New medical student elective starts next month

LMP offers a new elective for year 3-4 medical students beginning January 2017.  LAMP 7-120, Perinatal/Pediatric Pathology is designed to expose medical students to pediatric pathology but could also be of interest for students interested in obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric medicine, pediatric surgery or pathology. The elective will take place at M Health/Masonic Children's Hospital and is headed by David Berger.

Rudolf accepts position

Joseph Rudolf accepted our offer as an assistant professor in Medical Informatics starting July 24, 2017.  Rudolf will play a major role in developing a lab informatics program and will work collaboratively with both MHealth Information services and Fairview IT.  Rudolf is currently an informatics fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 

Clinical Genomics Program featured in M Health E3 update

Our clinical genomics program was featured in the December 7 M Health update.  The story mentioned the investment made in the program and the work on a “focused oncology assay which analyzes 21 genes recurrently mutated in both solid and hematologic malignancies.”  Andy Nelson was quoted in the story. 

Dolan launches major update to residency goals & objectives and didactics

Faculty rotation directors met on December 7 with Michelle Dolan, residency program director, to discuss the need to update the goals and objectives for resident rotations at UMMC.  Rotation directors are also encouraged to increase their didactic teaching, perhaps looking at new teaching methods including short YouTube talks or study sets for esoteric information.  There is also a need to update the resident evaluation forms to tie to the pathology resident milestones.  Slides from the talk are posted at the LMP faculty google site (see below) as well as two articles and an example to follow.  Deadlines are listed below.  Send updates to Maggie McGough at truax031@umn.edu

  • First draft goals and objectives                  February 6, 2017
  • Final draft goals and objectives                  March 6, 2017
  • Updated evaluations                                  March 6, 2017
  • Didactic lectures                                        April 3, 2017

Faculty publish papers

Danni Li, Jeffrey R. Misialek, Eric Boerwinkle, Rebecca F. Gottesman, A. Richey Sharrett, Thomas H. Mosley, Josef Coresh, Lisa M. Wruck, David S. Knopman, Alvaro Alonso. 2016. Prospective associations of plasma phospholipids and mild cognitive impairment/dementia among African Americans in the ARIC Neurocognitive Study.  Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.  On line at https://goo.gl/Wz4WWH

Dates to remember

The LMP administrative offices will be closed on December 23 and 26 for University holidays.  University of Minnesota Physicians’ Christmas holiday is Sunday, December 25. 

Happy Holidays!!! 

 

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

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

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

Publication date: 
Monday, December 19, 2016

LMP News, December 5, 2016

Dehm research team finds genomic defects in treatment-resistant prostate cancer

Scott Dehm and his colleagues have identified genomic structural rearrangements in the androgen receptor (AR-GSRs) that may serve to limit current treatment options for prostate cancer patients. See the paper published in Nature CommunicationsPlaying an important role in this work were Christine Henzler and Rendong Yangof of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute, two of our LMP/RISS analysts who are co-first authors.  The department has committed funds for the past several years to provide genomic/bioinformatics support to LMP researchers.

Linden visits Peru

Mike Linden spent part of November in Arequipa Peru as a visiting professor.  Over two weeks Linden gave invited lectures (in Spanish) and helped guide teams to integrate bone marrow pathology diagnoses.   The hosting institutions were the Carlos Alberto Escobedo Seguin Hospital (a 500 bed hospital managed by EsSalud) and the Catholic University of Santa Maria Medical School.  While in Peru he also attended the 23rd Peruvian Anatomic Pathology Conference and reunited with Leticia Quintanilla-Fend, one of our hemepath fellowship alumnae (1990-91).  See photos below of Linden’s visit.

Eckfeldt receives funding

John Eckfeldt received a new sub award from Johns Hopkins University for a NIH funded project:  CKD Biomarker Consortium-Phase 2:  Risk Markers in Blood. The work will be done at our central biochemistry laboratory, ARDL. 

MPG sponsors Grand Rounds speaker

The Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics (MPG) invited this week’s Grand Rounds speaker, Sharon Plon to give a talk on "Implementing clinical whole exome sequencing for the care of children with Mendelian disorders and cancer".  The talk is this Wednesday, December 7 at 8:00 am in 450 MCRB.

Infectious Diseases Diagnostic Laboratory faculty publish papers

Arbefeville S, Harris A, Dittes S, Ferrieri P.  2016. Pasteurella multocida Bacteremia With Associated Knee Arthroplasty Infection in an 80-Year-Old Caucasian Man. Lab Med. 47:241-245.

Bhaskaran A, Obeid KM, Arbefeville S, Ferrieri P. 2016. Trichosporon loubieri Fungemia in a 39-Year-Old Caucasian Woman With B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Lab Med. 47:255-258.

Alpern JD, Arbefeville SS, Vercellotti G, Ferrieri P, Green JS. 2016. Strongyloides hyperinfection following hematopoietic stem cell transplant in a patient with HTLV-1-associated T-cell leukemia. Transpl Infect Dis. 2016 Nov 17. doi: 10.1111/tid.12638. [Epub ahead of print]

Sophie Arbefeville, Patricia Ferrieri. 2016. Epidemiological Analysis of Respiratory Viral Infections in Hospitalized Children and Adults in a Midwest University Center After the implementation of a 14 Virus Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplification Test. Am J Clin Pathol. 146:1-7. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/aqw185.

Dates to remember

Residency rotation directors will meet on Wednesday, December  7 @9:00 am in 450 MCRB

Research Forum, December 8 @ 5:00 pm in Dale Shephard Room, Campus Club, Coffman Memorial Union.  Sara Hamilton and Hank Balfour; Lihong Bu and Faqian Li

Clinical faculty meeting on compliance (documentation for billing and staff oversight when resident’s work is involved) and other clinical topics.  Wednesday, December 14 @9:00 am in 450 MCRB

LMP Annual Employee Recognition event is Wednesday, December 14 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the Commons Hotel

 

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

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

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

Linden Peru

Linden Peru

 

Publication date: 
Monday, December 5, 2016

LMP News, November 21, 2016

Berger reaches milestone

David Berger recently received news that he passed the American Board of Pathology’s Pediatric Pathology boards.  Certification in a subspecialty indicates that the pathologist has completed a GME program in an accredited pathology program, has met the six ACGME competencies and milestones, and has completed an evaluation program administered by the ABP.

Saenger is invited speaker

The American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions meeting earlier this month in New Orleans featured Amy Saenger as one of the invited speakers.  Her topic was “Troponin Phenotypes in Heart Failure.” 

Find a LMP researcher or clinician

One of the ideas generated by our strategic planning process was to connect our basic researchers to our clinical faculty by technology perhaps a searchable database.   With the help of Rory Johnson in the AHC, Bill Hoffman and Linda Kenny created a database, called “LMP Research Networkhttps://lamp.ahc.umn.edu/  that gives you the ability to search our entire faculty by clinical specialty, keywords or text search.  It also links to a short profile of each faculty member that includes a link to the full faculty profile on our website.  The database is now available for use via links on our website, the MPG page, the residency and fellowship page and the ARDL website.  Like all repositories of information, this database needs constant updating ; please let Hoffman or Kenny know of any changes.

Faculty receive funding

The University of Illinois Chicago awarded Bharat Thyagarajan a one year sub-contract on a National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety grant on “Persistent organic pollutants, endogenous hormones and Diabetes in Latinos.  The grant is for $156,408. Michael Farrar received an 18 month grant from Merck for work on PD1 inhibition in BCR-ABL+B-ALL.  The grant is for $210,854.

NIH provides alternative path to funding for research grants

It’s tough to get a grant funded so NIH has provided a path for researchers who do not receive funding.   Called OnPAR, this project supports NIH applications that score within the 30th percentile.  PIs upload their NIH-submitted abstract to OnPar, the abstracts are screened and a percentage is passed along to funders/sponsors.  If interested, the sponsors will connect with PIs to see the full NIH application and reviewers’ comments for possible funding.  A pilot began in March 2016 with seven sponsors including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, JDRF, Melanoma Research Alliance, and Parent Project Dystrophy.  For more information see https://news.aamc.org/research/article/program-path-funding-unsuccessful-nih-grants/

Deinard lecture series concludes with lecture on precision medicine

Four panelists will discuss the Precision Medicine Initiative and how it seeks to harness health data with genomics to create personalized medicine.  The lecture is on Tuesday, December 6 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Coffman Union Theater.  Registration is required.  https://consortium.umn.edu/lecture/how-patients-are-creating-medicine-s-future-citizen-science-precision-medicine

Dates to remember

  • Open Enrollment for health benefits ends November 30

  • Sally Palm’s farewell event is  November 30 @ 4:00pm in the Campus Club bar

  • LMP Employee Recognition event is Wednesday, December 14 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the Commons Hotel

  • Clinical Faculty Meeting on compliance (documentation for billing and staff oversight when resident’s work is involved).   Wednesday, December 14 @9:00 am in 450 MCRB

 

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

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

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

Publication date: 
Monday, November 21, 2016

LMP News, November 7, 2016

Karger co-authors report

Amy Karger was co-author of an AACC Pediatric Laboratory Medicine Policy Report, entitled "Advancing Children's Health through Pediatric Laboratory Medicine." This piece, published on-line in August, will educate policy makers and the general public on the unique issues related to pediatric laboratory medicine. View it here: https://www.aacc.org/health-and-science-policy/aacc-policy-reports/2016/advancing-childrens-health-through-pediatric-laboratory-medicine

Sally Palm to retire in December

Our space and safety guru, our go-to Dr. Fixit, our setup and clean out the lab maestro Sally Palm heads to retirement at the end of December.   Palm started as a lab attendant/dishwasher with Bob Scott’s EM lab in November 1972 as an undergrad in forest science.  After earning her masters in forest economics, the job market was tight so Palm soldiered on to obtain a Ph.D. in Pathobiology in Leo Furcht’s laboratory.  Eventually this became a fulltime job for Palm who kept the lab going until Furcht‘s administrative responsibilities outgrew his research.  Since that point Palm has been doing facilities projects for the department as well as serving as our lab safety officer.  Her highpoints include the move of LMP research from Jackson-Owre to Hasselmo Hall; the low point could be finding a bottle of “unknown crud” in Lee Wattenberg’s lab that contained among other toxins heavy metals and flammable liquids.  During her retirement, Palm plans more lake time, quilting, gardening and heavy mystery reading.  Sally Palm’s farewell event is November 30 @ 4:00pm in the Campus Club bar.  We all hope you can find time to stop over.

Lins to be new safety officer

Debra Lins, research manager in the Center for Immunology, will be LMP’s new research lab safety officer with the departure of Sally Palm. Lins will be learning the trade over the next two months and will be your point person starting the end of December.   She can be reached at benso010@umn.edu or 612-626-2476. 

Mark your calendar for the annual LMP Employee Recognition Event

Each year the department takes the opportunity to recognize all our faculty, staff (University, UMP and Fairview) and students at a gathering at the Commons Hotel.  This year’s event is on Wednesday, December 14 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Please join us for an afternoon/evening of food and fun at the gaming tables. 

Review your web page

Your bio on our web page is linked to a number of sites including our new database search engine (to premiere soon).   With new faculty searches occurring and residency and fellowship candidates applying to our programs, we’re seeing increased traffic on the site.  Take a few minutes and review your page and let us (kenny001@umn.edu or hoffm003@umn.edu) know any updates.  http://www.pathology.umn.edu/faculty-staff

Consider box secure storage for PHI information

The Academic Health Center IT group recommends that you consider using box secure storage for any PHI or sensitive information you may use for research or scholarship.  Box Secure Storage allows content to be stored online and shared from anywhere.   For more information and to enroll go to https://box.umn.edu/

Open Enrollment for health benefits runs November 1-30

This is your only time to change your benefits (except for marriage and babies) during the year.  Take a look at the website to review your benefit options.  This year you can add $25,000 in additional life insurance without evidence of good health.  If you have a flexible spending account you will need to renew even if you do not change your medical and dental benefits.  Visit the Open Enrollment website at http://humanresources.umn.edu/benefits/open-enrollment

Dates to remember

  • Open Enrollment for health benefits runs November 1-30
  • Fall Faculty meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 11/9 @ 9:00 am in 450 MCRB
  • Research Forum Thursday, 11/10 @5:00 pm in the Dale Shephard Room at the Campus Club
  • Thanksgiving is a University holiday.  Offices will be closed Thursday, 11/24 and Friday,11/25
  • Clinical Faculty Meeting on compliance (documentation for billing and staff oversight when resident’s work is involved).   UMP will present.  Wednesday, 12/14 @9:00 am in 450 MCRB 

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

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

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

Publication date: 
Monday, November 7, 2016

LMP News: October 24, 2016

Hogquist to deliver Dean’s Distinguished Research Lectureship

On Monday, November 7, Dean Jackson will present Kris Hogquist with the 2016 Distinguished Lectureship award for outstanding contributions to scientific research.  Hogquist shares the award with Bruce Blazer, Pediatrics.  Faculty are invited to attend the event at the Best Buy Auditorium in Northrop.  Program starts at 5:00 p.m.  Register at https://goo.gl/md7paV

Cohn named associate director of laboratories

Claudia Cohn was named to the new position of associate director of laboratories effective October 3.  Cohn will continue to serve as our compliance officer and chair the LMP billing council.  She will also work collaboratively with Tony Killeen on the medical direction of the clinical laboratories and be

Killeen’s backup when he is off-service. 

HR Generalist hired to support LMP faculty and staff

We have a new human resource support staff, Hannah Bergquist, for Laboratory Medicine and Pathology to replace Mary Belisle.  Bergquist comes with six years of experience working in all facets of human resources.  She is a graduate of the Carlson School of Management.  Bergquist is located near our main office on 760 Mayo.  Her e-mail is bergq064@umn.edu ; her phone number is 612-624-7115.

Kelekar receives Minnesota Partnership funding

An infrastructure project, Metabolism Infrastructure for Cancer, Aging, Neuroscience and Diabetes Research, proposed by Ameeta Kelekar and Scott Kaufmann (Mayo) received $672,933 from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics.   The award funds two Seahorse extracellular flux (XF) analyzers, the XFe96 and the XFp, and helps establish a core facility to support and enhance metabolic aspects of biological and biomedical research at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic.

Research contract awarded to Tsai

Mike Tsai received a one year contract of $657,331 from the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for testing on the genetics of fetal growth and related traits in multi-ethnic US populations.

Khalifa named to search committee

Mahmoud Khalifa was named to the search committee for the new chair of the Department of Surgery.   David Rothenberger is stepping down.  Committee chair is Joe Neglia, head of Pediatrics.

New RBC guidelines released in JAMA

Claudia Cohn is one of the contributors to the new AABB Clinical Practice guidelines for red blood cell transfusion thresholds and storage which was published on line in JAMA on October 12.  Follow the link to the article.  http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2569055

New website launched

Check out the new website for our division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics (MPG).   You may recall that establishing this division was a goal of our strategic plan.   We’re still fine tuning the content so your comments are welcome.    https://www.pathology.umn.edu/node/506

Dates to remember

  • Wellness points started as of October 1.  Start with scheduling a Biometric Health Screening at http://www.bhs.umn.edu/east-bank-clinic/health-screening.htm
  • Open Enrollment for health benefits starts November 1
  • Fall Faculty meeting is scheduled for 11/9 @ 9:00 am in 450 MCRB (agenda coming)
  • Thanksgiving is a University holiday.  Offices will be closed Thursday, 11/24 and Friday, 11/25
  • Sally Palm’s farewell gala is 11/30 @ 4:00 pm in the Campus Club bar.

 

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

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

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

Publication date: 
Monday, October 24, 2016

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