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 Network  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

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.

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


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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:

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 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 ( or know any updates.

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

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

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 

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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

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 ; 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.

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.

Dates to remember

  • Wellness points started as of October 1.  Start with scheduling a Biometric Health Screening at
  • 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.


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Monday, October 24, 2016

LMP News: October 10, 2016

ARDL selected as central biochemistry lab for NHANES program

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), a program of the CDC awarded a five year grant to ARDL as the central lab for its 5-year survey program.  The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) will assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the US.  Tony Killeen is the CBL PI for this award of $1.4 million. Killeen said, “We are one of the leading clinical laboratories in the United States that focus on the needs of clinical trials and epidemiology studies.”   For more information visit the ARDL web site at or see

LMP faculty are co-PIs on Grand Challenges research grants

Last week funding was announced for 29 Grand Challenges Research grants that were chosen to  advance the research goals of the Twin Cities campus strategic plan.  Andy Nelson is a co-PI on a project awarded $60k which focuses on the development of a clinical precision medicine program in ovarian cancer as a paradigm for 21st century tailored health care solution.  Other co-PIs on the grant include Constantin Aliferis, Joshua Baller, Pamala Jacobson, and Boris Winterhoff.   Mahmoud Khalifa is a team member for this grant. Bharat Thyagarajan is co-PI on a $49K project, a community-based approach toward advancing personalized medicine in underserved populations.  His co-PIs are Kathleen Culhane-Pera and Robert Straka. See more at

Saenger speaks at AACC meeting

Amy Saenger was an invited speaker at the American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC)’s International Point of Care Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark last month.  She spoke on the “Utility of POC lipid testing in pediatrics”.  The symposium focused on POC testing (tests being performed at the patient’s hospital bedside, in the ER, ICU, primary care setting and at home) as revolutionizing the continuum of patient care. 

Did you know we almost had the Bell Tower?

Moos Tower was dedicated in 1971 as Unit A Health Sciences Tower.  There were a number of potential candidates for the building naming including Dr. Elexius Bell, the third director of pathology from 1921 through 1949. The honor, however, eventually went to President Emeritus Malcolm Moos in 1980. Annually we remember Dr. Bell with our annual ET Bell Fall symposium.  See for details.

Faculty keep on publishing!

CK2 targeted RNAi therapeutic delivered via malignant cell-directed tenfibgen nanocapsule: dose and molecular mechanisms of response in xenograft prostate tumors. Ahmed K, Kren BT, Abedin MJ, Vogel RI, Shaughnessy DP, Nacusi L, Korman VL, Li Y, Dehm SM, Zimmerman CL, Niehans GA, Unger GM, Trembley JH.  Oncotarget. 2016 Aug 20. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.11442. [Epub ahead of print]

Examination of CK2α and NF-κB p65 expression in human benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer tissues.Qaiser F, Trembley JH, Sadiq S, Muhammad I, Younis R, Hashmi SN, Murtaza B, Rector TS, Naveed AK, Ahmed K.  Mol Cell Biochem. 2016 Sep;420(1-2):43-51. doi: 10.1007/s11010-016-2765-3. Epub 2016 Jul 19.


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Monday, October 10, 2016

LMP News: September 26, 2016

Bell Symposium set for Friday October 28

The 41st annual Bell Symposium will feature “Lung, Thymus and Head and Neck Pathology:  Update on Classifications, Diagnosis, Molecular Testing and Therapy”.  The conference location is across Washington Avenue at the Commons Hotel.  The Minnesota Society of Pathologists’ Fall Seminar “Clinically Relevant Update on Lung and Head and Neck Disorders” will be held on Saturday, October 29.  A brochure and how to register are located on our web site at

Seegmiller joins faculty

Jesse Seegmiller, Ph.D. joins our faculty as an assistant professor on October 31.  Seegmiller will join the Division of Clinical Chemistry and will focus most of his activities at the ARDL research facility.  He was a clinical chemistry fellow at the U of M for the last two years and received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Wyoming.  Seemiller also worked post-Ph.D. at the Mayo Clinic and AB SCIEX. 

Dolan to lead CAP committee

Effective January 1, Michelle Dolan will be the chair of the Cytogenetics Resource Group of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).  For more information on the purpose of the committee:

Monthly Research Forums resume in October

Thursday night research forums start up again on October 13.  This year we plan to focus on translational research.  The first three forums will feature informal discussion of our six innovation initiative proposals.  Faculty are encouraged to offer advice, encouragement, propose resources, etc. to the applicants.  The research forum is on October 13 from 5-6:30 pm in the Dale Shephard Room at the Campus Club.

Faculty publish papers

Barbera L, Gien LT, Sultradhar R, Thomas G, Covens A, Elit L, Fyles A, Rakovitch E, Liu Y, Khalifa M.  The added value of pathology review in vulva cancer:  Results from a population-based cohort study. Int J Gynecol Patholo 2016 Aug 10.

Interview dates are set for residency applicants

Fall arrives and so do applicants for our residency training program.  Dates are set for this round of interviews:  October 24, November 4, November 7, November 14, December 5, December 9, and December 12.

Lurkin leaves for South Dakota

Matt Lurkin, pathologists’ assistant supervisor, has resigned his position to be Laboratory Operations Manager at the Mercy Dunes Medical Center in Dakota Dunes, SD.  Stop in and say goodbye to Matt on Friday, September 30 at 10:30 am in C456 Mayo.

Sciacca recognized by AAPA

Drew Sciacca, pathologists’ assistant, was chosen for an American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants (AAPA) fellow scholarship.  His manuscript “Tissue procurement during autopsies to aid in advancement of molecular testing and personalized medicine” will be published in one of the forthcoming editions of The Cutting Edge, published by the AAPA.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

LMP News: September 12, 2016

Nasir quoted on vet study

Aqsa Nasir, a PGY-3 resident, was quoted in Helio on a study of male US veterans that showed a marked increase in the frequency of primary liver tumors compared to the general US population.  The article was published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology in 2016 with Nasir as first author.  To see the story go to

Stewart will present in Madison

Jimmie Stewart is invited to present at the fall meeting of the Wisconsin Society of Cytology in Madison, WI later this month. 

Saenger named editor

The journal Clinical Chemistry (impact factor 7.457) recently named Amy Saenger a section editor.

McCullough cited in New York Times on Zika

Jeff McCullough, emeritus professor, was quoted in an August 26 New York Times article on an FDA recommendation that all blood donations should be screened for the Zika virus.  McCullough points out in the article while safeguards are necessary; it is really difficult to introduce a new test quickly nationwide.

Residency video is updated

Check out our new video on the residency and fellowship programs.  The video gives a brief look at our programs, the department and the Twin Cities.  It is posted both on our home page and the residency site.  Thanks to Sarah Drawz, Jim Richter, Miro Sekulic, Andy Johnson and the faculty and staff at Abbott/Northwestern for helping in the video production.

Faculty continue to publish

Pankratz N, Schick UM, Zhou Y, Zhou W, Ahluwalia TS, Allende ML, Auer PL, Bork-Jensen J, Brody JA, Chen MH, Clavo V, Eicher JD, Grarup N, Hagedorn EJ, Hu B, Hunker K, Johnson AD, Leusink M, Lu Y, Lyytikäinen LP, Manichaikul A, Marioni RE, Nalls MA, Pazoki R, Smith AV, van Rooij FJ, Yang ML, Zhang X, Zhang Y, Asselbergs FW, Boerwinkle E, Borecki IB, Bottinger EP, Cushman M, de Bakker PI, Deary IJ, Dong L, Feitosa MF, Floyd JS, Franceschini N, Franco OH, Garcia ME, Grove ML, Gudnason V, Hansen T, Harris TB, Hofman A, Jackson RD, Jia J, Kähönen M, Launer LJ, Lehtimäki T, Liewald DC, Linneberg A, Liu Y, Loos RJ, Nguyen VM, Numans ME, Pedersen O, Psaty BM, Raitakari OT, Rich SS, Rivadeneira F, Di Sant AM, Rotter JI, Starr JM, Taylor KD, Thuesen BH, Tracy RP, Uitterlinden AG, Wang J, Wang J, Dehghan A, Huo Y, Cupples LA, Wilson JG, Proia RL, Zon LI, O'Donnell CJ, Reiner AP, Ganesh SK. Meta-analysis of rare and common exome chip variants identifies S1PR4 and other loci influencing blood cell traits. Nat Genet. 2016 Aug;48(8):867-76. doi: 10.1038/ng.3607

Karion WJ, Naides SJ, Crosson JT, Ansari MQ:  Variability in testingfor antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies:  A survey of participantsin the College of American Pathologists proficiency testing program.
Arch Pathol Lab Med 140, 524-528, 2016.

ALRT asks for early notice of grants

If you are planning to submit a grant proposal, please let Carol El-Ghandour know well in advance whenever possible (for example, 2 months ahead of the deadline for a federal grant).  This will insure a great spot in the grant queue.  Carol can be contacted at or 612-625-8468

Phishing is a major sport at the University

The University reports on new phishing scams almost on a daily basis.  Some of these look remarkably like official University e-mails.  Consider signing up on the phishing scam email so you know what’s out there.  Go to , on the right side of the page is “Follow Phishing Scams by Email.”  Enter your email address and push submit.



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Monday, September 12, 2016

LMP News: August 29, 2016

Saenger receives sub-award from Johns Hopkins

Amy Saenger is PI on a new five year sub award with Johns Hopkins University titled “Diabetes and Prediabetes in Older Adults in ARIC”, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK).  The study will evaluate biomarkers in older adults with prediabetes and diabetes, compared to those without disease, to predict risk of morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease.  Saenger is also PI on a NIDDK funded sub award to analyze novel biomarkers of hyperglycemia and cardiovascular risk in the ADVANCE trial (Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease: Preteraax and Diamicron Controlled Evaluation).

LMP starts salary savings reward program

The Research Advisory Committee recommended that we start a faculty rewards program which we call the “salary savings program”.  Some of you may remember that we had a similar program in the past.  The purpose of the program is to reward research intensive faculty who are successful in obtaining grant support for their salary.  Rewards will be made once a year based on effort certified on July 1.

There are some exclusions; faculty who hold chairs or on phased retirement are not eligible.


effort funded






Level 1



 $  10,000

Level 2



 $  15,000

Level 3



 $  20,000


Belisle leaves ALRT

Mary Belisle, our human resources generalist, took a position in the School of Public Health effective August 22.  Belisle’s job is posted and ALRT expects to fill the position in the next month or so.  In the meantime, address any human resource questions to Moyya Randall at or 625-3682.

Grand Rounds start up on September 7

Matthew Meredith, cytogenetics fellow, leads off this year’s Grand Rounds series on Wednesday, September 7.  Grand Rounds are held weekly on Wednesdays in 450 MCRB (Masonic Cancer Center) at 8:00 am.  Meredith is one of four speakers to be sponsored by the Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics.

Faculty publish recent papers

Selvaratnam R, Karger AB.  A Newborn with Distended Abdomen. PMID: 27471243. Clin Chem 2016 Aug; 62(8) 1061-4.

Grimm JM, Schmeling DO, Dunmire SK, Knight JA, Mullan BD, Ed JA, Brundage RC, Hogquist KA, Balfour Jr, HH.  Prospective studies of infectious mononucleosis in University students. Clinical & Translational Immunology (2016) 5 e94, published online 12 August 2016

Robertson was our second department head

Harold E. Robertson was a native Minnesota who attended Carlton College and received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania.  He was the second head of the Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Public Health from 1919-1921.  In 1920 Robertson was invited to do post mortem work for three months at Mayo.  “He breathed such new life into the weekly clinic-pathological conferences of the Mayo Clinic”, that William Mayo invited Robertson to leave the U and work permanently at Mayo.


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Monday, August 29, 2016

LMP News: August 15, 2016

Orr named to Ataxia Chair

Harry Orr was recently named to the James Schindler and Bob Allison Ataxia Chair in Translational Research.  The chair’s earning will be used in ataxia research.    Orr is a world renowned researcher whose work focuses on the molecular genetics of neurodegenerative diseases, principally the autosomal dominant form of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA-1).  He also directs the Institute of Translational Neuroscience and is a member of the department’s Research Advisory Committee. 

Dehm on NIH Study Section

Scott Dehm was recently invited to serve as a member of the Tumor Cell Biology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, at NIH.  This is a four year appointment.

Skubitz awarded DOD grant

The US Department of Defense awarded Amy Skubitz a two year grant effective August 1.  Skubitz will study a revolutionary method for detecting ovarian cancer.  Skubitz's long-term goal is to develop a noninvasive screening test that can be incorporated into a routine Pap test or self-administered home test that could test for both ovarian and cervical cancer. 

Daniels holds Q&A with faculty

With rumors flying in our post-integration world, Bobbi Daniels came to speak to our faculty and answer questions at the end of July.  UMP and the Medical School intend to begin a strategic planning process that will position us for the future.  Faculty involvement will be key so we will keep you posted as opportunities come up for participation.  In the meantime it’s business as usual.  Both the Dean and Dr. Daniels welcome any comments and have asked that you e-mail them directly.  Daniels is at and the Dean’s e-mail is   

McKenna and Hubel to present a short course

If you manage a cell therapy lab, are a technician who preserves cells as part of your daily routine, or a scientist involved in the development of cell therapies you may be interested in a short course offered by Dave McKenna and Allison Hubel with the U’s Biopreservation Core Resource on “Preservation of Cellular Therapies” on September 27-28.  On line registration is at:

We present more faculty publications for your reading pleasure

Mettu, P., Griffith, M., Yohe, S., Harrison, A. R. Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma Presenting with Unilateral Orbital Involvement. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. March 24 (2016)

Ustun C, Smith A, Cayci Z, Courville EL, Corbacioglu S, Akin C, Horny HP, Valent P, Devine S, Weisdorf DJ. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in systemic mastocytosis: is there a high risk for veno-occlusive disease? Eur J Haematol. 2016 Jun; 96(6):655-7.

Innovation Initiatives

We had six proposals for the innovation initiatives Phase III program.  A committee will review the preproposals and provide comments if needed.  Our next deadline for a full proposal is November 1, 2016.  See full directions at our google site listed below.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

LMP News: July 25, 2016

Daniels to discuss “End of Integration” aftermath this week

We have scheduled a faculty meeting on Wednesday, July 27 at 8:15 am in 450 MCRB (Masonic Cancer Research Building) with Bobbi Daniels to discuss the next steps for UMP and our relationship with Fairview with the end of the integration.  This is a Q&A event so bring your questions. 

Lehman heads into retirement

Say farewell to long-time ALRT pre-award support staffer, Debbie Lehman, who retires on August 1 after 45 years of service at the U.  There will be a farewell reception for her in B216/217 Mayo (Radiology) on Tuesday, August 2 from  1:30 to 4:00pm; program at 2:15.   All are welcome.

We are 120 years old!

Frank Wesbrook became the first director of pathology and bacteriology in 1896 at the University of Minnesota Medical School and also served simultaneously as director of laboratories for the State Board of Health.  He was a Canadian, and received his MD in 1889 from McGill University.  Wesbrook pursued further medical training at the University of Cambridge and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.  He was named Dean of the Medical School in 1906 at the age of 38. In 1913 Wesbrook returned to Canada to become the first president of the University of British Columbia. 

Faculty publications to peruse while you on enjoying your summer vacation

Am J Case Rep. 2016 May 6; 17:309-14.Perivascular Epithelioid Cell Tumor of the Uterus with Ovarian Involvement: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.  Fitzpatrick MPulver TKlein MMurugan PKhalifa MAmin K.

McKenna D. Challenges in the cGMP manufacturing of MSCs for multicenter academia trials. Transfusion (2016);56(4):18S-9S. doi: 10.1111/trf.13565.

Ustun, C., Courville, E. L., DeFor, T., Dolan, M., Randall, N., Yohe, S., Bejanyan, N., Warlick, E., Brunstein, C., Weisdorf, D. J., Linden, M. A.  Myeloablative, but not Reduced-Intensity, Conditioning Overcomes the Negative Effect of Flow-Cytometric Evidence of Leukemia in Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2016; 22(4):669-675.

Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-Related Virus (XMRV) and the Safety of the Blood Supply .Johnson AD, Cohn CS. Clin Microbiol Rev. 2016 Oct;29(4):749-57. doi: 10.1128/CMR.00086-15. Review. PMID:  27358491

We remember Jim White

Jim White, a long time faculty member, passed away on July 8.  White received his MD degree from the U (1955) and began his career in the Department of Pediatrics at the U of M.   He later transferred to LMP.  He was appointed a Regents’ Professor in 1984 and received the Harold S. Diehl Award for lifetime achievement from the Medical School in 2005.  In 2006 he was inducted into the Academy for Excellence in Health Research at the Academic Health Center.  The department, on behalf of the faculty, will send a gift in his memory to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Foundation. 

The old voicemail system will be turned off on July 27

If you haven’t transitioned to the new voice mail system (it’s been months)  you will soon be without voicemail.  It takes five minutes.  See Link for instructions:    If you need help call Jean Kurata at 612-625-0932.

Reminder:  Innovation Initiatives 2016 deadline for pre-proposals is August 1. 

Information is available at

Send pre-proposals to Linda Kenny at or MMC 609 Mayo.


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Monday, July 25, 2016

LMP News: July 11, 2016

Bobbi Daniels to discuss Integration status

We have scheduled a Q&A session on Wednesday, July 27 at 8:15 am in 450 MCRB (Masonic Cancer Research Building) with Bobbi Daniels to discuss the vote by the Board of Regents to terminate a letter of intent with Fairview Health Systems.  This will be an opportunity to ask questions particularly pertaining to the decision’s impact on our department. 

LMP faculty and resident will present at American Society of Cytopathology (ASC) meeting this fall

An abstract, “Metastatic Neoplasms to the Pancreas as Determined by Endoscopic-Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration” by Miro Sekulic, PGY-4 resident, Khalid Amin, Tetyana  Mettler and Jimmie Stewart III was accepted as a poster presentation at the ASC’s 64th annual scientific meeting in New Orleans in November.

Baby girl is born to Shanna Morgan

Cecilia Ione Cycenas was born on June 21.  Her parents are Shanna Morgan, adjunct faculty member at the Red Cross, and Joel Cycenas.  Everyone is doing well.  See attached photo.

Glimpse into LMP’s past

James Dawson became professor and chair of Pathology at the University of Minnesota in 1949.  He is remembered as someone who would scare you to death in class but when class was over would joke and smile with you.  One of Dawson’s publications is:  Dawson JR., Jr INFECTION OF CHICKS AND CHICK EMBRYOS WITH RABIES. Science.1939 Mar 31;89(2309):300–301. [PubMed]

HHMI Fellow joins Schwertfeger

Patrice Witschen, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) research fellow in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, will spend the second year of her fellowship with Kaylee Schwertfeger. Patrice's project focuses on understanding the functional contributions of hyaluronan fragmentation and function during early stages of breast cancer growth and invasion. Jaime Modiano, professor in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Jim McCarthy serve as co-mentors on this project. 

Report your vacation time in myU

Everyone needs to report their vacation time as you use it in your myU portal.  Click the box labeled My Time. The Dean’s office audits our compliance. If you need help contact or

Medical School sponsors learning opportunities for faculty

Are you an early career faculty member and need help preparing your first K or R series NIH grant proposal (or foundation equivalent)?  Consider the Medical School’s P3 program  Deadline for application is July 21, 2016.  Session begins Wednesday September, 2016.  Danni Li is enrolled in the current program if you want a first-hand recommendation.

Need some advice on writing for a peer-reviewed journal?  The Medical School is sponsoring an introductory workshop for faculty on preparing a peer-reviewed manuscript.  It is held on November 10 from 1:30-5:30 pm in Coffman Union.

Reminder:  Innovation Initiatives 2016 deadline for pre-proposals is August 1. 

Information is available at

Send pre-proposals to Linda Kenny at or MMC 609 Mayo.


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Publication date: 
Monday, July 11, 2016