LMP News, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

We remember Jill Friedrich

On Thursday August 17th the Division of Molecular Pathology lost a highly skilled researcher.  Jill Friedrich died shortly after being hit by a vehicle while biking to a Minneapolis homeless shelter to run with its residents as part of the Mile in My Shoes program.  Friedrich worked as a molecular biologist in the Orr group on an oligonucleotide based therapy for a lethal neurodegenerative disease. In addition to her molecular biology skills, she was an accomplished artist contributing to figures in many papers and presentations. Jill leaves behind her mother Jayne, father Peter, brother Jake, and husband Jared.  Friedrich embraced life head on and will be deeply missed by her many colleagues, friends and family members.  A celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, August 22.  

Round IV of Innovation Initiatives kicks off 

LMP will offer its fourth round of Innovation Initiative grants for funding in 2018.  The due date for pre-proposals is October 1 with funding to start July 1, 2018. The format of the program will be the same as last year; pre-proposals will be presented at Research Forums during fall semester.  Full proposals will be due March 1, 2018.  See https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/lmp/innovation-initiatives for more information.  Flyer is also attached.  

Bell is official

Robert “Rob” Bell started his position in neuropathology on Monday, August 21.  An assistant professor, Bell will be on the neuropathology service with Brent Clark and Maggie Flanagan as well as be an active researcher with a lab in 326 Lions Research Building.  He and Flanagan are sharing a clinical office in C514-1 Mayo; phone 612-624-6563.  

LMP considers ban on sports

After three faculty members reported to work with broken extremities in the last few weeks due to extreme sports competition (softball, bicycle and hockey), the LMP faculty executive committee is considering whether faculty should be banned from participating in sports all together.  Being a couch potato may be considered a safer past time than actual team related activities. We are also seeking bids for human bubble wrapping services in the event that people still want to do sports.  Riding for Chainbreaker is exempt.

Check out these demographics for the Medical School Class of 2017

  • 61 different undergraduate institutions
  • 48 different majors
  • 34% are racially or ethnically diverse
  • 35 have already published
  • 28 were collegiate athletes
  • 19% are first generation college students
  • 13 different countries of origin
  • 6 served in the armed forces 

Flanagan speaks at symposium

Maggie Flanagan was an invited speaker last week at the Annual Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study research symposium in Seattle.  The symposium brings together aging and dementia researchers from Kaiser Permanente Washington, the University of Washington and other collaborating institutions.  Flanagan presented an overview of her paper on analgesics, dementia and neuropathology.

Read updates from the Dean’s office

  • Compensation survey results will be presented to the clinical chiefs on August 29.
  • Negotiations continue with Children’s and Fairview. The Dean’s goal is have a clinical enterprise that promotes destination clinical care and a strong academic mission led by faculty.   

Don’t miss this week’s event

John Eckfeldt’s retirement reception is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30 at 4:00 pm on the Campus Club Terrace in Coffman Union.  Faculty, please RSVP to Jean Kurata at jkurata@umn.edu

Faculty publish

Shahi M, Dolan MMurugan P. Hyalinizing Clear Cell Carcinoma of the Bronchus. Head Neck Pathol. 2017 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28508996 

Stein T, Murugan P, Li F, El-Hag M. Can Medullary Carcinoma Arise in Thyroglossal Duct Cysts? A search for Parafollicular C-cells in 41 Resected Cases. Head Neck Pathol. 2017 May 23. [Epub ahead of print] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28536894

You can still donate to Chainbreaker until October 13

There were over one thousand riders in the inaugural Chainbreaker event and to date over $1M in funds have been raised.  You can still donate on line at https://chainbreakerride.org/ or make a check donation (with the full name of the rider in the memo line) to CHAINBREAKER, PO Box 14469, St. Paul, MN 55114.  Our riders included: Scott Dehm, Bartosz Grzywacz, Yoji Shimizu, Brooks Jackson, Kaylee Schwertfeger, Christopher Pennell, Michael Farrar, and Tucker LeBien.  


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


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