LMP News, July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017

Mroz is first of new faculty on site

Pawel Mroz, assistant professor, moved into his office in D222 Mayo on Monday, July 10.  Mroz will be on service in Molecular Diagnostics and Hematopathology.  His e-mail is pmroz@umn.edu and phone number is 612-624-6168.  Stop by and say hello. (See photo attached)

Barnes residency grant funded

Aaron Barnes, PGY-2, was awarded $2,500 from the department for his grant application “Rapid Antibiotic Resistance Detection via Quantitative MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry.”  Working with Patricia Ferrieri, Barnes will attempt to use MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry for rapid identification of antibiotic resistance gene expression to reduce the TAT from days to hours. 

ALRT hires a financial analyst

Rachel Brisson starts in mid- August as the new ALRT financial analyst providing support to Laboratory Medicine and Pathology as well as two other ALRT departments. Brisson will calculate the wRVU reports for the department, among other financial responsibilities. She most recently worked at University of Minnesota Physicians but also has experience at Hamline University, the U’s Office of Technology Commercialization, and the Commercial Associations of Realtors.  Brisson will have an office on 760 Mayo in the ALRT Center. 

Time is running out to support our LMP faculty Chainbreaker riders

Eight LMP faculty will ride in the Chainbreaker Ride for Cancer Research August 11-13:  Scott Dehm, Michael Farrar, Bartosz Grzywacz, Brooks Jackson, Danni Li, Christopher Pennell, Kaylee Schwertfeger and Yoji Shimizu.  Please donate and support these riders at https://chainbreakerride.org/riders/  You can do a search by their names.   It takes less than two minutes to donate!    All funds will go to cancer research at the U of M. 

Read updates from the Dean’s office

  • The Medical School’s CTSI application received a “fantastic” score of 20; there is optimism about funding.  The School plans to open a one stop Clinical Research Services Center on 2PWB sometime in the near future.
  • The University Foundation raised an all-time record $78 million in donations for the Medical School.
  • Negotiations will continue on a renewal of the MHealth agreement.  Our goal is to integrate our three part mission and provide world-class destination services for both complex and primary care conditions.
  • Lewis-Burke consultants, who lobby in Washington, are employed by the U to review our research portfolio and help us make connections to other funding agencies.  If you want to talk with them directly, contact Emily Lawrence, at emilyl@umn.edu 

Faculty publish

Steffen BT, Bielinski SJ, Decker PA, Berardi C, Larson DB, Pankow JS, Michos ED, Hanson NQ, Herrington DM, Tsai MY. Low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and particle concentrations are associated with greater levels of endothelial activation markers in Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis participants. J Clin Lipidol. 2017 Jun 13. Pii: S1933-2874(17)30347 -1.doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2017.05.018. (EPub ahead of print).

Bielinski SJ, Berardi C, Decker PA, Larson NB, Bell EJ, Pankow JS, Sale MM, Tang W, Hanson NQ, Wassel CL, de Andrade M, Budoff MR, Polak JF, Sicotte H, Tsai MY. Hepatocyte  growth factor demonstrates racial heterogeneity as a biomarker for coronary heart disease. Heart.2017 Jun1. Pii:heartjnl-2016-310450. Doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2016-310450. (EPub ahead of print) 

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

Pawel Mroz