LMP News, June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017

Have you donated yet to 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!   You can still sign up to be a rider!  To register for this event go to https://chainbreakerride.org/register/   All funds will go to cancer research at the U of M.  Let us know if you register so we can add you to our list.  FLASH:  Chainbreaker lunch rally on Diehl Hall Plaza, Thursday, June 22 @11:30 a.m.

Pankratz named chair of national committee

Nathan Pankratz was named the new chair of the Structural Variation Working Group for NHLBI's TOPMed program. This national group is responsible for calling deletions, duplications, inversions and translocations for 120,000 study participants with deep whole genome sequencing data. These variants will then be correlated with disease outcomes and related traits to generate new understanding of the biological processes that underlie heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders.

Pennell reaches out to community on understanding cancer

Chris Pennell recently addressed community members at the Northside’s Cora McCorvey Health and Wellness Center about cancer and cancer research.  The purpose of the talk is to communicate the concepts of cancer to a wider population and connect the community back to the University’s research.  Pennell is associate director for education and community engagement in the Cancer Center.

Johnson named associate director of residency program

Effective July 1, Andy Johnson will take over the role of associate director of the residency program.  Johnson will work with Michelle Dolan as part of the leadership team that provides oversight to our clinical training programs.  We want to thank Emil Racila for his outstanding efforts; he will continue to serve on the RAFT committee.

Program names 2017-18 Chief Residents

The new chief residents are Jessica Gruenberg and Victor Santiago, both will be PGY-4 residents this summer.  Gruenberg is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School; Santiago is a graduate of Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina. 

Faculty named Top Teachers

Each year the residents in our AP/CP pathology training program vote for the top teachers in anatomic pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP).  This year Amy Karger received the CP Teacher of the Year award and Tamera Lillemoe, adjunct assistant professor at Abbott-Northwestern received the AP Teacher of the Year award.  The honors were announced at LMP’s annual resident and fellow graduation dinner.

Compensation changes for 2017-18

Faculty and professional and academic salary recommendations were submitted to the Dean’s Office and UMPhysicians for approval on June 2.  Board of Regents votes on the University compensation plan on June 20.  Watch for a notification in the next few weeks.

Faculty publish

Calcium-binding protein S100A4 confers mesenchymal progenitor cell fibrogenicity in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.Xia H, Gilbertsen A, Herrera J, Racila E, Smith K, Peterson M, Griffin T, Benyumov A, Yang L, Bitterman PB, Henke CA. J Clin Invest. 2017 May 22. pii: 90832. doi: 10.1172/JCI90832. [Epub ahead of print]

CD8αα intraepithelial lymphocytes arise from two main thymic precursors.Ruscher R, Kummer RL, Lee YJ, Jameson SC, Hogquist KA. Nat Immunol. 2017 May 22. doi: 10.1038/ni.3751. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID:28530714

Vahidi S, Amin K, Stewart, J 3rd, Laryngeal Chondrosarcoma mimicking medullary thyroid carcinoma on fine needle aspiration cytology: A case report of a diagnostic pitfall, EARLY VIEW Online Diagn. Cytopathol. June 2017 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dc.23764/full

Sekulic M, Amin K, Mettler, T, Miller LK, Mallery, S, Stewart J 3rd, Pancreatic involvement by metastasizing neoplasms as determined by endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration: a clinicopathologic characterization, Diagn. Cytopathol. 45(5)pp 418–425, May 2017 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28205397

Successful treatment of pure red cell aplasia because of ABO major mismatched stem cell transplant.  Sackett K, Cohn CS, Fahey-Ahrndt K, Smith AR, Johnson AD. J Clin Apher. 2017 May 24. doi: 10.1002/jca.21553. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28543448

Campus club opens up its doors to all diners

Through the end of August, the Campus Club is open to non-members from 4 to 7 pm, M-F.  Besides happy hours you can order off the dinner menu which includes some good looking hamburgers featured in a June 9 story by the Star Tribune https://goo.gl/dZTYI1