LMP News, May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

Barnes abstract scores in top three

Aaron Barnes’ ACLPS abstract  “Enterococcus faecalis colonizes and forms persistent biofilm microcolonies on the undamaged endothelial surface in a rabbit endovascular infection model,” was scored as one of the top clinical/translational science abstracts submitted for the annual ACLPS meeting and is eligible for the Paul E. Strandjord Young Investigator Award with Distinction.   Barnes will find out at the ACLPS meeting if he is one of the winners of a cash award.  

NIH cap will free up funds for early career investigators; impact likely in September 

The NIH just announced a major policy shift that will cap the number of grants an investigator can hold (equivalent to 3 NIH R01 Grants).  The freed up funds will provide more funding for early-career scientists and those researchers struggling to keep their labs afloat.  Follow this link for the full NIH announcement.  Note that this policy will likely be implemented in time for September grant applications. https://goo.gl/ghajfV

Chadburn is visiting professor in hematopathology on Monday, May 15

Amy Chadburn, professor of pathology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, visits the Division of Hematopathology on Monday, May 15.  Chadburn is a leader in diagnostic pathology with expertise in lymphoproliferative disorders associated with immunodeficiency.  She will be giving a slide seminar for LMP residents and fellows at 9:00 am.   If anyone would like to meet with Dr. Chadburn, please contact Michael Linden at linde013@umn.edu  See her profile at https://weillcornell.org/achadburn

Balfour appears on Access Minnesota 

Hank Balfour recently participated in an interview on Access Minnesota broadcasted by 43 stations statewide. He discussed the potential importance of a vaccine to prevent mono, caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and the implication that EBV vaccine could reduce the number of cases of multiple sclerosis, Hodgkin disease, and other lymphomas. On April 25, he spoke about the EBV vaccine to the Twin Cities Broadcasters Ascertainment Group’s a quarterly meeting for members of Twin Cities radio and TV stations.

Linden named to committee

Michael Linden was invited to serve on the Myeloma Committee for the Alliance in Clinical Trials for Oncology.  Though the committee is composed primarily of hematologists/oncologists, each committee has representation from one pathologist to guide laboratory based testing in clinical trial design/support.  In addition, Linden will also serve on the Alliance's Pathology committee.

Faculty publish

Powell,DE and Wallschlaeger, A  Making sense of the milestones: Entrustable professional activities for pathology. Human Pathology (2017) 62, 8-12.

Buchanan, P.C., Boylan, K.L.M., Walcheck, B., Heinze, R., Geller, M.A., Argenta, P.A., and Skubitz, A.P.N.  (2017)  Ectodomain shedding of the cell adhesion molecule Nectin-4 in ovarian cancer is mediated by ADAM10 and ADAM17. Journal of Biological Chemistry 292(15):6339-6351.

Undergraduate wins UROP award for work in Balfour lab

Lauren Duval, a U of M sophomore, was awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant for her project, "When is a Patient with Mononucleosis Most Infectious?"  with Hank Balfour.  This is the 11th UROP award for the Balfour lab, which encourages undergraduate participation in research focused on Epstein-Barr virus diseases

2017’s final Research Forum features Kaylee Schwertfeger

This academic year’s final research forum this Thursday, May 11, will feature Kaylee Schwertfeger who will discuss her new grant  “Contributions of FGFR-mediated tumor-stromal interactions to breast cancer growth and progression. “  As usual the forum will meet in the Dale Shephard room at the Campus Club starting at 5:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be provided. 

Medical school offers publication workshop

The Path to Publication workshop will be offered by the Medical School on Monday, June 12 from 12:30 – 4:30 pm at the McNamara Alumni Center (Oak and Washington).  This is a really good workshop for faculty with minimal to moderate experience in writing for peer-reviewed journals.  Register here:  https://goo.gl/tvU1AA

Last chance to RSVP for LMP’s annual resident and fellow graduation dinner at the Campus Club on Wednesday, May 31.  Social hour starts at 5:00 with dinner at 5:30.  RSVP by May 18 to Gail Rosenbaum at rosen018@umn.edu

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