LMP News, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

Killeen and ARDL are recipients of SPRINT ASK grant

Tony Killeen is the PI on a $309,999 SPRINT ancillary study award, which is a follow-up study to the SPRINT blood pressure hypertension trial. SPRINT ASK will follow SPRINT participants for a further year to examine the long term benefits and risks of lowering blood pressure.  ARDL continues to be a reference laboratory for this work.  

A SPRINT paper was published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1611179  that looks at patient satisfaction and found no difference between lower and higher blood pressure. This answered the question about whether lower blood pressure, especially in older people, would cause more light-headedness and falls. The good news is that those concerns appear not to be a real problem.

Jackson elected to chair of UMP Board of Directors

In case you didn’t see the announcement on Friday, Brooks Jackson will be the new chair of the UMP Board of Directors effective October 1.  Jackson is Dean and also a faculty member in LMP.  

Two new faculty members arrive 

Alessio Giubellino joined our dermatopathology service on August 31.  He will also be doing research in the Masonic Cancer Center.  His office is C516 Mayo, 612-624-5407, pager is 899-9482, e-mail is agiubell@umn.edu.  Dorraya El-Ashry started September 5 and is a joint hire with the Masonic Cancer Center.  El-Ashry’s research will be focused in cancer biology and circulating cells in cancer.   Her research office and lab are located in 3-312 CCRB.  She doesn’t have a phone yet but her e-mail is delashry@umn.edu.

Emeritus Professor Andreas Rosenberg dies at 92

When Ellis Benson, the first head of a combined Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, recruited the department’s initial core of basic science researchers, Andreas Rosenberg was one of his first hires.  Rosenberg was a biochemist, born in Estonia, escaped during WWII to Finland, and earned his PhD and DSci in Biochemistry from the University of Uppsala in Sweden.  He became part of a large NIH funded Hemoglobin Red-Cell Program project that included PIs from the Departments of LMP, Chemistry, Medicine and the University of Puerto Rico.  Rosenberg was also interested in the arts, notably the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.   He passed away on August 29.  The department plans to make a memorial in his memory to the Elizabeth and Andreas Rosenberg Theatre Scholarship at the University of Minnesota. (photo attached below). 

Balfour cited in U.S. News & World Report

A recent story in U.S. News highlights evidence that there may be a link between mononucleosis and multiple sclerosis among whites, blacks and Hispanics.  Hank Balfour, who is doing research in this area, was quoted saying that this research “strengthens the rationale for vaccine to prevent mono, because those who have had mono cannot protect themselves against MS.”  http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2017-08-30/more-evidence-links-the-mono-virus-to-ms-risk 

Check out updates from the Dean’s office

  • Discussion continues with Fairview Health Services regarding the future of our MHealth partnership.  Progress is being made in defining what we need to be a top ranked Medical School and health system.  
  • Discussions continue with Children’s Minnesota to put detail about the structure governance and funds flow of a pediatric academic health system.
  • Three candidates were on campus to present their vision for the position of Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs.  
  • The search committee for the UMP CEO/Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs met last week to consider candidates presented by the search firm.

Faculty publish

Arbefeville S, Harris A, Ferrieri P. Comparison of sequencing the D2 region of the large subunit ribosomal RNA gene (MicroSEQ®) versus the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions using two public databases for identification of common and uncommon clinically relevant fungal species. J Microbiol Methods.2017Sep;140:40-46.doi:10.1016/j.mimet.2017.06.015.Epub2017Jun21. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167701217301653


  • You can still donate to Chainbreaker until October 13  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. 
  • 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.  See our google site (below) for complete information.
  • Grand Rounds are back on Wednesdays at 8:00 am in 450 MCRB (Masonic Cancer Research Building)
  • First Research Forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 at 5:00 pm in the Dale Shephard room of the Campus Club.  Harry Orr will discuss “From Basic Research to Therapeutic Development”


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

Andreas Rosenberg