March 2023

  • Last summer, Dr. Kathryn Cullen co-created an innovative Creativity Camp at the U of M’s Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain for 12- to 17-year-olds with symptoms of depression. There they learned how to contra dance, work with clay, write letters to the Mississippi River, make self-portraits with personalized puzzle pieces, and hike through woods to gather materials to make a communal forest. The camp gave researchers a chance to study how young brains respond to creative activities and whether those activities can affect depression.

    Dr. Kathryn Cullen UMN
  • Dr. Sara Alcorn has been elected Vice President (2023-2024) and President (2025-2026) of the Society of Palliative Radiation Oncology, a professional society that functions at the local, national and international levels to promote excellence in palliative radiation oncology care through research, education, collaboration and patient advocacy. LEARN MORE>>

    Dr. Sara Alcorn UMN
  • Nominations for The New York Academy of Sciences' Innovators in Science Award: Cancer Immunology will close on March 31. Two prizes of US$200,000 will be awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves for the creativity and impact of their research in the field of Cancer Immunology.

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    Defense Health Research Funding 101 Thursday, March 23 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    The College of Science and Engineering and the Medical School would like to invite you to our Defense Health Research Funding 101 seminar on March 23rd at 1pm. This is a great opportunity for you to learn more about how the DoD can be a potential funding source for your health-related funding and how you can improve your understanding of the steps necessary for funding from the DoD. We have an outstanding panel of experts including Col Wanda Salzer, Col (ret) Todd Rasmussen, and Amy Kircher DrPH. 

    Please join us March 23 in Keller Hall, room 3-180 starting at 1:00 p.m. If you would like to attend, please fill out the RSVP by noon on March 17th. There will be a Zoom option for those unable to attend in person. REGISTER>>

    Medical Discovery Team on Addiction Seminar Friday, March 31 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    The Medical Discovery Team on Addiction is hosting a seminar on March 31st at 12 pm in CCRB 1-125. Our guest speaker is Dr. Morgan James. LEARN MORE>>

    Transdisciplinary Global Health Journal Club Monday, April 10 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    A resident-led journal club with faculty experts, open to University of Minnesota residents & students from all departments. Articles related to each month's topic will be presented, followed by small group discussion. This event will take place at 8312 W Franklin Ave, St. Louis Park, MN 55426. Park along Franklin Avenue. RSVP required by Friday, April 7th for discussion & dinner! REGISTER>>

    2nd Annual Global Surgery Fundraiser Saturday, April 15 | 6:30 - 11:30 p.m.

    The University of Minnesota Global Surgery & Disparities Program (UMGSD) invites you to our second annual fundraiser, Fundraise for Change on April 15th, 2023, at Surly Brewing in Minneapolis. Join us as we put the fun in fundraising with live music, interactive games, great food & beverages, and a silent auction.

    UMN residents, students & staff can request free entry to this event. APPLY>>

    Institute for Engineering in Medicine Innovation Week Monday, April 17 - Friday, April 21

    IEM Innovation Week highlights events that focus on advances and new directions in medical engineering. Engineering to fight cancer, neurological disorders, failing organs, and many other ailments—and it’s all at the University of Minnesota! LEARN MORE>>

    Dr. Stuart Bloom's "How to Avoid Burnout in 73 Minutes" Musical Wednesday, April 19 - Sunday, April 23 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    Dr. Stuart Bloom will perform his show, How to Avoid Burnout in 73 Minutes, at the Southern Theater in April. Join Dr. Bloom as he grapples with ego, mortality and spirituality in the face of pressure from health insurance companies and medical administrators who wish he’d stop swearing during dictations. BUY TICKETS>>

    Center for Bioethics April Grand Rounds Friday, April 28 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    The Center for Bioethics upcoming health equity-focused Ethics Grand Rounds talk on April 28, from 12 - 1 pm via Zoom. The webinar title is: “Equitable Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Research,” and the speaker is Willyanne DeCormier Plosky, DrPH, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard. REGISTER>>

    Macaran A. Baird Lecture in Family Medicine and Community Health Tuesday, May 9 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    The Macaran A. Baird, MD, Lecture in Family Medicine and Community Health Leadership is on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Our speaker will be Cristy Page, MD, MPH. Dr. Page is the former chair of family medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is currently their executive dean and William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor. She has been deeply involved in rural training and innovative models of family medicine practice. In addition to hearing Dr. Page's vision for family medicine, attendees will get to talk with Dr. Page as well as family medicine leadership, alumni, residents, and students during a reception. REGISTER>>

    2023 Child Abuse Summit Monday, July 24 - Wednesday, July 26

    Join us at TCF Bank Stadium for the opportunity to learn about the identification and treatment of child abuse and neglect from both regional and national experts.  The Summit is designed to provide professionals from all disciplines with the knowledge, tools, and skills to identify and treat all types of child maltreatment, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. REGISTER NOW>>

  • New Opportunities to Improve Outcomes (NOTIO) FY23 are currently accepting applications for pilot project submissions on innovations that directly impact patient outcomes through more effective clinical care. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate across the University with other schools (eg. Engineering, Business, Vet Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy). All applications must include demonstration of broad based collaborations and all Medical School faculty, including affiliated faculty, are eligible to apply. Applications are due on Monday, April 3rd, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

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  • The Greater MN Clinical Research Initiative expands statewide access to a broad range of clinical trials by establishing collaborative partnerships with physicians, hospitals and clinics. Observational and interventional clinical trials are supported and will include healthy volunteer studies. LEARN MORE>>

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  • The purpose of this funding is to support a MK-MDT Guest Scholar Award to a faculty member to conduct research or activities that create a deeper understanding of the links between aging and dementia in rural and/or indigenous populations. Applications are due May 1. LEARN MORE>>

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  • This Medical School faculty mentoring award, established in Carole’s memory, will be given to a faculty member who has served as an outstanding mentor to other faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and exemplifies Carole Bland's gift and passion for mentoring other faculty. Nominations must be received by April 15. LEARN MORE>>

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  • Dr. Stephanie Terezakis has been elected President-elect (2024-2025) and President (2025-2026) of the American Radium Society, the oldest society devoted to the study and treatment of cancer. LEARN MORE>>

    Dr. Stephanie Terezakis UMN
  • Dr. Pravana Sinha recently received a 2023 TSF Every Heartbeat Matters Award for his project: Valvular and Congenital Heart Surgery in Uganda. LEARN MORE>>

    Dr. Pravana Sinha UMN