December 2022

  • The Special Pathogens Unit, led by Susan Kline, MD, MPH, has received a $1.2M grant from the U.S. Health and Human Services. This grant is a part of the federal Strategic Preparedness and Response program to fund leading regional healthcare facilities to sustain and improve healthcare system preparedness for emerging special pathogens. READ MORE>> 

  • Calling all primary care providers! How important is a patient’s weight? Participate in our research by taking a short survey to provide your perspective. TAKE SURVEY>>

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  • Tamee Livermont, MPH, a second-year medical student at the Duluth Campus and student director of the Minnesota Association for Family Physicians, was recently interviewed for Fall 2022 Minnesota Family Physician. Livermont discusses the resolution she authored asking the AAFP to increase the visibility of Native and Indigenous communities by inviting representative members to contribute to the new AAFP Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness. The resolution was adopted.

  • The Medical School Research Office is excited to announce its inaugural IRB Protocol Writing Academy. This opportunity is open to junior faculty interested in a 12 week program: 8 didactic sessions and 4 weeks of independent work. The program will focus on learning the IRB Protocol Writing process, how to navigate services at the U of M, and how to make sure that your IRB protocol works for the scientific components of your research project. The RFA will open on December 10th, 2022; 8-10 applicants will be accepted into the program.

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  • Dr. William Stauffer received the prestigious 2022 Ben Kean Medal from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Awarded every three years, it is given to a clinician or educator whose dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on the training of students, fellows and/or practitioners of tropical medicine is in keeping with the tradition established by Dr. Kean. WATCH MORE>> 

  • Drs. Caleb Skipper, Mahsa Abassi and David Boulware collaborated with researchers from Makerere University, Uganda, to study a new oral formulation of a drug (amphotericin B) to treat cryptococcal meningitis. Results of the phase II randomized clinical trial were presented in an oral abstract at the IDWeek conference. READ MORE>>

  • Communications coordinator for C2DREAM, Hannah (Broadbent) BlueDog-Crow (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), played Wetu/Autumn in the two-person film Cotanka Calling. She attended the premiere at the 16th Annual LA Skins Film Festival in November. Written and directed by Jacob R. Pratt, the short film was shot in Saskatchewan by Skoden Entertainment, an Indigenous film company. READ MORE>> 

  • Three third-year cardiovascular disease fellows―Mike Klajda, Danny Gonzalez and Garima Dahiya―recently won the annual Fellows In Training (FIT) Jeopardy competition at a local American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting. They now advance to compete at the national ACC meeting in April.

  • Medical School researchers recently had a chance to share their work with nearly 850 people at Spotlight Science: Brain Power. Held at the Bell Museum in early November, the day also featured an original planetarium film, Mysteries of Your Brain. The departments of Neuroscience and Psychology, as well as MnDRIVE Brain Conditions, UMN MINDS Program and UMN Clinical Neurosciences participated in the event. READ MORE>> 

  • Only one in one million people are affected by the rare genetic disease called xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). With XP, people do not have the ability to repair their skin after exposure to ultraviolet rays. We recently hosted a medical conference and retreat for children with XP. The event involved faculty from across the Medical School and launched several clinical studies. Like many of our rare disease programs, hearing from patients helps inform the directions our research takes. READ MORE>>