June 2022

  • Dr. Beth Thielen has received a grant from the Immune Deficiency Foundation to lead a collaboration with Children's Minnesota to develop precision medicine approaches for patients with primary immune system disorders.

    Beth Thielen
  • When two-year-old Baelyn arrived at M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital with acute hepatitis, it quickly became clear that she needed a transplant to survive. Her care team, including Drs. Srinath Chinnakotla and Heli Bhatt, say that she is one of an unusually high number of pediatric liver transplants resulting from hepatitis of unknown cause.

    Toddler with hepatitis receives liver transplant
  • Amanda Kabage was a clinical researcher in pediatric cancer when a bout with C. diff knocked her life off track. Then she met Dr. Alexander Khoruts, a U of M gastroenterologist, who had pioneered a highly effective treatment: a fecal microbiota transplant. Once cured, Amanda resumed her active lifestyle and joined him as clinical research manager for his Microbiota Research and Therapeutics program.

    Dr. Khoruts, Amanda Kabage and the microbiome
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    Annual Faculty Assembly June 14 12:00-1:00 P.M.


    The Faculty Assembly is an annual, integral event for the Medical School. Faculty and staff are invited to hear from Provost Croson & Dean Tolar.



    SciPride and SciPride Social 2022 June 8 3:30-5 P.M.

    3:30 - 5 p.m. | The Bell Museum
    In honor of Pride Month, the Bell Museum and schools and centers across the U of M will celebrate the scientific contributions of the LGBTQIA+ community to the University. Starting Wednesday, June 8, we will celebrate Pride and showcase the work of LGBTQIA+ scientists and engineers online. Also on June 8, we will host the SciPride Social, an in-person event to support networking and build community among LGBTQIA+ researchers and allies, from 3:30-5 p.m., at the Bell Museum. Light refreshments will be served. More details and RSVP info coming soon!


    CPR & AED Awareness Week - June 1 - June 7

    June 1-7 each year is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, spotlighting how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED.
    We invite you to celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week in your community. 

    Find free resources here!

    Minnesota Lions Hearing Foundation Annual Walk - June 4, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    The Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery is excited to partner with the Minnesota Lions Hearing Foundation for its Annual Walk to D-Feet Hearing Loss!
    Join on Saturday, June 4, to show your support to the Lions as they have funded multiple Otolaryngology resident, fellow, and faculty research projects for decades.

    Register Here

    Best Practices in Opioid Prescribing and Pain Management - Online Course; Due by Dec. 31, 2022

    Minnesota providers: check out the new self-paced 2-hour online course, "Best Practices in Opioid Prescribing and Pain Management", that fulfills the continuing education credit to the Board of Medical Practice.

    Don't miss the Dec. 31, 2022 deadline to earn and report the required two (2) hours of continuing education credit to the Board of Medical Practice pursuant to Minnesota Statute §214.12, subd. 6!

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    American Transplant Congress in Boston - June 4-8, 2022

    Dr. Karam Obeid, assistant professor in Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, will be presenting at the American Transplant Congress in Boston in June. He will give an oral presentation on his research in norovirus infection in solid organ transplant recipients.

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  • Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery URiM Medical Student Scholarship. Our URiM Medical Student Scholarship offers a financial stipend to an MS3 or MS4 planning to pursue their residency training in otolaryngology. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, June 1. LEARN MORE>>

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  • It might just look like a normal tooth to most of us, but to Dr. Alexandra J. Zachwieja, from the U of M Medical School in Duluth, it was a significant discovery that showed how adaptable our ancient ancestors were. A molar from a young female, it is only the third fossil found of the Denisovan species, and the first to be found in Laos, giving evidence that these early hominids could thrive in tropical climates.

    Alexandra J. Zachwieja
  • As part of a national network for pandemic preparedness, the U of M-led Midwest Antiviral Drug Discovery Center received $66 million in federal funding to develop new antiviral drugs for flaviviruses (like Zika and West Nile), filoviruses (such as Ebola), and arenaviruses (for example, Lassa). By identifying and targeting the essential processes of these viruses, new therapeutics could be developed to stop them before they reach a pandemic level.

    NIAID Grant
  • Celebrating its 90th Anniversary this fall, our Department of Urology received a special gift from Dr. Hossein Aliabadi (MD 1987) to support urology residents and to honor the groundbreaking work of his mentor in pediatric urology, Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez. Read More >>

    Urology Department's 90th Anniversary