Medical School creates Josie Robinson Johnson Endowed Chair in Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health is excited to announce the creation of the Josie Robinson Johnson Endowed Chair in Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and to appoint Andrea Westby, as the inaugural holder. This chair honors the significant and ongoing contributions of civil rights activist and community leader, Josie Robinson Johnson. Johnson has dedicated her life to promoting equality and inclusion while breaking down barriers to access education, housing and employment. Her work has left a lasting imprint on the nation and made a profound impact on countless lives.

Researchers manipulate astrocytes to better understand fear in the amygdala

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Paulo Kofuji and Alfonso Araque, both in the Department of Neuroscience, recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study how manipulation of astrocytes—glial cells in the brain—in the brain’s amygdala regulate fear.

Karabarbounis awarded the Bernácer Prize

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Economics Professor Loukas Karabarbounis was recently awarded the 2019 Bernácer Prize “for his influential research on the interaction between labor and capital market imperfections and macroeconomic outcomes." The Bernácer Prize is awarded annually to European economists under the age of 40 who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of macroeconomics and finance.

Community-University Health Care Center recognized for excellence

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The University of Minnesota’s Community-University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in Minneapolis received an “Excellence in Health Care” award from UCare for their quality care in prepaid medical assistance and MNCare. CUHCC was one of two Federally Qualified Health Centers to receive an award this year at UCare’s annual “A Salute to Excellence!” The event recognized 21 clinics and care systems in Minnesota for top results in the 2019 Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set measures.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Jakub Tolar is interviewed at CBS Local about COVID treatments; Ann Masten is quoted in The Wall Street Journal about ways to recharge as the pandemic drags on; Marlene Zuk is quoted in the NBC Today story, “Gay male penguins steal lesbian couple's eggs at Dutch Zoo”; Michael Osterholm is quoted in the Washington Post about the U.S. hitting its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began; Paul Vaaler is quoted in a New York Times story about the antitrust suit against Google; a U.S. orchestra study featured at Classic FM has found that the trumpet is the riskiest instrument for spreading COVID-19, with comments from researcher Jiarong Hong; Michael Wilson is quoted in the National Geographic story, “How animals choose their leaders, from brute force to democracy”; Brian Harrison is quoted in a Washington Post story about what Pope Francis's comments about gay families could mean for LGBTQ people worldwide; Joan Gabel and Matt Hanson are quoted in a Star Tribune story about student mental health; Richard Frase is quoted in the New York Times story, “Judge Dismisses Third-Degree Murder Charge in George Floyd Killing”; Nicholas Phelps is quoted in a National Geographic story about how intensifying hurricanes are helping invasive species spread across the U.S.

DoD awards $87.5 million to create new Manufacturing Innovation Institute sited at the University of Minnesota

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a Cooperative Agreement to establish the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem, or BioMADE, as the 16th federally-sponsored Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) within the Manufacturing USA network. It will be the ninth such institute sponsored by DoD. BioMADE will be located on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus with satellite offices in Berkeley, CA, and Cambridge, MA. The institute will be dedicated to boosting nonmedical bioindustrial manufacturing in the United States and will be supported by a seven-year award that includes at least $87.5 million in federal funds and is being matched by more than $180 million in cost sharing from non-federal sources.

Heinz Awards honor Kozhimannil

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Heinz Family Foundation named health services researcher Katy B. Kozhimannil the recipient of the prestigious 25th Heinz Award in the Public Policy category. Kozhimannil is driving policy change through research that examines the rising rate of maternal mortality in rural, low-income communities and among women of color; the impact of doula care on birth outcomes; and the impact of structural racism on individual and community health.
As part of the award, Kozhimannil will receive an unrestricted cash award of $250,000.

Lakeville man donates $1.4M to cancer research lab

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

A longtime friend of David Largaespada, the associate director for Basic Sciences at the Masonic Cancer Center, has made a $1.4 million donation to revolutionize cancer research in the Largaespada Lab at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. This gift from Michael Allen, a Lakeville resident and University of Minnesota graduate, will allow for Largaespada and his team to advance their research efforts and create new technologies to make their shared goal of ending cancer a reality. A large portion of the gift will go to developing a new CRISPR-related technology to make a molecular machine that can find and "read" a predetermined sequence of DNA in living cells and then execute some function if that sequence is present.

Weisdorf receives 2020 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Daniel Weisdorf, professor of Medicine and deputy director of the Clinical and Translational Institute, has received the 2020 Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award from the Twin Cities Medical Society Foundation (TCMSF). The Charles Bolles Bolles-Rogers Award is given to a physician nominated by his colleagues and who, in the opinion of the members of the TCMSF selection committee, by reason of his/her professional contribution to medical research, achievement or leadership, has become the outstanding physician of this and other years.

Supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in Kisangani

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Lynda Lahti Anderson and MacDonald Metzger have received a $277,792 grant from the U.S. Embassy Kinshasa (Congo) of the U.S. Department of State. The project, “Supporting the Full Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Kisangani,” will collaborate with Congo's Ministry of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action & National Solidarity to work with local and regional government staff and with health and services provider agency staff to increase their awareness of the rights and abilities of people with disabilities.

ESPN names U of M Twin Cities a top Unified Sports schools

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

ESPN has named the U of M Twin Cities one of the top five Unified Sports schools in the country. The program is a collaboration between the U of M's Recreation and Wellness department, the U of M Special Olympics club, and Minnesota Special Olympics. Over 200 student athletes from the University of Minnesota and the Special Olympics community compete each year in four sports (flag football, basketball, bowling, and soccer).

U in the News

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Erika Lee is quoted in the Smithsonian Magazine about the long history of blaming immigrants during pandemics; Ryan Demmer is quoted in The Wall Street Journal about why Covid is spreading again; Anatoly Liberman is quoted in Discover Magazine about the odd terms for baby animals; Mitch Kluesner is interviewed at CBS Local about a new Disney film about “Clouds” songwriter Zach Sobiech’s battle with osteosarcoma; Frank Douma is quoted in a Wallet Hub feature about the fastest growing cities in America; Amy Karger is interviewed in a KARE 11 story about a national network studying COVID-19 immunity; Joshua Page is quoted in the Sacramento Bee about how a surge in domestic violence is saving the bail bond industry; Heidi Kitrosser is quoted in a New York Times story about the DOJ suing an ex-aide over a book about Melania Trump; Alik Widge is interviewed at KSTP about a first-of-its-kind brain chip to treat mental disorders; Annette Nijjar is quoted in a Star Tribune story about hospice care helping Minnesotans say goodbye; Jon Hallberg is interviewed at Minnesota Public Radio about The New England Journal of Medicine saying that the U.S. has “failed at almost every step in pandemic response”; Kaz Nelson comments at KARE 11 about COVID fatigue.

Medical School selected as Capacity Building Center for National Lab Network

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The Medical School’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology has been selected to participate in a new national network dedicated to serological sciences as one of four Capacity Building Centers in the country. As part of the Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the team received a five-year, $6.7 million grant to support their part of the network's research effort.

Novel opioid research grant award

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A new $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Chemical Countermeasures Research Program (CCRP), administered via the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) “Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT)” program, will aid researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School in identifying better ways to treat acute intoxication by fentanyl and fentanyl-like drugs. These opioids, according to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, are considered public health threats and potential chemical weapons. Led by Marco Pravetoni, an associate professor in the Medical School’s Department of Pharmacology and member of the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction, the grant supports the development of antibody-based medical countermeasures against toxicity and death after exposure.

Grant supports hormone receptor research in metastatic breast cancer

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A grant from METAvivor for $500,000 over three years will allow Carol Lange, a professor in the Department of Medicine and Pharmacology, to analyze the biological mechanisms behind breast cancer, particularly how steroid hormone receptors impact the disease.

School of Nursing receives Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The University of Minnesota School of Nursing was one of only 11 American Association of Colleges of Nursing member schools and 46 institutions nationwide to receive the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine. This marks the fifth consecutive year the school has received the HEED Award, which honors U.S. nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, veterinary, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

U in the News

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tim Schacker, Michael Osterholm, and Pinar Karaca-Mandic are quoted in a Star Tribune story about virus transmission and a new Minnesota COVID-19 milestone; Francis Shen is quoted in the New York Times story, “Trump's Campaign Talk of Troop Withdrawals Doesn't Match Military Reality”; Ann Philbrick is quoted in Time about why this year’s flu vaccine will be vital in the fight against COVID-19; Stephen Parente is quoted at Minnesota Public Radio about the Supreme Court and the future of the Affordable Care Act; Sarah Cross is quoted in National Geographic about the lingering effects of COVID-19 among pregnant people; Hubert Lim is quoted in Scientific American about his study showing promise for a potential new tinnitus treatment; Enid Logan is quoted in a Star Tribune story about a South Dakota town that is lashing out at George Floyd, his uncle; Christopher Federico is quoted at NBC Today about how to cope with election stress; Joshua Page is quoted in a Star Tribune story about the release of Derek Chauvin and bail questions; Anne-Marie Leuck was interviewed by FOX 21 about the experimental COVID-19 treatment given to President Trump, which is part of an ongoing study at the U of M; Steven McCarthy recently published an article in AIHGA talking about race and how a person's skin color doesn't necessarily determine their race; William Robiner authored a piece in the St. Louis Post Dispatch titled, “Psychology and the coronavirus means adherence and adaptation.”

Dauenhauer and Fair named fellows by the MacArthur Foundation

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty Paul Dauenhauer and Damien Fair have been named fellows by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation this year. Fair and Dauenhauer were each recipients of "genius grants" that are given to faculty who illustrate originality and creative pursuits in their field of study.

CIDRAP awarded grant to increase the global impact and accessibility of antimicrobial stewardship

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a grant from Wellcome Trust to support the enhancement and reach of the CIDRAP Antimicrobial Stewardship Project (CIDRAP-ASP). CIDRAP is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness, emerging infectious disease response, and antimicrobial resistance. The $1.1 million, two-year Wellcome Trust grant supports the work of CIDRAP-ASP to continue building a research base to inform antimicrobial stewardship practice and policy and the intersection of COVID-19 and antimicrobial resistance, while also instituting a project-wide communications and outreach strategy focused particularly on the needs of low- and middle-income countries.

Polaris donates $1 million to support STEM education programs

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (Twin Cities) announced a new $1 million donation from Polaris Inc. designed to expand educational and experiential opportunities, including support for project-based learning experiences and scholarships aimed at diverse and underrepresented students. The gift focuses on providing access to STEM-related education, project-based learning programs, and scholarships for diverse and underrepresented student communities.

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