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UMN research identifies new anti-bacterial coating for dental implants

Monday, November 10, 2014

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a novel coating for the titanium used in dental implants. The coating kills bacteria on contact and prevents biofilm buildup that can cause infection and implant failure. Researchers hope the coating could be used in prosthetics, medical implants and medical devices used in the body. The findings were published in PLOS ONE.

Survival rates in pediatric umbilical cord transplants may indicate a new standard of care

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A new standard of care for children facing acute myeloid leukemia (AML) may be clear, following a multi-year study published in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine

The research, led by John Wagner, Jr., M.D., director of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation program at the University of Minnesota and a researcher in the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, compared outcomes in children with acute leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome who received transplants of either one or two units of partially matched cord blood. The study was conducted at multiple sites nationwide, between December 2006 and February 2012. Coordinating the study was the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN) in collaboration with the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium and the Children’s Oncology Group.

While the study found similar survival rates in both arms of the study, survival was overall better than in prior reports.  This could create a new standard of care for pediatric patients for whom there is often an adequate single unit and adults for whom there is the need for a double unit should a single unit with an adequate number of blood forming stem cells may not exist.

New grant promotes professional development of underrepresented minorities in biomedical research

Friday, October 24, 2014

The University of Minnesota  Program in Health Disparities Research will share an award of $19.2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead professional development activities of underrepresented communities in health science research. The funding will provide intensive grant writing workshops and professional development activities, especially for junior investigators and post-doctoral fellows pursuing biomedical, biobehavioral, clinical and social science research careers.