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U of M Releases New Reports on Human Subjects Research

Friday, May 15, 2015

Three new reports released today by the University of Minnesota shed new light on the ongoing discussions about the Department of Psychiatry and the protection of human subjects in clinical research.  Together, the reports show that while there are areas for improvement, patient safety has not been compromised and many of the allegations of misconduct have been found to be without merit.

 

The reports come on the heels of two critical reviews that were released earlier this year. An independent review commissioned by the University made a number of recommendations for how the University could improve patient protections.  Those findings were echoed by a report by the Legislative Auditor that focused on the death of Dan Markingson, a drug study participant who took his own life in 2004. 

 

While the new reports support the University’s position that research safety is a priority in all trials, the findings do not impact the continuing efforts by the University to improve practices going forward

UMN research identifies potential proteins to target in osteosarcoma treatment

Monday, May 11, 2015

New models developed at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota reveal the genes and pathways that, when altered, can cause osteosarcoma. The information could be used to better target treatments for the often-deadly type of cancer.

The new research is published in Nature Genetics.

 

“Human osteosarcoma tumors are so genetically disordered it is nearly impossible to utilize usual methods to identify the genes associated with them,” said first author Branden Moriarity, Ph.D., researcher in the Masonic Cancer Center and the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics. “This model offers the first opportunity to understand and research the genetics and drivers of osteosarcoma.”

Canine Influenza Outbreak in Some Midwest States

Monday, April 13, 2015

Suspected canine influenza recently has been reported in the Chicago area. Details are limited but there is a suggestion of widespread distribution of illnesses in dogs, especially dogs visiting dog parks or other places where multiple dogs interact. This outbreak has prompted increased concern by dog owners and veterinarians in Minnesota.  To date, no cases of canine influenza have been reported in Minnesota.  

Minnesota Partnership Awards Six New Research Grants

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS/ROCHESTER, Minn. -- New treatments for cancer and heart disease dominate the 2015 research awards recently announced by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics. The state-supported funding was distributed among six research teams, based on competitive applications. Each team represents researchers from Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. A seventh grant was also awarded to help support commercialization of a research finding previously funded by the Partnership.