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UMN mourns loss of Lee Wattenberg, M.D., recognized as the “father of chemoprevention”

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota are mourning the loss of cancer pioneer Lee Wattenberg, M.D. Wattenberg died December 9 at the age of 92, and will be remembered for his immense contribution to the field of chemoprevention.

Wattenberg is credited with the creation of an entire field of research in the wake of his landmark 1966 paper in Cancer Research examining the effects of certain compounds on cancer development.  This led to a new emphasis on understanding cancer prevention, including the use of foods such as cabbage and broccoli to try to prevent cancer.

Study Suggests Unique Way to Prevent Infection after Kidney Transplant

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Viral infections are a leading cause of disease and death in patients receiving a kidney transplant. But a recent University of Minnesota study suggests a unique way to prevent the transmission of common viruses during kidney transplants.

Published in the journal Transplantation, the study tested whether inhibiting two common viruses in donors by giving them an antiviral drug would reduce the amount of virus transmitted by the donor kidney at transplantation.

University of Minnesota to offer new retinal prosthesis device in clinical trial

Monday, December 1, 2014

New visual prosthetic gives sight to patients with retinitis pigmentosa

A new device designed to restore some sight in patients blind due to retinitis pigmentosa is now being offered at the University of Minnesota. Designed by Second Sight Medical Products, ArgusII is the world’s first FDA approved artificial retina.

Known as a “retinal prosthesis system,” the Argus II is designed to partially restore vision in people with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic condition severely damaging photoreceptors in the eye, causing blindness. 

New University of Minnesota analysis shows strong partnership between CPR and a common assist device may result in better outcomes for patients

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Research was presented at the annual meeting for the American Heart Association in Chicago

New analysis shows the use of an impedance threshold device (ITD) in partnership with quality CPR may lead to better outcomes for patients experiencing cardiac events. The analysis was presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions in Chicago on November 15, 2014. 

The analysis is a second look from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) PRIMED Trial, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2011. This new analysis was led by Demetris Yannopoulos, M.D., research director for interventional cardiology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the medical director of the Minnesota Resuscitation Consortium. He is also the Robert K. Eddy Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Resuscitation at the University of Minnesota.