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University of Minnesota’s CMRR receives $6.9 million grant to continue brain connectivity research

Monday, August 15, 2016

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) were awarded a $6.9 million grant to continue their research to map human brain connectivity as it relates to aging and development as part of the Lifespan Human Connectome Project (LHCP). The $3.6 million aging grant will investigate the structural and functional changes that occur in the brain during typical aging. The $3.3 million development grant will map the development of brain structure and function from early childhood into adulthood. Both projects will use sophisticated, non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning.

This grant is part of a larger grant awarded to a consortium composed of four institutions: University of Minnesota, Washington University in St. Louis, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Harvard University. The four institutions will collect similar data to generate a large publically available database using imaging techniques developed at CMRR.

New method improves accuracy of microbiome measurement

Monday, July 25, 2016

Research from the University of Minnesota Genomics Center limits biases, expands accuracy

An improved method for measuring the microbiome could lead to more clear and accurate results, providing better data for a rapidly expanding research area.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota Genomics Center assessed commonly used DNA-sequencing-based measurement methods for microbiome science. They identified a number of factors contributing to errors and biases potentially leading to irreproducible results or erroneous conclusions. Understanding how biases arise in the data allowed the researchers to design a method that minimizes amplification bias and improves accuracy.

The research is published online in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

University of Minnesota’s CIDRAP tackles the global public health issue of antimicrobial resistance

Monday, July 25, 2016

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is tackling antimicrobial resistance, one of the world’s biggest public health issues, through a new program called the Antimicrobial Stewardship Project (ASP). The ASP will help address this issue by providing current, free, accurate and comprehensive information and educational resources on antimicrobial stewardship practice, research and policy.

University of Minnesota study: Meningitis B vaccine study raises questions about vaccine response in recent New Jersey university outbreak

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Media note: Watch Nicole Basta, Ph.D., discuss her study findings here

A new study from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health finds only 66 percent of college students who received the recommended two doses of the meningococcal group B vaccine Bexsero® (4CMenB) had evidence of a detectable immune response against an outbreak strain. The study was conducted during an ongoing outbreak at a New Jersey university in 2014. While no cases of meningitis B were reported among the vaccinated students during the outbreak and all vaccinees had evidence they had developed some immunity, the findings suggest the vaccine may have limited impact on certain strains.

The study findings were published online today in the New England Journal of Medicine.

University of Minnesota professor sends bone cells experiment to International Space Station

Monday, July 18, 2016

A University of Minnesota researcher is part of an out-of-this-world experiment that launched bone cells aboard SpaceX-9 earlier this morning to the International Space Station (ISS). The experiment will test the accuracy of a device designed to simulate microgravity with the goal of better understanding how gravity affects bone cell function.