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University of Minnesota named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson's Disease Research, receives $9.07 million over five years

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The University of Minnesota has been named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research, joining nine other centers around the country and with that distinction was awarded a National Institutes of Health-funded grant totaling $9.07 million over the next five years to improve the lives of patients with Parkinson’s disease. 

New UMN program launches to address racial inequities in birth outcomes, access to care

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A new project at the University of Minnesota aims to shift the framework for provision of equitable health care, utilizing a new model of research launched by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(RWJF).

The project will focus on understanding ways to reduce racial inequities in birth outcomes, led by Rachel Hardeman, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Katy Kozhimannil, Ph.D., M.P.A., researchers and professors with the School of Public Health, who will partner with Rebecca Polston, C.P.M., founder of Roots Community Birth Center.

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.