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Everything you need to know about Zika virus from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) has been closely following the latest Zika virus developments in the Americas.

For everything you need to know about Zika virus, please visit here.

For expert commentary and perspective from CIDRAP director Michael Osterholm, Ph.D., M.P.H., please contact Matt DePoint at or 612-625-4110.

New NIH program establishes UMN lab focus on environmental effects of pediatric diseases

A new infrastructure to expand environmental analysis in children’s health research was announced today by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funded by nearly $144 million in grants. The project allows for the development of new tools and measures to better assess the impact of environmental exposures on child health and development.

Researchers at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota have been awarded $5.1 million over four years to provide access to infrastructure for analysis and expanding collaboration on this important field of study.

Expert Alert: Back to school health

Summer is winding down and the back to school excitement has begun. Although social lives and fun extracurricular activities are revitalized, the start of a new school year can add stress and worry for parents and kids alike.

Experts from the University of Minnesota are available to address a variety of back to school health topics and issues to ensure children will be safe and healthy as they head back into their classrooms. Topics include (but are not limited to)

Expert Alert: University of Minnesota expert on antibiotic resistance

The growth of drug resistant bacteria is of global concern. One of the most important strategies to reduce antibiotic resistance is to promote responsible antibiotic use in both people and animals. University of Minnesota veterinary researchers, with the support of a $2.25 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, are investigating ways to minimize antibiotic resistance throughout the poultry production system.


Expert Alert: University of Minnesota experts available to discuss healthy summer food and exercise options

Summer break is just around the corner and many parents are hoping to keep the fridge stocked with healthy and convenient options – especially for kids.

There are, however, days where kids are at home while parents are at work and it can be difficult to ensure your children are eating healthy and spending enough time being active. 

The following University of Minnesota experts are available to discuss how parents can still provide healthy food and exercise options this summer even if they’re not at home: