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UMN cancer researcher named National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jeffrey Miller, M.D., deputy director of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, has been awarded over $6 million by the National Cancer Institute’s Outstanding Investigator program.  The  selection process is highly competitive and Miller is one of fewer than 50 this fiscal year to receive the award - and the only in Minnesota. 

The award is designed to give outstanding researchers the freedom to take more risks, to be more adventurous in their line of inquiry, and to provide a sufficient amount of time to develop new techniques by providing seven years of financial support.

State-level prior approval authority over health insurance rates in the individual market from 2010 to 2013 was associated with a 10 percentage point lower rate of increase in premiums

Monday, August 3, 2015

 A new study published today  found state-level prior approval authority over individual market health insurance rates were in effect from 2010 to 2013 was associated a 10 percentage point lower rate of increase in premiums.

The research was published in the August issue ofHealth Affairs, and was conducted at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

Study: Drug manufacturers delay reporting serious adverse events to the FDA

Monday, July 27, 2015

A new study published today found drug manufacturers delay reporting serious and unexpected adverse events to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In particular, adverse events with a patient death were more likely to be delayed relative to non-death outcomes.

The research was published in JAMA Internal Medicine and was a partnership between the University of Minnesota and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

$1.7M HRSA grant to help UMN School of Dentistry reduce oral health disparities in rural communities

Monday, July 20, 2015

A grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health will fund a five-year program called the Minnesota Collaborative Rural Oral Health Project (MN-CROHP), led by the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry

The initiative, MN-CROHP, aims to expand access to care in underserved rural Minnesotacommunities by integrating interprofessional education and using more mid-level providers.

UMN Study: Facility differences in nursing homes affect quality of life for Minnesota minorities

Friday, June 26, 2015

A new study from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in collaboration, with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, found racial differences in nursing home residents’ quality of life (QOL).

QOL refers to non-medical aspects of residents’ care such as relationships with staff, satisfaction with food, and social engagement. Minority residents reported lower QOL compared to white residents, but much of the difference was due to different health needs of minority residents. The data also showed nursing homes with higher proportion minority residents scoring lower on overall quality of life scores compared to facilities that were predominantly white.

Ask About Aspirin: New Initiative Will Help Reduce Risk of First Heart Attacks and Strokes

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Minnesota Heart Health Program (MHHP) is launching an innovative, statewide initiative, “Ask About Aspirin,” to help lower the number of first heart attacks and strokes, a leading cause of death in Minnesota. Using low-dose aspirin on a daily basis has been proven to lower rates of a first heart attack or stroke, however, less than one in three people at risk in Minnesota do so.
MHHP has established a strong tradition over the past 35 years to create partnerships that improve cardiovascular health across the state and the nation. “Ask About Aspirin” is one of its latest outreach efforts, working with an expanding number of primary care clinics and health care systems across Minnesota. The initiative begins this month with a statewide public media campaign, along with a health care system quality improvement program.

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 unaderstand 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.