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U of M pediatrician wins prestigious research award

Elizabeth Swanson, D.O., a Fellow within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota, was awarded the David G. Nathan Award in Basic Research by the Society of Pediatric Research.

The annual award is given to one abstract out of thousands of submissions.

Swanson’s research focused on cytomegalovirus (CMV), the most common infectious disease causing birth defects and disabilities in the US…

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U of M psychiatry experts, Minnesota legislators align to advance first episode psychosis programs

Last weekend, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar visited the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Clinic to host a roundtable discussion around first episode psychosis and to discuss options for improving the care and long-term prognosis for patients suffering psychiatric illness.

Recent federal legislation allocated more behavioral health funding to establish new first episode programs at the state level or bolster existing programs like the one found at the University of Minnesota.

According to Charles Schulz, M.D., chair of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry, Senator Klobuchar has an active interest in mental health but shares the concerns of University providers around the average time it takes patients to receive treatment from the onset of their disease, a statistic that continues to hover around a year and a half.

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U of M Medical Center recognized in national kidney transplant chain

The University of Minnesota Medical Center was recently recognized for its participation in the National Kidney Registry’s 1000th paired exchange transplant.

The Medical Center was part of a chain of ten transplants, which occurred at prominent treatment centers across the country.

Transplants first began over six years ago in February of 2008. Now, at over 1,000 successful procedures, many people have begun to live healthier lives…

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Game Changer: Bernard Harlow

Bernard Harlow is one of the nation’s leaders in female reproductive health research, looking closely at the relationship between psychiatric disorders and reproductive function. His work is making a big impact in Twin Cities communities and has led to the largest NIH grant of its kind in his subject field.

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University of Minnesota Physicians receives two lung transplant grants for “unprecedented opportunity”

The University of Minnesota has received two grants for its involvement in the
INSPIRE and EXPAND lung transplant trials. Spearheaded by Gabriel Loor, a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in the Medical School, Minnesota’s role in the multi-institutional initiatives has already been highlighted by the Midwest’s first-ever “breathing lung” transplant.

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A new chapter begins

Today marks my first official day as vice president of health sciences and dean of the Medical School here at the University of Minnesota.  After months of anticipation, I am excited to get started working with all of you on the important mission of this great institution.

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