Within the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center, our faculty, staff and students are dedicated to advancing the health sciences.

Here are some of the recent awards and accolades our faculty, staff and students have earned as a result of their efforts:

Piscano Scholar Named

Ben Pederson, fourth year medical student, was named a 2012 Pisacano Scholar. Pederson is one of just five medical students nationwide to recieve this honor, and only the second U of M medical student to ever recieve the award. Pederson’s specialty is family medicine, and the selection committee took special note of his dedication to leadership, integrity and community service.

The search for an HIV vaccine

Regents Professor Ashley Haase, M.D., was awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health for his research focused on HIV vaccine discovery. Haase’s project is one of 14 funded through the NIAID awards. Other investigators participating in this project include Dennis Burton (The Scripps Research Institute), R. Paul Johnson (Harvard University), Jeffrey Lifson (NCI), and James Robinson (Tulane University).

Stopping cancer before it starts

Reuben Harris, Ph.D., and Douglas Yee, M.D., were awarded  $600,000 over three years by the V Foundation. Harris and Yee recently described their research to KSTP-TV. Their project, Enzyme-Catalyzed Mutation in Breast Cancer, is looking at how active enzyme mutations may be contributing to the development of cancers. Harris is an associate professor in the College of Biological Sciences and Medical School. Yee is the director of the Masonic Cancer Center, as well as a professor in the Medical School and College of Pharmacology.

Entering the Equine Research Hall of Fame

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, Ph.D., professor and director of the University of Minnesota Equine Center, will be inducted into the University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame on September 23 at Keeneland race course in Lexington, Kentucky. She is the first female to ever receive the honor.

Read more