News & Publications

Annals of Biomedical Engineering
Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Currently, there is a shortage of viable human livers for transplantation, and thousands of potentially available organs go unused each year, as livers can only be preserved for only a short time. The NSF-funded Engineering Research Center for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-BioSM) is developing new cryopreservation technologies to extend preservation times for biological material.
Kidney Illustration
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2022
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $2.5 million to the University of Minnesota to fund the “Minnesota Precision Medicine CKD & Resilient Diabetes Recruiting Site: Engagement, Enrollment & Ethics (Minn-KPMP)." Minn-KPMP will be a recruitment site for the Kidney Precision Medicine Project (KPMP), a coalition of leading research teams using precision medicine to deve
Posted: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded a groundbreaking 2-year project on NetEthics: Building Tools & Training to Advance Responsible Conduct in Complex Research Networks Pioneering Novel Technologies. The project team is led by Consortium Chair Susan Wolf and includes Profs.
Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Registration is now open for the 2022 Minnesota Water Resources Conference, which will be held in-person October 18-19 in St. Paul. The conference will feature plenary sessions on climate change adaptation and the future of the Minnesota Clean Water Fund; presentations on wetlands, agriculture, stormwater and nutrients in surface waters will also be offered. In addition, the inaugural Deborah L.
COVID vaccine
Posted: Friday, September 2, 2022
While a new COVID vaccine booster to provide improved protection against Omicron variants has now received FDA authorization and CDC approval, experts warn that access to vaccine boosters is worsening. In a recent New York Times article, Prof.
Dr. Judy Illes
Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2022
Judy Illes, CM, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS, was recently presented the Alvin J. Thompson award in recognition of her partnership with the Tahltan, a First Nations people living in what is now considered British Columbia, Canada. Their program is recognized for being a "genuine research partnership between academic researchers and a First Nations community, which brought together knowledge and expertise to advance research and wellness." The Northwest Association of Biomedical Research (NWABR) learned of Dr.
Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Professor of Neurosurgery and Stem Cell Institute faculty member Walter Low, PhD, is among a group of researchers who were recently awarded a five-year grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the potential impact of SARS-CoV2 infection on cognitive function, especially in people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Individuals with a particular gene variant, APOE4, are more vulnerable to both long-COVID and Alzheimer’s disease. Some Alzheimer’s researchers also hypothesize that Alzheimer's may be triggered by a latent viral component.
ATP-Bio logo
Posted: Friday, August 5, 2022
Researchers demonstrated that rat livers could be preserved 5 times longer using partial freezing, a new approach to organ preservation. Increasing the length of time organs can be stored prior to transplantation is a national research priority, and will ultimately enhance the supply of organs for patients by mitigating key logistical limitations in transplant medicine. The lead author of the study is ATP-Bio Organisms Testbed Lead Shannon Tessier, PhD. ATP-Bio Deputy Director Mehmet Toner, PhD, Thrust Area One Co-Lead Korkut Uygun, PhD, and other ATP-Bio personnel were also involved.
Deb DeBruin
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Professor Debra DeBruin authored a chapter in a recently published book, Ethical Public Health Policy Within Pandemics: Theory and Practice in Ethical Pandemic Administration. DeBruin’s chapter focuses on disparities in how COVID-19 affected BIPOC communities, provides a model that explains those disparities, and considers whether race and ethnicity should be taken into account when responding to a pandemic. Prof.
Monkeypox Virus
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2022
As the Monkeypox outbreak continues to spread worldwide, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy has launched a Monkeypox Resource Center on their website. The Monkeypox Resource Center features up-to-date information on the Monkeypox outbreak and is being updated frequently as the situation evolves. CIDRAP has been a longtime member center of the Consortium on Law and Values and its Director, Dr. Michael Osterholm, is a member of the Consortium’s Executive Committee.