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U researchers aim to create new therapies for pediatric leukemia

U researchers aim to create new therapies for pediatric leukemia

Natalie Cierzan

May 4, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are trying to create new, less toxic therapies for pediatric leukemia. Current therapies for leukemia can leave children with short- and long-term side effects. Researchers began this work early last month after they were awarded a $350,000 five-year grant for their...

UMN researcher discovers concerning chemicals in Grand Portage tribal waters

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Natalie Cierzan

May 2, 2020

UMN researchers found a variety of chemicals and hormones in waters that the Grand Portage Indian Reservation uses often for fishing.  There were detectable levels of “chemicals of emerging concern” such as hormones, opiates and stimulants in many bodies of water located in Cook County, Minnesota...

Research group recommends community action to create spaces for marginalized youth

From left, Marcel Thomspon, Shauanassey Johnson, Mychi Nguyen, Esha Dabbs, Destiny Coleman, Grace Coleman and Natashia Otiso. Courtesy of Abigail Rombalski .

Katelyn Vue

April 30, 2020

A University of Minnesota youth research project is recommending Minnesota take action to provide accessible spaces in the state to develop kinship and social action for youth that identify as Black, Indigenous and people of color.  Earlier this month, one of the Youth Participatory Action Research ...

COVID-19’s impact on UMN community research

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J.D. Duggan

April 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has hindered the University of Minnesota’s ability to conduct research in the larger community. The University’s Office for Public Engagement faculty conduct research by going into communities throughout the state and cultivating relationships. They have adapted or halted th...

UMN researchers aim to create thousands of new masks for COVID-19

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Natalie Cierzan

April 20, 2020

Due to potential shortages, University of Minnesota researchers are collaborating to design and produce new masks for health care workers. A phone call united many researchers last month to begin developing mask alternatives. The mask designs are nearly equivalent to N95 masks, which have a complete ...

U researchers make key COVID-19 virus discoveries

Illustration by Sarah Mai

Natalie Cierzan

April 16, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers made new discoveries about the COVID-19 virus, including new possible drug targets. The researchers published a paper last month in Nature that highlights how the virus is structured and bound to human cells. They created a 3D structure of the virus that revealed bindi...

University research targets social distancing compliance, mental health

Illustration by Eva Berezovsky

Becca Most

April 14, 2020

A new University of Minnesota public health study launching this week will look at factors that influence social distancing compliance as well as how these measures affect mental health. Funded in part by a University COVID-19 rapid response grant, the study will monitor how social distancing behaviors...

Researchers leave lab animals, equipment on campus

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Niamh Coomey

April 9, 2020

As only essential COVID-19-related research continues at the University of Minnesota, many researchers have put their work on pause, leaving lab equipment, samples and animals on campus.  Researchers prepared their labs leading up to the University's reduced campus operations, freezing samples a...

Hundreds of University researchers donate personal protection equipment from labs

A community collection box for COVID-19 PPE donations sits outside of the Fay Thompson Center for Environmental Management on Tuesday, April 7. This collection is part of a larger campus effort to consolidate PPE and provide it to healthcare workers.

Farrah Mina and Abbey Machtig

April 8, 2020

A University of Minnesota task force is collecting gloves, masks and other supplies from labs across the University in an effort to aid clinics, testing labs and hospitals combating COVID-19. Hundreds of University researchers have contributed their laboratory supply of personal protection equipment...

UMN researchers bring little known liver disease into the spotlight

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Natalie Cierzan

April 6, 2020

University of Minnesota researchers are bringing attention to an underrecognized liver disease. The researchers published a review last month about the liver disease, called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH is initially symptomless and difficult to identify and is commonly found in patients ...