UND Summer Undergraduate Students Present Research

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session 057--E-NewsFifty undergraduates present the results of their labors this summer at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience poster session from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 4, on the second floor of the new School of Medicine & Health Sciences building at 1301 North Columbia Road. For the past ten weeks, students from UND, as well as from rural and tribal colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, and across the nation have conducted research and participated in a number of related educational opportunities. Students participated, shoulder-to-shoulder, with their mentor scientists from the UND Department of Biology, the UND Department of Civil Engineering, the UND SMHS Departments of Pathology and Biomedical Sciences, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, and the UND SMHS Center for Rural Health. Read more

Fogarty is President of the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation

Edward Fogarty is the president of the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation (IHMF), the sponsoring organization for the upcoming 10th Annual Hyperbaric Oxygen TreatmEdward Fogartyent 2016 International Conference and Expo in New Orleans.

Fogarty is the chair of the Department of Radiology at the SMHS Southwest Campus in Bismarck. Read more

Funding Opportunity for Agricultural Health and Safety

2016 HICAHS Pilot/Feasibility Research Projects Request for Applications

Application Due Date: August 15 by 6:00 p.m.

The High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety at Colorado State University is accepting applications for projects related to improving the health and safety of those working in agriculture or forestry within the HICAHS region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming). Applications are being accepted for projects with budgets up to $25,000 and durations of approximately 9 months. The requirements and criteria for pilot/feasibility projects are described in the HICAHS Pilot Projects RFA, which can also be found here.

Send an email to hicahs@colostate.edu to be added to the distribution listserv for future funding opportunities.

~ Maggie Clark, Director of the Pilot Grants Program, HICAHS

Applications Sought for Research in Host-Pathogen Reactions

The Center for Host-pathogen interactions at UND, supported by NIH COBRE grant P20GM113123, seeks applications for pilot research studies in the field of host-pathogen interactions. This request for applications is open to all tenured, tenure-track, research-track and clinical-track faculty at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

The goal of this Pilot Project Program is to promote new research in the field of host-pathogen interaction and extend the current research into novel directions with high potential for acquiring R01-level extramural funding support. It is expected that this program will attract investigators into the research area of infectious diseases, foster new collaborations among new and existing investigators and promote the utilization of flow cytometry and histopathology core facilities supported by this host-pathogen interaction COBRE. Read more

Burd Publishes Report on Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Currently, about 50 percent of infants in the United States and in North Dakota have some alcohol exposure in early pregnancy. Most of these infants’ mothers then quit drinking. However, about 6 to 10 percent of pregnant women drink throughout their pregnancy.

“Many people thinking about this issue would recognize the link between maternal drug use and developmental problems, which is a major public health issue in the United States and across the world,” said Larry Burd, PhD, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center at the UND SMHS. The center provides prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services for people of all ages who have concerns related to prenatal alcohol exposure. Read more

Throwing the Wrong Switch: Researchers Explore Faulty Genes

Diseases like cancer sometimes start because a genetic switch goes bad—just like faulty wiring in your home leads to problems.

Sergei Nechaev (left) and Archana Dhasarathy are among a group of scientists working to build a center for epigenomics and epigenetics research. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.
Sergei Nechaev (left) and Archana Dhasarathy are among a group of scientists working to build a center for epigenomics and epigenetics research. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Molecular biologists and research collaborators and husband-and-wife team, Archana Dhasarathy and Sergei Nechaev are searching for clues in the body’s “switches” that turn genes on and off. When that system works right, things run smoothly, but when they go awry, you start seeing problems such as cancer.

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Doctor of Medicine Class of 2020 Begins Studies at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Seventy-eight first-year medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2020, begin their journey next week to become physicians at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Students are formally inducted at the school’s White Coat Ceremony. The students, 39 men and 39 women, range in age from 19 to 36 years, with the average age of 24.

They come to medical school with work experience in an array of fields and academic degrees in biochemistry; biology; biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience; chemical engineering; chemistry; economics; exercise science; forensic science; genetics; honors; human biology; integrative physiology; interdisciplinary studies; kinesiology; mathematics; medical technology; microbiology/bacteriology; nursing, physics; physiology; psychology; public health; and zoology. Some of the students already hold advanced degrees, including master’s degrees in biology, chemical engineering, chemistry, clinical psychology, and zoology. Two students hold doctoral degrees: one is a Doctor of Pharmacy and the other a Doctor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. Read more

National Institutes of Health Funds UND Scientist’s Lyme Disease Research

Lyme disease, caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb), is the cause of more than 90 percent of all arthropod-borne diseases affecting humans in the United States. Arthropods are a group of animals that includes lobsters, crabs, ticks, spiders, mites, insects, centipedes, and millipedes. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest that 300,000 people each year are affected by Lyme disease. Total direct medical costs of Lyme disease and post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS) in the United States are estimated at $1.3 billion per year.brissette-catherine-hs

“Controlled trials of long-term antibiotic treatment for post-treatment Lyme disease symptoms have failed to show benefits,” said Catherine Brissette, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. “If active infection is not responsible, what causes the persistent, lingering symptoms in patients treated with long-term antibiotics? Our data suggest Bb is a ‘hit and run’ pathogen, and the presence of live bacteria is not required to drive persistent inflammation.” Read more