Catching health problems: Researchers seek early clues

Naima Kaabouch
Naima Kaabouch

Among the thorniest health problems around is the upswing in Type II, or so-called adult onset, diabetes.

Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the U.S., and approximately 14 to 24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulceration precedes 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations. Obesity and Chronic conditions associated with an aging U.S. population – such as diabetes, neuropathy, circulatory insufficiency, or a combination of these pathologies – mirror the current increased incidence of foot ulcers.

Left untreated, it’s fatal; and before that certain eventuality, diabetes results in loss of feeling in extremities such as the feet—too often leading to amputations. Read more

Michael Traynor Jr. Presented at Annual Conference of the Endocrine Society

Fourth-year medical student Michael Traynor Jr., a native of Fargo, North Dakota, presented a poster on April 2, 2016 at the annual conference of the Endocrine Society in Boston.

The title of Traynor’s presentation was “Clinical Performance and Utility of Afirma GEC in a Community Hospital Practice.” The Affirma GEC (gene expression classifier) is used in thyroid cancer diagnosis. Traynor and his research colleagues conducted a retrospective review of medical records from 66 patients who underwent fine-needle aspiration of thyroid nodules with indeterminate results, as well as GEC testing, between April 2012 and October 2014, at Sanford Health in Fargo. Read more

LaBore and Fowler Present at American Medical Student Association’s Annual Meeting

Bryan LaBore and Zachary Fowler, third-year medical students, recently presented a poster at the American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) annual convention, held in Washington, D.C., from March 31 to April 3, 2016. They competed in the Patient-Oriented and Epidemiology Projects category, and received an honorable mention among the category participants. LaBore and Fowler both received partial support for their travel to the convention from the national AMSA organization, the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences’ office of Student Affairs & Admissions, the SMHS MD Class of 2017 Student Council, and the University of North Dakota Intercollegiate Academics Fund. (Shown are Bryan LaBore, at left, and Zachary Fowler.) Read more

Raul Mostoslavsky, Harvard Medical School Professor, Presents Epigenetics Seminar on October 1, 2015

Raul Mostoslavsky, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will present his seminar titled “Linking metabolism to epigenetics and cancer: SIRT6 provides some clues” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

All are invited to attend.

This seminar is cosponsored by the Department of Basic Sciences and the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) for Epigenomics.

~ Med-School E-News, 9/18/2015

Epigenetics Seminar September 10, 2015

Lawrence Sowers, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, is the invited speaker for the Epigenetics COBRE Seminar series.

His talk, “Epigenetic reprogramming in cancer and neurogenesis,” is set for Thursday, September 10, at 4:00 p.m. in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360 at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Read more