Friday, June 29, 2018

From The Dean

Friday, June 29, 2018

Dr. Wynne is out of the office this week. His E-News column will return next week.

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UND Night at Target Field

Show your support for UND and the Minnesota Twins baseball club during "UND Night" at Target Field on Friday, July 6, when the Twins take on the Baltimore Orioles at 7:10 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minn. This special "UND Night" ticket package includes your ticket to the game plus an exclusive co-themed UND/Twins ballcap! The night will also include an honorary first pitch by distinguished alum and more! A portion of each ticket purchased through this special ticket package will support the UND Alumni Association.

We hope to see you there!

Zen in 10 this summer

Zen in 10 focuses on stretching, breathing, and having fun with coworkers. Go back to work with less stress, more energy, and better body functioning.

After a short break this month, sessions will be held at the School from 10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 31 through August 30 on the East Patio, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, Zen in 10 will meet in the SMHS auditorium (E101).

Services provided by Kay Williams, Certified Yoga and Relax and Renew Instructor®.

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Multiple SMHS faculty receive research awards

Several faculty at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences have been awarded research grants recently totaling nearly half a million dollars to be devoted to a variety of research projects at the School.

  • Drs. Sharon and Richard Wilsnack, faculty in the SMHS Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, were awarded a $118,000 award from the Public Health Institute for their proposal entitled “Alcohol’s Harm to Others.” UND Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Sharon Wilsnack, PhD, and Richard Wilsnack, PhD, are the leaders of the Gender and Alcohol's Harm to Others (GENAHTO) program, an international project featuring multiple Principal Investigators using surveys to analyze characteristics of persons whose drinking causes harm to other people.
  • Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Colin Combs, PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, recently received the second-year installment on a two-year grant from Ohio State University entitled “Mechanisms of exposure-induced tissue functional and pathological changes in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.” The installment represents the second half of a $141,000 award combs was given last year to continue his career-long focus on the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Catherine Brissette, PhD, associate professor in UND’s Department of Biomedical Sciences, has been given a $63,700 award from the University of Kentucky for a project entitled “Pathogenesis of Borrelia Mayonii Infection.” The grant will allow Brissette to continue and expand her laboratory’s research into the diagnosis and treatment of the tick-borne illness Lyme’s disease.
  • Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning, Rick Van Eck, PhD, teamed up with Simulation Center Director and Associate Professor of Medicine Jon Allen, MD, and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine Eric Johnson, MD, to win an American Medical Association Innovation grant worth $30,000. The grant will be used to develop a faculty toolkit for adding telemedicine to existing medical simulations at the School.
  • Finally, Lynette Dickson, associate director of UND’s Center for Rural Health, has won a $112,000 award from the North Dakota Department of Health in her effort to support the North Dakota Office of Primary Care.

On average, the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences conducts over $20 million in research activity annually; most research grants are funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among other organizations. Research specialties at the SMHS include epigenetics, neuroscience, infectious disease, and population health disparities.

UND Alum gives to Engineering and INMED programs

UND alumnus Greg Shega ('87) has given a $1 million gift to UND, a portion of which has been earmarked for the INMED Program. The INMED portion of the gift is to be used "with the purpose of helping young Native Americans become the technical and medical leaders of tomorrow," reports Lauren Vetter in UND Today.

Read the full article here.

New North Dakota Medicine out this week!

As you may have noticed in your mailbox or while perusing the displays in the SMHS, the summer 2018 issue of North Dakota Medicine out this week. Features this issue--which focuses on telehealth--include stories on:

  • The ROBOTS program ongoing at the Simulation Center
  • Efforts the physical and occupational therapy departments are making at "telerehab"
  • An interview with Medical Laboratory Science / INMED student Tiffany Belgarde
  • An alumni profile on two MPH Program graduates
  • Distance psychiatry

The magazine can be read online here.


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Library Notes

Library Resources Info Desk hours for July 4 week

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, please note that the SMHS Library Resources Information Desk will have amended hours on the following days:

  • Sunday, July 1:  closed
  • Monday, July 2:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 3:  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 4:  closed
  • Thursday, July 5:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, July 6:  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 7:  closed


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