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UND scholars present at mass communication conference in India

Karin Becker and Richard Shafer, of the UND Communication Program, organized and recently presented a workshop on economical and efficient research methods for scholars from developing countries at the International Association of Mass Communication Scholars annual conference in Hyderabad, India in July. The International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), which puts on the conference, is [...]

SMHS receives $1.9 million for severe deep-tissue infection research

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received a $1.9 million, multiyear grant from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The grant is part of a collaborative project known as INFECT — Improving Outcome of Necrotizing Fasciitis: Elucidation of Complex Host and Pathogen Signatures that Dictate Severity of Tissue Infection. UND’s research will be led [...]

Medical students receive scholarships for 2013–2014

A total of $384,859 in scholarships has been awarded to 143 medical students at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences for the 2013–2014 academic year. Funds for the scholarships come from various private sources, endowments and scholarship funds. For a complete list of scholarship recipients, please read more. — Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office [...]

Gonzalez earns American Society of Microbiology Fellowship

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has selected Tammy Gonzalez from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences as a 2013 award recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Program. The goal of the capstone program is to “fulfill the later stages of undergraduate professional development” for underrepresented minority students. This program seeks to enhance [...]

Eric L. Johnson appointed to Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee

Eric L. Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health   Sciences, was recently appointed to the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Advisory Committee by Governor Jack Dalrymple. Johnson will serve a three-year term on the committee. He is director of interprofessional education for [...]

NIH grants $10.5 million to UND for epigenetics research center

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has received a $10.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE [pronounced KOH-bree]). The IDeA program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by [...]

Summer undergraduate students present biomedical research

Fifty-eight undergraduates presented the results of their labors this summer at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience poster session on Wednesday, Aug. 7, in the Vennes Atrium of the school. For the past 10 weeks, students from UND, as well as rural and tribal colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, [...]

Doctor of Medicine Class of 2017 begins studies

Sixty-eight first-year medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2017, begin their journey next week to become physicians at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The students, 37 men and 31 women, range in age from 20 to 32 years, with the average age of 24. They come to medical [...]

Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2015 begins clinical studies

Forty-eight physical therapy students, members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Class of 2015, started the clinical studies portion of their journey to become doctors of physical therapy this week at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The students received white coats at the Entrance Into Professional Service Ceremony held at the school [...]

Holly Brown-Borg honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Holly Brown Borg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), was presented the 2013 Denham Harman Lifetime Achievement in Research Award recently at the 42nd Annual American Aging Association (AGE) Meeting in Baltimore, Md. Brown-Borg also delivered a lecture at the conference titled “Hormones [...]

JLG Architects will design new School of Medicine & Health Sciences

President Robert O. Kelley has named the noted regional and national firm of JLG Architects in partnership with the internationally recognized firms of Perkins+Will and Steinberg Architects to design the new home of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). The building received endorsements and funding from the 2013 North Dakota Legislature and Governor [...]

NIH funds atherosclerosis gene study by Colin Combs

The National Institutes of Health is funding a UND scientist’s pursuit of a potential cause of atherosclerosis. Colin Combs, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), will receive $379,500 over the next two years for his work on atherosclerosis. A part of the [...]

UND honored for contributions to building the family medicine workforce

Twelve medical schools that have contributed the most to the pipeline of family physicians were honored when the American Academy of Family Physicians presented its Top Ten Awards during the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference. The awards recognize schools that, during a consecutive three-year period, graduate the greatest percentage of students [...]

Doctors honored with Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards

Charles E. Christianson, associate dean for clinical education and associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was honored with the prestigious Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award at the medical school’s commencement on May 12. Kendra Lystad, a 2013 UND medical school graduate, [...]

SMHS announces Doctor of Medicine Class of 2013 Award Winners

Medical students of the M.D. Class of 2013 and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences were recognized by the school at the Commencement Awards presentation on Sunday, May 12. The North Dakota Medical Association Awards – Presented to three outstanding students in the class Caitlin L. Pandolfo, Bowbells, N.D. Joshua R. Pohlman, Grand Forks, N.D. [...]

SMHS recognizes volunteer faculty

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences presented the Dean’s Special Recognition Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty to the following physicians during commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 12. • Douglas D. Berglund, clinical associate professor of surgery, Bismarck, N.D. • David A. Billings, clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and alumnus (M.D. Class of [...]

General and medical commencement set for May 11, 12

UND will hold its annual spring commencement at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Alerus Center. President Robert O. Kelley will preside over his fifth spring commencement. UND each year graduates about 2,700 students in ceremonies in May, August, and December. North Dakota Lt. Gov. and UND alumnus Drew Wrigley will be the featured [...]

Frank Low Research Day winners named

We want to thank all of you who participated in making the 33rd Annual Frank Low Research Day at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences a success. We appreciate the high level of participation by students and faculty at the School. Special thanks to Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School [...]

Researcher discovers potential off switch for deadly response to infection or traumatic injury

Sepsis is a life-threatening medical condition with a high mortality rate that results from a runaway response by the body to fend off a severe infection or to recover from a traumatic injury. Combatting sepsis costs hospital ICUs $17 billion a year. A UND researcher and her team have demonstrated for the first time that [...]

Spring Fling for community children has been canceled

The first-ever Spring Fling for Children, which was set for Sunday, April 21, has been canceled due to weather conditions. — Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777.2733, denis.macleod@med.und.edu.

Kotb named founding chair for Basic Sciences

Malak Kotb, a noted infectious disease and biodefense expert, has been named the founding chair of the Department of Basic Sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Kotb has been a tenured professor since 2008 at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology/Immunology. She was the [...]

UND hosts NE Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The 55th annual Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. The fair has 160 fifth- through twelfth-grade students presenting their research projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, behavioral sciences, and mathematics, among others. Regional schools participating are Lakota, Dakota Prairie, [...]

Fifth, sixth graders invited to Science Day April 13 at School of Medicine

All students in Grades Five and Six are invited to “Science Day” on Saturday, April 13, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The free event features hands-on learning experiences organized by medical students. Science Day is designed to stimulate children’s interest in science. Children will conduct science projects and learn about human anatomy [...]

UND catches large grant to continue avian flu research

David Bradley, an immunologist at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, recently received a Centers of Research Excellence grant of $700,000 from the North Dakota Department of Commerce to continue research on avian flu antibodies that could help poultry farmers effectively combat outbreaks of the disease. Bradley’s lab is working collaboratively on the project [...]

Medical students receive scholarships for 2012–2013

A total of $366,737 in scholarships has been awarded to 135 medical students at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences for the 2012–2013 academic year. Funds for the scholarships are given from various private sources, endowments and scholarship funds. Please see the following link for a complete list of scholarship recipients: http://bit.ly/TxcSYH. — Denis [...]