Ellen Schmidt

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Medical partnership looks to federal government for funding

A national initiative to broaden the countryâÄôs medical manufacturing sectors is catching on in Minnesota. This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce designated 13 universities, manufacturers and government organizations, like the University of Minnesota, to make up the Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership as one of a dozen regional partnerships aimed at increasing collaboration between medical manufacturers. The partners hope the collaboration will lead to more federal funding for MinnesotaâÄôs medical field and increase the global reach of the stateâÄôs manufacturers.


Natural therapies may kill cancer

University of Minnesota researchers are using white blood cells âÄî natural killers that have the potential to recognize and destroy cancerous cells âÄî to research better methods of cancer treatment. The University announced a partnership with Fate Therapeutics, a California-based biopharmaceutical company, last week to begin work on two cancer therapies that use naturally occurring cells to fight cancer, called immunotherapies. Researchers hope the new treatments will be used in clinical trials in two years.


Parking garages get efficiency update

The artificial orange glow of many of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs parking ramps is now a white light that changes brightness as it senses motion, the result of a three-phase energy efficiency initiative that will conclude this year. One part of the project, the Gortner Avenue parking ramp on the UniversityâÄôs St. Paul campus, won a national award earlier this month in recognition of its energy-conserving lighting methods. The project has saved the University an estimated $475,000 annually.


Nature supports healthy aging

Bushes, streams and other cool-colored havens can support the health of the elderly as they age, according to a University of Minnesota study published earlier this month. The study reports that access to blue and green environments âÄî like lakes, parks and gardens âÄî can promote physical, mental and spiritual health in older adults. Researchers hope the study will prompt communities to consider older populations when developing urban areas.


Student plan limits coverage for HIV drug

As the population of young people affected by HIV rises at the state level, a preventative drug called Truvada is prescribed increasingly to keep the partners of those infected safe.  


Student plan limits coverage for HIV drug

As the population of young people affected by HIV rises at the state level, a preventative drug called Truvada is prescribed increasingly to keep the partners of those infected safe.  


Boynton’s top leader leaves his position

The University of Minnesota’s Boynton Health Service is replacing its director and chief health officer, Ferdinand Schlapper, for reasons that are currently unclear.   


Focusing on men’s mental health

Stigma regarding men and mental health is causing the national rate of men seeking care to decrease, falling behind the rate of women across the country and at the University of Minnesota.  


Defense courses could fight sex assault

When orientation leader Christina Jensen goes on stage to perform her part in Pieces of the Puzzle — a presentation for students attending the University of Minnesota’s orientation — she starts it off by asking for a word with her rapist.  



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