Researcher spotlight

January 6, 2016

Valerie PierreCTSI is providing funding and support to Associate Professor Dr. Valerie Pierre, who envisions a cheap, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that could provide a faster way to diagnose bacterial infections.

Initial funding, guidance, and support from CTSI proved such a tool could be feasible, and a subsequent award that’s co-administered by CTSI is now enabling her to develop a prototype.

December 4, 2015

Simon Gyorgy“The research I’m doing would not be possible in the age of paper medical charts, and would not be possible without the clinical data from CTSI."

- Gyorgy Simon, PhD, an affiliate faculty member on how CTSI-supplied clinical data is opening up entirely new pathways for discovery.

November 2, 2015

Youssef RomanCTSI is committed to training up-and-coming investigators so they can lead successful research careers, and uncover breakthroughs that can create a healthier tomorrow.

October 29, 2015

Dr. WozniakA University of Minnesota research team recently published the results of a clinical trial that showed choline could reduce some of the cognitive defects caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. 

Children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) who took a daily supplement of the water soluble nutrient showed small gains in memory performance, which could significantly impact their overall cognitive development.

September 15, 2015

Drs. Sunni and KylloStories in the Minnesota Daily and KSTP-TV described how researchers from the University of Minnesota and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota are teaming up to help Somali children and families better manage Type 1 diabetes. 

August 19, 2015

From undergrad to global health researcher: Former scholar Sudip Bhandari's translational path.“The Undergraduate Research Program was a springboard into my research career. I gained a strong understanding of how to conduct public health studies, along with a mindset that’s focused on making a real-world impact with research.”

- Sudip Bhandari, Undergraduate Research Program (URP) scholar

July 16, 2015

Former scholar Jamie Morrissette (shown with Senator Amy Klobuchar) presents her research project on Capitol Hill.“Sharing my research with our nation’s policy-makers was a thrilling opportunity, and one that I couldn’t imagine having before I got involved with the Undergraduate Research Program.”

- Undergraduate student and CTSI scholar Jamie Morrissette, on presenting her research to legislators on Capitol Hill.

February 13, 2015

Veronika BachanovaThe Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is helping Veronika Bachanova, MD, PhD, to take a team approach to find better ways to treat patients suffering from blood cancers and help her achieve her goal of becoming a more effective independent researcher.

June 2, 2014

Mentorship. Resources. Educational seminars. These are just a few things that came to mind when we asked researchers how the Clinical and Translational Science Institute helped them be more successful.

May 27, 2014

Rebecca ShlaferA community-University research team successfully influenced public policy earlier this month, when Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that helps care for pregnant, incarcerated women and their babies.

Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, an assistant professor in the U of M's Department of Pediatrics, and Erica Gerrity of the local nonprofit Everyday Miracles both testified about how the bill could improve health outcomes.

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