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Congratulations to Drs. Philip Portoghese and Eyup Akgun, who were granted a patent in 2018 for their invention that provides analgesic conjugates useful for treating inflammatory pain associated with conditions like cancer, serious burns, and spinal injury.  Click here to view their patent, "Highly Potent Analgesics for Inflammatory Pain."

Congratulations to Jian Tang of the Harki Lab who received a Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) Horizon Award!  The award is a mentored training award for predoctoral trainees with a focus on promoting high-impact cancer research. The grant will fund Jian's research and supplies for his project “Targeting NF-kappaB-Inducing Kinase (NIK) for the Treatment of Hematologic Malignancies” for the next two years. 

An opinion piece written by Emeritus Dean Dr. Marilyn Speedie has been published in the Star Tribune contending that pharmacists are an underutilized resource in the fight against rising prescription drug costs. 

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Walters of the ITDD who was awarded a 5-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health with co-PI Dr. Karen Ashe (Neurology) for their project titled “Caspase-2 Probe Compounds.” 

A paper coauthored by Dr. Natalia Tretyakova on the potential for DNA damage caused by methylating agents was selected as a paper of the month by Environmental Factor, an NIEHS e-publication. Click here to read more about her paper "Histone tails decrease N7-methyl-2′-deoxyguanosine depurination and yield DNA–protein cross-links in nucleosome core particles and cells."

Congratulations to Dr. Todd Doran who is the recipient, along with Dr. Nam Chul Kim, of the 2019 Engebretson Drug Design and Discovery Grant! As awardees they will each receive $15,000 for their project "Development of PINK1 Kinase Inhibitors."

We are saddened to announce the passing of a Medicinal Chemistry alumnus, Dr. Kathy Webster. Kathy graduated with her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1986 and went on to become the Founding Dean of the Keck Graduate Institute's (KGI) Scool of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Under her leadership KGI attained accreditation, recruited world-class faculty and staff, and implemented an entirely new active learning curriculum.

An article coauthored by Drs. Natalia Tretyakova and Daeyoon Park on the potential for DNA damage caused by methylating agents was highlighted this month by Chemical & Engineering News. Click here to read more about their paper "Histone tails decrease N7-methyl-2′-deoxyguanosine depurination and yield DNA–protein cross-links in nucleosome core particles and cells."

Dr. David Ferguson was consulted for the recent Duluth News Tribune article Alzheimer's Added to Medical Marijuana Treatment List in Minnesota” about the practical uses of medical cannabis.

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Turesky who has been appointed as the Masonic Chair in Cancer Causation. His research focuses on hazardous chemicals found in food, tobacco smoke, and medicinal herbs which metabolize in our bodies and cause genetic damage that can lead to cancer. 

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