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Dr. Robert Turesky was quoted in the recent Time article "What the Science Really Says About Grilled Meat and Cancer Risk" discussing the role that heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (chemicals that form in cooked red meat) play in increasing the risk of human cancer: 

Graduate student Erik Faber of the Georg lab is coauthor on a recent article published on titled "What Medicine Can Teach Academia About Preventing Burnout." The authors propose a number of measures to combat burnout in science academia, including connecting graduate students with the public sphere, enabling time away from the lab, and exposing students to non-academic job opportunities.

Sara Coulup of the Georg lab has been selected to receive the 2019 Abul-Hajj/Hanna Exceptional Graduate Student Award in Medicinal Chemistry.  The award is given for the quantity and quality of research accomplishments, the quality of the original research proposal for the oral exam, the quality of seminars and colloquia, the Graduate Course Grade-point average since entering the program, and service and citizenship in Departmental affairs.

Dr. Sana Bardaweel

Former graduate student from the Wagner lab Dr. Sanaa Bardaweel (2010) has been awarded the 2018 Samia Mango Award. This award is dedicated to recognizing distinguished female researchers in the health sciences fields. Dr. Bardaweel is now a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Jordan where she focuses her research on anticancer drugs and cancer molecular biology. 

Congratulations to our former graduate student Dr. Cliff Csizmar (Wagner lab, 2018 Ph.D) who has been selected by the Medical School Honors and Awards Committee to receive the 2019 J. Jacob Kaplan Award! This award is presented to only three students annually for the most meritorious papers on clinical or basic medical research. Awardees will be recognized at the Dean’s Tribute to Excellence in Education at the McNamara Alumni Center on May 2nd, 2019. 

Congratulations to four of our graduate students who have been recognized by the National Science Foundation for their applications to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program! Brandi McKnight (Doran lab) and Katherine Jones (Harki Lab, Chemistry) both received the 2019 GRFP award and Caroline Buchholz (Pomerantz lab) and Nicole Bentz (Wagner lab) received honorable mentions for their applications. 

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Harki who was awarded a 2019 American Association for Cancer Research Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grant! This grant is aimed at providing new treatment options for cancers with high unmet medical needs, encouraging innovation into the development of novel drugs, and fostering collaborations between academic groups and the pharmaceutical industry. 

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.