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April 18, 2014

In view of the Easter holiday, Dean Wynne's column will return on Friday, April 25.

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Final “Warm Up Your Heart” Walk is April 22

The final campus walk to support heart health is Tuesday, April 22, at 12:15 p.m. in the lobby area of the UND parking ramp (by the stairs). The walk is about 25 minutes. Kathryn Rand, dean of the School of Law, or staff member Pam Henderson will lead the group through the indoor walking path (skyways and stairs). Noisemakers and fun will be there for everyone, and all of campus is welcome to participate!

Donations can be made to support heart researchers in our local area and nationally as well as awareness of heart and stroke disease at Team UND's Team Page for Heart Walk 2013–2014.

A wellness basket from the School of Law will be given as a prize at the end of the walk to a random winner. Let’s GET MOVING UND!

Quenumzangbe presents graduate student research seminar on April 23

Fredice Quenumzangbe, a graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology Program in the Department of Basic Sciences, will be presenting her research seminar titled “Role of Galectins in immunopathogenesis of neurocysticercosison Wednesday, April 23, at 1 p.m. in Room 5510 at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

All are welcome to attend.

Lisa Brown
Education Coordinator
Department of Basic Sciences

Sanford researcher and clinician to present seminar on April 24

Michael C. Kruer, MD, associate scientist at Sanford Children’s Health Research Center, attending physician at Sanford Children’s Hospital, and assistant professor of pediatrics and neurosciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford College of Medicine, will present “Loss of Parkinson disease-associated PARK9 leads to selective failure of autophagy” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in Room 1360, the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, at the SMHS in Grand Forks.

Everyone is invited to attend. 

This seminar is cosponsored by the Department of Basic Sciences and the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence for Neurodegenerative Disorders.

Bonnie Kee
Administrative Assistant
Department of Basic Sciences

Sanford Obesity Symposium is April 25

Sanford Health will present the Sanford Obesity Symposium on April 25 at the Ramada Plaza & Suites in Fargo. The purpose of this symposium is to enhance the knowledge and competence of participants by providing an update on the latest research associated with the prevention, treatment, and management of obesity. The target audience includes primary care physicians, pediatricians, specialty care providers, advanced practice providers, licensed registered dietitians, pharmacists, nurses, and other interested healthcare professionals.

To register and for more information, please read more.

"Maximize your metabolism and lose weight" is April 29

Jennifer Haugen, RD, CSSD, LD, clinical dietitian, Altru Health System, will present her talk "Maximize your metabolism and lose weight" from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, in the Lecture Bowl at the UND Memorial Union in Grand Forks. 

You will learn nutrition and exercise tips to maximize metabolism for weight loss as well as learn what resources and programs can help you reach your weight-loss goals.

Faculty and staff register through U2, and students register at the door.

2014 NDAAP Spring Conference is May 2

You are invited to attend the North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Spring Education Conference and meeting to be held in Fargo on May 2. For further information, please see the conference flyer.

Please e-mail Kylie Nissen by April 25 if you would like to attend.

Kylie J. Nissen, Executive Director
North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Celebrate SMHS Commencement on May 10

Please join us for the 2014 SMHS Commencement activities scheduled for Saturday, May 10, in Grand Forks.

Keynote speaker will be Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA. She is president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. She serves as chief executive officer of the Foundation and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of programs that advance the Foundation's mission to "foster the prevention and treatment of disease and disability by honoring excellence in basic and clinical science, and through public education and research advocacy."

An expert in infectious diseases, Pomeroy is a longtime advocate for patients, especially those with HIV/AIDS, and public health. She passionately supports ongoing investment in the full range of research. She continues to lead an active research team studying host responses to viral infections. She has a special interest in healthcare policy, with a focus on the importance of the social determinants of health. 

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m.—Awards Luncheon: UND Wellness Center (801 Princeton Street, Grand Forks, ND)

Tickets are $10 each, must be purchased in advance, and can be obtained through the Office of the Dean by calling (701) 777-2514 or by sending a request and check (no cash can be accepted) to the following address:

Office of the Dean
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
501 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND  58202-9037

Please note: Make checks payable to "UND Alumni Association."

  • 2:30 p.m.—Commencement Ceremony: Chester Fritz Auditorium (3475 University Avenue, Grand Forks).

Lori Sannes
Administrative Officer
Office of the Dean

Altru Health System's diabetes care conference set for May 13

"The Many Aspects of Diabetes Care" will be held at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at the Alerus Center, 1200 42nd Street South in Grand Forks. It is geared toward the health professional who cares for people with diabetes. The purpose of this conference is to provide recommendations for the best practices to improve diabetes care.

For more information and to register, please read more.

Register for the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health

Register now for the 2014 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, taking place June 18–20 in Grand Forks. Early-bird rates available through May 15. Register at

Save the Date: Mind Matters Conference on Brain Injury June 24–26

The North Dakota Brain Injury Network is sponsoring the Mind Matters Conference on Brain Injury June 24-26 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Fargo. Featured speakers and topics include Marilyn Lash of Lash and Associates, and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems from Mayo Clinic. Registration information coming soon! 

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Frank Low Research Day award winners

We want to thank all of you who participated in making the 34th Annual Frank Low Research Day a success. We appreciate the high level of participation by students, faculty, and staff at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Special thanks to UND Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Joshua Wynne for ongoing support of this important annual event and for providing opening remarks at the oral session, and to Saobo Lei, PhD, associate professor, and Colin Combs, PhD, professor, from the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics Program in the Department of Basic Sciences, for serving as moderators for the afternoon oral sessions.

We were pleased to have Andrew D. Badley, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, FIDSA, Mayo Clinic and College of Medicine, Rochester, Minn., present the keynote address titled “Translational approaches to curing HIV Infection.”

Ninety-nine posters were presented. Invited talks were presented by Nick Cliz, PhD candidate, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics graduate program; Stephen A. Wonderlich, PhD, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and associate chair, Clinical Neuroscience, and director of Clinical Research, Neuropsychiatric Research Institute; Nicole Haese, PhD candidate, Microbiology and Immunology graduate program; Catherine A. Brissette, PhD, assistant professor, Microbiology and Immunology Program in the Department of Basic Sciences; and Sathya Challa, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program. 

The following faculty members and graduates students volunteered to serve as judges for the morning poster competition; their willingness to serve in this way certainly enhanced the experience for all students who were presenting their work.

Faculty judges

  • David Bradley
  • Catherine Brissette
  • Xuesong Chen
  • Archana Dhasarathy
  • Othman Ghribi
  • Bryon Grove
  • Debra Hanson
  • Danielle Jessen
  • Beverly Johnson
  • Saobo Lei
  • Sarah Nielsen
  • Suba Nookala
  • James Porter
  • Jyotika Sharma
  • Brooke Solberg
  • Jan Stube
  • John Watt
  • Richard Wilsnack
  • Min Wu
  • Sonia Zimmerman 

Graduate student judges

  • Christopher Jondle
  • Danielle Krout
  • Elizabeth Sandquist
  • Swojani Shrestha
  • Daniel Stanislowski
  • Brent Voels
  • Christopher Walden

Special thanks go to Joann Johnson and Joyce Ohm, PhD, assistant professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, whose efforts ensured the success of the event.

For a list of the winners of the best student poster awards by category, please read more.

David S. Bradley, PhD
Associate Professor, Basic Sciences 
Executive Director of COREATID
Chair, SMHS Research Committee

Thank you medical students!

Dean Joshua Wynne delivered opening remarks to the participants in the Greater Grand Forks Heart Walk, which was held at Choice Fitness in Grand Forks on Saturday, April 12. Thank you to the following medical students who provided blood pressure checks for participants in the walk:

  • Rebecca Asp
  • Delbert Lamb
  • Roza Yunusova

Swift earns ND Star Award

Victoria Swift, publications coordinator in the Department of Information Resources at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was presented a Council of State Employees ND STAR Award on Friday, April 11. The STAR Award recognizes employees who provide quality service in a professional manner, create a team environment that encourages communication and cooperation, stand out among their peers through their achievements, and exhibit respect to all that promotes a positive work environment.

Congratulations to the following individuals at UND who also received the STAR Award for the fourth quarter of 2013: Amber Flynn, Kelly Hodgson, Phyllis Trelfa, and Peter (Pete) Tunseth. For more information about the ND STAR Award or to nominate a deserving state employee, please visit

Need help creating an assessment or survey?

The University of North Dakota has purchased a survey software program called Qualtrics. It is free for all faculty, staff, and students to use.

Qualtrics allows users the capacity to build simple to complex surveys that fulfill a variety of research needs. This tool can build surveys incorporating branching, skip logic, response timing, video and audio integration, direct export to SPSS and Excel, and many more.

If interested in getting started, please call or e-mail Vicki Thompson, IT support specialist, UND SMHS IT Department, (701) 777-6349.

"Autism"—CDC Grand Rounds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores the latest scientific evidence and the potential effect of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how the CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss the recommendations for future research and practice. April's presentation is "Autism." All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

Social Media: View time-lapse video of the construction of the new SMHS building.

On our Facebook page, view time-lapse video of the construction of the new SMHS building. 

Also on our Facebook page, don't miss Dean Wynne's latest Health Matters column, which can be found in the Grand Forks Herald every other Monday. Please submit any general health-related questions to

You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter

University Letter: Student loan forgiveness available to college grads employed in STEM fields

College graduates employed in STEM-related occupations in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program coordinated by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

More information about this and other UND news can be found in the University Letter. Published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is distributed electronically to the University community and is always available online. For more information, contact editor Jan Orvik at (701) 777-3621.

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Library of the Health Sciences hours for Easter holiday

Library of the Health Sciences hours for Friday, April 18, through Monday, April 21, are the following:

  • Friday, April 18—Closed  
  • Saturday, April 19—Closed 
  • Sunday, April 20—Closed
  • Monday, April 21—8 a.m.–midnight

If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Thormodson (701) 777-4129.

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