The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation recently honored three 'Leaders for A Cure' at a Super Bowl related event in St. Paul, MN on February 1, 2018. Among the honorees was Chris Pennell, PhD, the Masonic Cancer Center's Associate Director of Community Engagement and Education, and Center for Immunology faculty member.
Congratulations to Empowering Women in Science for securing a 2018 Campus Climate Micro Grant. In its third year, the micro-grant progam supports projects to advance the campus climate. The theme for 2018 was “fostering understanding, building solidarity and community.” EWIS successfully submitted a proposal for a training seminar for biomedical scientists in Spring 2018 to learn how to effectively work in diverse teams to achieve a common goal.
Congratulations to Dr. Ingunn Stromnes, who was featured on the cover of the November issue of Cancer Immunology Research and to Dr. Justin Spanier and his December cover of Diabetes.
We are very pleased to announce the creation of a new Center for Autoimmune Diseases Research. For the past three years, Dr. Dan Mueller and members of the Division of Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases at the University of Minnesota have been working to establish a new resource for Center for Immunology investigators, one which brings new attention to the growing need to take advantage of our outstanding research programs in animal-based model systems, and translate that same success into human-oriented autoimmune diseases research.
In an effort to fight the ongoing opiod crisis, Dr. Marco Pravetoni and his lab combine mechanism based vaccine designs, pharmacology and cutting-edge immunology strategies to develop vaccines to treat drug addiction.
Congratulations to Dr. Yoji Shimizu on his current appointment as dean of The Graduate School's Diversity Office.
The Chainbreaker was a three-day event from Aug 11-13, 2017, which included a weekend of cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism. Riders were able to choose distances of 25, 50, 100, and 180 miles. The Center for Immunology peloton was called the "Checkpoint Bikers" and included Elise Breed, Tucker LeBien, Mike Farrar, Ben Brian, Emily Truckenbrod, Tony Baughn, Kaylee Schwertfeger, Yoji Shimizu, Dan Mueller, Ryan Langlois, Tom Griffith, Chris Pennell, Geoff Hart, and Marc Jenkins. They have currently raised over $36,000.
Please join the Center for Immunology in congratulating several of our colleagues on their recent academic achievements.
Congratulations to Ingunn Stromnes, PhD, for winning the 2017 Skip Viragh Career Development Award presented by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).
Congratulations to Dr. Jenkins on being selected as the recipient of the 2017 Medical School Carole J. Bland Outstanding Faculty Mentor award! This award is meant to recognize the process by which faculty serves as role models for each other, promoting the professional development of others and creating a supportive, positive working environment. Dr. Jenkins was presented the award at the Medical School Promotion and Tenure Reception on June 15, 2017.