Top U of M health sciences researchers to testify before Senate Higher Education April 14

What: U of M health sciences researchers address Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee
When: 2:00 – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 14
Where: Room 107, Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul
Who: Dr. Brooks Jackson, dean of the Medical School and vice president of health sciences; Dr. Badrinath Konety, Dougherty Family Chair in Uro-Oncology and director of the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers; Dr. Timothy Schacker, director of the Infectious Disease Clinic; and Dr. Douglas Yee, director of the Masonic Cancer Center and John H. Kersey Chair in Cancer Research.

U of M Medical School Dean and Vice President of Health Sciences Brooks Jackson, M.D., and three top University professors and clinicians who conduct groundbreaking research are scheduled to testify before the next Minnesota Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee hearing, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Room 107, Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul.

Doctors Badrinath Konety, Timothy Schacker, and Douglas Yee are at the forefront of groundbreaking medical research in the United States. They will testify before the committee about the state and global impact of their University research. Konety is recognized as an expert on prostate and bladder cancer. He has been listed on the Best Doctors in America since 2009. Yee is the point person for all cancer research at the U of M and strives to understand the role of insulin-like growth factor (IGF) in stimulating cancer cells to multiply and spread. Schacker has developed an internationally recognized program in translational research focused on how HIV causes immune suppression.

A bill introduced last month by Sen. Richard Cohen provides $30 million toward U of M medical school investments. That legislation has been referred for possible inclusion in the higher education omnibus budget bill.

As part of its biennial budget request, the University of Minnesota has asked for investments to help improve the health of Minnesotans through research, clinical services and innovative programs. The U’s request includes Gov. Dayton’s proposed $30 million investment in the Medical School, as recommended in the Blue Ribbon Committee report, released in January.

Visit Government Relations for more information on the University’s biennial budget request.


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