Too many senescent cells - cells that have stopped dividing, but haven’t yet died - can cause an increase in inflammation, which puts a person at higher risk for disease and signs of aging. Certain conditions are associated with an increased number of these cells, and people with these conditions are at greater risk from COVID-19.
MSI PI Xiang Cheng (associate professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and colleagues have published a study that reveals, for the first time, why liquid droplets can erode hard surfaces. The study, published recently in the journal Nature Communications, uses a novel technique called high-speed stress microscopy to measure force, stress, and pressure underneath liquid drops as they hit surfaces.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has announced the winners of the first annual Innovation Impact Case Award. This new award recognizes University of Minnesota research that has led to significant impact outside of academia. Two MSI PIs were among the winners of the prize of $10,000:
A story in the Spring 2022 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation Discovery magazine features research by MSI PI Alik Widge (assistant professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences). Professor Widge, who is a biomedical engineer as well as a clinical psychiatrist, is studying the use of deep brain stimulation as a way to improve mental function in patients with conditions such as severe anxiety.
A telemedicine program by the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain is featured in the Spring 2022 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Discovery magazine. The program, called TeleOutreach, is designed to provide timely care to rural Minnesotans, many of whom have limited access to mental-health treatment because of a shortage of providers.
Research by MSI PI Paul Iaizzo (professor, Surgery) is featured in a recent story that appeared on WCCO television. Professor Iaizzo is studying the physiology of hibernating black bears in Minnesota. It is possible that discoveries about how bears maintain cardiac function and bone health during the hibernation period could help human patients.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to various MSI systems. During this month's scheduled maintenance period, primary storage may be unavailable or in a read-only state throughout much of the day. Mesabi and Mangi front-end nodes will be unavailable some portion of the day. A global system reservation will start at 5:00 a.m. on April 6. Jobs that cannot be completed before 5:00 a.m. on April 6 will be held until after maintenance and then started once the system returns to production status.