MSI PI Miguel Fiol, an associate professor in the Department of Neurology, is leading a team of doctors who will provide assistance to some of the communities that are still suffering after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Professor Fiol is a native of Puerto Rico and was visiting there when Maria hit. After returning to Minnesota, he organized a group that raised funds and collected medical supplies. The medical team left for Puerto Rico last Sunday and will concentrate its efforts in smaller communities that have not received as much aid as more populous areas.
Several articles have appeared in the Minnesota press about Professor Fiol’s relief efforts:
- CityPages: Puerto Rican Doctors From Minnesota to Relieve Exhausted Island Counterparts
- Fox9: Minnesota Doctor’s Island Getaway Turns Into Ongoing Relief Effort for Puerto Rico
- Minnesota Daily: University Doctor Heads to Puerto Rico With Medical Supplies
- Kare11: Edina Doctor Returns From Ravaged Puerto Rico
Professor Fiol uses MSI resources to study the genomics of familial glioma, a form of cancer that forms in the brain or spinal cord.