Minnesota Technical Symposium
The 12th Annual Minnesota Technical Symposium (MinnTS) will be held March 27, 2014 at Medtronic Headquarters. MinnTS is a joint meeting of scientific and technical societies; the event combines networking with presentations on a wide range of topics. The featured speakers at the 2014 MinnTS will be Dr. Alexander Khoruts and Dr. Donald Dengel.
Dr. Alexander Khoruts is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and the Center for Immunology at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on gut microbiota in clinical disease states, particularly refractory C. difficile infection. He and Dr. Michael Sadowsky have established a UMN Microbiota Therapeutics Program within the BioTechnology Institute, which is now focused on developing human gut microbiota as a class of therapeutic agents. This group was the first to demonstrate prompt and sustained engraftment of entire microbial communities in patients with recurrent C. difficile infection and the first to develop a standardized protocol for production of human gut microbiota, which is now used in multiple clinical trials.
Dr. Donald Dengel is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Director of the Human Performance Core and Densitometry Services in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Minnesota. Recently, Dr. Dengel received a grant from NFL Charities to examine the effects of multiple sports-related concussions on neurocognition and cerebral vascular function. His recent research and focus of his talk is developing a reproducible method that combines MRI imaging and a timed gas blender to measure cerebral vascular function following traumatic brain injuries.
Members of the Minnesota Academy of Science receive a discounted registration price for MinnTS. Registration will open February 20th.