The University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) is home to research into, among other areas, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases; in issues affecting Baby Boomers; and of cancers that commonly strike North Dakotans.
UND SMHS has been awarded $30 million over the last 10 years to advance investigations into diseases of the brain. Several other federal grants fund research in cancer, diabetes, eating disorders, alcoholism and many other diseases of both national interest and of special concern in North Dakota.
Several dozen researchers at SMHS work across this spectrum, tackling solutions, not just the causes, of such diseases. Scientists call it “translational research” and it means more therapies sooner reaching the bedside.
We focus in this article on the work of three people at SMHS.