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Sanford kidney development study selected for NIH funding

A Sanford Research scientist studying kidney development has received $1.45 million from the National Institutes of Health to further explore how certain cells of the organ develop. Kameswaran Surendran, Ph.D., secured the award under the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Surendran’s study will focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms that […]
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Sanford scientist models development disorder in stem cells

Studies performed by a Sanford Research scientist using an innovative stem-cell model for a fatal developmental disorder is the focus of a recent study published in Nature Medicine. Kevin Francis, Ph.D. uncovered unique cellular defects associated with Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS) by modeling this disease using induced pluripotent stem cells. Francis’ study is titled “Modeling Smith-Lemli-Opitz […]
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Sanford scientists create animal model for brain tumor

Sanford Research scientists are published in Nature Cell Biology for their work developing a model to explore therapies for a pediatric brain tumor known as choroid plexus carcinoma. Haotian Zhao, Ph.D., is the lead author on the study titled “Sonic Hedgehog promotes proliferation of Notch-dependent monociliated choroid plexus tumour cells.” Zhao is an associate scientist […]
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Clinical trials: ‘Increased treatment options’

David Pearce, president of Sanford Research, recently talked to MED Magazine about clinical trials.
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Sanford Research to study rare genetic disorder

A Sanford Research scientist is using an innovative pig model to better understand a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors in the nervous system, thanks to a more than $1.7 million grant from the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF). Jill Weimer, Ph.D., and her team received the award as part of CTF’s Synodos for NF 1 program, a unique collaboration […]
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Sanford clinical trial looks for genetic targets in cancer

A Sanford Health clinical trial that looks for genetic targets in cancer is now being offered at the Sanford Cancer Center in Bemidji. The Genetic Exploration of the Molecular Basis of Malignancy in Adults (GEMMA) is enrolling adult patients whose cancer has progressed after the first line of treatment, or who have rare cancers without […]
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Hope and Hart launch Edith Sanford Breast Cancer

You know her as the energetic, confident, picture-perfect icon of “Entertainment Tonight.” But on August 17 at a special event in Sioux Falls, S.D., she stepped on stage personifying a new day in the fight against breast cancer. “Hello everybody. I’m Mary Hart. And this is my mother,” said the native South Dakotan, proudly holding […]
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Sanford PROMISE to Connect Communities to Science Research

Sanford launches PROMISE as part of Biomedical Discovery Day
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Research opportunities for cancer patients

Sanford Cancer Center will receive $2 million in funding over two years to expand existing cancer research programming and patient services. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is using $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand research benefiting patients at Sanford Cancer Center and the […]
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Sanford Center provides one location for research centers

Sanford Health-MeritCare’s research efforts, once spread out in multiple locations across Sioux Falls, are now located together inside the new Sanford Center. Sanford Health recently converted the former Hutchinson Technology building in northern Sioux Falls into corporate offices and space for all Sanford research centers. The Sanford Center was unveiled during a ribbon cutting celebration […]
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