Statefair Med School


Join the University of Minnesota Medical School at the Minnesota State Fair! Our faculty will be showcasing research they have completed through interactive activities and displays. Keep scrolling to see the work our top researchers will be sharing and how their research impacts your everyday life. All of our events can be found at the Health Zone in the University of Minnesota Building.

Research Study: Everybody Hurts – What do you know about chronic pain?

Join Diana Burgess in discussing chronic pain. What is it and what can we do about it? Stop by our chronic pain exhibit to learn how to best communicate the right information about chronic pain. Take a short survey to help us find out!

Driven to Discover Building

Thursday, August 24th
Tuesday, August 29th &
Wednesday, August 31st

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 3rd
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. &
2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 26th
Sunday, August 27th
Wednesday, August 30th &
Friday, September 1st

2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 

Meet the Researchers Who are Driven to Ensure You Thrive as You Age

Join Dr. Neil Henderson as he discusses his research on dementia and diabetes among American Indian people, what this means for Minnesotans, and how this will change the future of how we age.

University of Minnesota Central Building

Thursday, August 24th
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

All Aboard the Brain Train Citizen Scientists at UMN

Join Sophia Vinogradov in playing a series of short, interactive games that test thinking and social skills. In exchange for also answering some brief questions about motivation and reward processing, all citizen scientists will leave with a ball cap as a thank you!

Driven to Discover Building

Thursday, August 24th &
Saturday, September 2nd

2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Monday, August 28th &
Wednesday, August 30th

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Research Study: Let’s Talk about Sex!

Calling all teenagers and parents of teenagers! Stop by our booth to answer a few questions in an anonymous survey. We want to know where teenagers are going for their medical care and if anyone is talking to them about sex or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs continue to be a huge problem for teenagers in Minnesota and around the country. Join Kari Schneider and help our faculty end the stigma!

Driven to Discover Building

Thursday, August 24th &
Saturday, September 2nd

2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, September 1st &
Monday, September 3rd

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Research Study: Your Health, Your Research, Your Choice

What does the future of medical research look like to you? Help Heather Zierhut and her team learn more about how Minnesotans view medical research by completing a survey.

Driven to Discover Building

Thursday, August 24th
Friday, August 25th &

Tuesday, August 29th 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 27th &
Monday, August 28th
2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Medical School Duluth Campus

Come and meet some representatives from the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota Medical School. They'll be offering fun prizes and giveaways, as well as some trivia to test your knowledge.

U of M Central Building

Thursday, August 24th
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Medical School/ Neuroscience/Graduate Program of Neuroscience

Come talk with our volunteers from the Graduate Program of Neuroscience showing and talking about brains!

U of M Central Building

Saturday, August 26th
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Research Study: Brain Booth

Take a look with Kathryn Cullen at how your brain grows and changes across early teenage years. Kathryn and her team are interested in looking at brain development in girls across adolescence. Specifically, they’re interested in how we think about ourselves, respond to a potential threat, and how we control our impulses.

Driven to Discover Building

Saturday, August 26th
Sunday, August 27th &

Wednesday, August 30th 
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 28th
2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 

Research Study: Poop… it happens and we study that!

Join Byron Vaugh and his team from the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition are looking for people that are interested in participating various studies. Sign up for our research registry as either someone who has been affected by a GI related health issue or a healthy volunteer. Their team conducts research on the liver, stomach, colon, pancreas, and microbiome, as well as nutrition and diet studies.

Driven to Discover Building

Sunday, August 27th
Thursday, August 31st 
Saturday, September 2nd &
Sunday, September 3rd 

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 28th
2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

 

Research Study: Going Viral

Talk with Katie Tastad about health conditions that “go viral” that you may not be hearing about in the news. In this 10-minute survey, you’ll be asking about what you’ve heard about some common and not-so-common conditions. Tell us your thoughts and opinions while learning about your health at the same time!

Driven to Discover Building

Sunday, August 27th &
Monday, August 28th 
2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29th &
Wednesday, August 30th
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Research Study: Hair Today

Every day humans are exposed to many chemicals through food, clothing, personal care products, medicines, pollution and work places. Many of these chemicals collect in your hair. Help Robert Tureksy in providing a tiny snip of your hair to learn whether hair can be used to cost-effectively screen for multiple chemical exposures.

Driven to Discover Building

Monday, August 28th
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 29th &
Wednesday, August 30th
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Research Study: Where Brains Make History: The Human Connectome Project

Join Melissa Terpstra, Kamil Ugurbil and Essa Yacoub as a part of a major new NIK funded study to discover how different parts of the brain are connected and how these connections change as we grow and develop into adulthood. The University of Minnesota is one of only four sites in the nationwide Lifespan Human Connectome Project.

Driven to Discover Building

Monday, August 28th
Friday, September 1st
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Medical School, Dept. of Rehab Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy

Join the University of Minnesota Medical School in taking blood pressures, performing balance assessments and demonstrating electrical stimulation for muscle strengthening.

U of M Central Building

Monday, August 28th
Friday, September 1st
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Research Study: Let Your Genetics Treat Your High Blood Pressure

Fairview is leading an innovative study designed to use your genetic profile to determine which common hypertension medications should work best for you – compared to typical trial-and-error prescribing practices. Join Dang D. Tran in seeing if you’re eligible by completing a blood pressure reading and answering a few questions about yourself.

Driven to Discover Building

Tuesday, August 29th
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 31st
2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine - Department of Medicine

You are invited to visit the University of Minnesota Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the Minnesota State Fair! Stop by for spirometry, meet knowledgeable staff, talk about spirometry results, learn about COPD and lung disease, and consider Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency testing. PACCS features nationally and internationally recognized programs in Critical Care Medicine, Lung Transplantation, Cystic Fibrosis, and Alpha 1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

Driven to Discover Building

Tuesday, August 29th
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Research Study: See Your Optic Nerves at the Driven to Discover Building

Can we video record your optic nerve pulsing? Optic nerve pulses can help physicians understand various optic nerve and nervous system problems. Join Luai Eldweik by giving 10 minutes of your time -- plus you get to see your own optic nerves!

Driven to Discover Building

Tuesday, August 29th &
Friday, September 1st
2:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 2nd &
Sunday, September 3rd

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cancer 101

Chris Pennel will be answering the question: How do good cells go bad and become cancerous? Learn the basics of cancer- a disease that touches many lives every year!

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
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Cervical Cancer, HPV Focus

Deanna Teoh and Emil Lou will be explaining how the HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer. Ask our gynecologic cancer experts questions about their world-class care for cervical and other gynecologic cancers.

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Safer than Cigarettes?

Alternative products, same dangers! Talk with Irina Stepanov to learn what's really inside e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco and how these chemicals cause harm to your body.

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Skin Checks at the Fair

Here’s your chance to finally get that spot checked that you’ve been meaning to ask your dermatologist about. University of Minnesota Health dermatologists are offering a free skin cancer screening at this year’s fair. Our dermatologists will have state-of-the-art Dermascan machines that allow you to see sun damage and learn how to safely enjoy the summer sun. Join Amy Zhang along with 20+ dermatology fellows, clinical staff and MD’s to get that check you’ve been waiting for.

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Eww! Up Close with Cancer Tissues

Join Andy Johnson to get a firsthand look at real human tissue samples and see how your organs change as cancer cells crawl throughout the body.

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All in the Family - Cancer Risk Management

Not everyone might know that cancer can be passed down in your family. Changes in your genes can be partly to blame for this. Come meet Olivia Michel and our genetic counselors to learn how to interpret your family history!

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

How Do 3D Mammograms Work?

Chat with Noelle Hoven to discover the difference between regular and 3D mammograms. University of Minnesota Health Radiologists will explain how 3D imaging technology can help better detect early-stage breast cancer. Learn about the most current recommendations for mammograms!

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

I Beat Cancer, Now What?

Thanks to early diagnosis and extraordinary treatment options, there are more cancer survivors today than ever before. However, are you aware of the potential side effects of your cancer treatment? Stop by our exhibit to ask our cancer survivor expert Anne Blaes how to live a long, healthy life after cancer.

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Who Done It? Identifying the Culprits Causing Cancer

Can you tell the difference between healthy organs and cancerous ones? Test your skills with Tim Starr, looking at real mouse tissues and cells! Plus, learn how genetic mutations cause cancer, and how researchers use this information to find new cures.

University of Minnesota Building

Thursday, August 31st
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Everything You Need to Know about Sunscreen

Recent evidence shows people do not use sunscreen correctly, such as using too little, not rubbing it in properly, or not reapplying enough (or at all). Join DeAnn Lazovich and Ingrid Polcari in discussing the proper techniques and tips for applying sunscreen. Learn what ingredients to look for and how to protect yourself from the sun while still enjoying summer in Minnesota.

U of M Central Building

Thursday, August 31st
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Recent evidence shows people do not use sunscreen correctly, such as using too little, not rubbing it in properly, or not reapplying enough (or at all). Join DeAnn Lazovich and Ingrid Polcari in discussing the proper techniques and tips for applying sunscreen. Learn what ingredients to look for and how to protect yourself from the sun while still enjoying summer in Minnesota.

Ask the Expert: Future of cancer treatment

When is the best time to get a second opinion? How likely is it that we will find a cure for cancer? Join Emil Lou and Kaylee Schwertfeger for an engaging Q&A with leading cancer experts from University of Minnesota Health and Masonic Cancer Center.

U of M Central Building

Thursday, August 31st
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A vaccine to prevent cancer? Yes.

You protect your kids from the flu, why not cancer? Learn how the HPV vaccine can prevent cervical cancer. Ask our gynecologic cancer expert, Deanna Teoh, questions about the vaccine, screening recommendations and other symptoms and advancements in caring for women with ovarian, uterine and other female reproductive cancers.

U of M Central Building

Thursday, August 31st
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Ask the Experts: Breast Cancer

This informative presentation will address misconceptions around breast cancer & family history to help women understand if she is at a higher risk for breast cancer. Talk with Todd Tuttle and Sarah Mets about the latest in breast cancer treatments and the future of breast cancer care!

U of M Central Building

Thursday, August 31st
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Research Study: Sun's Out, Thumbs Out!

The thumb is what makes the human hand so unique and useful, but how far it can normally reach/stretch away from the hand is not known. Occupational therapists and hand surgeons need to know these values to set goals and evaluate the success of their treatment for people with hand weakness. Talk with Leah Johnson and measure your hand to better understand thumbs!

Driven to Discover Building

Friday, September
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.