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U of M to showcase medical device research, health sciences at State Fair Thursday, Aug. 30

August 29, 2012

The University of Minnesota has a busy schedule planned at the State Fair for Thursday, Aug. 30, highlighting the future of medical device research and more from the health sciences inside the U’s main building.

Fairgoers are invited to visit the U’s main building and stage, located at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, university research, education and outreach will be showcased in seven other locations throughout the fairgrounds, such as the 4-H Building, Miracle of Birth Center and Agriculture Horticulture Building.

Thursday’s stage and booth highlights include:

On the U of M stage
10 a.m. U of M Alumni Band
10:30 a.m. Women’s Hockey
11 a.m. Women’s Gymnastics
11:30 a.m. Men’s Gymnastics
12 p.m. Track & Field
12:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball
1:15 p.m. Rowing
1:45 p.m. Women’s Tennis
2:15 p.m. Wrestling
2:45 p.m. Men’s Tennis
3:15 p.m. Men’s Golf
3:45 p.m. U of M Alumni Band
5 p.m. Medical Devices

Inside the U of M Building

College of Science & Engineering and the Academic Health Center

Medical Devices Center
Come see the future of medical device research at the U, talk with experts and find out more about the designing, prototyping and testing of new medical devices. This display will include body part models, prototyped parts and devices, a visible heart demonstration and interaction with 3D anatomical models. The Medical Devices Center, the Visible Heart Lab and Minnesota Supercomputing Institute will be on-site throughout the day.

Academic Health Center

College of Pharmacy (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Ever wonder what kinds of questions you should be asking your pharmacist? Take part in a Medication Therapy Quiz to determine your pharmacy literacy. Stop by to learn more about one of the country's top pharmacy schools, with campuses in Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Medical School’s Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (3 to 9 p.m.)
Visit this interactive exhibit to have an electrocardiogram (EKG) taken, measuring the electrical activity that is generated by the heart. Meet with U faculty to learn more about the anatomy of the heart. The department’s research centers on integrative systems biology of the heart and vasculature, including the close linkages among cardiovascular diseases and obesity, diabetes and metabolism at the whole animal level.

For a complete schedule of stage and booth programs and more information on the U’s state fair presence and activities, visit


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