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September 2013: Dr. Tim Laske presented an abstract at the International Conference of Bear Research and Managment, Human Cardiac Monitoring Technologies help Advance Understanding of Free-ranging American Black Bears Timothy G. Laske, David L. Garshelis, Karen V. Noyce, Mark A. Ditmer, Henry J. Harlow, Paul A. Iaizzo
February 2013: Recently published article, Wound healing during hibernation by black bears (Ursus americanus) in the wild: elicitation of reduced scar formation, was chosen by Integrative Zoology as a 2012 board pick.
February 27, 2012: David Garshelis received the Harry Messel Award for Conservation Leadership, in recognition of his work on global bear conservation. The award was presented by Simon Stuart, chair of the Special Survival Commission, at the IUCN meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on February 27, 2012.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conducts research on the Minnesota black bear in order to better understand the bear population, behavior, and research conservation. This research is vital to the black bear population in Minnesota. The Minnesota DNR has graciously allowed researchers from the University of Minnesota's Visible Heart Laboratory and Medtronic Inc. to accompany them in the field to gather additional information. The goal of the Visible Heart Lab's research is to develop an understanding of the behaviors and physiological parameters of these amazing animals and develop translational applications to human medicine.