When Should We All Have Our Genome Sequenced? Assessing the Public Health Implications

Dr. Muin Khoury
Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD

Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Best Buy Theater

Northrop Auditorium


Alexandra Klass Named Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Monday, March 30, 2015
Alexandra Klass

Professor Alexandra B. Klass of the Law School has been named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor—one of just five University of Minnesota faculty members to receive the distinction this year. The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes the University's "highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status… and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota." Prof. Klass is an affiliated faculty member with the Consortium. 

Major NIH Grant Will Accelerate Health Care Technologies

Friday, March 27, 2015
VP for Research Brian Herman

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $3 million to the University of Minnesota to ramp up commercialization of health care technologies. NIH picked the U as one of three new Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) nationwide. The funding, plus $3 million in matching dollars from the university, will support between 10 and 20 commercialization projects per year centered around areas such as diagnostics tools, medical devices and preventative medicine. Brian Herman, Vice President for Research, is quoted in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal about the inititiave, known as MIN-REACH -- read the entire article here

Avian Flu Outbreak Raises Questions About Disease Origins

Monday, March 23, 2015
Pintail duck

Consortium member CIDRAP (Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy) has been serving as an information hub about the recent outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenze (HPAI) in North America. Variations of the virus have been found in both domesticated and wild birds in British Columbia, Oregon, Idaho, Arkansas and Minnesota, among other locations. Researchers are striving to understand the disease's transmission pathway to improve biosecurity in the face of exotic viruses. 

Improving Tropical Land Use

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hand holding oil palm seeds

A profile in the Union of Concerned Scientists Science Network  features Institute on the Environment (IonE) postdoctoral scholar Kimberly Carlson. While studying oil palm plantation expansion in Indonesian Borneo as part of her Ph.D. work at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Carlson helped uncover the impacts of oil palm development on forest loss, carbon emissions and stream water quality. She now plans to continue documenting the dynamics and effects of agricultural land use change and to design studies that inform tropical land use policy.

2014-15 Consortium Intramural Research Grants Announced

Friday, March 13, 2015
Consortium logo

We're pleased to announce this year's successful applicants for our Intramural Research Awards. Each year the Consortium offers the opportunity for University of Minnesota graduate and professional students to submit proposals on research projects related to the societal implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. This year's grantees were selected out of 34 RFPs received. Winning topics ranged from antibiotic resistance to honeybees to maritime law and beyond. Look for the RFP for the 2015-16 grant program to be posted in November, 2015.


Intramural Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota graduate and professional students who were awarded research funds through our 2014-15 grant progam. Learn more here.

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Rex Chisholm on Using EHRs in Genomic Research 

On March 12, 2015, Prof. Rex Chisholm of Northwestern University and the eMERGE Network shared results of more than a decade of research using data collected in Electronic Health Records (EHRs). He explained some representative discoveries made through analyzing the data and how that information has been translated into the clinical setting to help improve patient care. Prof. Pamala Jacobson of the Institute of Personalized Medicine at the U of M provided commentary, describing the way mobile and wearable devices will both improve data collection and present new privacy challenges.


Prof. Heidi Rehm: Genomic Variant Interpretation

A standing-room only crowd of more than 150 attended a lecture at the Best Buy Theater in Northrop Auditorium on Feb. 12, 2015. Prof. Heidi Rehm of Harvard Medical School described efforts to build the infrastructure necessary to translate vast amounts of data about the human genome and its variants into the clinical setting. A video of the lecture, the first in a series of three Spring 2015 Lectures on Genomics, is available here.