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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Deinard Memorial Lecture: "New Directions in Medical Malpractice Reform"

CONSORTIUM Michelle Mello11:30am-1:00pm, Johnson Great Room, McNamara Alumni Center (note change of location)
Free and open to the public.
Prof. Michelle Mello, JD, PhD (Stanford Law School and Medical School)
Commentator: Prof. Jon B. Christianson, PhD 
(School of Public Health, University of Minnesota)
Co-sponsored by the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology and the Center for Bioethics 
Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Spring Lecture Series on Genomics: "Genomic Variant Interpretation: The Good, the Bad, and the Uncertain"

CONSORTIUM Heidi Rehm11:30am-1pm, Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
Free and open to the public.
Prof. Heidi Rehm, PhD, FACMG (Harvard Medical School)
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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Spring Lecture Series on Genomics: "Progress Toward Personalized Medicine & the Challenges of Integrating Genomics into Electronic Health Records"

CONSORTIUM Rex Chisholm11:30am-1pm
Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union
Free and open to the public.
Prof. Rex Chisholm, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Spring Lecture Series on Genomics: "When Should We All Have Our Genome Sequenced? Assessing the Public Health Implications"

CONSORTIUM Muin Khoury11:30am-1pm
Best Buy Theater, Northrop Auditorium
Free and open to the public.
Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD (Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control)
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AHCCSH2 - Image - 180x222 - People - Mary Jo Kreitzer(11.20.14) Global Advances in Health and Medicine today announced the appointment of Mary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN, FAAN and Robert Saper, MD, MPH, as the journal's new co-editors-in-chief, forming the first interdisciplinary leadership team for the journal. Dr. Kreitzer is founder and director of the U of M's Center for Spirituality & Healing, one the Consortium's member centers.

Prof. Susan M. Wolf presents at the Westgate Pediatric Ethics Forum

(11.4.2014) On Nov. 14, 2014, Consortium chair Susan M. Wolf, JD, will discuss some of the ethical controversies in genetic testing for children. She will be joined by Holly Tabor, PhD, of Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington, who is also co-founder of My46. Case examples and discussion presented by the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Genetics Clinic. This event is free and open to the public.

Ethics and Genetic Testing of Children – Who Gets to Know What, When and Why
Friday, Nov. 14, 12-4 p.m
Children’s Hospital Minneapolis Education Center
2525 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Stem Cell Institute Director honored by Pearl Jam lead singer

CONSORTIUM Vedder Tolar epidermolysis bullosa(10.20.14) Dr. Jakub Tolar was honored by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, during a concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Sunday, Oct. 19. Dr. Tolar leads research at the University of Minnesota related to rare genetic disorders, including epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Vedder co-founded the non-profit EB Research Partnership, which raises funds to help find a cure. While in the Twin Cities Vedder and Stone Gossard, another band member, were given a tour of the university's facilities and met University president Eric Kaler.

Michael Osterholm Awarded McKnight Presidential Chair in Public Health

CONSORTIUM Michael Osterholm

(10.7.2014) University President Eric Kaler has given one of the University’s highest faculty honors to Michael Osterholm. In addition to being a professor in the School of Public Health and a go-to media analyst on Ebola, MERS and other public health threats, Osterholm is director of one of the Consortium's member centers, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Grant Program

(9.30.14) The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute has released its fall RFP for the Community-University Partnership Grant Program to fund innovative, community-University partnerships that utilize community-engaged research strategies. HFHL is also calling for Letters of Interest for the Faculty Planning Grant Program, designed to fund the development of food, nutrition, and health-related interdisciplinary faculty research teams. Applications are due Friday, November 14. Learn more and apply.

Frontiers in the Environment lecture series kicks off

CONSORTIUM Frontiers in the Environment graphic(9.24.14) The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment (IonE) is launching its 2014 lecture series, providing lively conversations about “Big Questions” posed by the IonE community.


Michael Georgieff honored with award from the American Academy of Pediatrics

CONSORTIUM Michael Georgieff Sept 2014(9.9.14) Michael Georgieff, Director of the Center for Neurobehavioral Development, was awarded the Samuel J. Fomon Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The award is given to individuals for outstanding research achievement relating to the nutrition of infants and children.


BioTechnology Institute professor Dan Knights awarded $1M Partnership Grant

CONSORTIUM Dan Knights(8.15.14) BTI Assistant Professor Dan Knights and his collaborator at Mayo Clinic, Purna Kashyap, have been awarded a two-year grant from the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics for $976,896. The goals of their project are to understand the role of gut microbes in irritable bowel syndrome, and to develop approaches for shifting the gut microbiomes of patients toward a healthier state.


Consortium to Lead Analysis on Law and Ethics of DNA Nanotechnology

CONSORTIUM DNA nanotechnology(7.10.14) Prof. Susan Wolf has received funding to analyze the ethical, legal, and social implications of DNA nanotechnology as part of a newly funded Mn-DRIVE project on “DNA Nanotechnology: Developing and Analyzing a New Tool for Sensing and Targeting Disease.” This project, led by Prof. Efie Kokkoli and joined by Co-PIs Karen Ashe, Scott McIvor, Walter Low, Ted Labuza, and Susan Wolf will explore the implications of technology that combines DNA with nanostructures to treat disease and detect allergens. Read more about the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences’ nanotechnology research here.

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Intramural Research Awards

Click here to read about our awards. Proposals are due Feb. 16, 2015.

Consortium Updates

Henrietta Lacks' Legacy

Several hundred members of the university community came to Northrop Auditorium on Nov. 14 for a lively conversation with members of the Lacks family and Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. The event was moderated by Consortium director Susan M. Wolf. To learn more about the ongoing significance of HeLa cells, check out this Health Talk interview with Debra DeBruin, director of the Center for Bioethics, one of the Consortium's member centers.

Family Genomics Conference

Check out news coverage of our Annual Conference, held Nov. 6, 2014:

• "Genomic research stirs privacy debate," Minneapolis Star Tribune
• "Health, privacy: A tricky balance," Minnesota Daily

And listen to Science Friday on Fri., Nov. 28 to hear Ira Flatow interview Consortium chair Susan M. Wolf, JD and conference participant Robert C. Green, MD, MPH of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School about the conference and their ongoing research.

Videos of the 2014 conference sessions can be accessed after Nov. 18, 2014.





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