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Thursday, November 6, 2014
Annual Conference: "Should We Offer Genomic Results to a Research Participant's Family, Including After Death?"

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8:30am-5:00pm, Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey Center
More information including registration here

Friday, November 14, 2014
Henrietta Lacks’s Legacy: A Conversation with the Lacks Family & Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

CONSORTIUM The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks9:45am-11:30am, Carlson Family Stage, Northrup Auditorium
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics
Moderator: Susan M. Wolf, JD, McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy     

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

CONSORTIUM Michelle Mello11:30am-1:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union Theater
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, Northrup Auditorium
Prof. Heidi Rehm, PhD, FACMG (Harvard Medical School)
Click here for more information.


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
Prof. Rex Chisholm, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Click here for more information.

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, Northrup Auditorium
Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD (Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control)
Click here for more information.


CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm discusses Ebola outbreak on national news

CONSORTIUM Michael Osterholm (8.15.14) Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, continues to be featured on the news in regards to the Ebola outbreak. He was recently interviewed by MSNBC and also wrote an editorial for The Washington Post.


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 Research Associate Awarded Borman Fellowship from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Rebecca Boxhorn avatar(8.12.14) Rebecca Branum, JD, who has served for the past two years as the Consortium’s Postdoctoral Research Associate, has been awarded the inaugural Marvin Borman Public Service and Community Engagement Fellowship to help support her studies at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Borman Fellowship honors Marvin Borman, a Minneapolis civic leader, by funding and recognizing students demonstrating commitment to service and community in the Twin Cities and beyond. Ms. Branum graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2012. Beginning in Fall ’14, she will pursue a public policy graduate degree at the Humphrey School, focusing on regulation and governmental relations in health, privacy, and information technology. As a Research Associate, Ms. Branum has collaborated with Consortium Chair Susan Wolf, JD, on a number of projects, including an NIH/NCI/NHGRI-funded research project on “Disclosing Genomic Incidental Findings in a Cancer Biobank: An ELSI Experiment.”

Center for Bioethics to Host Seminar on Physician-Assisted Suicide in Vermont

CONSORTIUM doctor patient(7.25.14) On September 12, the Center for Bioethics will host Vermont Senator Claire Ayer to present on the topic “Physician Aid in Dying Through Legislation: the Vermont Experience.” Seminars are held in 3-100 Mayo from 12:15 to 1:30 pm. For more information on the Center for Bioethics Seminar series, please click here.


Stem Cell Institute Sponsors Cardiovascular Engineering Meeting

CONSORTIUM medical tubes lab(7.25.14) On October 12, the Stem Cell Institute, along with Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will host and sponsor a Cardiovascular Engineering Symposium entitled “The Heart of the Matter: Where Stem Cells and Engineering Meet.” For more information and to register, click here.

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, and the Life Sciences’ nanotechnology research here.

Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Michael Roizen to Speak at September Wellbeing Lecture

CONSORTIUM Dr. Michael Roizen(7.10.2014) The Center for Spirituality and Healing has invited Dr. Michael Roizen of the Cleveland Clinic to speak on “Lessons Learned from the Cleveland Clinic: Achieving Wellbeing and Bending the Cost Curve.” Dr. Roizen will speak on how the Cleveland Clinic managed to change its culture to achieve large weight loss, and measurable decreases in employee smoking rates, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Read more about Dr. Roizen’s lecture and get tickets for the September 11th event at Coffman Memorial Union.

Center for Cognitive Sciences member’s research highlighted in national news

CONSORTIUM brain graphic(6.26.14) Dr. A. David Redish and Adam Steiner’s recent article, “Behavioral and Neurphysiological Correlates of Regret in Rat Decision-Making on a Neuroeconomic Task” has been covered widely by national science press. Their research shows that, like humans, rats feel regret following poor choices and missed opportunities. Read the Star Tribune’s coverage of Dr. Redish’s groundbreaking research here.

Consortium members co-sponsor conference on community-engaged research

CONSORTIUM smiling group graphic(6.26.14) The Center for Bioethics, Center for Spirituality and Healing, and Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Institute are co-sponsoring a conference on community-engaged research entitled “What Went Wrong? Reflecting and Learning from Community Engaged Research.” The Conference will occur on July 11-12. For more information and to register, click here.

National Center for Food Protection and Defense responds to proposed FDA rule on intentional adulteration

CONSORTIUM field graphic(6.26.14) In response to the FDA’s proposed rules on intentional adulteration of food, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense has submitted comments encouraging the FDA to include protections against fraud and crimes committed by disgruntled employees. For the National Center for Food Protection and Defense’s full comments, please click here.

OVPR launches new blog, Inquiry

CONSORTIUM microscope graphic(6.26.14) The Office for the Vice President of Research has launched a new blog, Inquiry, to document the impact of research at the University of Minnesota. For the latest news in University research, check out Inquiry today.

Lewis Gilbert named interim director of Institute on the Environment

CONSORTIUM Gilbert Lewis(6.9.14) Vice President for Research Brian Herman has appointed Lewis E. Gilbert the Interim Director of the Institute on the Environment. Gilbert brings to bear his experience as an architect of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Vice President Herman has also appointed a consultative committee to put forth recommendations and strategy for the Institute. For more information on the Institute’s leadership transition, please click here.


Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute co-sponsors food access summit

CONSORTIUM field workers(6.9.14) The University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is co-sponsoring Food Access Summit 2014: Organize for Equality at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. The summit will take place on October 29-30 and aims to provide policy tools, traning, and action-oriented ideas to support food system equality. For more information on the Summit, please click here.

MPGI 5th annual fall symposium on epigenetic inheritance open for registration

CONSORTIUM spyglass dnaThe University of Minnesota Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute will hold its fifth annual Fall Symposium on August 27, 2014. The Symposium, entitled “Beyond Genomes: Epigenetic Inheritance” will be hosted by MPGI Director Nathan Springer and will address epigenetic inheritance in several eukaryotic species. For more information and to register, please click here.

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Recent Consortium Publications

Addressing the ethical challenges in genetic testing and sequencing of children.
Am J Bioethics 2014
Ellen Wright Clayton et al.

Return of individual research results and incidental findings
Ann Rev Genom Hum
Genet 2013
Susan M. Wolf

From Our Members

♦ Publications

Epigenetic and Genetic Influences on DNA Methylation Variation in Maize Populations
Plant Cell
Nathan Springer, et al.
Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute

Association between celiac disease and iron deficiency in caucasians, but not non-caucasians
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Kenneth Beckman, et al.
University of Minnesota Genomics Center

Agriculture in the Global Economy
J. Economic Perspectives 2014
J. Alston & P. Pardey



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