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

AHCCONSORTIUM conf 2014 graphic helixThe tension between individual rights and family interests is a growing problem in genomic research. This conference will present the first consensus recommendations on sharing individual research results and incidental findings with family members. These recommendations grow out of a multi-year grant project funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and conducted collaboratively at the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and University of California, San Francisco.

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

CONSORTIUM The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 300pixMonday, November 10, 2014
A Conversation with Author Rebecca Skloot

7:30 pm, Ted Mann Concert Hall
Free and open to the public
The College of Education and Human Development presents the author of the New York Times best-seller "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics
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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)

9:45am-11:30am, Carlson Family Stage, Northrop Auditorium
Moderator: Susan M. Wolf, JD (McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy)
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics

Free and open to the public.
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Thursday, December 4, 2014
Deinard Memorial Lecture: "New Directions in Medical Malpractice Reform"

CONSORTIUM Michelle Mello11:30am-1:00pm, Coffman Memorial Union Theater
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 
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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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Prof. Wolf presents at NIH meeting on human genomics

Avatar - Susan Wolf(10.10.2014) Prof. Susan M. Wolf made two presentations at an NIH meeting of the Clinical Sequencing Exploratory Research (CSER) Consortium in Bethesda, MD, on Oct. 8-9. She first presented on the law governing access to an individual’s genomic results. This was part of a panel that she was asked to organize with Prof. Ellen Clayton, MD, JD (Vanderbilt University) addressing the law of human genomics. Prof. Wolf later presented on family access to an individual’s genomic results after their death. This is the focus of a current NIH-funded project that Prof. Wolf is leading with Profs. Gloria Petersen (Mayo Clinic) and Barbara Koenig (UCSF). For more on that project, visit

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.


National Center for Food Protection and Defense Fights Food Terrorism

(9.15.14) Director Amy Kircher of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense was interviewed about the work the U of M-based lab does to keep our food supply safe.

Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute names new director

CONSORTIUM Jeffrey Gralnick(9.12.14) Dr. Jeff Gralnick has been named the new director of the MPGI. He began his three-year term this month.



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.


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 & the Life Sciences’ nanotechnology research 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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