Food Defense Conference 2016: Call for Papers

Friday, July 31, 2015
2016 Food Defense Conference logo

Consortium member the National Center for Food Protection and Defense is now accepting abstracts for speaker presentations and student posters to be presented at the 2016 Food Defense Conference. The conference will be held in Minneapolis on May 24-25, 2016; the deadline for submissions is Dec. 30, 2015. The goal of the conference is to bring together experts from around the world to create solutions that will lead to a safe and secure food supply. 

Busy Summer for U of MN Bee Squad

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Ana Heck with little girl

The University of Minnesota Bee Squad is taking advantage of the warm weather to advance their mission of fostering healthy bee populations through community outreach. An article in the Star Tribune describes how members of the Squad are partnering with Urban Ventures to involve low-income Latinas – the self-described Reinas de Miel or Honey Queens – in beekeeping. Another program, “Healthy Honey Bees and Communities,” is supported by Consortium student research funds. Its goal is to explore the practicalities of establishing community apiaries in urban areas. (Left) Children participate in an event run by grantee Ana Heck (kneeling) and others to promote better understand of the importance of bee pollination to our food system. You can view more photos and updates of the Bee Squad's activities on Facebook

U Among Leaders of New Medical Technology Coalition

Monday, July 27, 2015
Nano spaceship

A new enterprise has been launched to build on the Minnesota's leadership position in medical technology research and development. The Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership (MMMP) is made up of the University of Minnesota and other nonprofits, economic development agencies and state government organizations. According to Maura Donovan, executive director of the U’s Office of University Economic Development, “this effort is a great example of how Minnesota can identify its key industry sectors and leverage them in creative new ways to spur economic development across the state.”

"Killer Kale" Stories Not Based on Science

Friday, July 24, 2015
Bunch of kale

Recent media reports about the dangers of eating too much kale have "all the hallmarks of a bogus health scare," according to an article in Vox. The meme began in a magazine profile of a Marin County alternative medicine practitioner who claims that because kale is a "hyper-accumulator" of the naturally-occurring toxic metal thallium, it can cause alarming symptoms ranging from neurological disorders to arrhythmias to digestive troubles. The story was picked up by outlets like Mother Jones, Women's Health and Cosmopolitan despite its questionable scientific basis. To throw cold water on concerns about "killer kale," Vox quotes William Toscanodirector of Consortium member the Center for Environment & Health Policy: "Causality would be difficult to show because diseases are complex and probably have multiple causes including genetic and epigenetic involvement."

CTSI Researchers Collaborate with Industry to Develop New Cancer Treatments

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Diagram of how cancer cells multiply

Jeffrey Miller, MD, and Dan Kaufman, MD, will be working with Fate Therapeutics to harness the ability of natural killer (NK) cells to detect and destroy malignant cells. Miller and Kaufman are on the faculty of Consortium member the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and Miller also serves as deputy director of CTSI and of the Masonic Cancer Center. NK cells show promise in fighting tumors, but so far isolating and generating clinically relevant quantities has been challenging. 


Save the Dates! Announcing our 2015-16 Lectures

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Lecture Series on Microbiome Research & Microbiota Therapeutics

  • Prof. Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, PhD

New York University School of Medicine, Human Microbiome Program

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, 11:30-1

Best Buy Theater, 4th floor, Northrop


  • Dr. Stacy A. Kahn, MD

University of Chicago School of Medicine, Comer Children’s Hospital

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 11:30-1

Mississippi Room, Coffman Union


  • Prof. Diane Hoffmann, JD

Director, Law and Health Care Program, University of Maryland Law School

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 11:30-1

Mississippi Room, Coffman Union

Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute and Microbiota Therapeutics Program

Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine: Health Care Disparities

  • Prof. Sidney Watson, JD

St. Louis University School of Law

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 11:30-1

Coffman Memorial Union Theater

Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology andCenter for Bioethics. Support for the series comes from the Deinard family and the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street.

Consortium Updates

Videos of 2014-15 Consortium events now available

We're pleased to announce that videos of the following events are now available online:


Lecture Series on Genomics and Informatics


Annual Conference: Should We Offer Genomic Results to a Research Participant’s Family, Including After Death?