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Thursday, February 12, 2015
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
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
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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Susan M. Wolf to deliver the annual McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award Lecture

CONSORTIUM Indiana University Logo(1.27.15) Consortium chair Susan M. Wolf will deliver the annual McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award Lecture on Feb. 20, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The lecture and award are co-sponsored by the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, also part of Indiana University. This recognition brings leading scholars and policy makers in the fields of law and medicine to the Indianapolis campus for the benefit of students, faculty, the bar and the medical community. Prof. Wolf's lecture is titled "The Challenge of Creating Rules for Translational Science: Return of Results & Incidental Findings in Genomics."

Institute on the Environment Fellows Address Grand Global Challenges

CONSORTIUM basket of food(1.21.15) The Institute on the Environment (IonE) has launched a new interview series featuring its nearly 70 resident fellows. Fellows are faculty with appointments throughout the U of M who exemplify IonE's signature interdisciplinary approach to discovering solutions to Earth's most pressing environmental problems. See the most recent featured fellows.

ASME 4th Annual Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology to be held in Minneapolis

CONSORTIUM NEMB2015 conference graphicFrom April 19-22, more than 300 nanotechnology users and developers will attend the 2015 NEMB Congress. This year's meeting will focus on nanotechnology for addressing fundamental challenges in biology and medicine with particular focus on detection, imaging, modeling and treatment of disease. Consortium chair Susan M. Wolf will deliver a plenary talk at the conference.

Researchers discover surprising versatility in bacteria that derive energy from metals

(1.5.15) A new discovery by researchers at the University of Minnesota's BioTechology Institute shows how a friendly microbe known as Geobacter is able to thrive in a wide range of environments and emerging biotech applications.The research results were published this month in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, and suggest new ways of using bacteria to remotely detect specific metals, monitor underground chemical cleanup, and power devices using electricity-producing microbes.

Food Policy Research Center releases latest Issue Brief

(12.15.14) The Food Policy Research Center (FPRC) released a new issue brief, "The Likelihood of Disease Spread from Humans to Livestock through Animal Feed Manufacturing" on their new website. The FPRC is a grant-funded effort coordinated by the Center for Animal Health & Food Safety, one of the Consortium's member centers.

Steven Miles responds to the U.S. Senate Torture Report

S_Miles_photo_Oct_2013(12.10.14) Dr. Steven H. Miles of the Center for Bioethics responded today to the long-awaited "Senate Select Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program." In an opinion article published in MinnPost, Miles identifies gaps in the report and lays out the necessary steps to begin restoring the rule of law.  

Mary Jo Kreitzer appointed Co-editor in Chief of International Journal

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.

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.

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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Consortium Updates

Malpractice Reform Lecture

This year's Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine was held on Dec. 4, 2014. Attorneys, health care providers, policymakers and community members gathered to hear Prof. Michelle Mello, JD, PhD (Stanford University) share the results of her ongoing research into how to build a better medical liability system. Prof. Jon B. Christianson, PhD (University of Minnesota) provided a commentary.

Family Genomics Conference

Check out videos of the 2014 conference sessions and news coverage of our Annual Conference, held Nov. 6, 2014:

• "Genetic privacy: Who should know what your tests reveal?" The Daily Circuit, Minnesota Public Radio
• "Does Your Genome Belong to Your Family?" Science Friday
• "Genomic research stirs privacy debate," Minneapolis Star Tribune
• "Health, privacy: A tricky balance," Minnesota Daily

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 chair 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.




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