U of MN Pharmacist on Price Hikes for Prescription Drugs

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Chart showing shadow pricing data from Symphony Health Solutions via Bloomberg Business

Today's Bloomberg Business quotes Stephen Schondelmeyer, a doctor of pharmacy and economist at the University of Minnesota, discussing the phenomenon of "shadow pricing." When supposedly competing pharmaceutical companies change their prices in tandem consumers pay higher prices. Schondelmeyer says branded prescription drugs “are basically not a competitive market,” when it comes to prices.

Registration Opens for Precision Medicine Symposium, June 8

Monday, May 4, 2015
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The University of Minnesota's Precision Medicine and Health Consortium (PMHC) invites all faculty and graduate students to participate in a full-day symposium featuring leading informatics experts from the pharmaceutical industry, Vanderbilt’s Medical Informatics team, and University of Minnesota researchers and practitioners.


For a full agenda, list of speakers and to register, click here. Registration closes on May 27, 2015.


The program is jointly sponsored by PMHC, the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), the Academic Health Center (AHC), the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy, and the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. 

Resisting the Tide of Health News "Dreck"

Friday, May 1, 2015
Gary Schwitzer

A Minnesota-based website dedicated to improving news coverage of health has been relaunched under the auspices of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health. Health News Review was founded nine years ago by Gary Schwitzer, former head of the medical news unit at CNN and founding editor-in-chief of the Mayo Clinic's consumer health website. More than three dozen experts from around the country evaluate news articles and press releases using a 10-point scale developed by the Health News Review staff. In this MinnPost interview, Schwitzer describes "red flags" consumers need to look for in healthcare media coverage. 

Save the Dates! Announcing our 2015-16 Lectures

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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We're pleased to announce next year's lectures, featuring leading scholars discussing fascinating topics. Event registration isn't yet open, but if you want to get a notification when it is, please sign up here.




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 Auditorium


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 and Center for Bioethics. Support for the series comes from the Deinard family and the law firm of Stinson Leonard Street.

CIDRAP Study Targets Source of H5N2 Influenza

Monday, April 27, 2015
Domestic turkey

More than 5.3 million birds have been destroyed in an effort to control the virulent H5N2 avian flu, more than 2.6 million in Minnesota alone. The University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) is working with researchers at the state and federal level to determine how the virus is entering poultry barns. An article in Business Insider describes those efforts, as well as the focus on improving protections for farm workers. 


Intramural Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota graduate and professional students who were awarded research funds through our 2014-15 grant progam. Learn more here.

Consortium Updates

Muin Khoury of the CDC Discusses Public Health Genomics

On April 16, 2015, the Consortium hosted the final event in the 2014-15 Lecture Series on Law, Health & the Life Sciences. An overflow crowd of researchers, physicians, pharmacologists, informaticists, genetic counselors and others had the opportunity to hear about work being led by Dr. Muin Khoury of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Cancer Institute to fulfill the promise of genomic medicine across large populations. Dr. Douglas Yee of the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center provided commentary from the perspective of as a practicing physician who also conducts research and leads a major cancer center. A video of the lecture will be posted on this website; please check back.


Rex Chisholm on Using EHRs in Genomic Research 

On March 12, 2015, Prof. Rex Chisholm of Northwestern University and the eMERGE Network shared results of more than a decade of research using data collected in Electronic Health Records (EHRs). He explained some representative discoveries made through analyzing the data and how that information has been translated into the clinical setting to help improve patient care. Prof. Pamala Jacobson of the Institute of Personalized Medicine at the U of M provided commentary, describing the way mobile and wearable devices will both improve data collection and present new privacy challenges. Watch a video of the lecture here.