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Latest News

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Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain Opens Doors to New Facility

November 8, 2021

The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) opened the doors of its new facility on November 1, 2021. The new facility is located on a 10.2 acre property that features event and conference spaces, accessible playgrounds, and walking trails, all of which supplement its cutting-edge brain assessment research and outpatient clinics. MIDB takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding brain development and how and when interventions can be most effective. MIDB is co-directed by Damien Fair, PA-C, PhD, and Michael Georgieff, MD, and is a Consortium member center. Read about MIDB (and take a virtual tour of the new facility) on the MIDB website and the MPR news website.

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Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain Receives Funding to Address Autism Disparities

October 27, 2021

Researchers at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) have received a $600,000 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a 3-year project to improve access to diagnostic evaluation for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Families in rural and linguistically or culturally diverse areas often face barriers to ASD evaluation for their children. Delays in diagnosis and intervention can lead to health disparities. Researchers will evaluate telehealth-based evaluation and remotely delivered Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention. The principal investigator is Jessica Simacek, PhD. MIDB is a Consortium member center. Read more on the MIDB website.

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New Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center to be based at the Institute on the Environment

October 14, 2021

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) will host the Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC), a consortium of higher education and natural resource institutions that will seek to advance actionable science meant to address the climate crisis affecting Midwestern ecosystems. The Midwest CASC is the ninth CASC program established by U.S. Geological Survey and will work closely with federal, state, and Tribal entities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The cooperative agreement is for five years and will include $4.5 million in operational funding. IonE is a Consortium member center; read more about the Midwest CASC on the IonE website


Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Planning Grant Program Accepting Proposals

October 11, 2021

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Planning Grant Program provides funding meant to establish interdisciplinary faculty research teams or community-university research partnerships related to food, nutrition, and health. Grant funding will range from $5,000 to $10,000 for one year; higher levels of funding will be considered if very strong justification is provided. Grant proposals are due November 17, 2021, and awards will be announced December 17, 2021. Healthy Foods, Healthy lives is a Consortium member center. Read more on their website

Annual Research Ethics Day Webinar

COVID-19 Resources: Ethical, Legal & Social Implications

The COVID-19 pandemic is posing profound ethical, legal, and social challenges. The Consortium is compiling relevant resources offered by our member centers and by other organizations to help researchers, clinicians, legal professionals, students, and communities navigate these challenges. View COVID-19 resources here

LawSeqSM Database

Use the LawSeqSM Database to search the law of genomics in the U.S. – both federal and state law. The Database also offers a Bibliography collecting relevant secondary sources. The goal of the LawSeqSM project is to map and shape the law of genomics to build a solid foundation for clinical integration. Creation of this unique resource was funded by a grant from NIH.