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- Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio)
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- Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology
- Center for Cognitive Sciences
- Center for Neurobehavioral Development
- Masonic Cancer Center
- Stem Cell Institute
- Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC)
Prof. Stephen Thomas, PhD, Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, spoke to CIDRAP News about efforts to increase COVID vaccination uptake in the African American community. Read the full article here. Dr. Thomas will be a featured speaker at “Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency,” the Consortium’s annual research ethics webinar. The webinar takes place Wednesday, March 3 from 9:00am - 1:30pm Central time. Register now to attend.
Scientists at the University of Minnesota Genomics Center are analyzing wastewater samples in an effort to track the spread of COVID variants. This gives scientists and policy-makers another tool to track the spread COVID variants, in addition to clinical testing. The Star Tribune reports, “Kenny Beckman, director of the U Genomics Center, said a long-term goal is to develop a way to rule out the presence of newer strains.” The Genomics Center is a Consortium member center. Read more about their efforts here.
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, recently spoke to the New York Times about racial disparities in the health system, vaccine hesitancy, structural barriers to administering vaccines, and her role in the Biden-Harris administration. Read the full article here. Dr. Nunez-Smith will be a featured speaker for “Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency,” the Consortium’s annual research ethics webinar. The webinar takes place Wednesday, March 3 from 9:00am - 1:30pm Central time (NOTE: Dr. Nunez-Smith will no longer be able to join us. Please see the conference webpage for more details). Register now to attend.
The March of Dimes recently announced Prof. Michael Georgieff as the recipient of the 2020 Agnes Higgins Award. This award is given for “distinguished achievement in research, education or clinical services in the field of maternal-fetal nutrition.” Prof. Georgieff was recognized for his research on how iron deficiency in early life can cause lasting neurobehavioral effects. Prof. Gerogieff is co-Director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, and a longtime member of the Consortium’s Executive Committee. Read more about Prof. Georgieff’s award here.