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- Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio)
- BioTechnology Institute
- Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuropharmacology
- Center for Cognitive Sciences
- Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain
- Masonic Cancer Center
- Stem Cell Institute
- Strategic Partnerships and Research Collaborative (SPARC)
Consortium Chair Susan Wolf has been appointed to the new Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Academies website reports that the council is tasked with “identifying, anticipating and prioritizing key challenges to research ethics, integrity and trustworthiness; articulating principles, policies and best practices to address them; catalyzing progress by coordinating collaborative action; and breaking barriers where needed to accelerate solutions, be they conceptual, technological, cultural, or procedural.” Wolf is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Regents Professor, and McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy. Find out more about the Strategic Council on the National Academies website and the Law School website.
Profs. Francis Shen, Susan Wolf, and co-authors recently published “Emerging ethical issues raised by highly portable MRI research in remote and resource-limited international settings,” in NeuroImage. Preparation of this article was supported by an NIH Bioethics Supplement. The authors argue that field-based international research with new, more portable MRI technology can expand the inclusion of underrepresented populations and advance understanding of brain development and disorders, but must address key ethical, legal, and societal challenges. Conducting this research in low- and middle-income countries requires collaboration with and benefit to local communities and research participants throughout the process. Prof. Shen is an affiliate faculty member of the Consortium, and Prof. Wolf chairs the Consortium. Co-authors include Prof. Damein Fair, co-director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, a Consortium member center, as well as Profs. Michael Garwood, Monica Luciana, Kelvin Lim, Jed Elison, and Kendrick Kay from the University of Minnesota and U.S. as well as international collaborators. Read the article on the NeuroImage website.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently granted Consortium Chair Susan Wolf the highest level of recognition given to University faculty by naming her a Regents Professor. Prof. Wolf is an internationally recognized scholar in law, biomedicine, and bioethics. Her groundbreaking work has addressed issues including patients’ rights and health care, research with human participants, developing biomedical technologies for the public good, and equity in genomics and precision medicine. “All of my work is interdisciplinary and collaborative. I’m deeply grateful to colleagues in the Consortium, in the Law School and Medical School, across the U, and beyond.” Read the Law School’s announcement on their website and read more about Prof. Wolf on the University’s Awards and Honors website.
Researchers from the Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) warned the Food and Drug Administration in May that the U.S. agricultural supply chain was vulnerable to a cyberattack. Less than two weeks later, meat processing plants across the country were shut down due to a ransomware attack. Vulnerabilities cited by the FPDI include a lack of awareness of the cybersecurity risks facing the agricultural supply chain and a need for regulatory guidance, standards, vulnerability assessments, and education and training related to cybersecurity. The FPDI is a Consortium member center. Read an article with more information on agricultural supply chain vulnerabilities on Politico. The FPDI’s warning is available on the FDA website.