Consortium Introduction

The Consortium conducts original research, serves students and faculty, and advances public dialogue and understanding on emerging issues at the intersection of science and society.

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Latest News


Center for Animal Health and Food Safety Joins Fight Against African Swine Flu

November 19, 2020

The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) is implementing a new program focused on containing outbreaks of African Swine Flu in Vietnam. ProgRESSVet-Vietnam will provide online educational opportunities that will increase veterinary service capacity for those fighting African Swine Flu. ProgRESSVet has previously supported the veterinary workforce in Latin America and East Africa. CAHFS is a Consortium member center. Read more about their efforts in Vietnam here.

BioTech resource center

New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Established at University of Minnesota - BioMADE

November 16, 2020

The US Department of Defense has announced an $87.5 million award to create the Bioindustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE). BioMADE, a Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute, will increase nonmedical bioindustrial manufacturing capacity using microorganisms like bacteria, yeast and algae. BioMADE will share space in the new Microbial Cell Production Facility with the University’s Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), which is part of the BioTechnology Institute (BTI). As a member of the BioMADE Consortium, BTI’s long history of support for biotech innovation and partnership with industry was instrumental in securing the award. BTI is a Consortium member center. Read more here.


President-elect Biden’s Coronavirus Task Force to Include CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm

November 9, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has named a thirteen-member advisory board to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. The Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board will include Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Osterholm founded CIDRAP in 2001 and is an international authority on emerging infectious diseases. CIDRAP has been a longtime member center of the Consortium on Law and Values. Read the Biden-Harris transition announcement of the Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board here.

Healthy Foods Healthy Lives

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Accepting Planning Grant Applications

November 3, 2020

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Planning Grant Program helps support the creation of interdisciplinary faculty research teams or research partnerships between the community and the University. Funding is meant to support the preparation and submission of grant proposals for the 2021 HFHL funding cycle or equivalent University, government or private sources. Proposals must be relevant to at least one of three categories: food protection (safety); prevention of obesity and diet-related disease; or food security. Proposals are due Wednesday, November 18th and awards will be announced Friday, December 18. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is a Consortium member. Download the planning RFP here.   

Job Opening

The Consortium on Law and Values is pleased to announce a search for the position of Senior Administrative & Grants Manager. This is our lead administrative position. Please consider applying and sharing these links with those who may be interested.

COVID Controversies: Ethical Challenges in Research & Treatment - Webinar Series

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

Upcoming Events

Message from the Consortium Chair

Our Consortium is a large, interdisciplinary community, linked by work on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biomedicine and the life sciences. Across our community, this is a time of deep mourning and challenge. We face a global pandemic that has already taken too many lives. At the same time, we face the brutal murder of George Floyd here in Minneapolis and the entrenched structural racism it revealed. To learn that Mr. Floyd was burdened by COVID-19 in the weeks before his killing makes it dramatically clear that the COVID pandemic and racism are intertwined. The pandemic is starkly illuminating the long-standing health disparities in this country and persistent failure of health care and governing institutions to advance health equity and justice. The results of that failure are horrific.... Read full message 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.