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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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Amos Deinard Honored for Contributions to Public Health Dentistry

November 20, 2015

Dr. Amos Deinard, Jr., a pediatrician on the faculty of the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from the American Public Health Association – in dentistry. Dr. Deinard is the first non-oral health practitioner to ever receive this award. In the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Deinard is quoted as saying, "I want to see the goal met of every Minnesota child getting oral health care from his or her primary provider, no matter what their financial situation," noting that "doctors and dentists must work together." Deinard is one of three funders for the Consortium's annual Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine; fittingly, this year's topic is how to reduce health disparities. To learn more and register, click here.  

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Life Science Alley Offers Intellectual Property for Biotech Seminar

November 17, 2015

On Thursday, Dec. 3, Life Science Alley is hosting a session during which three attorneys will explain the basics of patent and FDA regulatory application processes; identify key intersection points between patent application and FDA regulatory processes; and outline practical workforce tools for successful product development. The presenters, from Faegre Baker Daniels, have expertise in patent prosecution and litigation, especially regarding the life sciences and food/agriculture. The University of Minnesota is a sustaining member of Life Science Alley, so students, faculty, and staff receive the member discount on registration and can attend members-only events. Click here to register

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Football Concussion Safety Guidance Inadequate, Say Two U Professors

November 11, 2015

A forthcoming editorial in the January, 2016 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics (already posted online) responds to recent football safety recommendations for children and teens from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Dr. Steven Miles of Consortium member the Center for Bioethics, and Dr. Shailendra Prasad, who specializes in family medicine and community health, co-authored the commentary, which states that the AAP guidelines don't go far enough. They cite increased understanding of the dangers of concussion, especially for young people who are more susceptible than adults to long-term damage from head trauma. Miles and Prasad conclude by calling on "the medical community [to] help students, schools and society leave a sport on which the sun is setting." 

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