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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Osterholm advocates for protecting health care workers in fight against coronavirus

February 14, 2020

A Washington Post article by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker states that, "Of all our endless wars, the most protracted is our war against dangerous microbes, of which the covid-19 coronavirus is the latest battle. Just as we honor our fallen warriors on the battlefield, we should honor 34-year-old Li Wenliang, the Wuhan physician who died of the disease last week after defying Chinese authorities by trying to get the word out about the growing outbreak." Dr. Osterholm is Director of CIDRAP, a Consortium member center. Read more. 

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The Power and Perils of Research Data: Generating, Storing, and Sharing Data Responsibly

February 6, 2020

Register now for the 2020 Research Ethics Conference. Hear from top national experts on the legal, bioethical, and policy issues in research with all data types – issues in data collection, analysis to ensure replicability, storage, and sharing. Join us to consider data ethics, communication, and digital privacy. Local experts will also analyze the challenges of responsibly using big data and ethical use of data in health-related research, including consent, confidentiality, and sensitivity to participant concerns. Read More.

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Welcoming New Director of Strategic Communications & Outreach

January 24, 2020

The Consortium of Law and Values is pleased to welcome Matt Tveter as our new Director of Strategic Communication and Outreach. Matt holds a master’s degree in Strategic Communication from the University’s Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication. He brings 15 years of experience in strategic planning, customer research, communications, and project management. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Consortium Updates

2019-20 Consortium Research Awards - proposals due Feb. 10

Now accepting applications for 2019-20 Consortium Research Awards (for work in 2020-21). The Consortium provides funding for intramural projects related to the societal implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. Grants will be awarded in the spring 2020 to University of Minnesota graduate and professional students for work during the Summer 2020 and academic year 2020-21. Read More.

LawSeqSM Database allows you to search the law of genomics in the U.S. – both federal and state law.

You can locate statutes, regulations, and decided legal cases. 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.

A searchable database of relevant state and federal law went live simultaneously with the conference; it can be found at

Videos from the LawSeq April 2019 conference can be found here.