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Latest News

CTSI 10th Anniversary

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Celebrates 10 Years

August 23, 2021

The University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is celebrating its 10th anniversary! CTSI accelerates the application of new scientific discoveries in clinical settings by providing funding for promising studies and offering research education and training for faculty, staff, and students. Since CTSI was established, over 345 scholars have received support for their research careers, CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation has supported over 145 innovations leading to 10 start-ups, and CTSI’s Clinical Research Support Center has supported over 2,000 studies. CTSI is part of the nationwide Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) network and is a Consortium member center. Read more about their tenth anniversary on the CTSI website.

National Academies

Prof. Susan Wolf Named to Strategic Council for Research Excellence, Integrity, and Trust

July 27, 2021

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 on Emerging Ethical Issues With Highly Portable MRI

July 14, 2021

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 SupplementThe 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.

Susan Wolf

Consortium Chair Susan Wolf Named Regents Professor

June 25, 2021

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.

Annual Research Ethics Day Webinar

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

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.