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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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New CTSI Resource Helps with NIH Study Record

April 22, 2019

A new online resource, developed by experts in the Clinicial and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Department of Pediatrics, is now available to University of Minnesota clinical researchers, grant coordinators and others to help them save time when completing the National Institutes of Health Study Record, which is used to collect information on proposed human subjects research, clinical research, and clinical trials. The “Successfully Navigating the NIH Study Record” course is a curated collection of NIH instructions that take applicants step-by-step through the completion of the NIH Study Record. In addition, the resource offers answers to frequently asked questions, tips, and expert opinion about how to complete the Study Record. The resource is now available in the University of Minnesota’s Training Hub. CTSI is a Consortium member center. 

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Increased Diversity Needed in Genomic Databases

April 18, 2019

An article in Nature describes the need for more diversity in genomic research. As of 2018, 78% of data use in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) were derived from people of European descent. Last November, the Consortium sponsored a conference, "Law, Genomic Medicine & Health Equity: How Can Law Support Genomics and Precision Medicine to Advance the Health of Underserved Populations?" Among the speakers was Nanibaa' Garrison (Seattle Children's, University of Washington). Prof. Garrison, a member of the Navajo Nation, works with Native American leaders to address ethical concerns about genetic research within tribal communities. View her presentation, along with a related one by Native scholar Spero Manson (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus). The conference, held at Meharry Medical College, was co-sponsored by the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, and the Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaborative.

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Mini Bioethics Academy Starts 4/24

April 15, 2019

Registration is open for Mini Bioethics Academy, a three-evening education series sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, a Consortium member. The Academy helps the public engage with faculty in learning about the ethical challenges in today's society. You can choose to attend one, two, or all three sessions. The dates are Wednesdays, Apr 24, May 1, and May 8 from 6:30-8 pm at 2-690 Moos Tower on the east bank of the UMN campus. Registration: $10/session or $25/3 sessions; student rate is $5/session or $10/3 sessions. Click here to learn more about the topics and register.

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Mayo Clinic Announces Human Subjects Research Training, July 19-20

April 9, 2019

This coming summer, the Mayo Clinic is offering a training opportunity, "New Frontiers in Bioethics & Regulation of Human Subjects Research." The two-day course, which is appropriate for clinicians, research coordinators, IRB staff, hospital and clinic administrators, research participants, and others involved in human subjects research protections, will focus on new ethical and regulatory issues using real-world cases and multidisciplinary panel discussions. Continuing Medical Education credits are available – to learn more and register, click here

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Ikemoto Looks at Legal, Ethical Implications of Biohacking 

On April 3, Prof. Lisa Ikemoto, JD, LLM (UC Davis School of Law) gave a provocative lecture in which she described current uses of biohacking – bodily modification to enhance human capacity – and their implications for law, regulation and conceptions of what is human. She related examples from the diverse community of biohackers and transhumanists, who share an optimistic view of the potential for improving bodies through technology, and discussed the ways their pursuits are the same as and different from previous practices like scientific self-experimentation. Prof. Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD (University of Minnesota Law School) commented on Prof. Ikemoto's talk, furthering her exploration of the spectrum of bodily modification, from familiar technology such as pacemakers and prosthetics to new devices that use electronic brain stimulation to increase user energy. The event was moderated by Prof. John Bischof, PhD (Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota). Video will be posted in the next two weeks; to be notified when it's available, please email