Speaker Biographies

Sue Abderholden

Sue AbderholdenMPH, is the Executive Director of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Minnesota, where she focuses on ending the discrimination faced by children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. Over the past nearly 40 years, Ms. Abderholden has successfully fought for community and family support and for laws that enable people with disabilities to fully participate in society. She has held positions with The Arc Minnesota, US Senator Paul D. Wellstone, and the PACER Center (Minnesota’s Parent Training and Information Center) and has received numerous awards for her advocacy.

Michelle Biros

Michelle H. Biros, MD, MS, is Professor and  Interim Department Chair   of the Department of Emergency Medicine; Deputy Institutional Official, University of Minnesota Biomedical Research; Vulnerable Populations Advisor, University of Minnesota Medical School Institutional Review Board; and Past Editor-in-Chief, Academic Emergency Medicine. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and is currently Principal Investigator for the University of Minnesota Hub of the National Institutes of Medicine Funded Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) .  

Chris Cramer

Christopher J. Cramer, PhD, is Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), Prof. Cramer was a Distinguished McKnight and University Teaching Professor in the College of Science and Engineering, where he also served as Associate Dean for Research and Planning and for Academic Affairs. Prof. Cramer served as the Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Chemistry Accounts for 15 years and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry for 20. He has been recognized as a Fellow by the American Chemical Society, as well as by the Alfred P. Sloan and John Simon Guggenheim foundations, and his recent research has been supported by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. 

Megan Gunnar

Megan Gunnar, PhD, is Regents Professor; Distinguished McKnight University Professor; Director (Department Chair) of the Institute of Child Development; and Associate Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Development, all at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on how children and adolescents regulate stress physiology and emotions and the impact of early life stress on brain and behavioral development.

Zubin Master

Zubin Master, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Biomedical Ethics Research Program and Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic. After earning his PhD at the University of Toronto, Dr. Master completed post-doctoral fellowships at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia and the University of British Columbia, as well as serving as Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health and as Affiliate Investigator at the Sprott Centre of Stem Cell Research and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa. Prior to his return to academia, Dr. Master was a Senior Policy Advisor at Health Canada, where he was responsible for developing regulations on assisted human reproduction and embryo research and subsequently led the development of the Health Canada Scientific Integrity Framework. 

Pearl O-Rourke

P. Pearl O’Rourke, MD, is Director of Human Research Affairs at Partners HealthCare Systems, Boston; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School; and a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director at the All of Us Research Program. Dr. O’Rourke has worked as a Pediatric Critical Care Physician at Children's Hospital, Boston and at the Children’s Hospital at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was the Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She has undertaken clinical research in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, liquid ventilation, high frequency ventilation, and pediatric resuscitation. In Seattle she served many years as a member of the Institutional Review Board. Dr. O'Rourke is currently a member and past Chair of the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) Board. 

Kristine Rhodes

Kristine Rhodes, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF). Prior to joining AICAF, she was a Research Project Coordinator at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she worked on numerous community research efforts. She began her career as the Community Health Educator for her tribal community at the Fond du Lac Reservation.

Jakub Tolar 2018

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, is the Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School; Vice President for Clinical Affairs; a Distinguished McKnight Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Blood and Marrow Transplantation; and Director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is also Board Chair for University of Minnesota Physicians and co-leader of M Health Fairview, the Joint Clinical Enterprise between the University of Minnesota Medical School, University of Minnesota Physicians and Fairview Health Services. An internationally recognized physician and researcher, Dr. Tolar is known for his care of patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa. His research is focused on using hematopoietic stem cell transplant as a treatment for rare genetic disorders. 

John E. Wagner

John E. Wagner, Jr., MD, is McKnight Presidential Chair in Childhood Cancer Research; Children's Cancer Research Fund/Hageboeck Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Oncology; Professor and Director of Blood and Marrow Transplantation in the Department of Pediatrics; Scientific Director of Clinical Research at the Stem Cell Institute; and Co-Director of the Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Prof. Wagner has led the University of Minnesota's Cord Blood Transplantation Program in the treatment of adults and children and is responsible for its international prominence, having first pioneered its use in 1990 in leukemia.

Susan Wolf

Susan M. Wolf, JD, is Chair of the conference planning committee. She is McKnight Presidential Professor of Law, Medicine & Public Policy; Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law; and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Wolf is Chair of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Prof. Wolf's research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as private foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Greenwall Foundation.

Jeremy Wolfe

Jeremy M. Wolfe, PhD, is Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Visual Attention Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Prof. Wolfe is Editor of the journal Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications and immediate past-Editor of the journal, Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. He is former-President of the Federation of Associations of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), is on the Governing Board of the Vision Sciences Society, and is a Fellow of the AAAS, the American Psychological Assocation (Div. 1, 3, 6, & 21), and the American Psychological Society, and a member of the Society for Experimental Psychologists.

Carrie Wolintez

Carrie D. Wolinetz, PhD, is Associate Director for Science Policy, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to joining the NIH, she was Deputy Vice President for Federal Relations with the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Director of Scientific Affairs and Public Relations at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Dr. Wolinetz has served as President of United for Medical Research, a leading coalition of universities, patient groups, and private sector companies advocating for sustainable funding for the NIH. In addition, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service’s program on Science, Technology & International Affairs, as well as past-Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). 

Doug Yee

Douglas Yee, MD, is Director of the Masonic Cancer Center, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, and John H. Kersey Chair in Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota. As Director of the Cancer Center, he serves as the point person for all cancer research at the University. He also treats patients with breast cancer and conducts research to improve cancer therapies.