About the Conference

CONSORTLV nano pix 2 JPGThis conference will present the first systematic and comprehensive recommendations and analysis on protecting human participants in research on nanomedicine products, including drugs, devices, and gene therapy using nano-vectors. Nanomedicine research in human subjects is at the forefront of new challenges to research ethics and oversight posed by advanced technologies. This research raises significant questions about how to protect human subjects, especially in first-in-human (FIH) trials. But the challenges are even bigger--how to protect researchers, lab workers, the environment, and bystanders who may be exposed to nanomaterials in the course of research. This conference brings together the top experts in the country to address cutting-edge questions, including:

  • Does some nanomedicine research pose unique risks? When are risk and uncertainty low enough to justify initiating nanomedicine research in humans?
  • What are the special challenges in obtaining informed consent for nanomedicine research?
  • How should occupational, bystander, and environmental risks be considered in deciding whether to authorize nanomedicine human subjects research?
  • What innovations in the oversight of human subjects research are needed for nanomedicine research?

This conference is intended for all involved in human subjects research and its oversight. This includes faculty, students, scientists, research participants, IRB members, bioethicists, and the public.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

6.75 hours of standard Continuing Legal Education credit (CLE) has been approved. Event code 157975.

Intended Audience

This conference is intended for researchers, research participants, developers of nanodiagnostics and nanotherapeutics, IRB members, policymakers, physicians, bioethicists, faculty, students, and members of the public.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences thanks to a grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute (NIH, NHGRI) Award #1-RC-HG005338.


 For more information on this conference call (612) 625-0055 or e-mail jointdgr@umn.edu.