Planning Committee

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. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, LawSeq: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application (1-R01-HG008605). 

Bruce Blazar 2015

Bruce Blazar, MD, is Regents Professor of Pediatrics, and Chief of the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at the University of Minnesota. He has directed preclinical basic and translational immunology and stem cell research and early phase clinical studies for more than 25 years, with particular emphasis on the blood and marrow transplantation immunobiology. Prof. Blazar is the Associate Vice President for Clinical and Translational Science and the Director of the University's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). 

Kathleen Call

Kathleen Thiede Call, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy & Management in the School of Public Health; Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH); and Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). She is Co-Director of the Health Equity Work Group in the School of Public Health, all at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on access to care and health insurance among vulnerable populations, including poor, young, elderly, uninsured, rural and chronically ill populations; sociology of health and illness; and survey research methods. 

Ellen Wright Clayton

Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD, is Craig-Weaver Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Law, and Co-founder of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University. She is the 2010 recipient of the William G. Bartholome Award for Ethical Excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Bioethics. Prof. Clayton is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), where she serves on the National Advisory Council, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has advised the National Institutes of Health and other federal and international bodies on topics ranging from children's and women's health to the ethical conduct of human subject research. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, LawSeq: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application (1-R01-HG008605). 

Mickey Eder

Milton "Mickey" Eder, PhD, is Chair of the Biomedical Review Board at the University of Minnesota. He joined the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health research faculty in 2014. He conducts translational research and focuses on transforming the public's relationship to research, engaging communities in all aspects of research, and improving health outcomes. Eder is also interested in practice-based research to improve patient safety within primary care. Additionally, he is the Associate Director of the U of M Clinical and Translational Science Institute's (CTSI) Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health. Previously, he served as the Director of research and evaluation programs at Access Community Health Network in Chicago for 10 years. At this network of federally qualified health centers, he organized and initiated research involving patient safety, health literacy, and health disparities, with the goal of improving individual and community health outcomes.

Gary Gardner, PhD

Gary Gardner, PhD, is Professor of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Gardner is a member of the graduate faculties in Plant Biological Sciences and Applied Plant Sciences; the Advisory Board of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute; and the Executive Committee of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences.

Apostolos P. Georgopoulos

Apostolos P. GeorgopoulosMD, PhD, is Regents Professor of Neuroscience; McKnight Presidential Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience; Professor of Neuroscience, Neurology, and Psychiatry; and Affiliate Faculty at the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI), all at the University of Minnesota. He is also Director and American Legion Brain Sciences Chair, Brain Sciences Center at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  

Sarah Gollust

Sarah Gollust, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Gollust conducts research on the influence of communication in health policy and the factors that shape public opinion and the policymaking process. Areas of research and teaching interest include health disparities, policies to prevent childhood obesity, cancer screening, and ethical issues in public health practice and policy. 

MeganR.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 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. Prof. Gunnar is a member of the Governor's Early Learning Council. 

Frances Lawrenz

Frances Lawrenz, PhD, is Professor of Educational Psychology and Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on science and mathematics program evaluation, utilizing a variety of techniques and usually involving mixed methodologies. Along with her teaching duties, Prof. Lawrenz is currently involved in the evaluation of several national science and mathematics programs. She has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association, having been awarded the 2016 Research on Evaluation SIG Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding contributions to advance research in the field of evaluation, and by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, with the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award for outstanding contributions to science education in 2014. She is currently a Principal Investigator on a project funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, LawSeq: Building a Sound Legal Foundation for Translating Genomics into Clinical Application (1-R01-HG008605). 

Michael Osterholm

Michael T. OsterholmPhD, MPH, is Regents Professor; McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health; the Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP); and Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is also a Professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor in the Medical School. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has served as a high-level advisor on issues related to bioterrorism, public health preparedness, and infectious diseases.

Mike Sadowsky

Michael Sadowsky, PhD, is Director of the BioTechnology Institute; Professor in the BioTechnology Institute and Department of  Soil, Water & Climate; and serves on the faculty of 10 Graduate Programs, all at the University of Minnesota. Prof. Sadowsky is a fellow in the prestigious American Academy of Microbiology, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is internationally known and respected for his research work in the area of fecal microbiota transplantation and environmental microbiology.

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, is Executive Vice Dean of the Medical School; McKnight Professor of Pediatrics; Edmund Wallace Tulloch and Anna Marie Tulloch Chair in Stem Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics; and Director of the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute. Prof. Tolar's research focuses on using hematopoietic stem cell transplant as a treatment for rare genetic disorders including Hurler syndrome and dyskeratosis congenital, and has achieved international recognition for his work in caring for patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.

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. Prof. Wagner also specializes in Fanconi anemia and the use of stem cells in severe forms of a rare skin disease called epidermolysis bullosa, or EB.

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.