Helen Branswell, infectious diseases and global health reporter for STAT, shared her perspective on a year of reporting on Covid-19 in a recent interview. Ms. Branswell is a featured panelist for “Challenges in COVID Vaccine Allocation & Distribution,” the third webinar in the Consortium’s COVID Controversies: Ethical Challenges in Research & Treatment webinar series. The webinar takes place Friday, January 8 from noon - 1:30pm Central time. Register for the event here. Video of the webinar will be posted on the Consortium website and YouTube channel within two weeks of the webinar’s completion.
The 2021 Climate Adaptation Conference will be held via Zoom on January 20 from 9:00am - 12:15pm. Cost is $30 or $15 for students. The conference will feature a keynote speech by Sam Grant, executive director of MN 350, the annual Climate Adaptation Awards ceremony, and a panel discussion featuring perspectives on climate adaptation from several sectors. Registration information and an agenda are available on the Water Resources Center website. The Water Resources Center is a Consortium member center.
The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute will present two webinars on Native American nutrition. “Indigenous Food-ways: Adapting to Change” will take place Tuesday, December 15 from 11:30am - 1:00pm. It will feature Chef Nephi Craig discussing how an expanded food vocabulary can be applied to self care as well as a cooking demonstration. “Food as Medicine: Indigenous Knowledge” will be held Thursday, December 17 from 11:30am - 1:00pm, and will feature an expert panel discussing Indigenous perspectives on using food as medicine. Find more information and register on the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute website. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is a Consortium member center.
Experts from the legal field, academia, and industry assembled Dec. 2 for “LawSeq: Facing the Legal Barriers to Genomic Research & Precision Medicine,” a webinar presented by the Consortium in collaboration with with Ropes & Gray, LLP, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Gail P. Jarvik, MD, PhD, of University of Washington Medical Center and Mark Barnes, JD, LLM, of Ropes & Gray offered keynote presentations. Panel discussions focused on the most pressing legal and policy issues confronting genomic research and clinical care, issues in FDA regulation of genomic devices, software, and interpretive algorithms, and genomic data governance. Video of the event will be posted here soon. Visit the LawSeqSM Database to search the law of genomics in the U.S. – both federal and state law.
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) is implementing a new program focused on containing outbreaks of African Swine Flu in Vietnam. ProgRESSVet-Vietnam will provide online educational opportunities that will increase veterinary service capacity for those fighting African Swine Flu. ProgRESSVet has previously supported the veterinary workforce in Latin America and East Africa. CAHFS is a Consortium member center. Read more about their efforts in Vietnam here.
The US Department of Defense has announced an $87.5 million award to create the Bioindustrial Manufacturing and Design Ecosystem (BioMADE). BioMADE, a Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute, will increase nonmedical bioindustrial manufacturing capacity using microorganisms like bacteria, yeast and algae. BioMADE will share space in the new Microbial Cell Production Facility with the University’s Biotechnology Resource Center (BRC), which is part of the BioTechnology Institute (BTI). As a member of the BioMADE Consortium, BTI’s long history of support for biotech innovation and partnership with industry was instrumental in securing the award. BTI is a Consortium member center. Read more here.