News & Events


Susan M. Wolf, JD, Founding Chair of the Consortium

Susan Wolf on Biorepository Guidelines and Incidental Findings

October 1, 2012

Prof. Susan Wolf, an elected member of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM), is part of an IOM committee that issued recommendations for the world’s largest tissue repository, which has its origin in the Civil War. Read more. Prof. Wolf is also quoted in a recent issue of Science. In the article,"Neuroethics: When a Brain Scan Bears Bad News," she says that "although clinicians have a legal 'duty to care' for their patients, scientific researchers are not legally bound or professionally trained to interpret brain scans diagnostically."

Prof Christy Haynes

Brilliant collaborator

September 1, 2012

Popular Science magazine recently named University of Minnesota chemistry associate professor Christy Haynes as one of its “Brilliant 10,” an elite group of young scientists whose research is expected to have a dramatic impact on their fields. The Consortium is pleased to congratulate Prof.

In vitro experiment

The evolving ethics of IVF discussed on MPR's The Daily Circuit

July 10, 2012

Thirty-four years ago this month, the first baby conceived via in vitro fertilization, Louise Brown, was born. Scientific advances since 1978 have generated layers of new ethical questions surrounding the procedure. "The big change we're facing now is the marriage of in vitro and genetics," said Consortium founding chair Susan M.

Facade of US Supreme Court

Supreme Court issues decision, Consortium launches discussion forum

June 28, 2012

The wait is finally over. The Supreme Court issued its verdict today on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In a 5-4* vote, it ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional and can stand. Chief Justice John Roberts issued the majority opinion. Far from being the final word on health care reform in the U.S., this ruling adds new energy to the debate over how the medical system can best serve Americans and who will pay for that care.