Scientific American has announced that Laura Helmuth, PhD, will be its new Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Helmuth is currently Health and Science Editor at The Washington Post. She will join the Consortium to present a webcast on “How the Mass Media Cover Health, Science, and the Environment—and What You Can Do to Help,” on Friday, April 3. Prof. Rebekah Nagler at the U of M’s Hubbard School of Journalism will present the faculty commentary. Read the full Scientific American announcement here.
The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, a Consortium member center, has launched a webpage with resources meant to help health professionals, students, and other members of the community cope with the challenges presented by COVID-19. COVID-19: Bakken Center Information and Resources includes links to videos, podcasts, and printable handouts on topics including fear and anxiety, altruism, isolation, gratitude and self-care, prioritization, positivity, and mindfulness.
The Consortium’s NIH-funded grant analyzing the challenging ethical issues raised by emerging MRI technology just published a new article in Neuron. Prof. Francis Shen, Consortium Chair Susan Wolf and coauthors map the urgent issues raised by highly portable and cloud-enabled neuroimaging research, including consent, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for analysis, management of incidental findings when remote from a medical center, and deployment in under-represented and under-resourced populations.
The University's 5th annual Research Ethics Week takes place March 2 - 6. This year, a record number of college and departments are offering events and training on ethics and integrity in research. Find more information about Research Ethics week here. Research Ethics Week is anchored by the annual Research Ethics Conference, this year on "The Power and Perils of Research Data: Generating, Storing & Sharing Data Responsibly." Register to attend in person or online here.
A Washington Post article by Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker states that, "Of all our endless wars, the most protracted is our war against dangerous microbes, of which the covid-19 coronavirus is the latest battle. Just as we honor our fallen warriors on the battlefield, we should honor 34-year-old Li Wenliang, the Wuhan physician who died of the disease last week after defying Chinese authorities by trying to get the word out about the growing outbreak." Dr. Osterholm is Director of CIDRAP, a Consortium member center. Read more.
Register now for the 2020 Research Ethics Conference. Hear from top national experts on the legal, bioethical, and policy issues in research with all data types – issues in data collection, analysis to ensure replicability, storage, and sharing. Join us to consider data ethics, communication, and digital privacy. Local experts will also analyze the challenges of responsibly using big data and ethical use of data in health-related research, including consent, confidentiality, and sensitivity to participant concerns. Read More.