Hillel Echo-Hawk

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Celebrates Indigenous Women Chefs

April 1, 2021

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is hosting a webinar series that highlights the gastronomic knowledge of Indigenous women chefs. Webinars feature recipes, cooking demonstrations and commentary from nationally recognized chefs. The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives institute is a Consortium member center. View recordings of past webinars and register for an upcoming webinar on the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives website


CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm Profiled by Star Tribune

March 24, 2021

Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) and Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, was recently profiled by the Star Tribune. “Osterholm has long used his position to inform and influence. He alerted Congress to the dangers of a viral pandemic that would overwhelm hospitals, kill millions and devastate the global economy back in 2005….” Dr. Osterholm is an international authority on COVID-19 and emerging infectious diseases. CIDRAP is a member center in the Consortium on Law and Values and Dr. Osterholm has been a leader in the Consortium’s COVID Controversies webinar series. Read the article on the Star Tribune website and listen to Dr. Osterholm’s podcast.

Healthy Foods Healthy Lives

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Offers Spring 2021 Funding Opportunities

March 22, 2021

The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute is currently seeking applications for two funding opportunities. The University Faculty Research Grant Program supports new interdisciplinary research with potential for growth. Research teams must include members from at least three distinct disciplines. The Graduate and Professional Research Grant Program funds student research related to interdisciplinary learning in food, agriculture, and human health. Deadlines are in April and MayThe Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives institute is a Consortium member center. Read more about the funding opportunities here.

Dr. Stephen Thomas

Dr. Stephen Thomas on the Underlying Causes of COVID Disparities

March 18, 2021

Dr. Stephen Thomas spoke to Minnesota Public Radio’s Kerri Miller about how COVID’s disproportionate effect on Black Americans and other communities of color is rooted in a history of maltreatment and inequitable access to healthcare. Dr. Thomas is Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity and was a keynote speaker for “Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency,” the University’s annual Research Ethics webinar, which took place March 3. View a video of Dr. Thomas’s keynote session here. Listen to his interview with Keri Miller on the MPR website here


Prof. Francis Shen Receives American Law Institute Early Career Scholars Medal

March 9, 2021

Professor Francis Shen of the University of Minnesota Law School has been awarded the Early Career Scholars Medal by the American Law Institute (ALI). According to Judge Diane P. Wood, who serves as the chair of the selection committee, “Francis has been a pioneer in establishing the interdisciplinary field of law and neuroscience. His research has helped lead to the better administration of justice in areas such as criminal and elder law, and it has been essential in developing tools to improve the legal system through the responsible use of neuroscientific evidence and neurotechnology.” Prof. Shen is a principal investigator for Highly Portable and Cloud-Enabled Neuroimaging Research: Confronting Ethics Challenges in Field Research with New Populations, a NIH-funded grant based in the Consortium on Law and Values, and is an affiliate faculty member of the ConsortiumRead more here.

Dr. Stephen Thomas

Dr. Stephen Thomas on Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Americans

February 25, 2021

Prof. Stephen Thomas, PhD, Director of the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland, spoke to CIDRAP News about efforts to increase COVID vaccination uptake in the African American communityRead the full article here. Dr. Thomas will be a featured speaker at “Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency,” the Consortium’s annual research ethics webinar. The webinar takes place Wednesday, March 3 from 9:00am - 1:30pm Central time. Register now to attend.


Genomics Center Scientists Monitor Wastewater for COVID Variants

February 19, 2021

Scientists at the University of Minnesota Genomics Center are analyzing wastewater samples in an effort to track the spread of COVID variants. This gives scientists and policy-makers another tool to track the spread COVID variants, in addition to clinical testing. The Star Tribune reports, “Kenny Beckman, director of the U Genomics Center, said a long-term goal is to develop a way to rule out the presence of newer strains.”  The Genomics Center is a Consortium member centerRead more about their efforts here.

Marcella Smith

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith on Combating COVID Inequities

February 11, 2021

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, chair of the Biden-Harris Administration COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, recently spoke to the New York Times about racial disparities in the health system, vaccine hesitancy, structural barriers to administering vaccines, and her role in the Biden-Harris administration. Read the full article here. Dr. Nunez-Smith will be a featured speaker for “Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency,” the Consortium’s annual research ethics webinar. The webinar takes place Wednesday, March 3 from 9:00am - 1:30pm Central time (NOTE: Dr. Nunez-Smith will no longer be able to join us. Please see the conference webpage for more details). Register now to attend

Michael Georgieff

Prof. Michael Georgieff Named 2020 Agnes Higgins Award Recipient

February 3, 2021

The March of Dimes recently announced Prof. Michael Georgieff as the recipient of the 2020 Agnes Higgins Award. This award is given for “distinguished achievement in research, education or clinical services in the field of maternal-fetal nutrition.” Prof. Georgieff was recognized for his research on how iron deficiency in early life can cause lasting neurobehavioral effects. Prof. Gerogieff is co-Director of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain, and a longtime member of the Consortium’s Executive Committee. Read more about Prof. Georgieff’s award here.

Covid Spread

2021 Research Ethics Day Webinar - Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency

January 29, 2021

The 2021 Research Ethics Day webinar will be held online by Zoom Wednesday, March 3 from 9:00am - 1:30pm Central. "Conducting Research in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ethics in an Emergency" will feature national leaders including Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale Medical School, who is leading a White House task force dedicated to health equity; Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director of the Urban Indian Health Institute; and Dr. Christine Grady, Chief of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. Experts will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing research ethics, including how to advance ethics and equity when conducting pandemic research, how to reconcile the need for research with the clinical imperative to save lives, and how the pandemic is affecting research design. See more information and register.


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